International Trade

  • August 03, 2022

    DOJ Hits Peter Navarro With Suit Over White House Emails

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday slapped former Trump trade adviser Peter K. Navarro with a civil suit alleging that he's refusing to hand over emails from his time at the White House, a violation of federal law on presidential record-keeping.

  • August 03, 2022

    Dems Want Transparency On Pacific, Americas Trade Talks

    Nine lawmakers have urged the Biden administration to engage in "robust consultations" with Congress and other stakeholders as negotiations begin over the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, warning that the talks may be undermined without appropriate transparency.

  • August 03, 2022

    4 Key Takeaways From The China Tariffs Remand

    The Biden administration's new explanations on duties covering Chinese exports worth $300 billion reveal a steady commitment to meet presidential demands and emphasize the government's prior responses to public input as it crafted the tariffs.

  • August 03, 2022

    Canada Slams US Interpretation Of USMCA Auto Origin Rule

    Canada slammed the United States for going against an allegedly shared interpretation of the automotive rules of origin set out in their free trade agreement with Mexico, saying the United States' reinterpretation damages and threatens the North American automotive market.

  • August 03, 2022

    K&L Gates Boosts Trade Team With Ice Miller's Ex-DC Chief

    K&L Gates LLP is expanding its antitrust, competition and trade regulation practice again with the addition of a former Ice Miller LLP office managing partner and national security expert who has held positions in both private practice and public service.

  • August 03, 2022

    Venezuelan Cargo Co. Barred From Carrying US Goods

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has moved to revoke a Venezuelan cargo company's ability to export U.S. goods, saying the company purchased a plane from a blacklisted Iranian air freight company and used it to ferry shipments between Venezuela, Iran and Russia.

  • August 02, 2022

    Canon Gets ITC To Ban Imports On Infringing Toner Cartridges

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a general exclusion order blocking the import of any toner cartridges that infringe certain Canon patents.

  • August 02, 2022

    CFIUS Reviews Reached 10-Year High In 2021

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reviewed more transactions in 2021 than it has any year in the past decade, according to its annual report to Congress released Tuesday, signaling CFIUS' reinvigoration following statutory updates.

  • August 02, 2022

    US Levies New Russia Sanctions On Elites, Finance Cos.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, targeting certain Russian "elites" and finance companies that generate "substantial" revenue for the Kremlin.

  • August 02, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Backs Commerce's Duties On Argentinian Biodiesel

    The U.S. Department of Commerce correctly calculated tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina, the Federal Circuit ruled on Tuesday, rejecting an Argentinian importer's claim that the agency counted tax credits it received twice in calculating its duty rate.

  • August 02, 2022

    Feds End 17-Year Duty Dispute Over Hybrid Bra Shirts

    The U.S. government has ended a 17-year dispute with a New York-based importer of women's apparel, agreeing to classify hybrid bra shirts under a lower tariff category.

  • August 02, 2022

    Administrators Get OK To Sell Russian Gold Giant

    A London court gave administrators the go-ahead to sell off major Russian gold mining company Petropavlovsk to commodities rival UMMC-Invest as U.K. government sanctions continue to hamstring Russian firms.

  • August 02, 2022

    Hacker Site's Founder Wins Bail Ahead Of Extradition Fight

    A London court has rejected the U.S. government's attempt to keep the founder of online cybercrime marketplace RaidForums in prison while he awaits an extradition hearing, finding Tuesday that he was unlikely to flee to his native Portugal while out on bail.

  • August 02, 2022

    BP Launches $3.5B Share Buyback As Profits Hit 14-Year High

    BP announced a $3.5 billion share buyback program on Tuesday as the energy giant reported profits of $8.45 billion for the second quarter, its highest for 14 years — triple the amount it made in the same period last year.

  • August 01, 2022

    USTR Bulks Up China Tariff Paper Trail On Remand

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released updated explanations on Monday for retaliatory tariffs on roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, aiming to show the U.S. Court of International Trade that it satisfied its obligations under the Administrative Procedure Act.

  • August 01, 2022

    Mexico To Review 5th USMCA Labor Rights Complaint

    Mexico has agreed to review labor rights claims submitted by the Biden administration under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that alleged workers at an automotive interior production facility in Mexico struggled to engage in free association and collective bargaining.

  • August 01, 2022

    ITA Set To Squeeze Lemon Juice Duties Out Of Brazil, S. Africa

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced early duty calculations in its probe into lemon juice from Brazil and South Africa that domestic producers say has been sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices.

  • August 01, 2022

    Odebrecht To Pay Atty Fees For Disobeying Discovery Order

    A New York federal court has ordered affiliates of Odebrecht to pay attorney fees incurred by investment advisers and funds in trying to enforce a discovery order, which the court noted the units of the Brazilian engineering conglomerate have refused to comply with for more than 20 months.

  • July 29, 2022

    CHIPS Act Marks One Step In A Long Race With China

    The CHIPS Act, passed in Congress last week, dedicates $52 billion for domestic semiconductor production, but experts say it should be viewed as just one stepping stone toward a competitive edge over China.

  • July 29, 2022

    Apple Must Produce Docs On Tim Cook's 'Letter To Investors'

    A California magistrate judge on Friday ordered Apple to produce multiple documents related to Apple CEO Tim Cook's 2019 "Letter to Investors" in its fight with a certified class of Apple stockholders who allege they were misled about iPhone sales, finding that many of the documents are not protected under attorney-client privilege.

  • July 29, 2022

    Retired ICE Agent Denies Charges In China Repression Case

    A retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from California on Friday denied federal charges in Brooklyn, New York, that say he stymied an FBI probe of Chinese agents who allegedly researched and harassed disfavored China nationals in America.

