The World Trade Organization on Thursday struck down South Korea’s ban on Japanese fish in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling that Seoul structured its safeguards in a way that was more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect public health.
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Japan Knocks Down Korea's Post-Fukushima Trade Barriers

The World Trade Organization on Thursday struck down South Korea’s ban on Japanese fish in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling that Seoul structured its safeguards in a way that was more trade-restrictive than necessary to protect public health. Read more »

Trump Hotel Cos. Want Unit Owners To Arbitrate Panama Row

Two Trump hotel management companies urged a New York federal court to keep alive their arbitration claims alleging that the owners of units in a Trump-branded Panamanian hotel unfairly ousted them from a hotel management contract, arguing that the parties agreed to binding international arbitration. Read more »

Djibouti Hit With New Arbitration Over Nixed Port Deal

Major port terminal operator DP World said Thursday it's initiated a new arbitration proceeding against Djibouti after the East African nation seized control of Doraleh Container Terminal, a deep sea port that DP World had operated for more than a decade under a concession agreement with that country. Read more »

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Russian Curler Drops Doping Appeal, Loses Bronze Medal

A Russian Olympic curling athlete will be stripped of the bronze medal he won last week at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after dropping his appeal of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday. Read more »

Mexican Real Estate Co. Wants $15M Factory Suit Back In US

A Mexican industrial real estate buyer urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive its suit accusing a Los Angeles private equity firm of concealing certain circumstances surrounding the sale of a $15 million manufacturing facility, saying an order sending the dispute to arbitration in Mexico has left it without a remedy. Read more »

Condo Owners Want $1.6M Costa Rican Award Enforced

Unit owners in a Costa Rican luxury condo development stood behind their request to confirm a nearly $1.6 million arbitral award against the resort’s developer Wednesday, contending that an Arizona federal court can enforce the award even though it was annulled by the Central American country’s Supreme Court. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Gets 3 Years For Insider Trading

Former Foley & Lardner LLP real estate partner Walter “Chet” Little was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison for insider trading, following his admission that he cashed in on confidential merger information about the law firm’s clients. Read more »

Calif. Panel Says Ex-Perkins Coie Atty Must Arbitrate Claims

A former Perkins Coie partner must arbitrate claims the law firm dipped into his wages without permission, a California appellate court said Wednesday, reversing a lower court's ruling that his work contract was unconscionable and its arbitration provision wasn't binding. Read more »

White House Atty: Chevron Deference A Priority For Judges

President Donald Trump has prioritized rolling back the "administrative state," White House Counsel Don McGahn said Thursday, and part of that is looking at potential judicial nominees' experience with government regulation and major guideposts like Chevron deference. Read more »

Feature

SEC Case Exposes Justices' Rift Over 'Legislative History'

The Supreme Court’s long-running tensions over the use of legislative history as a way to interpret law broke out into public view Wednesday in a case over the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, as Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas clashed over the value of a Senate report. Read more »

Feature

How Cannabis GCs Are Leading The Way In A Legal Gray Area

As a once black-market industry continues to grow in both legitimacy and size, and with it, a corresponding surge in legal needs, the first generation of general counsel at state-legal U.S. marijuana companies are on the front lines of the new and volatile field of cannabis law. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Williams & Connolly earned a spot on this week's legal lions list after the law firm secured a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in favor of its client narrowing the definition of the term "whistleblower," while Jones Day ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismantled its client's $2.5 billion jury verdict in an infringement suit over a hepatitis C drug patent. Read more »

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