International Trade

  • June 23, 2022

    Bipartisan Bill Looks To Stop Data Sale To 'High-Risk' Nations

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at giving the federal government the authority to prevent the sale of Americans' personal data to "high-risk" foreign countries such as China.

  • June 23, 2022

    Commerce Sets Anti-Dumping Duties For Fertilizer Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce finalized anti-dumping duties on imports of Russian and Trinidadian fertilizer that were found to be subsidized and sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices.

  • June 23, 2022

    Ex-ADI Engineer Tries To Sink Lone Trade Secrets Conviction

    A former Analog Devices Inc. engineer who was acquitted on all but one charge alleging he stole company trade secrets to jumpstart a side business selling computer chips argued Thursday the lone guilty finding wasn't supported by evidence.

  • June 22, 2022

    Trump Ally Can't Escape Illegal Lobbying Charges

    Businessman and former Donald Trump adviser Thomas Barrack can't escape charges that he sought hundreds of millions of dollars in investments from the United Arab Emirates while secretly lobbying on behalf of the Middle Eastern country, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • June 22, 2022

    Split En Banc 8th Circ. Upholds Ark.'s Israel Boycott Ban

    An Arkansas law prohibiting the state from contracting with companies that boycott Israel does not violate the First Amendment, a split en banc Eighth Circuit ruled Wednesday, reversing a split three-judge panel's decision after finding that the law affects only economic decisions, not protected free speech.

  • June 22, 2022

    Vidal's New Guidance May Make Fintiv Denials Even Rarer

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal unveiled new guidance Wednesday on when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board may deny review of patents based on parallel litigation, which attorneys say brings needed clarity and could reduce the already dwindling number of such denials.

  • June 22, 2022

    BakerHostetler Adds O'Melveny IP Pro For West Coast Team

    BakerHostetler has picked up a partner from O'Melveny & Myers LLP with more than a decade of experience advising clients in patent and trademark matters for its California intellectual property team.

  • June 22, 2022

    Japanese Steel Co. Sues Over Security Tariff Treatment

    A Japanese steel manufacturer is challenging the results of the U.S.' anti-dumping review of its exports, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday that the government incorrectly deducted national security tariffs from its U.S. prices.

  • June 22, 2022

    DOJ Official Confirms CCO Certs. Are New Settlement Staple

    A senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice's fraud section said Wednesday that companies can expect a new policy requiring that chief compliance officers certify agreements with the department to "most likely" be part of every new deal moving forward.

  • June 21, 2022

    Fed. Circ.'s New COVID Rules Let More Attend Arguments

    The Federal Circuit has revised its COVID-19 protocols to increase the number of people allowed at in-person arguments, about a week after the Washington, D.C., appellate court expanded the kinds of testing it would accept from lawyers who plan to argue in person.

  • June 21, 2022

    Garland Pledges War Crimes Aid In Surprise Ukraine Visit

    Attorney General Merrick Garland made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Tuesday, tapping a federal prosecutor known for hunting down former Nazis to help Kyiv investigate Russian war criminals.

  • June 21, 2022

    Atty Says Feds Destroyed Evidence, Wants FCPA Case Tossed

    An attorney charged in an $84 million bribery scheme argued in Massachusetts federal court that the charge against him should be dropped on the eve of trial after the FBI destroyed evidence that could have cast doubt on his guilt and also wiped clean any record of what happened to the proof in question.

  • June 21, 2022

    Importers, USTR Wrestle Over Deadline In China Tariff Case

    A group of importers challenging tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of Chinese goods slammed the government's request for more time to assess public comments on those levies Tuesday, urging the U.S. Court of International Trade to take a hard line.

  • June 21, 2022

    Justices Won't Take On German Car Antitrust MDL

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider U.S. car dealerships' bid to revive their antitrust allegations accusing German auto manufacturers of conspiring to control diesel emissions system specifications.

  • June 21, 2022

    Build-A-Bear Loses Lawsuit Over Fluffed Toy Custom Duties

    An appellate court refused on Tuesday to overturn a finding on tax classification rules that prevent Build-A-Bear from claiming that some accessories sold with its toys in the U.K. are duty free.

  • June 21, 2022

    Irish Central Bank Reminds Trade Bodies Of Sanctions Duties

    The Irish central bank has sent a letter to the country's trade bodies reminding them of their obligations to enforce European Union sanctions against Russia and Belarus for the invasion of Ukraine.

  • June 17, 2022

    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    As the legal market adjusted to pressures of a global pandemic and saw demand for complex legal services soar, many law firms spent 2021 locked in a fierce war for talent to meet ever-expanding client needs.

  • June 17, 2022

    Will BigLaw Regret Its Hiring Spree As The Economy Softens?

    The largest 200 law firms in the U.S. boosted their headcount by an average of 5.6% in 2021 — the steepest increase in five years, according to the Law360 400. Here's a look at what those numbers mean and where firms may be headed if the economy slows in the coming year.