  • July 29, 2022

    ITC Told Banning Apple Watch Could Harm Health

    A tech company consortium is urging the U.S. International Trade Commission to hold off on imposing an import ban that would keep the Apple Watch out of the United States, at least until the Patent Trial and Appeal Board makes a decision on whether the patents at issue are even valid.

  • July 29, 2022

    Cross-Border M&A Atty Joins Norton Rose's NY Practice

    Norton Rose Fulbright has added a veteran corporate lawyer focused on cross-border transactions as a partner in its New York office.

  • July 29, 2022

    S. Africa Targets EU Citrus Regs With First-Ever WTO Case

    South Africa has lodged its first-ever legal challenge at the World Trade Organization, calling out the European Union for abruptly tightening its citrus fruit import rules, according to WTO documents circulated Friday.

  • July 29, 2022

    Global Body Sets Out Ways To Reduce Foreign Exchange Risk

    The Bank for International Settlements set out on Friday new ways to reduce the risk of nonpayment related to $8.9 trillion in daily settlement obligations in the global foreign exchange market, in a report requested by the Group of 20 top economies.

Expert Analysis

  • M&A Takeaways From ABA Antitrust Meeting

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    The American Bar Association's recent Antitrust Law Spring Meeting highlighted current and proposed progressive merger enforcement reforms — some of which could raise due process concerns and jeopardize the legitimacy of future enforcement actions, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Attorneys Can Promote Trade, Security Amid Global Conflict

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    As nations take sovereign action to fight Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the international rule of law, attorneys can combine their legal and business tools to help the global systems of trade and security in these troubled times, say Thomas Grant at Cambridge University and Scott Kieff at George Washington University.

  • Managing Supply Chain Consequences Of Russian Sanctions

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    To withstand the Biden administration's weaponization of sanctions aimed at Russia, U.S. businesses should consider the effects these actions will have from a trade standpoint and be aware of potential avenues to manage continuing supply chain consequences, say Heather Marx and Kristi Zentner at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    The Future Of Legal Ops: Reining In Outside Counsel Costs

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    In-house legal departments are under increasing pressure to control spending on outside counsel, but traditional cost-cutting methods — law firm panels, alternative fee arrangements and alternative legal service providers — are limited, making it necessary to establish a more competitive law firm engagement process, say John Burke and Vincenzo Purificato at UBS.

  • When Congress Seeks Cos.' Nonpublic Info From Regulators

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    Increasingly, congressional investigators seek out private parties' confidential documents from the federal agencies that regulate them — and because Congress is uniquely empowered to override nondisclosure protections surrounding nonpublic information, companies must understand the rules and risks involved, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Designate Russia As A State Sponsor Of Terrorism

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    President Vladimir Putin's ongoing destruction of Ukraine merits designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, a severe sanction that would subject the country to crushing lawsuits in the U.S. on behalf of Ukraine, its people and others injured by the war, say attorneys at the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp.

  • Enforcement Takeaways From ABA Antitrust Meeting

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    The American Bar Association's recent Antitrust Law Spring Meeting offers signs that the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will be taking on tough cases such as those involving criminal Section 2 enforcement and labor market practices, reminding businesses that they should avoid even the appearance of noncompliance, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • In Early Mediation, Negotiate With Empathy, Not Threats

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    With courts encouraging early settlement conferences to tackle the COVID-19 backlog, parties should consider that authenticity, honesty and the ability to see beyond one's own talking points are far more persuasive tools than threats of a distant possible determination by a court or arbitrator, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • 4 Questions For Cos. Seeking To Recover Value Of Russian IP

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    Given Russia’s recent steps to weaken or annul the intellectual property rights of foreign investors from nations that have imposed sanctions on it, companies with IP assets in the country should consider a few key issues when evaluating whether to pursue investment arbitration under bilateral treaties, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Addressing Problematic Drinking In The Legal Profession

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    To curb problematic drinking, on the rise during the pandemic, legal employers should implement comprehensive responsible drinking policies that are taken seriously by firm leadership, and provide alternatives for creating a healthy workplace culture, says Anne Brafford at the Institute for Well-Being in Law.

  • Transforming Law Firms' Diversity Intent Into Real Progress

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    In order for law firms to convert their diversity and inclusion activity into lasting advancements, they must prioritize accountability and transparency when crafting policies, and take steps to engage with attorneys and staff at all levels, say Jacqueline Simonovich at Weintraub Tobin and Lindsey Mignano at Smith Shapourian.

  • ITC Consent Orders Can Be Complicated In IP Cases

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    Following a five-year high for U.S. International Trade Commission investigations terminated by consent order or settlement, it’s important for respondents and complainants in cases involving intellectual property right claims to understand the consequences that can arise when this method is used to end an inquiry, says Andrew Kasnevich at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Justices Must Apply Law Evenly In Shadow Docket Rulings

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    In recent shadow docket decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has inconsistently applied the requirement that parties demonstrate irreparable harm to obtain injunctive relief, which is problematic for two separate but related reasons, says David Hopkins at Benesch.

  • Tips For Negotiating Litigation Funding Agreements

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    Allen Fagin and Ralph Sutton at Validity Finance break down the key components of litigation funding term sheets — from return calculations to funder involvement — and explain what law firm leaders should keep in mind when negotiating these provisions.

  • M&A Risk Management Considerations Amid War In Ukraine

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    The business implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing, slowing down record M&A activity and underscoring the need to expand the scope of due diligence when evaluating investment targets, says Snežana Gebauer at StoneTurn.

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