International Trade

  • September 28, 2022

    Lawmakers Question True Impact Of Sanctions On Russia

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday probed whether U.S. sanctions on Russia were doing enough to fend off the country's invasion of Ukraine, with committee lawmakers echoing concerns that the sanctions were falling short of expectations.

  • September 28, 2022

    Insurers Want Ship Seized To Pay For Historic Cargo Losses

    Insurers and customers brought shippers to New York federal court hoping to seize a vessel as collateral for over $39 million in losses after around 2,800 containers, including cargo from Rooms to Go and Nokia, went overboard or were damaged in the worst shipping loss in years.

  • September 28, 2022

    Fastener Co. Fights Feds Over Steel Security Tariff Bonds

    Steel nail producer Oman Fasteners LLC demanded on Wednesday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection negotiate a new bonding arrangement for its imports as the government's appeal over national security tariffs continues, calling CBP's claims of its past bond misuse "fanciful."

  • September 28, 2022

    Ex-NASA Contractor Pleads Not Guilty In China Export Case

    A California man who worked for a NASA contractor pled not guilty Wednesday to violating U.S. export restrictions by covertly sending aeronautics software to a Beijing university, a federal charge that carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.

  • September 28, 2022

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Amplifies Jones Act Scrutiny

    The Biden administration on Wednesday lifted restrictions on foreign-flagged ships moving goods between U.S. ports in order to expedite Puerto Rico's Hurricane Fiona recovery efforts, following intense scrutiny of the Jones Act, largely blamed for hampering shippers and logistics providers from delivering fuel and other essentials to the battered island.

  • September 28, 2022

    Aircraft Lessors Fight UniCredit Over $69M Guarantees

    Three Irish aircraft leasing companies fought Wednesday to make UniCredit pay over $69.3 million total in letters of credit that secured lease agreements with Russian aviation companies.

  • September 27, 2022

    Cognizant Investors' 'Unexcused Failure' Dooms Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge Tuesday tossed consolidated derivative claims brought by Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. investors over a bribery scandal, saying the investors' "unexcused failure" to give the company's board of directors a chance to decide whether to pursue the requested litigation dooms their case.

  • September 27, 2022

    Feds Finalize Duties On 4 Countries' Oil, Gas Piping Goods

    The U.S. Department of Commerce finalized tariffs on four countries' oil and gas pipeline imports, after finding that the products were being sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices or benefited from illegal subsidies.

  • September 27, 2022

    Lawmakers Urge Executive Order On Outbound Investments

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote to President Joe Biden on Tuesday urging him to institute government review of outbound investments that have the potential to undermine national security, as legislation with the same goal idles in Congress.

  • September 27, 2022

    NCA Fights To Keep Funds Frozen In Russia Sanctions Probe

    The U.K.'s top crime investigating agency made disclosure errors when it applied to freeze bank accounts used by a Russian billionaire amid an investigation into a suspected sanctions evasion, the billionaire's counsel told a London court Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2022

    SEC Fines Oracle $23M To Settle Slush Fund FCPA Claims

    Oracle Corp. has agreed to pay $23 million in fines to resolve allegations that its subsidiaries in Turkey, India and the United Arab Emirates created and used slush funds to bribe foreign officials, marking an alleged repeat Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offense for the tech giant.

  • September 27, 2022

    Investors Say Video Co. Moved Assets To Duck Payout

    A Mexican video rental company fraudulently transferred $3.6 million in assets to an associated hemp startup to avoid paying a state court judgment to noteholders, the investors have alleged in a New York federal lawsuit. 

  • September 26, 2022

    National Security Tariffs Wrongly Imposed, Texas Co. Says

    A U.S.-based manufacturer has squared up to the government over steel pipes it sent to Canada for finishing, which were tagged with national security tariffs on their way back across the border.

  • September 26, 2022

    Crédit Agricole Units Pay $1M For Allegedly Skirting Sanctions

    Two Crédit Agricole Corp. wealth management subsidiaries have agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to end the Office of Foreign Assets Control's claims they allowed clients to conduct illegal transactions in sanctioned jurisdictions including Cuba, Syria, Crimea and Iran, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Monday.

