International Trade

  • September 22, 2017

    Syngenta Looks To Speed Appeal Of $218M GMO Corn Verdict

    Syngenta urged a Kansas federal judge Thursday to certify as a final judgment the $218 million jury verdict won by a class of Kansas farmers in multidistrict litigation over the agricultural company’s promotion of genetically modified corn, arguing it’s necessary to prevent needless delay of its appeal.

  • September 22, 2017

    PTAB Invalidation Not Enough To Stay Arista ITC Import Ban

    The Federal Circuit on Friday denied Arista Networks’ request to stay a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on its products that infringe on Cisco Systems’ networking equipment patents that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board later invalidated, but said Arista’s redesigned products could enter the country.

  • September 22, 2017

    Chiquita Can't Escape New Complaint In MDL, Judge Told

    Relatives of banana workers and others who were attacked and in some cases killed by a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group funded by Chiquita urged a Florida federal court Friday in sprawling multidistrict litigation to deny the company's bid to dismiss their newest complaint, filed in Ohio in March, arguing it doesn’t duplicate their Florida suit’s claims.

  • September 22, 2017

    ITC Says Imports Hurt Solar-Makers; Trump Will Pick Remedy

    The International Trade Commission unanimously agreed with solar equipment manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld on Friday that imports of foreign solar energy components had injured the U.S. industry, a finding that will allow President Donald Trump to decide whether to implement the first industrywide Global Safeguard tariff in 15 years.

  • September 22, 2017

    Ontario To Join California And Quebec's Carbon Market

    Ontario has entered an agreement to join California and Quebec in their cap-and-trade market run by nonprofit Western Climate Initiative Inc., with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Ontario government announced Friday.

  • September 22, 2017

    5 Takeaways From CFIUS' Latest Annual Report

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is investigating a larger portion of inbound transactions, highlighting heightened concerns surrounding foreign investors’ motives for inking deals, new data shows. Here, Law360 recaps five major takeaways from the agency’s latest report.

  • September 22, 2017

    Engineer Might Regret Plea Withdrawal, 2nd Circ. Judge Says

    An Iranian-American engineer serving 97 months for a violation of the Arms Export Control Act might “rue the day” if he ever stood trial for alleged misconduct that prosecutors say went far beyond a single offense on appeal, a Second Circuit judge warned Friday.

  • September 22, 2017

    EU Urges UK To Finally Set Out Its Brexit Expectations

    The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator welcomed Theresa May’s “constructive” speech on Britain’s exit from the EU on Friday, but urged the U.K.'s prime minister to swiftly establish a precise negotiating position.

  • September 22, 2017

    UK's May Pitches Transition Period To Break Brexit Deadlock

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday proposed a two-year transition period following Britain’s exit from the European Union that would see the country's current regulatory framework stay in place until 2021.

  • September 21, 2017

    ITC Blocks Infringing Mobile Device Stands From China

    The International Trade Commission recommended a general exclusion order blocking the import of allegedly patent-infringing magnetic mobile device stands from a slew of Chinese companies.

  • September 21, 2017

    Lawmakers Bash GAO Report Clearing $418M Aircraft Deal

    A pair of House Republicans are dissatisfied with a Government Accountability Office report that found a $418 million sole-source contract to supply surveillance aircraft to Kenya was aboveboard, according to media reports.

  • September 21, 2017

    Oil Cos., Transporters Embrace Jones Act Waiver After Irma

    The U.S. government’s temporary easing of restrictions on foreign-flagged vessels moving goods between U.S. ports after Hurricane Irma was a rare opening for energy producers and transportation and logistics companies to control their costs when demand for fuel is high following a natural disaster, experts say.

  • September 21, 2017

    US Finds China, India Subsidize Tube Exports, Sets Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that the governments of China and India subsidize mechanical steel tubing in a way that unfairly undercuts American competition, and on Tuesday set preliminary duties of 34.5 and 6 percent for generic exporters from the two nations, respectively.

