International Trade

  • June 11, 2019

    USTR Flooded With Pleas To Resist New Tariffs On China

    Companies across a wide array of industries have almost uniformly opposed the Trump administration's plan to expand a 25% import tariff to cover all goods from China, warning that any damage done to China will be at the expense of U.S. businesses and workers.

  • June 11, 2019

    FBI 'Engineered' Bribery Case In Haiti, Jury Hears

    Undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation pressured two men to divulge a bribery scheme in Haiti to fund an $84 million port project, but never proved that any such conspiracy existed, lawyers for the men told a federal jury in Boston on Tuesday as a weeklong trial began.

  • June 10, 2019

    Mexico Ill-Prepared To Absorb More Migrants In Trade Deal

    President Donald Trump is rapidly expanding his so-called Remain in Mexico policy as part of a trade deal announced Friday, but immigration attorneys said even the limited rollout of the policy has shown Mexico incapable of meeting migrants' basic humanitarian needs.

  • June 10, 2019

    Mexico Undercuts Trump’s Portrayal Of Agriculture Deal

    Mexico’s foreign minister said Monday that his government had not specifically committed to buy more U.S. agricultural goods as a part of Friday’s broader deal on immigration, appearing to rebut President Donald Trump’s characterization of the arrangement.

  • June 10, 2019

    CIT Finds Later-Developed Chinese Extrusions Skirt Duties

    Producers of a later-developed strain of aluminum extrusions from China are evading anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders but should not be hit with retroactive duties from the start of the U.S. Department of Commerce's probe into the matter, the U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled.

  • June 10, 2019

    Alleged Traffickers Look To Slip Out Of Phone-Smuggling Suit

    A group of alleged traffickers are seeking to escape part of a suit in Florida federal court accusing them of running a scheme to purchase TracFone's phones in bulk and sell them overseas at a markup, saying key allegations against them are too general to continue.

  • June 10, 2019

    Pakistan Fights India For Control Of £35M Fund In UK Trial

    Lawyers for India and Pakistan both claimed Monday they have a legal right to access funds in a bank account that was set up in the Partition era, kicking off a trial in London over the long-contested right to the fund, which is now worth £35 million ($44 million).

  • June 7, 2019

    Western Union To Pay $400K For Biz With Sanctioned Market

    Western Union agreed Friday to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Treasury after self-reporting that the Denver-based bank conducted thousands of transactions at a supermarket in the Gambia subject to counter-terrorism sanctions for ties to Hezbollah.

  • June 7, 2019

    FBI Agents Admit They Lost Call Recordings In Bribe Case

    Three FBI officials testified in Boston federal court Friday that they have no idea how the agency lost two recordings of an undercover agent's phone calls with a man accused of soliciting bribes from Haitian officials to fund an $84 million port project.

  • June 7, 2019

    Trump Abandons Tariff Threat After Deal With Mexico

    President Donald Trump abandoned his plan to impose unilateral tariffs on Mexican goods late Friday, announcing that he had secured a deal with Mexico to reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants across the U.S. southern border.

  • June 7, 2019

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

    The past week has seen administrators for London Capital & Finance sue the trustees of the failed bond firm, the owner of an oil tanker hit dozens of underwriters with insurance claims and a digital banking upstart take on NatWest. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 7, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Ford's Win On Vehicle Duties At CIT

    Ford Motor Co. has been slapped with a double-digit duty on its imported vans after the Federal Circuit on Friday found that the U.S. Court of International Trade erred in giving the automaker a lower tariff due to an improper vehicle classification.

  • June 7, 2019

    Importers Preparing For 'Chaos' As Mexico Tariffs Draw Near

    President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Mexican imports are slated to take effect on Monday, but the White House has provided little to no official guidance on how the duties will be administered, sowing confusion and discomfort among the customs bar and the importing companies.

  • June 7, 2019

    GSK Consultants' Suit Over Prison Stint Returns To Pa. Court

    Former GlaxoSmithKline PLC consultants have prevailed on their bid to remand litigation claiming they landed in Chinese prison after the business tricked them into investigating a whistleblower, with a Pennsylvania federal judge chastising the company for advancing inconsistent views on the state law claims.

  • June 7, 2019

    US Tightens Sanctions Squeeze On Iranian Oil Industry

    The Trump administration on Friday boosted sanctions on Iran's oil and gas sector, putting an off-limits sign on the country's largest petrochemical company and its subsidiaries for alleged financial ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

  • June 7, 2019

    March 2020 Trial Set In AIG Bank Theft Sanctions Dispute

    A dispute between the European arm of AIG and a Jordanian insurer suing the U.S. insurance giant after a multimillion-dollar theft from a Syrian bank is heading for trial in 2020, a court in London has confirmed.

  • June 7, 2019

    King & Spalding Nabs Ex-Fidal Trade Partner In Brussels

    King & Spalding LLP has brought on a former Fidal partner with a decade of experience in European Union trade matters to join its international trade group, the firm has announced.

  • June 6, 2019

    Chinese Co. Infringed Cholesterol Test Patents: ITC Judge

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge found Thursday that health care company ACON Laboratories and its Chinese affiliate are importing cholesterol testing device strips that infringe two patents held by diagnostic health product maker Polymer Technology Systems Inc.

