International Trade

  • September 11, 2023

    Del. Judge Cites 3rd Circ. Ruling In Toss Of Gun Law Suit

    A federal judge in Delaware has dismissed the National Shooting Sports Foundation's pre-enforcement challenge to a state law approved in 2022 that allows the attorney general or private individuals to sue firearms industry members whose conduct through sales, manufacturing or related actions "contributes to a public nuisance."

  • September 11, 2023

    Exxon, ConocoPhillips Move To Defend Alaska LNG Export Site

    Developers behind a $43 billion gas export complex in Alaska, including ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, asked the D.C. Circuit on Monday to let them defend a federal government review of the project's climate change effects from a challenge by environmental groups.

  • September 11, 2023

    FERC Backs Its Enviro Review Of La. LNG Terminal In DC Circ.

    Federal energy regulators defended the approval of a Louisiana gas export terminal, arguing they did not have to gauge the development's climate change impact and showed the project's public benefit justified its environmental damage, according to a brief filed in the D.C. Circuit.

  • September 11, 2023

    Lumber Groups Say US Duties On Canadian Lumber Too Low

    A coalition of lumber trade groups and companies urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to do away with the U.S. Department of Commerce's 2021 dumping margins for some softwood lumber products from Canada, saying the agency's price calculations wrongly included countervailing duty costs.

  • September 11, 2023

    Ex-FBI Field Office Boss Eyes Plea Over Albanian Payments

    The former head of the FBI's New York counterintelligence office is in talks with D.C. federal prosecutors to resolve a case in which he's accused of concealing a friendship with a former Albanian intelligence operative as well as $225,000 in payments from him, after pleading guilty to money laundering conspiracy in a separate Manhattan case.

  • September 08, 2023

    Reynolds Hit With False Ad Suit Over 'Made In U.S.A.' Label

    A customer of Reynolds Consumer Products LLC on Thursday accused the company of falsely labeling its aluminum foil product as made in the United States, saying that none of the bauxite ore used to make the aluminum is mined in the country, according to the proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • September 08, 2023

    DOJ Nets 1st Corporate Resolution Of Iran Oil Sanctions Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday said it had reached its first corporate criminal resolution involving the illicit sale of Iranian oil in violation of U.S. sanctions and seized over 980,000 barrels of crude oil from a Greek shipping company.

  • September 08, 2023

    India, US End Long-Standing Poultry Dispute At WTO

    India will lower tariffs on U.S. poultry and several other agricultural products, ending the two countries' last outstanding dispute before the World Trade Organization, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Friday.

  • September 08, 2023

    Ex-DOJ Official Joins Steptoe & Johnson's White Collar Team

    A Justice Department attorney with a decade of experience busting criminal enterprises and money laundering organizations has joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP's investigations and white collar defense group in New York.

  • September 08, 2023

    Clean Energy Tax Rules Phase 2 To Focus On US Production

    The second round of rulemaking for the Inflation Reduction Act's clean energy tax incentives will start this fall and will prioritize the publication of more guidance that aims to boost domestic manufacturing and national security, U.S. Department of the Treasury officials said Friday.

  • September 08, 2023

    Former DOJ Atty Joins Duane Morris White Collar Team In DC

    Duane Morris LLP is bulking up its trial practice group with the addition of an experienced white collar litigator out of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 08, 2023

    Structural Steel Parts Will Stay Duty-Free, Fed. Circ. Rules

    The Federal Circuit has backed a U.S. Court of International Trade finding that imported Chinese, Canadian and Mexican fabricated structural steel parts are not hurting U.S. producers, finding the U.S. International Trade Commission examined enough evidence to make the determination.

  • September 07, 2023

    2nd Doc To Evaluate Judge Newman Says She's Fit To Serve

    A forensic psychiatrist's recent evaluation of Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman, whose colleagues are investigating her fitness to remain on the bench, found no evidence of mental disability that would interfere with her judicial service, according to a report her attorneys released Thursday.

  • September 07, 2023

    CIT Lets Feds Revisit National Security Duty Waiver Requests

    The U.S. Court of International Trade granted the U.S. Department of Commerce's request to revisit three steel importers' request to be exempted from so-called Section 232 national security tariffs, over the importers' protests that the remand would accomplish little.

  • September 07, 2023

    Fed. Circ. Mulls Whether Plastic-Covered Gloves Are Plastic

    The Federal Circuit is set to decide whether the U.S. Court of International Trade wrongly assessed a 13.2% tariff for plastic glove imports that the maker says should be duty-free after hearing from both sides about the proper classification of knitted gloves that are only partially covered in plastic.

  • September 07, 2023

    Toledo Port Says Union A Sore Loser Over 6th Circ. Ruling

    A Toledo, Ohio, port has asked the Sixth Circuit to ignore a rehearing petition from the International Longshoremen's Association, arguing that the court rightly revived the port's suit over a boycott orchestrated by the union and that the petition is just a "mere disagreement with the panel's application of settled law."

  • September 07, 2023

    Peter Navarro Found Guilty Of Contempt Of Congress

    A Washington, D.C., federal jury convicted former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro of contempt of Congress on Thursday for failing to comply with a subpoena in the House investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a verdict Navarro vowed to appeal.

