International Trade

  • May 25, 2022

    Ex-CBP Director Joins Venable As Trade Adviser In DC

    Venable LLP has added an expert on international trade relations, who served in several leadership roles with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 25, 2022

    EU Plans New Powers For Seizing Russian Oligarch Assets

    The European Commission said Wednesday that it wants violations of sanctions to become a standardized crime across the bloc, as it rolled out new proposals to strengthen asset recovery and enforcement rules following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • May 25, 2022

    USTR's China Tariff Review Won't Foreclose Other Tweaks

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's top attorney said Tuesday that the agency's review of Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods is likely to take "months," but won't foreclose its ability to issue new exclusions from the levies or make other changes.

  • May 25, 2022

    Chelsea FC Gets UK Gov't OK For £4.25B Sale To US Group

    The British government has approved a buyout offer of £4.25 billion ($5.3 billion) for Chelsea Football Club from a U.S. private equity-backed consortium financier, putting the soccer club on firm legal ground after its Russian oligarch owner was sanctioned.

  • May 25, 2022

    Duma Chair Says Russia Will Pay All Gov't Debt In Rubles

    The head of Russia's Parliament said on Wednesday that the Kremlin will make all external government debt payments in rubles after the U.S. Treasury allowed one of its key sanction exemption licenses to lapse.

  • May 24, 2022

    New EU-US Data Transfer Pact On Path To Fail, Schrems Says

    Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems, who spearheaded the legal challenges that led to the demise of a pair of vital transatlantic data transfer mechanisms, has cautioned European Union and U.S. policymakers that their proposed replacement framework was unlikely to fare any better unless "substantive" changes are made. 

  • May 24, 2022

    Judge Hughes Says Firms Are Letting Diverse Ex-Clerks Down

    U.S. Circuit Judge Todd M. Hughes on Tuesday expressed his frustration that the Federal Circuit tends to hire a good number of law clerks from underrepresented groups, but that he rarely sees former clerks being chosen by a firm to argue appeals.

  • May 24, 2022

    2nd Circ. Case's Relevance Disputed In $1.4B Award Fight

    Luxembourg-based steelmaker ArcelorMittal on Monday rebutted arguments by Essar Group that a recent Second Circuit decision sending a dispute over a canceled $1.1 billion power plant project to Angola supports the Indian conglomerate's bid to toss litigation filed by the steelmaker to enforce a $1.4 billion arbitral award.

  • May 24, 2022

    Treasury Lawyer Urges Caution On New Investment Reviews

    A U.S. Treasury Department lawyer pressed lawmakers Tuesday to look carefully at the implications of pending legislation to block outbound investments over security concerns, nodding to concerns from the business community about the proposal's potential chilling effects.

  • May 24, 2022

    Judge Says CBP Missed Full Picture In Shrimp Duty Probe

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ordered Customs and Border Protection to revisit its finding that Indian shrimp producers did not route their exports through Vietnam to avoid anti-dumping duties, saying the finding was based on an incomplete record.

  • May 24, 2022

    Feds Charge 19 In $6M Drug Money Laundering Scheme

    Boston federal prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged 19 people from Florida, Colombia and Jamaica with orchestrating a sophisticated conspiracy that laundered more than $6 million in drug trafficking proceeds from Colombian cartels through the U.S. banking system.

  • May 24, 2022

    Cannabis Company Takes CIT Fight To Federal Circuit

    A cannabis extraction company will take its fight challenging the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's seizure of imports deemed to be drug paraphernalia to the Federal Circuit.

  • May 24, 2022

    Sanctions Force Sberbank To Make Bond Payments In Rubles

    Russia's largest financial institution said on Tuesday that it has made payments in rubles on two foreign currency bonds after its hand was forced by sanctions imposed by the U.K. and U.S. because of the country's invasion of Ukraine.

  • May 24, 2022

    Glencore Admits Bribery, Manipulation In Global Settlement

    Mining giant Glencore will pay more than $1.1 billion in criminal and civil penalties after pleading guilty to U.S. bribery and market manipulation charges Tuesday and said it will soon also admit to foreign corruption charges in the U.K.

