International Trade

  • March 1, 2017

    UN Won't Adopt Sanctions Over Chemical Weapons In Syria

    The United Nations Security Council has failed to secure the votes necessary to impose sanctions tied to the production or use of chemical weapons in Syria, the U.N. announced Tuesday, saying that Russia and others have rejected the proposed measures.

  • February 28, 2017

    Ericsson IP Chief Testifies TCL License Terms Were Fair

    Ericsson Inc.’s head of intellectual property testified Tuesday in a California federal bench trial over whether it offered Chinese cellphone developer TCL fair license terms, defending Ericsson’s proposal that TCL pay a flat rate on its low-priced phones rather than the percentage royalty it publicly advocated for premium-priced phone makers.

  • February 28, 2017

    Feds Say UN Bribery Suspect Started 'Interrogation'

    Prosecutors on Tuesday told a New York federal judge in a bribery suit against billionaire real estate developer Ng Lap Seng that he should not grant Ng's motion to suppress statements he'd made to the FBI, saying Ng initiated the interview he is now calling an interrogation.

  • February 28, 2017

    Azevedo Tapped For 2nd Run As WTO Boss

    The General Council of the World Trade Organization on Tuesday appointed Roberto Azevedo to a second term as director-general of the organization, extending the Brazilian diplomat’s tenure amid a wave of anti-globalization sentiment that stands at odds with the organization’s mandate to eliminate barriers to international trade.

  • February 28, 2017

    Commerce Raises Final Dumping Duty On Korean Copper

    The U.S. Department of Commerce upped anti-dumping duties on Korean phosphorus copper alloys to 8.43 percent in a final determination announced Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2017

    WTO Will Miss Deadline On Boeing Subsidy Appeal Ruling

    As has become the norm in the protracted battle over U.S. and European aircraft subsidies, the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Tuesday said that it will miss its deadline to deliver a ruling on a Washington state tax cut to The Boeing Co. that has already been deemed illegal.

  • February 28, 2017

    Former Exec. Gets 11 Years For $50M Russia Export Scam

    A former director of the now-defunct Arc Electronics was sentenced Monday in New York federal court to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to covertly export more than $50 million worth of sensitive and regulated microelectronics to Russia for use by its military and intelligence agencies.

  • February 28, 2017

    $15B TransCanada Arbitration Paused Amid Keystone Reboot

    TransCanada Corp. on Monday suspended its $15 billion North American Free Trade Agreement arbitral claim against the U.S. over its cross-border permit denial for the Keystone XL pipeline, having reapplied for the permit at the urging of President Donald J. Trump.

  • February 28, 2017

    EU Court Rejects Bid To Nix Tariffs On Chinese Solar Panels

    The General Court of the European Union Tuesday upheld anti-dumping duties imposed by the 28-nation bloc against Chinese solar panels, rejecting claims by 26 companies subject to the measures that the EU improperly measured the “normal value” of the products.

  • February 28, 2017

    Importer Loses Some Stocking Classification Claims At CIT

    A compression stockings and sleeves importer will go to trial against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency next week minus some of the product models allegedly improperly denied duty-free medical products classifications, after a Court of International Trade judge said Tuesday that the company didn’t first protest those items.

  • February 28, 2017

    Trump May Use Food Safety Rules As Trade Cudgel

    President Donald Trump is considering using food safety rules to aggressively crack down on imports from Japan in a move that could violate global trade rules, according to audio of a private phone conversation between the president and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that was leaked Monday.

  • February 28, 2017

    Uncertainties Cloud Global Financial Rules: EU Commissioner

    Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s finance chief, said Tuesday that European lawmakers will have to reassess regulatory equivalence after Brexit and possible deregulation in the U.S. introduced uncertainty into global financial integration.

  • February 27, 2017

    EU Trade Chief Wants Vigorous Debate On Arbitration Reform

    European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday welcomed the forthcoming public commentary on her office’s push to install a global court for settling investment arbitration, saying that open consultations on the subject are vital.

  • February 27, 2017

    Senate Confirms Wilbur Ross As Commerce Secretary

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Commerce Department Monday, meaning billionaire investor Wilbur Ross will take the helm of the agency as one of the nation’s key economic officials.