  • June 6, 2019

    MoFo Brings On 4 Greenberg Partners To Open Miami Office

    Morrison & Foerster LLP is expanding to Miami with four partners from Greenberg Traurig LLP, including the co-chair of Greenberg's Miami corporate practice.

  • June 6, 2019

    9th Circ. Kills Keystone XL Challenge In Light Of New Permit

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday tossed a consolidated case brought by environmental groups and Native American tribes looking to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, finding the action was rendered moot when President Donald Trump issued a new permit for the pipeline in March.

  • June 6, 2019

    EU Mobilizes To Replace Embattled WTO Appellate Body

    Following more than a year of President Donald Trump blocking nominees for new judges on the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, the European Union is reportedly proposing a shadow system to handle disputes.

  • June 6, 2019

    Heavy Staples From 3 Countries Targeted For New Duties

    The nation's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty staples used in various construction projects asked the U.S. government to set new tariffs on staples imported from China, Taiwan and South Korea, alleging that the merchandise has been given an unfair leg up in the U.S. market.

  • June 6, 2019

    ITC Will Speed Review Of Chinese Steel Nail Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will speed up its review to determine whether removing tariffs on Chinese steel nails will hurt American producers, according to a notice to be published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • June 6, 2019

    Key Dem Vows To Strike Back If Trump Installs Mexico Tariffs

    The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee said Thursday that he will oppose President Donald Trump if he attempts to enact tariffs on Mexican imports through the declaration of a national emergency.

  • June 6, 2019

    Michael Flynn Fires Covington Team In FBI Obstruction Case

    Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn has fired his lawyers at Covington & Burling LLP who arranged his plea deal with former special counsel Robert Mueller on charges of lying to the FBI, according to a court motion filed Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • What EU Investment Screening Will Mean For Dealmakers

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    Last week, the European Council approved a regulation to screen foreign direct investment into European Union member states on national security grounds. Dealmakers considering near-term transactions with a nexus to the EU will need to evaluate how the new regulations may impact deal timelines, disclosures, certainty and costs, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Jam Exposes International Orgs To New Litigation Risks

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jam v. International Finance Corp. opens up international organizations to lawsuits over their commercial and nongovernmental actions. Previously, potential plaintiffs knew that such cases would have no chance of even getting past a pleading stage, says James Berger of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Wadler V. Bio-Rad Poses Noteworthy Whistleblower Questions

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    Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs — where the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed most of an $11 million jury verdict in favor of Sanford Wadler, the company's former general counsel — illustrates the unique and unusually significant risks presented by whistleblower retaliation claims from corporate gatekeepers, say Steve Pearlman and Pinny Goldberg of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • CFTC Intentions Unclear In Foreign Corrupt Practice Advisory

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    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission advisory, issued this week, announcing its entry into the foreign corrupt practices space, leaves open a million-dollar question: What violations are under the CFTC’s purview? Laura Brookover at Covington & Burling LLP looks at some possibilities.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.

  • 3 Brexit Scenarios And Their Implications For US-UK Trade

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    Brexit negotiations are likely to result in one of three scenarios later this month: a Brexit deal, no Brexit at all or a "hard" no-deal Brexit. Each possibility will have different implications for the prospects of a U.S.-U.K. free trade agreement, says Dean Pinkert of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Finding A Voice, And A New Home

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    My Fulbright scholarship project developed after I talked to my grandmother in the Philippines about the cost of her medication. Drugs developed in the U.S. and Europe are typically sold there for prices beyond the reach of many Filipinos. So I advocated for compulsory licensing for lifesaving medicines, says Melissa Martinez of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Willett Reviews 'Guilty Pleasures'

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    Professor Laura Little’s new book, "Guilty Pleasures: Comedy and Law in America," will make you laugh and make you think — and to a federal circuit judge who reads the Constitution for the articles, it is ... appealing, says Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett.

  • Frustrating Events: Are Your Contracts Brexit-Proof?

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    In Canary Wharf v. European Medicines Agency, the U.K. High Court recently ruled that the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union will not discharge the EMA's lease obligations. Following Brexit, most similar arguments invoking force majeure or frustration are unlikely to succeed, say Rebecca Dipple and Wayne Hofer of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • International Pharma Rules Tighten Restrictions On Gifts

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    The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations' revised code of practice specifically targets cultural gifts that may create the appearance of improper influence. Pharmaceutical companies will need to understand the differences and overlap between this ban and various countries' anti-bribery legislation, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Women In Law Need Equal Treatment, Not Affirmative Action

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    The sheer number of women entering the legal profession means gender equality is coming, one way or the other. This Women’s History Month, BigLaw firms should reflect on this with the understanding that they dismiss the flight of senior female attorneys from their ranks at their peril, says Tamara Kurtzman, founder of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Rebuttal

    Visible Diversity Is A Sign Of Organizational Health

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    A recent Law360 guest article cautioned against the hazards that can stem from pursuing "optimal" diversity, but overlooks the value of paying attention to visible diversity, says Matt Lykken of Potomac Law Group PLLC.

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