International Trade

  • January 22, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Cozen O'Connor's Mayes

    I was running a deal for a senior partner and had a male junior associate working for me. The client on the deal had an annual golf outing coming up and the senior partner, incorrectly assuming I didn't golf, bypassed me and asked the male associate to attend, says Suzanne Mayes, chairwoman of Cozen O'Connor's public and project finance group.

  • January 22, 2014

    EU Extends VAT Pilot Program For Small-Business Owners

    The European Commission will extend for another year a pilot project that advises small and medium-sized enterprises on how their cross-border transactions will be treated for value-added tax purposes, the EC said Wednesday.

  • January 21, 2014

    US Relaxes Sanctions Against Iranian Oil, Other Exports

    The U.S. temporarily suspended some sanctions imposed against Iran after the Middle Eastern nation fulfilled commitments it made months ago to a group of world powers to halt progress on some aspects of its nuclear program, the White House announced Monday.

  • January 21, 2014

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Sidley Austin

    Finding success in a range of international trade matters, including Japan's World Trade Organization challenge against Canada over green energy incentives that included local content requirements, Sidley Austin LLP secured itself a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year for the fourth straight year.

  • January 21, 2014

    EU To Seek Public Input On US Trade Deal

    The European Union said Tuesday that it would consult the public on the proposed investment and dispute settlement provisions of a potential free trade agreement with the U.S., but stressed that other parts of the trade negotiations would move forward as planned.

  • January 21, 2014

    China Finalizes Polysilicon Duties Against US Solar Cos.

    China on Monday leveled finalized anti-dumping and countervailing duties against solar-grade polysilicon imported from the U.S., marking the latest development in a trade dispute between the solar sectors in the two countries.

  • January 21, 2014

    Valley Forge Exec Knocks Investor’s Illegal Export Suit

    A co-founder of aerospace technology company Valley Forge Composite Technologies Inc. asked a California federal court Friday to toss a putative shareholder class action over its failure to disclose alleged illegal exports, claiming the suit's “puzzle piece” allegations fall flat.

  • January 21, 2014

    China Says IP Crackdown Led To 60K Arrests In 2013

    Roughly 60,000 suspects accused of committing intellectual property offenses, including the production of counterfeit drugs and other goods, to the tune of 173 billion yuan ($28 billion) were seized by Chinese police in 2013, China's state news agency reported on Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Alston & Bird's Nicki Carlsen

    One issue for women attorneys at the beginning of their careers is that they are not as comfortable handling confrontational situations or aggressive behavior. I encourage women to practice responses — act them out, say them aloud — so they're ready for stressful interactions, says Nicki Carlsen, co-leader of Alston & Bird LLP's environmental and land development group.

  • January 21, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Shackelford's Nicole LeBoeuf

    It’s the most natural thing in the world for partners to be drawn to young attorneys who remind them of their younger selves. But this impulse can create an environment in which opportunities are primarily offered to people who most closely resemble the present makeup of the firm’s leadership, says Nicole LeBoeuf, leader of Shackelford Melton & McKinley LLC's professional liability defense and collaborative dispute resolution practices.

  • January 17, 2014

    In Near Term, WTO Negotiations To Be Piecemeal

    Though the World Trade Organization's head has described a recent agreement on a package of trade concessions as a starting point for future WTO-wide trade negotiations, the body's members are likely in the short term to pursue agreements that affect only certain sectors or include only some countries, attorneys say.

  • January 17, 2014

    ITC Relaxes Rules On Ex-Workers Tackling Duty Reviews

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday relaxed its internal rules to allow former commission employees to represent private clients in five-year reviews of standing import duty orders even if they worked on a prior review in the same case when they worked at the ITC.

  • January 17, 2014

    Fast-Track Trade Bill Faces Pushback From Progressives

    A progressive advocacy group on Friday ramped up efforts to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and legislation that would grant “fast-track” trade authority to President Barack Obama, urging its members to push their representatives in Congress to fight the trade policies.

  • January 17, 2014

    Archer Daniels Faces Derivative Suit Over Ukrainian Bribes

    A shareholder slapped Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s directors with a derivative suit in Illinois state court Thursday, seeking to hold the board accountable for allegedly turning a blind eye to a bribery scheme in the Ukraine that ultimately cost the company $54.2 million in a settlement with U.S. authorities.

  • January 17, 2014

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye

    Over the past year, the international trade team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP scored numerous wins before U.S. government agencies to level the playing field for domestic producers and also aided in defending the constitutionality of a critical trade remedy law, earning itself a spot among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Jackson Kelly's Ellen Cappellanti

    I had opened the door to gain a new client and planned to make a presentation to seal the deal. However, the idea of a woman taking charge of this significant business opportunity did not go over well — my colleagues thought I should not be part of the pitch, says Ellen Cappellanti, deputy managing member of Jackson Kelly PLLC and leader of the firm's commercial law practice group.

  • January 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Cole Schotz's Randi Kochman

    I attribute my accomplishments to being proactive in asking my firm for what I needed to be successful. Soon after I had my first child in 1999, I was the first person in my firm to request flex-time. I was very fearful about making the request, but the firm readily agreed, says Randi Kochman, chairwoman of Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard PA's employment law department.

  • January 16, 2014

    International Trade Group Of The Year: Curtis

    Successfully challenging the Commerce Department's method for calculating duty margins in a case alleging targeted dumping of coated photo paper, and helping Vietnam argue that a provision in U.S. trade law violates a World Trade Organization agreement, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has earned itself a spot among Law360's International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2014

    Ex-Arga Exec Told To Pay $42M For Ponzi-Related Losses

    A New York state appeals court ruled Thursday that an agricultural commodities trading company's ex-director owes a Dutch multinational banking services company $42 million lost in an alleged Ponzi scheme because he signed a personal guaranty over their business dealings.

  • January 16, 2014

    Chemical Co. Wins 10-Year Ban On Infringing Resin Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday found that a Chinese chemical maker and other companies had stolen trade secrets covering the recipe for rubber resins held by New York-based SI Group Inc., handing down a 10-year ban on imports of the copycat substances into the U.S.