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International Trade

  • August 23, 2018

    Australia Bans Chinese Cos. From 5G Network For Security

    Australia on Thursday banned Chinese telecommunications equipment makers Huawei and ZTE from supplying equipment for its pending next-generation 5G mobile networks, citing security concerns, following the lead of U.S. lawmakers who had earlier banned the two companies from federal contracting.

  • August 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Says Chinese Co. Given Notice In Trade Secrets Row

    The Ninth Circuit has upheld the federal government’s service of criminal summons on a Chinese company accused of a trade-secrets scheme, finding that the company was adequately notified through Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, which had made special appearance of counsel on its behalf.

  • August 23, 2018

    Jabra ITC Settlement Closes Out Headphone Patent Dispute

    Jabra headphones parent GN Netcom A/S has become the final company to settle an import patent infringement suit over wireless headphones technology launched by One-E-Way Inc., according a Federal Register notice filed Wednesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • August 23, 2018

    Trump's Latest China Tariffs Take Effect As Beijing Retaliates

    The Trump administration officially set new duties on $16 billion worth of Chinese plastics, metals, transportation equipment and other items Thursday, prompting Beijing to once again respond with tariffs of its own on U.S. goods and a fresh complaint at the World Trade Organization.

  • August 22, 2018

    Lawmakers Ask DOJ Antitrust Chief For OPEC Bill Support

    Congressional judiciary committee leaders asked the antitrust chief of the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in on bills that would allow the agency to sue the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries over allegedly inflated oil prices, saying the agency's support would help pass the legislation.

  • August 22, 2018

    Baker Donelson Snags Int'l Trade Atty From Maynard Cooper

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC’s global business team has scooped up a veteran trade attorney from Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, who comes with 20 years of experience in international trade law and nearly three decades in the U.S. Army.

  • August 22, 2018

    US Won't Bring FCPA Case Against British Co. Amid UK Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to bring Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges against British seismic testing company Guralp Systems Ltd. in part because the company has said it will accept responsibility in a parallel U.K. case, according to a letter made public on Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2018

    Unpaid $26.16 Bill Sinks Used Clothing Duty Row At CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday tossed a case that contested whether allegedly used clothing should be assessed a duty, as the company that sought to duck the fees failed to pay a $26.16 bill before initiating the lawsuit.

  • August 22, 2018

    Fed Officials See Danger In Rising Trade Tensions

    Officials at the Federal Reserve see the Trump administration’s rapid escalation of trade tensions with close partners as the most serious threat to the otherwise healthy U.S. economy, according to the minutes of the central bank's most recent meeting published Wednesday.

  • August 22, 2018

    What To Watch As Privacy Shield Data Pact Scrutiny Heats Up

    The Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism will soon face its latest and potentially most serious test as European Union and U.S. officials gear up to review the pact for a second time, and experts predict that its continued viability is likely to hinge on how much weight EU policymakers choose to give to competing input from their U.S. counterparts and EU lawmakers.

  • August 22, 2018

    Legal Sector Warns Growth Could Halve After No-Deal Brexit

    The legal profession could see revenue growth halved by 2025 if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal, with almost £3 billion ($3.9 billion) being slashed from the sector if the government opts for a “no deal” over a so-called soft Brexit, a professional body warned on Wednesday.

  • August 21, 2018

    Walmart Board Fights Shareholders' Supreme Court Cert. Bid

    The Walmart board of directors said in a Monday brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that it should deny an application for a writ of certiorari filed by company shareholders seeking to overturn a Delaware high court ruling that precludes relitigation of breach of fiduciary duty claims against the board arising from an alleged bribery scheme.

  • August 21, 2018

    Treasury Hits Russians With New Shipping, Cyber Sanctions

    The Trump administration handed down new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals that it accused of doing business with North Korean shippers and for trying to evade existing sanctions targeting Russian cyber-related activities.

  • August 21, 2018

    Commerce Drops Review Of Chinese Graphite Electrodes

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has rescinded its review of anti-dumping duties on small-diameter graphite electrodes imported from China, according to a notice to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • August 21, 2018

    Carlyle Says Insurer Must Disclose Moroccan Refinery Docs

    The commodities investment fund for private equity firm Carlyle Group has asked a New York state judge to force underwriters at Lloyd's to cough up documents linked to insurers' decision to deny a nearly $400 million claim related to losses the firm suffered when a Moroccan oil refinery known as SAMIR was seized in 2015.

  • August 21, 2018

    Auto Industry Mobilizes Against New Security-Based Tariffs

    U.S. automotive industry groups on Tuesday banded together in a broad coalition to launch a new campaign to prevent President Donald Trump's administration from setting tariffs on cars, trucks and parts using the Cold War-era national security law that has already been used to stymie steel and aluminum imports.

  • August 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Denies PETA Some Info On Primate Imports

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is allowed to redact certain information about the importation of primates in documents requested by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the D.C. Circuit has ruled, concluding that PETA cannot force the government to reveal confidential data that would cause importers competitive injury.

  • August 20, 2018

    Macau Bed Spring Imports Skirt Duties, Commerce Says

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has made an early finding that mattress spring units imported from Macau but assembled using materials sourced from China are circumventing an anti-dumping duty order on Chinese mattress springs, according to a notice to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2018

    Syria Sanctions Don't Preclude AIG Payout, Court Told

    A Jordanian insurer has denied to the High Court in London that the European arm of AIG will breach U.S. sanctions if it pays out on a reinsurance policy following a multimillion-dollar theft from a Syrian bank.

  • August 20, 2018

    More China Tariffs Loom As USTR Opens Marathon Hearings

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday began a week’s worth of daylong public hearings on its proposal to hit $200 billion of Chinese goods with new duties, the most aggressive salvo yet in its ongoing battle with Beijing over intellectual property and technology acquisition policies.

Expert Analysis

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • The Inadvertent 'Foreign Person' Trap For American Cos.

    Tom Shoesmith

    An American company that has taken enough investment from non-U.S. sources may have become a “foreign person” itself for purposes of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • New Rules Give ITC Subpoena Recipients A Break

    Elizabeth Banzhoff

    Until this month, recipients of subpoenas in U.S. International Trade Commission investigations had only 10 days to move to quash, or risk waiving all objections. Now the ITC has aligned its subpoena practice with federal court procedures, a step that will likely be well-received by practitioners, say Elizabeth Banzhoff and Amanda Tessar of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Supreme Court Decision Weakens Deference To Foreign Laws

    Valarie Williams

    The U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Animal Science v. Hebei that a U.S. court is not bound by a foreign government's interpretation of its own laws is likely to have a lasting impact on legal decision-makers across the globe as they make determinations about deference to foreign laws, including U.S. laws, say attorneys at Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Venezuela Sanctions Complicate Compliance For Cos.

    Seetha Ramachandran

    New sanctions issued by President Donald Trump last month prohibit transactions involving the purchase of any debt owed to the Venezuela government. The challenge for firms that buy and sell securities is that the interest of a sanctioned party in any given security or transaction may not be readily apparent, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.