  • September 21, 2017

    Swedish Telecom Telia To Pay $1B In FCPA Settlement

    Swedish telecommunications giant Telia Co. AB on Thursday pled guilty in a New York federal court on behalf of a subsidiary to paying massive bribes to government officials in Uzbekistan to enter the market there as part of a worldwide deal that will cost Telia nearly $1 billion.

  • September 21, 2017

    Senate Dems Float State 'Right-To-Work' Ban

    A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts unveiled legislation Wednesday that would block states from enacting so-called right-to-work laws, which bar agreements between employers and unions that require union membership and mandate union dues as a condition of employment.

  • September 21, 2017

    Trump Lines Up Bank-Targeted North Korea Sanctions

    U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration will impose new sanctions on any international banks or other companies that conduct business with North Korea, a move aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear weapons program.

  • September 21, 2017

    Truffle Tiff Targeting Trader Joe's Oil Expands To 3 Suppliers

    Shoppers who say that Trader Joe's charged them premium prices for imported truffle-flavored olive oil that contains no "black truffle whatsoever" added a California importer and two Spanish food companies Wednesday to a Manhattan class action targeting the grocery giant.

  • September 21, 2017

    Miller & Chevalier Adds Ex-DOJ National Security Counsel

    Miller & Chevalier Chtd. has nabbed a former national security counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., bolstering its international practice with his background in export controls and economic sanctions, foreign direct investment and cybersecurity.

  • September 20, 2017

    New Group Aims To Protect American IP In Trade Deals

    Trade associations from the entertainment, art, medical and technology industries announced a new partnership Tuesday with a mission to advance creativity and innovation while facing the challenge of enforcing their intellectual property internationally.

  • September 20, 2017

    EU Court Scratches End Of Poultry Subsidy On Technicality

    The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday cited a procedural error in annulling a regulation that eliminated a subsidy on poultry meat, but the court said the regulation would remain in effect until a new measure was adopted.

Expert Analysis

  • The North Korea Executive Order And How It May Affect You

    Brendan Hanifin

    A new executive order represents a significant escalation of U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and presents new compliance considerations for companies that conduct business with North Korean trading partners, including China, India and Russia, say Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 'Bedlam' Redux

    Robert W. Ludwig

    After four decades attempting to apply the commercial-activity exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act — the most significant exception to sovereign immunity — no court has ever decided the meaning of the heart of the exception, and with it the FSIA, says Robert W. Ludwig, a founding member of Ludwig & Robinson PLLC.

  • The Brexit Threat To US-UK Aviation

    Kevin Gibbs

    Aviation between the U.S. and U.K. is currently governed by an EU-wide agreement. But the U.K. will not be covered by this agreement once it leaves the bloc — and yet while it is still an EU member, cannot negotiate a new agreement either, say attorneys with Bond Dickinson LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What’s Next For North Korea Sanctions

    Harry Dixon

    On Sept. 11, 2017, in response to North Korea’s continued development of an intercontinental ballistic missile program, the U.N. Security Council passed a new round of sanctions. It begs the question of whether sanctions are even effective against the "Hermit Kingdom," says Harry Dixon of Taylor English Duma LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • CFIUS Continues To Present Obstacle To Chinese Acquisitions

    Brendan Hanifin

    Although presidential intervention to block a planned acquisition is relatively rare, President Donald Trump’s executive order last week blocking Canyon from acquiring Lattice was not especially surprising in light of recent precedent, the cautious approach of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and public statements by the Trump administration regarding China, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    On CFIUS Reform, We Must Proceed With Caution

    DJ Rosenthal

    While some proposed changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States may be justified, others could undermine confidence in CFIUS as an unbiased institution acting in a fair and even-handed manner, says DJ Rosenthal, co-chairman of the CFIUS advisory practice at Kroll Associates.

  • Why A Hanjin Fleet Came To Hong Kong

    Dean Young

    The demise of Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. was the largest bankruptcy of a container line in history, and recently resulted in the biggest ever court sale of ships in Hong Kong, totaling over $600 million. Hong Kong’s legal system makes it an ideal venue for ship mortgage enforcement, say attorneys with Mayer Brown JSM.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.