  • February 27, 2017

    White House Continues To Push Back On Alleged Russia Ties

    The White House on Monday pushed back against reports that it had pressed CIA Director Mike Pompeo and senior lawmakers to defend it against claims of alleged improper contact between Trump campaign staff and Russian officials, as well as a Republican lawmaker’s call for a related independent investigation.

  • February 27, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Revisit EPA Argentine Biofuel Import Row

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to reconsider its ruling that upheld a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision approving Argentine biofuel imports, a decision a U.S. biofuel industry group claimed wrongly allows the EPA to disguise a rulemaking as a simple administrative order.

  • February 27, 2017

    Japan Flies Into Canada-Brazil Aircraft Subsidy Battle

    The Japanese government has asked to take a closer look at a brewing World Trade Organization dispute between Canada and Brazil over aircraft subsidies, citing its own position as a major exporter of plane components, according to a WTO document circulated Monday.

  • February 27, 2017

    Judge Nixes Toyo's $29M Sanctions Bid In IP Suit, For Now

    Until a related case is resolved first, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. can’t seek $29 million in contempt sanctions against units of a Chinese state-owned tire company in a dispute over trade dress on certain off-road tires, a California judge said Monday.

  • February 27, 2017

    Wal-Mart, Mexican Unit Get Shareholder Bribery Suit Tossed

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. beat back a lawsuit from shareholders who accused the retail giant of breaking securities laws by turning a blind eye to bribery and corruption at its Mexican subsidiary, with a New York federal judge concluding Monday that the allegations came too late or failed to show deceptive intent.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Hit Back At UN Bribery Suspect's Discovery Grumbles

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday pushed back against complaints from Chinese real estate tycoon Ng Lap Seng that the government has been slow to produce key evidence in the case accusing him of trying to bribe United Nations officials, calling the gripes inaccurate.

Expert Analysis

  • 2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2

    R. Trent Taylor

    The food and beverage industry is expected to see regulatory and legislative changes on multiple fronts in 2017. But industry observers also anticipate an active year in U.S. courts and in the boardrooms of domestic and international food and beverage companies, say attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • 2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 1

    James F. Neale

    As 2017 marks the commencement of a new presidential administration, the food and beverage industry is one of many sectors facing anticipated regulatory and legislative reforms. Specifically, the industry can expect to see governmental attention on a number of fronts, say attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2016: Part 2

    Randy E. Kahnke

    Our first article in this two-part series focused on the most significant event in trade secret law in many years — the passage of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. Now we leave the DTSA and highlight five other trade-secret trends that promise to shape future developments, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Implications Of Insureds' Illegal Conduct

    Deepa T. Sutherland

    Laws against bribery and corruption, like the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act, are growing increasingly tough, often applying in surprisingly broad circumstances. The laws' principles continue to be tested in court, but for now, insurers writing risks in foreign jurisdictions should adopt a proactive stance in vetting the practices of their local subsidiaries and insureds, say Deepa Sutherland and Hernán Cip... (continued)

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • In Congress: More Confirmation Hearings

    Richard Hertling

    Democrats will have a difficult time actually defeating any of President-elect Trump's cabinet nominations because of a change they made to the Senate rules to end the filibuster for executive branch nominations. Their goal is not really to defeat the nominees but to draw stark differences early on in the new administration, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Why Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Is Important In M&A

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    When acquiring and investing in companies, it is critical to evaluate and mitigate the risk of both previous and future violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mark Mendelsohn and Peter Jaffe of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP discuss unique challenges for investors and essential considerations for mergers and acquisitions.

  • Employment-Based Immigration And Trump: What To Expect

    Brian J. Coughlin

    As President-elect Donald Trump continues to assemble his cabinet and develop strategies for his first 100 days in office, U.S. employers with temporary foreign workers contemplate an uncertain future. Despite Trump’s prediction that he will in time be regarded as the country’s “greatest jobs president,” many in the international business community remain apprehensive, say Brian Coughlin and David Iannella of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.