International Trade

  • June 14, 2019

    Int'l Court Nixes UAE Request In Qatar Blockade Fight

    The United Arab Emirates on Friday failed to persuade the International Court of Justice to prevent Qatar from escalating a dispute over an allegedly discriminatory and harmful blockade the larger country imposed after accusing Qatar of funding terrorist groups.

  • June 14, 2019

    Trump Under Corporate Pressure To End China Trade War

    More than 660 American companies and industry associations — including Walmart, Target, Macy’s and other major retailers — urged President Donald Trump to resolve his administration’s trade dispute with China, as the president’s threat to slap tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods hangs in the balance.

  • June 14, 2019

    FTC Says 13 Cos. Falsely Claim Privacy Shield Status

    Thirteen companies received warning letters from the Federal Trade Commission for falsely claiming to participate in international privacy agreements that allow them to transfer data from Europe to the United States, the agency announced on Friday.

  • June 14, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Questions Handling Of Dormant Duty Review

    The Federal Circuit ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of Commerce has the authority to restart discontinued duty reviews, but questioned the agency's decision to impose a high anti-dumping duty on a company for not cooperating with a probe that resumed years after it had been halted.

  • June 14, 2019

    EU, US Reach Deal On Hormone-Free Beef Imports

    The European Union on Friday said it has struck a deal with the United States that guarantees American farmers a fixed share of a quota on hormone-free beef exports, ending a decadeslong trade battle over the U.S.' use of growth-promoting hormones in beef.

  • June 14, 2019

    Top UK Court Won't Hear Bank Mellat's Disclosure Appeal

    The U.K.'s Supreme Court has quashed a request by an Iranian bank to reverse a decision requiring it to hand over an underacted customer list as part of its $1.6 billion lawsuit against the British Treasury.

  • June 14, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Citibank, ING and a number of other banks sue Sudan and the country's central bank, a London derivatives broker file an appeal against a rival that's accused it of poaching employees and foreign exchange specialists Monex sue two former workers. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2019

    US Pauses WTO Case Against China's IP Policies

    The Trump administration has made the surprising move to suspend its World Trade Organization case against China's patent and technology transfer rules until the end of the year, the WTO announced Friday.

  • June 13, 2019

    NY Regulator Looks To Extend Deutsche Bank Monitorship

    New York’s top financial services regulator isn’t yet satisfied with Deutsche Bank’s progress on strengthening its anti-money laundering compliance programs under a 2017 consent order and is moving to keep an outside monitor at the bank for longer, Law360 confirmed Thursday.

  • June 13, 2019

    Trump-Xi Meeting Still In Doubt With Tariffs At The Ready

    White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow signaled Thursday that President Donald Trump may quickly punish China with further tariffs if Chinese President Xi Jinping does not agree to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of this month’s G-20 summit.

  • June 13, 2019

    Chinese Carbon Imports Undercut US Prices, Commerce Says

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has handed down its early-phase tariffs on activated carbon imported from China after finding that the imports were sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, according to a notice to be published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • June 13, 2019

    NY Wholesaler Pleads Guilty To Fake Military Gear Charges

    A wholesaler from Brooklyn has pled guilty in Rhode Island federal court to charges stemming from the peddling of $20 million worth of phony, Chinese-made uniforms and gear to the U.S. military and government, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • June 13, 2019

    US Says Expedia, Others Violated Sanctions With Cuban Trips

    Three travel companies, including Expedia, have settled allegations that they helped tourists travel to Cuba or arranged trips for Cuban nationals five to eight years ago in violation of ongoing U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday.

  • June 13, 2019

    Hyundai Using ITC To Undermine Trial Court, Parts Co. Says

    Direct Technologies International Inc. has urged a North Carolina federal court to enjoin Hyundai Motor America Inc. from asking the International Trade Commission to block DTI's imports, saying the auto giant is undermining litigation underway in district court.

  • June 13, 2019

    China Vows To Remove Illegal Farm Subsidies Before April

    The Chinese government will remove or alter its wheat and rice subsidies by March 31 after they were deemed illegal by a World Trade Organization panel that handed a win to the U.S., the WTO announced Thursday, marking a rare bit of cooperation in the otherwise acrimonious U.S.-China trade partnership.

  • June 12, 2019

    ITC Greenlights Hefty Tariffs On Chinese Quartz

    The U.S. International Trade Commission found that American quartz producers have been hobbled by unfairly traded quartz surface products from China, greenlighting the U.S. government to slap the imported countertops with triple-digit tariffs.

  • June 12, 2019

    Another Iranian Military Force-Related Co. Sanctioned

    An apparent financial conduit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been sanctioned for allegedly trafficking hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the military force’s Iraqi-backed militias, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2019

    Flynn Ditches Covington Team For Mueller Conspiracist

    Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn has hired a lawyer who peddled conspiracy theories about the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to replace Covington & Burling LLP as he faces sentencing on a charge of lying to investigators.