  • June 20, 2022

    At Federal Circuit, ITC Backs Phillip Morris Import Ban

    Lawyers from the U.S. International Trade Commission are telling judges on the Federal Circuit to reject a legal bid by Philip Morris International and Altria to beat a ban on bringing its IQOS-branded products into the U.S. after they were found to be knockoffs.

  • June 20, 2022

    EU Extends Crimean Annexation Sanctions By Another Year

    The EU said Monday it will extend its sanctions against Russia for the 2014 annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol until June 2023 after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine faces "greater hostile activity" from Russia as war continues to rip through the country.

  • June 17, 2022

    WTO Vax Patent Deal Seen As Doing Little To Boost Access

    The World Trade Organization's narrow agreement allowing developing countries to authorize the use of patents for COVID-19 vaccines has dismayed both supporters and opponents of waiving intellectual property rights amid the pandemic, and attorneys say its impact on vaccine access will be limited.

  • June 17, 2022

    MD Helicopters Gets $210M Ch. 11 Sale Liftoff In Del. Court

    Former Lynn Tilton-led MD Helicopters Inc. secured a Delaware bankruptcy judge's approval Friday for a $210 million debt-for-equity sale to a creditor group, overcoming the Dutch government's objection that the deal wrongly excluded a $16.1 million judgment lien it won in an Arizona court.

  • June 17, 2022

    Ex-Trump Aide Navarro Can't Delay Trial Due To His Book Tour

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday scheduled a November trial date for former Trump White House trade adviser Peter Navarro's contempt of Congress criminal case and rejected his defense team's request for a delay until April 2023 to avoid interfering with the promotion of Navarro's forthcoming book.

  • June 17, 2022

    Sberbank Developing SWIFT Alternative After Ban

    The head of Russia's largest bank said Friday that it is building an alternative to SWIFT, the international messaging network for cross-border payments, after it was banned from the system in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • June 17, 2022

    Ukraine's EU Membership Bid Gets Commission Backing

    The European Commission formally endorsed Ukraine's application on Friday for European Union membership, giving the war-torn country candidate status pending approval of all 27 governments in the bloc at their June 23 summit.

Expert Analysis

  • Commerce Tariff Memo Helps Dispel Clouds For US Solar Cos.

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    Solar suppliers and developers face numerous uncertainties due to the U.S. Department of Commerce's investigation into whether photovoltaic cells imported from Southeast Asian countries are circumventing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders against cells from China — but a recent department memorandum provides some clarification, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Nev. Case Highlights Settlement Authority Dilemmas For Cos.

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    A Nevada federal court's recent decision in Ceja v. The Vons Companies illustrates the pitfalls of misinterpreting a court order requiring a representative with full settlement authority to be present at negotiations, and is a reminder to consider that courts differ as to what full settlement authority means in practice, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Unpacking OFAC's New Russian Accounting Services Ban

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    New determinations issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control put a broad swath of accounting, trust and corporate formation, management consulting, legal service providers, and others at heightened risk for strict liability sanctions violations for dealings with Russia, requiring affected entities to update their procedures, say Cari Stinebower and Dainia Jabaji at Winston & Strawn.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • How Russia's Parallel Import Order May Affect Companies' IP

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    The Russian government's new decree legalizing parallel imports of certain goods will likely make it difficult for international manufacturers to protect their intellectual property rights in Russia, though some potential avenues of negotiation remain, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Look At Fed. Circ. Composition As 40th Birthday Nears

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    As the Federal Circuit turns 40 years old, the ongoing shift toward a more patent-specialized judiciary is likely to affect both upcoming decisions and the expanding field of patent law, say James Lovsin and Ashley Hatzenbihler at McDonnell Boehnen.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • Opinion

    Biden Should Act Now To Finalize SEP Draft Policy Statement

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    In the wake of the public comment period on proposed revisions to standard-essential patent policy, which revealed overwhelming support for the changes, the Biden administration should finalize the draft statement, says Brian Scarpelli at ACT | The App Association.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • Despite Climate Goals, US Likely To Fill Europe's LNG Needs

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    Although companies and nations have set ambitious goals for reduced greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10-30 years, Europe's move away from reliance on Russian gas in the wake of the war in Ukraine will be a boon for the U.S. liquefied natural gas sector, say attorneys at Womble Bond.

  • CBPR Forum Is An Opportunity For Global Privacy Framework

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    The U.S. and other countries participating in the recently announced Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules Forum should align the new CBPR standards with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and develop a privacy framework that can truly function globally, creating consistency for businesses and consumers, say Jeremy Beutler and Taylor Osher at Stubbs Alderton.

  • Complying With The US Ban On Russian-Affiliated Vessels

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    In light of recently strengthened sanctions against Russia in the maritime sector, all vessel owners, operators and charterers should carefully review affiliations to Russian entities in order avoid being denied entry into U.S. ports, say Jeffrey Orenstein and Luke Reid at K&L Gates.

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