  • September 07, 2023

    US, UK Hit More Russian 'Trickbot' Members With Sanctions

    The United States and the United Kingdom on Thursday sanctioned 11 individuals they say are behind the Russia-based cybercrime syndicate Trickbot that hacked into U.S. hospitals during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, disrupting communication networks and diverting ambulances.

  • September 07, 2023

    Ex-FTX Exec Cops Plea, But Not Cooperating Against SBF

    Former FTX executive Ryan Salame copped Thursday to charges including scheming with Sam Bankman-Fried to make tens of millions of dollars of fraudulent political donations to boost the fallen crypto exchange, pleading guilty without an agreement to cooperate against his former boss.

  • September 07, 2023

    Philips Inks $479M Economic Losses Deal In CPAP Recall MDL

    Koninklijke Philips NV announced Thursday that it had inked a settlement worth at least $479 million for plaintiffs claiming economic damages from the recall of Philips' breathing machines in a multidistrict litigation, though the final settlement amount will depend on how many people make claims.

  • September 06, 2023

    InterDigital Hits Lenovo, Motorola With Patent Fights

    Wireless and video technology company InterDigital has launched legal proceedings in federal district court and at the International Trade Commission alleging Lenovo and Motorola laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones infringe multiple patents on coding and wireless technology.

  • September 06, 2023

    Crypto Coder Denies Aiding North Korea In Alleged $1B Plot

    A software developer who helped operate Tornado Cash, a crypto transfer service that facilitates secretive transactions, appeared Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to deny charges that he helped North Korea launder money as part of a $1 billion conspiracy.

  • September 06, 2023

    Feds Want 30-Year Sentence For OneCoin Co-Founder

    An accomplice to the mastermind behind the $4 billion OneCoin cryptocurrency fraud should be sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for crimes that were "extraordinary and involved nearly unprecedented dimensions," prosecutors have told a New York federal judge.

  • September 06, 2023

    Navarro Team Says Gov't Can't Back Up Contempt Claims

    Counsel for former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro cautioned a Washington, D.C., federal jury Wednesday against what he said are the government's oversold claims that Navarro "deliberately" decided not to comply with a subpoena issued during the congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

  • September 06, 2023

    Texas LNG Developers Defend FERC Extension At DC Circ.

    Federal energy regulators were right to grant a construction extension for a gas export terminal expansion on the Gulf Coast after the project was bedeviled with delays and disruptions provoked by the coronavirus pandemic, project developers have told a D.C. Circuit panel.

Expert Analysis

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    Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • Cannabis Seed Importation Carries CBP Enforcement Risks

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    Though cannabis seed importation may be arguably legal, potential importers — such the recent MMJ-Global Cannabis partnership to bring cannabis THC products into the U.S. — risk action from U.S. Customs and Border Protection until the agency issues an official ruling on cannabis seed admissibility, say Adams Lee and Vince Sliwoski at Harris Bricken.

  • FARA Advisory Opinions Raise Questions For Digital Media

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's latest advisory opinions on the Foreign Agents Registration Act indicate that the broad geographic reach of the internet and digital media could bring a wide variety of activities within the scope of FARA, but lawyers are left to try to discern nuggets of guidance from these heavily redacted letters, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Halkbank Ruling Gives Gov't Leverage But Erodes Comity

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Halkbank v. U.S., denying the Turkish state-owned bank immunity from prosecution, erodes the historic principle of comity in favor of imposing domestic law on foreign states, and could potentially usher in an era of mutually assured litigation between world powers, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

  • Preparing For FDA's Surprise Foreign Drug Inspection Regime

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    Foreign drug manufacturers face an increased likelihood of unannounced inspections under a recently expanded U.S. Food and Drug Administration pilot program, so they should take several steps to prepare — or face the risk of an import alert blocking their product from the U.S. market, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Justices' Corruption Ruling May Shift DOJ Bank Fraud Tactics

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month in Ciminelli v. U.S., curtailing a government theory of wire fraud liability, prosecutors may need to reconsider their approach to the bank fraud statute, particularly when it comes to foreign bank enforcement, says Brian Kearney at Ballard Spahr.

  • Tips For Obtaining Removal From OFAC's Sanctions List

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    To obtain interim relief or removal from the Office of Foreign Assets Control's specially designated nationals list, sanctioned individuals or entities must determine why they were designated and seek relief from OFAC, while demonstrating transparency and a willingness to remediate conduct, says Robert Seiden at Seiden Law.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

  • Foreign Investment In Real Estate Is Getting More Complicated

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    Increasing federal scrutiny and a proliferation of new state laws targeting foreign investment in real estate may complicate or prevent transactions even by U.S. companies or funds that have shareholders or limited partners from China and other countries of concern, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Virginia 'Rocket Docket' Slowdown Is Likely A Blip

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    After being the fastest or second-fastest federal civil trial court for 14 straight years, the Eastern District of Virginia has slid to 18th place, but the rocket docket’s statistical tumble doesn't mean the district no longer maintains a speedy civil docket, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • 5 Management Tips To Keep Law Firm Merger Talks Moving

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    Many law firm mergers that make solid business sense still fall apart due to the costs and frustrations of inefficient negotiations, but firm managers can increase the chance of success by effectively planning and executing merger discussions, say Lisa Smith and Kristin Stark at Fairfax Associates.

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