  • September 26, 2022

    Feds Say Iranian Plane Violated Russian Export Curbs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday added an Iranian-owned plane to a list of aircraft that may have flown into Russian airspace in violation of the Biden administration's controls on the transfer of sensitive technology to Russia.

  • September 26, 2022

    Threshold Importer Backs Commerce's 4th Crack At Duties

    A California company has backed the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to lift duties from its door threshold imports, calling it the "only reasonable outcome" amid evidence that the thresholds were finished products exempt from tariffs on Chinese aluminum extrusions.

  • September 26, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Hammers Nail Co. Over Accounting Gaps

    A Federal Circuit panel has endorsed the U.S. Commerce Department's penalty duties for a Chinese nail manufacturer that provided financial data that did not conform to the agency's requirements, affirming the U.S. Court of International Trade's ruling on appeal.

  • September 23, 2022

    Fla. Travel Co. Says Airliner Is Flying Cubans Without License

    Florida travel service provider Volando.us sued Caribbean Airlines Ltd. in Florida federal court on Friday, accusing the airliner of encroaching on its business by illegally accepting payments and reservations through American travel companies to fly Cuban nationals to Guyana without a license.

  • September 23, 2022

    Lockheed, Airbus Tell 4th Circ. Satellite Deal Not Commercial

    Lockheed Martin and Airbus have urged the Fourth Circuit to ignore a broker's argument that a recent shipwreck salvage ruling supports its ability to pursue claims over a $3.1 billion South Korean military satellite deal, saying that salvage dispute isn't relevant.

  • September 23, 2022

    Group Backs Swisher High Court Bid Over Revived Verdict

    The Washington Legal Foundation has thrown its support behind tobacco company Swisher as it petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case being brought by a rival, arguing that the Ninth Circuit lacked jurisdiction to revive a $9 million jury verdict.

  • September 23, 2022

    Microsoft Says Irish Courts Must Hear App Company Dispute

    Washington appellate judges seemed skeptical Friday that an Israeli smartphone app company could sue Microsoft in Washington state court when its contract says legal claims must be filed in Ireland.

  • September 23, 2022

    Big Tech Wants DST Removed In US-Kenya Trade Deal

    The U.S. Trade Representative should seek commitments from Kenya's government to remove the country's digital services tax and not pursue unilateral measures during ongoing negotiations, a lobbying group representing companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook said.

  • September 23, 2022

    Keystone XL Pipeline Claim Against US Set To Proceed

    The prominent French arbitrator Alexis Mourre has been tapped to preside over the international tribunal weighing the politically charged $15 billion case brought against the U.S. by the Canadian company TC Energy Corp. challenging the cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • September 23, 2022

    'Morality Police' Protests Spur US To Aid Iran Internet Access

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday issued guidance easing sanctions to allow technology companies to offer Iranians access to the internet after a 22-year-old woman's death in police custody sparked protests around the country.

  • September 23, 2022

    Roku Gets Universal Remote Patent Wiped Out At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated a Universal Electronics Inc. remote control patent in a challenge brought by Roku Inc., with the board finding that all 13 claims in the patent are invalid as obvious.

Expert Analysis

  • Apple's New Messaging Features Will Complicate E-Discovery

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    Apple's newest mobile operating system allows users to edit and recall messages and recover deleted messages, which could significantly increase the time, burden and expense of processing and analyzing cellphones if messages or their associated metadata become an area of scrutiny in a case, says Jarrett Coco at Nelson Mullins.

  • Making The Argument For A Meaningful Sentence Reduction

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    As a recent case in Florida federal court shows, when a criminal defendant accepts responsibility but still faces a sentencing guideline that exceeds a statutory cap, counsel should rely on Eleventh Circuit precedent to argue in favor of a meaningful reduction of prison time, say Joseph DeMaria and Marissa Kingman at Fox Rothschild.

