International Trade

  • July 22, 2022

    EU Takes New Action Against UK Over Brexit Tax Rules

    The European Commission began new infringement proceedings against the U.K. on Friday, saying the country has breached its obligations to enforce customs and tax rules under the agreement that took the country out of the bloc.

  • July 22, 2022

    Ex-Paraguay President Faces US Sanctions For 'Corruption'

    The U.S. Department of State on Friday sanctioned Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, a former president of Paraguay, for allegedly engaging in "significant corruption" and being involved with foreign terrorist groups.

  • July 22, 2022

    Freight Co. Launches $3M Suit Over Spoiled Palm Olein

    A Liberian-based importer was slapped with a $3 million admiralty suit in Delaware federal court by a Singaporean freight company claiming the importer's faulty stowage plan — particularly its negligent temperature monitoring — damaged its cargo and cost it millions.

  • July 22, 2022

    Transportation Regulation To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2022

    Electric and autonomous vehicle rules, ocean shipping and rail industry reforms, and initiatives tackling the supply-chain crunch are just some of the transportation industry's top regulatory priorities to watch in the latter half of 2022.

  • July 22, 2022

    Metal Importers Officially Barred After Terves Patent Win

    A Northern Ohio federal judge has barred two metal manufacturers from making, selling or otherwise dealing with patented dissolvable alloy materials held by drilling tools material company Terves LLC until the patents expire.

  • July 21, 2022

    Samsung Planning 11 New Semiconductor Plants In Texas

    Samsung has filed applications for state tax incentives that indicate the multinational firm is considering building 11 semiconductor facilities in Texas.

  • July 21, 2022

    US Launches New Labor Rights Challenge At Mexican Factory

    The Biden administration announced a new challenge over workers' civil liberties at a Mexican factory Thursday, just days after announcing the resolution of a similar call to action under the North American trade deal.

  • July 21, 2022

    Treasury Unit Dings Okla. Bank Over WMD Sanctions Violation

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday said an Oklahoma bank violated sanctions rules when it failed to freeze assets for two clients after the pair were blacklisted under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations.

  • July 21, 2022

    PTAB Mulls Validity Of Novartis Syringe IP In Regeneron Fight

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday considered whether Novartis can beat an invalidity challenge from Regeneron over a pre-filled eye injection syringe patent with an argument that skilled artisans would not have come up with the invention because of safety concerns.

  • July 21, 2022

    Canada Joins US In Challenging Mexican Energy Policies

    Canada is joining the U.S. in challenging Mexico's recent decision to prioritize domestically generated power, calling for consultations under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to settle the dispute.

  • July 21, 2022

    Unanimous Senate Passes Bill To Suspend Tariffs On Formula

    The U.S. Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent on Thursday to remove tariffs on infant formula through the end of the year, a move lawmakers say will help relieve a monthslong nationwide shortage.

  • July 21, 2022

    ITC Blocks Toner Supply Imports That Infringe Canon's IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is blocking several companies, mostly from China, from importing toner supply containers and related parts that infringe Canon Inc.'s patented technology.

  • July 21, 2022

    PPE Co. Blames 3rd Parties In FedEx Unit's $26.8M Glove Suit

    A Maryland-based protective equipment supplier accused of not paying $26.8 million for the shipment of examination gloves detained at a California port launched its own suit Wednesday to pass the buck on to its supplier and transport contractor.

  • July 20, 2022

    ITC Vote Has No Bearing On Russia Duties, Fertilizer Co. Says

    A U.S. fertilizer company is pushing the government to move forward with duties on Russian fertilizer after the U.S. International Trade Commission put an end to tariff investigations, arguing that the commission's blessing is unnecessary.

  • July 20, 2022

    Credit Suisse, Feds Eye $23M Restitution In Mozambique Case

    A Credit Suisse subsidiary in the U.K. has agreed with New York federal prosecutors that it should have to pay more than $22.6 million in restitution to investors caught up in a Mozambican loan fraud scheme that led to millions of dollars in fines for the Swiss bank last year.

  • July 20, 2022

    Draft Bill Seeks 25% Tax Credit For Chipmaking Investment

    The federal government would provide a new 25% tax credit for investments in semiconductor manufacturing under draft legislation obtained by Law360 Wednesday that also includes appropriations for the legislative branch.

  • July 20, 2022

    Rimon Adds Ex-DLA Piper Corporate Regulatory Atty In NY

    Rimon PC announced earlier this week that it hired an experienced international corporate regulatory attorney previously at DLA Piper LLP as a New York-based of counsel.

  • July 20, 2022

    Russia Partially Lifts Ban On Forex Trading By Western Banks

    Russia's central bank partially ended its ban on Wednesday on foreign exchange trading by lenders from countries that have imposed sanctions, as it attempts to help the country's financial institutions provide specific currencies for clients.

  • July 20, 2022

    US Challenges Mexico Over Energy Policy Shift

    The U.S. announced a formal challenge to Mexico's shifting energy policy under President Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador on Wednesday, invoking multiple sections of the current North American trade agreement in a request for consultations.

  • July 19, 2022

    Biden Issues Order To Fight Unlawful Detentions Abroad

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at bolstering U.S. efforts in bringing Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad home, while also authorizing the government to impose sanctions on foreign actors involved in such unlawful detentions.

  • July 19, 2022

    Importer Misinterprets Meaning Of Frozen Fruit, Feds Argue

    Attorneys for the Biden administration have pressed a U.S. Court of International Trade judge to toss arguments from an importer of frozen fruit from Canada, saying the importer misconstrued the meaning of "fruit" in tariff classifications.