  • June 12, 2019

    Venezuelan Commodities Co. Gets Interim Arbitral Award OK'd

    U.S. commodities supplier Tradiverse Corp. must pay a $650,000 interim arbitral award in a delivery dispute with a Venezuelan commodities merchant, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday, concluding that Tradiverse was not denied a fair hearing as it had argued.

  • June 12, 2019

    NJ Woman Cops To Smuggling $2M In Aircraft Parts To Iran

    A New Jersey woman has pled guilty for her role in a scheme to smuggle $2 million worth of U.S.-made aircraft parts to Iranian airlines, including one with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the Trump administration recently labeled a terrorist group, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2019

    Treasury Blacklists Syrian Luxury Developer For Assad Ties

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a Syrian luxury developer and his business empire, which includes the Four Seasons Damascus, in a bid to choke out financial assistance to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

  • June 11, 2019

    Feds Say Taped Calls Are Fair Game In Oil Bribery Case

    Prosecutors said Monday that a Florida man accused of bribing PetroEcuador officials can't claim to have lawyered up before he was secretly recorded by an informant because the recordings dealt with a crime that hadn't yet been committed.

  • June 11, 2019

    Seafood Co. Says Rival Spawned From Stolen Trade Secrets

    Frozen seafood company High Liner Foods hit a Los Angeles-based rival with a suit in California federal court Tuesday claiming that former employees of a High Liner division started the competing business using stolen trade secrets.

  • June 11, 2019

    No Tax On $4M Gain For Greek Mining Co., DC Circ. Affirms

    The Internal Revenue Service again lost arguments to tax $4 million that a Greek mining company accrued after redeeming a U.S. partnership interest when the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday that the sale did not result in U.S.-sourced income.  

  • June 11, 2019

    That Was Guacward: Brother Always Had Right To Avocado IP

    A Dominican avocado company has dropped its plant patent infringement suit against a competitor run by the inventor's brother, telling a Florida federal court that he always had a right to use the patented avocado.

Expert Analysis

  • Setting The Record Straight On Women In Court Reporting

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    Today, 89 percent of court reporters are women, but I remember sitting behind my steno machine in the '80s and being asked by a judge if I, as a woman, would have the emotional fortitude to work a murder case, says Karen Santucci, chairwoman of the Plaza College court reporting program.

  • NC Is Perfect Candidate For Foreign-Income Tax Conformity

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    With the lowest state corporate tax rate, an international manufacturing base, and a high-tech and university cluster, North Carolina is a great testing ground for the success of the preferential 13 percent federal tax rate for foreign-derived intangible income, says Rick Minor of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Limiting Supreme Court's Size Is Not Enough

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    The proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a constitutionally mandated nine-justice U.S. Supreme Court does not address any of the well-known problems with the current system — problems that could be solved through a nonpartisan package of reforms, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Clarifications Needed After DOJ's New FCPA Policy

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent revisions to its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act corporate enforcement policy fall short of answering several key cooperation questions faced by companies, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • US Policy On Cuba Litigation Comes With Risks For Cos.

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    A newly effective embargo measure that allows U.S. claimants to sue the Cuban government in U.S. courts for confiscated Cuban property may soon be expanded to permit lawsuits against non-Cuban entities operating in Cuba. Attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss key issues surrounding the policy change.

  • Assessing Compliance Risk Under DOJ China Initiative

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative should be a signal to Chinese companies, multinational companies with Chinese subsidiaries, and U.S.-based investors in Chinese companies — it's time to design and implement strong anti-corruption and anti-bribery programs, says Jean Chow-Callam of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • How China's Version Of CFIUS Will Expand Security Reviews

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    China's foreign investment security review regime shares many characteristics with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. And as tensions rise between the two countries, China, like the U.S., is set to scrutinize more deals, says Guogang Li of the Tahota Law Firm.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Opinion

    FTC Must Step Up Policies On False 'Made In USA' Claims

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    While the Federal Trade Commission is mandated to defend the integrity of "made in USA" labels, settlements in recent years have established a trend of failing to punish even the most egregious of fraudulent claims, says Anson Smuts of O'Keefe.

  • The Future Of The USMCA: 3 Possible Scenarios

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    The Trump administration would like Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by June, but progress has been slow. The deal's fate will depend on cooperation from Democrats, support from Republicans and the strategy pursued by the president, says Robert Kyle of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Emerging Road Map For FCPA Compliance, Cooperation

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    Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has firmly entered a new era of transparency under U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, says Kevin Feldis of Perkins Coie LLP.

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