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International Trade

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-UN Boss Bribe Plans Are Fair Game In FCPA Trial

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday said the government may introduce evidence in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act trial of the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization that he planned to bribe the same United Nations official at the center of Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng’s bribery case.

  • November 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Bio-Rad Appeal Of Ex-GC's $11M Win

    A Ninth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.'s arguments in favor of overturning an $11 million whistleblower judgment against the company, repeatedly questioning its counsel during a hearing on how an erroneous jury instruction would change the outcome of the verdict.

  • November 14, 2018

    Tariff Exclusion Process Still Drawing Fire From All Sides

    The Trump administration’s scramble to adjust the process it has set up for companies to obtain exclusions from its steel and aluminum tariffs has continued to attract criticism from importers and domestic producers alike, according to documents published by the government Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Calif. Man Gets 9 Years For Russian Export Scheme

    A California man has been sentenced in federal court to nine years in prison for money laundering and for conspiring to violate export laws, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    China Panel Backs Trump's Confrontations With Beijing

    An influential China watchdog commission gave high marks to the Trump administration on Wednesday for taking more aggressive steps to counter China on trade where past diplomatic efforts have failed and floated new ideas for the White House to keep pressure on Beijing.

  • November 14, 2018

    UK Cabinet Signs On To Breakthrough Brexit Deal

    Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet on Wednesday adopted her draft agreement for Britain to exit the European Union on March 29, increasing the chances of a regulatory transition period for banks and businesses.

  • November 13, 2018

    Lebanese Residents Held On Gun Smuggling Charges

    The federal government arrested two residents of Lebanon in Seattle last week on gun smuggling charges after they tried to pack a sport utility vehicle full of firearms and ship it back to their home country.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Chinese Co.'s $102M Piracy Award Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review whether the Fifth Circuit erred by affirming a lower court's awarding of a $102 million judgment to Swiss-based Nagravision SA after China-based Gotech allegedly sold set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections.

  • November 13, 2018

    CIT Remands Part Of Ruling On Chinese Solar Cell Sales

    The U.S. Department of Commerce erred by including certain sales made by a Chinese solar cell producer as sales the company made in the United States, the U.S. Court of International Trade determined on Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Commerce Calls For Early Duties On Hot-Rolled Steel Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has called for tariffs on certain foreign imports of hot-rolled steel, finding in early determinations that several steel exporters from Japan, South Korea and Australia were selling their products in the United States at prices below fair market value.

  • November 13, 2018

    US, China Still At Odds Over Trade As G-20 Summit Looms

    As President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare for their high-stakes sitdown at next week's G-20 summit in Argentina, the two governments remain at odds over a slew of trade issues, chiefly the White House's various moves to restrict trade with China on the basis of national security.

  • November 13, 2018

    Japan Cries Foul On S. Korean Shipbuilding Support At WTO

    The Japanese government has filed a new World Trade Organization case against South Korea, asserting that Seoul has been illegally propping up its shipbuilding sector with subsidies and other financial support, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

  • November 9, 2018

    What To Know After Court Dumps Keystone XL Approval

    A Montana federal judge on Thursday vacated the presidential, cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and halted work on the controversial project until the U.S. Department of State crafts an environmental review that complies with federal law, casting fresh doubt on the project's future. Here are four key takeaways from the court's ruling.

  • November 9, 2018

    US Foreign Arms Sales Increase To $192B In 2018

    International sales of U.S. arms and defense equipment hit $192.3 billion in fiscal 2018, marking a significant leap from the previous year, the U.S. Department of State announced, suggesting that the Trump administration’s recent changes to arms export policy were behind the boost.

  • November 9, 2018

    WTO Will Decide US-Canada Lumber Battle Next Year

    The World Trade Organization panel currently overseeing the latest skirmish in the long-running softwood lumber dispute between the U.S. and Canada said Friday that it expects to issue its decision in the first half of 2019.

  • November 9, 2018

    3rd Circ. OKs 60-Month FCPA Sentence In $3.5M Bribery Case

    The Third Circuit has rejected arguments that the ultimate economic benefit of two Russian energy projects advanced through bribes from Philadelphia-area businessman Dmitrij Harder should have been considered a mitigating factor as Harder was sentenced to a 60-month prison term for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • November 9, 2018

    ITC Determines Chinese Aluminum Wire Imports Hurting US

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that aluminum wire and cable imports from China may be harming the U.S. industry, according to a filing published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • November 9, 2018

    US, UK Continue Setting Table For Broader Trade Talks

    Trade officials from the U.S. and United Kingdom have been preparing for post-Brexit trade negotiations with lower-level talks on issues like e-commerce, industrial and agricultural goods, investment and financial services, according to a Trump administration readout of their recent meetings published Friday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Palm Oil Co. Launches $13M Arbitral Proceedings In Asia

    A Malaysian global agricultural firm has launched $13 million worth of arbitrations in Hong Kong and Singapore against shipping companies that allegedly mislaid the delivery of 21,000 metric tons of palm oil, the firm said Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Iranian Man Pleads Guilty To Violating US Export Laws

    An Iranian citizen pled guilty in D.C. federal court to charges that he conspired to illegally export technology and other products from the U.S. to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • When International Arbitration Becomes Domestic

    Claudia Salomon

    Many global companies prefer to enter into contracts with foreign counterparties through a locally incorporated affiliate. This approach might help streamline business relationships and confer certain tax advantages, but the validity of the arbitration clauses in such contracts rarely has been tested, say Claudia Salomon and Irina Sivachenko of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Patent And Copyright Changes In The New NAFTA

    Michele Washington

    The modernized trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada includes provisions that should improve intellectual property transparency between the member countries and bring a certain degree of procedural uniformity, say attorneys with Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Beware FCPA Risks When Courting Foreign Investment

    Brandt Leibe

    As the growth of foreign direct investments in the U.S. continues, companies and their employees should focus on the risk that they are interacting with “foreign officials” — as defined by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the courts — even if that interaction takes place entirely within the U.S., say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.