International Trade

  • March 24, 2017

    Keystone Challengers Unlikely To Trump Presidential Permit

    President Donald Trump's approval of a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline will ignite a lengthy legal firestorm over the controversial project, but experts say overturning the presidential permit will be difficult for pipeline opponents and a better chance of success lies in challenging federal environmental permits and state-level actions.

  • March 24, 2017

    Ex-Monsanto Lawyer Must Hand Over Docs In Syngenta MDL

    A Kansas federal court on Friday partially granted a demand from a group of corn producers to compel documents from a former Monsanto in-house attorney in multidistrict litigation over Syngenta’s allegedly false promotion of genetically modified corn, saying there could be relevant information in the attorney’s possession.

  • March 24, 2017

    Cisco Says 'Barred' IP Rival Can't Bring Sales Antitrust Suit

    Cisco Systems Inc. asked a California federal judge Thursday to toss rival Arista Networks Inc.’s antitrust suit alleging it interfered with sales of Ethernet switches, arguing Arista lacks standing to bring the suit because the U.S. International Trade Commission had found that the switches infringe Cisco's patents.

  • March 24, 2017

    New US Sanctions For Supplying Iran, North Korea With Arms

    The U.S. Department of State on Friday announced new sanctions targeting 30 entities and individuals accused of supplying Iran's ballistic missile program or furnishing North Korea, Iran and Syria with goods, in contravention of export controls.

  • March 24, 2017

    Schenker Fights To Shield Client Info In Air Cargo Cartel Suit

    Air France, KLM, Martinair and Qantas cannot dig up information on freight forwarder Schenker AG’s relationship with its customers because it’s irrelevant to a $370 million antitrust suit accusing major airlines of fixing prices for air cargo services, Schenker told a New York federal court Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    ITA Removes Certain Vietnamese Cos. From Fish Duty Review

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration announced Friday that it is removing certain exporters from its administrative review of an anti-dumping duty order on frozen fish fillets from Vietnam, though it is keeping intact the margins from its preliminary results.

  • March 24, 2017

    Trade Protectionism Has A 'Bloody' History, WTO Boss Warns

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo continued his crusade against the rising tide of trade barriers on Thursday, warning that the “bloody” history of protectionism could rear its head once again if major economies abandon the multilateral trading system.

  • March 24, 2017

    Trump Grants Cross-Border Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

    The U.S. Department of State on Friday issued a cross-border permit for TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline, fulfilling President Donald J. Trump's vow to move the controversial project forward after it was rejected by former President Barack Obama.

  • March 23, 2017

    Biodiesel Cos. Say Argentina, Indonesia Undercutting Market

    U.S. biodiesel producers accused Argentina and Indonesia Thursday of violating trade laws through government subsidies and dumping practices that have allegedly fueled a surge in biodiesel imports since 2014 and cut into domestic producers’ market share.

  • March 23, 2017

    Wal-Mart Bribe Plaintiff Sees Hope In Another's Evidence

    A Wal-Mart investor whose securities fraud suit against the retailer over bribery at its Mexican unit asked a New York federal judge on Thursday to allow him to file a fourth complaint, saying sealed evidence in a similar case included contents described in a brief that could save his class action.

  • March 23, 2017

    Lawyers Rip White House For Intervening In Dumping Review

    Lawyers involved in an anti-dumping duty review of Korean oil piping materials blasted the National Trade Council head Peter K. Navarro for allegedly applying White House political pressure and faulty logic to a U.S. Department of Commerce dumping margin review.

  • March 23, 2017

    Jury Hands Metal Recycler $16M Loss In Bankruptcy Dispute

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday ordered shareholders of a bankrupt auto parts recycler to pay $16 million to a South African metals refiner, after a jury found the recycler should not have made certain distributions to the owners as the company approached insolvency.

  • March 23, 2017

    US Steel Nail Co. Seeks Higher Chinese Import Duties At CIT

    A U.S. steel nail producer hit the U.S. Department of Commerce with a Court of International Trade complaint Wednesday seeking to drive up the anti-dumping duties assessed on Chinese importers by arguing one company's rate was improperly assigned to 17 more.

  • March 23, 2017

    ITC Votes For Tariffs On Refrigerant Imported From China

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday cleared the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose anti-dumping duties against imports of refrigerant from China, finding that domestic companies are “materially injured” by the fact that they’re sold at “less than fair value” in the U.S.

  • March 23, 2017

    Shareholder Seeks General Cable’s Files On $82M Settlement

    A shareholder hit General Cable Corp. with a suit in Delaware Chancery Court Wednesday demanding to see records related to the firm’s recent $82 million settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act claims.

  • March 23, 2017

    India Floats Draft Text Of WTO Services Agreement

    India has circulated a new proposal outlining its vision for a World Trade Organization services agreement, which could loosen up cross-border rules for financial services, telecommunications and scores of other lucrative industries, the WTO said Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    CIT OKs Commerce's New Copper Tube Duty For Chinese Co.

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday signed off on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s new anti-dumping duty rate for a Chinese copper tube exporter, which both parties had asked the court to approve after Commerce was ordered to reconsider a previous rate.

  • March 22, 2017

    ZTE Cops To Sanctions Violation In $892M Iran Sales Penalty

    ZTE Corp. agreed to pay $430 million and pled guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in Texas federal court on Wednesday as part of an $892 million multiagency settlement agreement over claims it unlawfully shipped technology from the United States to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

  • March 22, 2017

    Lilly, Biz Groups Rip Tribunal's Decision On 'Promise Doctrine'

    U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly has decried a recent ruling dismissing its claims brought under the North American Free Trade Agreement over Canada's controversial "promise utility doctrine" requiring patent holders to show that an invention measures up to its promised result, comments that were echoed this week by two U.S. industry groups.

  • March 22, 2017

    USDA Beefs Up Brazilian Meat Inspections Amid Bribery Probe

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday that it will put imports of Brazilian beef under increased scrutiny until the South American nation gets to the bottom of a still-developing investigation of a bribery scheme that allegedly led to the sale of expired meat.

Expert Analysis

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

    Daniel Karon

    Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Implications Of Trump Budget Blueprint For US Stature Abroad

    Robert Kapla

    In addition to steep cuts to foreign aid and other forms of “soft power,” the Trump administration's budget blueprint proposes dramatic shifts to trade and investment priorities that — if enacted by Congress — could impact U.S. stature abroad and change the landscape for American businesses operating around the world, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Where Cos. Are 'Found' In §1782 Discovery Applications

    Alexander Wentworth-Ping

    Two recent decisions in the Northern District of California shed light on what standard applies when determining whether a respondent corporation "resides or is found" in the district in which an application for discovery is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.