  • Law Firm Inclusion Efforts Often Overlook Business Staff

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    Law firms committed to a culture of universal inclusion can take steps to foster a sense of belonging in their business services teams, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Consulting.

  • What's At Stake In Court Split Over Foreign Bribery Charges

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    Texas and Florida federal courts recently reached opposite conclusions on the extraterritorial application of U.S. money laundering laws in foreign bribery prosecutions, and if the Fifth Circuit upholds the Texas court’s reasoning, the U.S. Department of Justice could lose a significant enforcement tool, say James Koukios and Heather Han at MoFo.

  • An Associate's Guide To Rebounding After A Layoff

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    Law firm associates laid off due to economic conditions can recuperate and move forward by practicing self-care, identifying key skills to leverage during the job search, engaging in self-reflection and more, say Kate Sheikh at Major Lindsey and wellness consultant Jarrett Green.

  • Cos. That Mislead About ESG Compliance Do So At Their Peril

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    Updating marketing materials to appear compliant with a growing network of sustainability and human rights laws, without investing in thorough compliance measures, is a shortcut that puts a company at increasing risk for government enforcement, as well as civil actions initiated by angry consumers, says Angelika Hellweger at Rahman Ravelli.

  • AML Regulation Of Lawyers Is Imminent And Controversial

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    The U.S. House of Representatives' recently passed National Defense Authorization Act subjects lawyers engaged in certain financial-related activities to anti-money laundering regulation under the Bank Secrecy Act, which could pit lawyers against clients in ways harmful to the rule of law and administration of justice, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

  • Biden Order's New Lens Puts Foreign Transactions In Focus

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    President Joe Biden's landmark executive order on national security factors that will be considered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States provides a new perspective for parties addressing questions and concerns on transactions, and reaffirms the role of CFIUS in national security, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • Ex-Alstom Exec's 2nd FCPA Acquittal Limits Agency Theories

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    The Second Circuit recently upheld the second post-trial acquittal of an ex-Alstom executive on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act bribery charges, imposing a significant evidentiary burden on U.S. regulators arguing agency-based theories of FCPA jurisdiction, say attorneys at Covington.

  • The Pros And Cons Of US-China Auditing Oversight Deal

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    A recent agreement between the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Chinese securities regulators opens the door for U.S.-listed companies audited by China-based accounting firms to continue trading on U.S. exchanges, but may also increase companies' enforcement risk, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Key Adaptations For Law Firms Amid Quiet Quitting Movement

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    While quiet quitting may not be sustainable at law firms with billable hour requirements, there are specific steps law firms should take to maintain engagement and otherwise respond to the trend's underlying message that associates won't spend all their waking hours at work if they don't feel it's worthwhile, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • How EU Plan Would Cut Red Tape To Boost Green Hydrogen

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    A recent proposal from the European Parliament would greatly simplify the requirements for production of renewable fuels including green hydrogen and green ammonia — indicating that Europe is moving toward a more flexible and business-friendly regulatory environment for the green hydrogen sector, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Creating A Hybrid Work Policy? Be Intentional And Inclusive

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    The pandemic has changed expectations for the future of work forever, and as more employees demand hybrid working options, law firms must develop policies and models that are intentional, inclusive and iterative to lead the industry into the future, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Biden Order Renews Spotlight On Advancement Of US Biotech

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    Last week's executive order on sustainability and innovation in biotechnology and biomanufacturing is a hopeful first step toward identifying areas of regulatory ambiguity and developing a coordinated portal for guidance, with multiple avenues for industry involvement in shaping future policy, say Jacqueline Berman and Kathleen Sanzo at Morgan Lewis.

  • OFAC's Tornado Cash Sanctions Create Legal Uncertainty

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    The Office of Foreign Assets Control’s recent sanctioning of digital currency mixing service Tornado Cash may have exceeded the agency’s authority, and has created uncertainty for potential developers of decentralized crypto mixing and privacy enhancing applications about whether such conduct is lawful, say Michael Bresnick and Christopher Boone at Venable.

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