  • July 19, 2022

    PetroSaudi Says $380M Award Remains Off-Limits To US

    A PetroSaudi unit Monday rebutted the U.S. government's argument that a nearly $380 million arbitral award allegedly tied to embezzled 1Malaysia Development Bhd. funds has been moved within its reach, telling the Ninth Circuit that the money is still protected under sovereign immunity.

  • July 19, 2022

    The Biggest Trade Policy Stories Of 2022: Midyear Report

    After more than a year of focusing mostly on pressing domestic issues, the Biden administration began to more strongly assert itself on the international stage in 2022 by forging new alliances, ramping up enforcement and striking new deals at the World Trade Organization.

  • July 19, 2022

    China, EU Say A Stable World Economy Is A Shared Duty

    Europe and China have a shared responsibility to maintain global economic stability amid the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 and financial upheaval caused by Russia's war against Ukraine, the European Commission said Tuesday in a recap of its annual trade sit-down with the Asian nation.

  • July 19, 2022

    Groups Say Louisiana LNG Project Would Harm Climate

    Two environmental groups Tuesday launched a suit alleging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inappropriately issued permits for a natural gas export terminal in Louisiana, despite the considerable climate damages it would cause.

Expert Analysis

  • SEC's Ripple Case Shows Limits Of Outdated Securities Test

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against Ripple Labs is just one example of its aggressive approach to defining cryptocurrencies as securities, putting the crypto industry at risk and demonstrating why a new test is needed to determine which digital assets should register with the SEC, says J.W. Verret at George Mason University.

  • How To Wind Down Patents In Russia Over Next 3 Months

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    With June 23 approaching as the last day on which U.S. businesses may pay anything to the Russian patent office for filing patents directly or through international Patent Cooperation Treaty applications, practitioners should begin making crucial filing and search decisions now to avoid liability, says Mark Mathison at Kilpatrick.

  • Russia-Exposed Cos. Should Plan For Sanctions Litigation

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    Attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson discuss how Russia-exposed businesses can mitigate new risks of lawsuits brought in Russia under Russian countersanctions laws, issues related to contract rights, and claims from parties harmed by the war in Ukraine.

  • Key Facets Of Final Buy American Rule For Gov't Contractors

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    Federal contractors must understand how and when the Buy American sourcing rules included in recent amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation apply so they can determine the impact on their contracts and supply chains, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Regulating Crypto Shouldn't Hinge On Securities Status

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    President Joe Biden's recent executive order on digital assets signals that the government recognizes the importance of crypto markets, but effective oversight cannot occur unless federal agencies reevaluate their approach to regulating crypto only in the context of deciding whether they are securities, say Joseph Hall and Jai Massari at Davis Polk.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct

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    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • Executive Order Is First Step In Supporting Digital Assets

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    President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order that outlines a whole-of-government approach to supporting digital asset innovation, and while it demonstrates a commitment to providing regulatory clarity for the development and use of cryptocurrency, the process for doing so will be time-consuming and multifaceted, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • How Multinationals Can Withstand US-China Trade Conflict

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    Multinational companies caught between conflicting trade laws as a result of growing tension between the U.S. and China should set up contingency plans and triage teams to address enforcement risk, and move forward any compliance audits they may have planned, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Aviation Watch: How Russia Sanctions Will Affect Aviation

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    Sanctions levied against Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine will likely leave the country with almost no national air transport industry, but will also have significant impacts on the Western aviation sector as well, from complicating flight paths to jeopardizing leasing arrangements, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • What Tighter Sanctions Against Russia Mean For Companies

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    Amid U.S. sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, companies and individuals with business relationships in that region should expect disruptions to payment and transactions systems, and should prepare for increased diligence and compliance requirements, say George Wang and Abram Ellis at Simpson Thacher.

  • 4 Ways To Preserve Confidentiality Of Litigation Funding Docs

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    Though two recent rulings by Massachusetts and Illinois federal courts add to the growing body of case law denying discovery into litigation funding arrangements, prudence necessitates that lawyers, clients and funders follow certain best practices to ensure that their communications are not discoverable by opposing parties, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Rebuttal

    Remote Hearings Are Ill-Suited Default For Litigation Realities

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    A recent Law360 guest article suggests that remote proceedings should be the default in civil litigation even after the pandemic, but courts should continue to give parties the option to appear in person because it can actually save long-term costs, prepare younger attorneys more effectively, and bring a necessary degree of seriousness to hearings, says Mark​ Eisen at Benesch Friedlander.

  • Perspectives

    ABA's New Anti-Bias Curriculum Rule Is Insufficient

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    The American Bar Association's recently approved requirement that law schools educate students on bias, cross-cultural competency and racism, while a step in the right direction, fails to publicly acknowledge and commit to eradicating the systemic racial inequality in our legal system, says criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann.

  • IFIT Ruling May Give Future IP Damages Litigants A Workout

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    The recent Delaware federal case, iFIT v. Peloton, holding that litigation-related conduct may provide a basis for enhanced patent damages even absent willful infringement, has the potential to present challenges for both plaintiffs and defendants if adopted by other courts, says Robert Sloss at Procopio Cory.

  • 5 Advertising Enforcement Trends To Watch

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    As the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators step up consumer protection enforcement related to advertising and marketing, savvy companies should pay especially close attention to compliance around key issues including automatic subscription renewals, reviews and endorsements, U.S. origin claims, and green washing, say Amanda Beane and Jason Howell at Perkins Coie.

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