  • May 23, 2022

    China Labor Crackdown Could Be Solar Power Pain Point

    The U.S. solar industry is girding itself to comply with a sweeping new law cracking down on imported goods made with forced labor from China's Xinjiang region, a measure that could sharply limit access to a key global hub for the raw materials of solar projects.

  • May 23, 2022

    CIT Winnows Retailer's Bid For Cheaper Import Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade took a large bite out of a Minnesota retailer's attempt at obtaining a cheaper valuation of its U.S. imports by having Chinese-made Christmas decorations sent to Canada first, ruling that the company relied on outdated case law to support its argument.

  • May 23, 2022

    Iancu Knocks Biden Admin.'s SEP Injunction Policy

    Former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu on Monday added to a chorus of criticism and heated reactions to a Biden administration draft policy statement that would limit injunctions in cases involving standard-essential patents, calling it part of a "systematic attack" on the U.S. patent system.

  • May 23, 2022

    US Opens New Trade Forum As Questions Swirl Over Scope

    After a year-and-a-half of calls to launch new trade talks, the Biden administration began laying the groundwork for a deal in the Indo-Pacific Monday, but the arrangement's nebulous structure has already generated debate about its scope and viability.

  • May 23, 2022

    Judge Recommends Tossing Suit Over Cuban Airport Use

    A Miami man accusing American Airlines of benefiting from an airport allegedly stolen from his family by the Cuban government was not a U.S. national when he acquired the airport, a Florida federal magistrate judge said in recommending the lawsuit's dismissal.

  • May 23, 2022

    Utah Court Again Nixes Mattress Antitrust Suit

    A Utah federal court on Monday found that a slew of mattress manufacturers are immune from claims that they manipulated government trade probes to hold back competition but allowed importer CVB Inc. bringing the case to try again on its other allegations.

  • May 23, 2022

    Blindness Testing Device Co. To Sell IP In Del. Wind-Down

    MacuLogix Inc., an ophthalmology company that specializes in the detection of age-related macular degeneration, owes $23 million it cannot pay and will wind down the business in a state liquidation process, the company said in a petition to Delaware Chancery Court.

  • May 23, 2022

    Russia Makes Early Bond Payments To Dodge Default

    Russia has made early payments on dollar and euro bonds after the U.S. said it would begin to block the Kremlin's access to cash for servicing its external debt, putting the country at risk of its first default since 1918.

  • May 20, 2022

    Ex-Panama Prez's Sons Get 3 Years In Odebrecht Bribery Plot

    A New York federal judge sentenced two sons of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli on Friday to three years in prison for laundering $28 million in bribes paid to their father from Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht SA.

  • May 20, 2022

    FTC Chair Concerned ITC Being Misused In FRAND Cases

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan has told the U.S. International Trade Commission that she's "increasingly concerned" that holders of standard-essential patents are sometimes using the ITC to gain licensing leverage.

  • May 20, 2022

    Commerce Dept. Wants Export Controls On 4 Marine Toxins

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security on Friday issued a proposed rule that would place export controls on four naturally occurring marine toxins that it said could be used in biological weapons.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At The Legal Profession Since Murder Of George Floyd

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    Little has changed for Black attorneys since law firms promised to combat discrimination within the profession following George Floyd's murder, but on this second anniversary of his death, law firms can recommit by adopting specific strategies that set their Black lawyers up for success, say Lisa Davis and Khasim Lockhart at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    NY Ruling Correctly Deems Legal Finance Docs Irrelevant

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    A New York appeals court's recent decision in Worldview Entertainment v. Woodrow joins a growing trend of decisions denying discovery of litigation funding documents, highlighting that commercial legal finance should be treated just like any other financing in commercial litigation, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • Export Compliance Tips For Patenting Dual-Use Tech

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    The war in Ukraine has highlighted the increasingly subtle differences between commercial and military technologies, and should remind patent practitioners working on dual-use technologies to consider export control laws and focus on civilian end use, say Grant Ehrlich and Maggie Russell at Cantor Colburn.

  • Overcommunicate With Your Summer Associates This Year

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    2022 summer associates have had limited opportunities for professional interactions due to the pandemic, so supervising attorneys should prioritize intentional overcommunication by emphasizing importance of tone and content of emails, sharing feedback immediately, and more, says Julie Schrager at Faegre Drinker.

  • 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.

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