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International Trade

  • March 21, 2019

    Commerce Hit With FOIA Suit For Auto Tariff Report

    A conservative nonprofit on Wednesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Commerce to turn over a copy of the agency’s findings from its probe into whether imported cars threaten U.S. national security interests.

  • March 21, 2019

    5 Firms To Get $214M In $1.5B Syngenta MDL Corn Settlement

    Five law firms will receive $214 million in fees from the $1.5 billion Syngenta AG tainted corn settlement after a Kansas federal court adopted those same firms' recommendation on how to allocate some of the money.

  • March 21, 2019

    ITC Says Steel Imports From 3 Countries Harm US Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that imports of fabricated structural steel from Canada, China and Mexico are likely hurting U.S. steel producers, paving the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to move forward with investigations.

  • March 21, 2019

    EU Offers UK Limited Delay To Stave Off A No-Deal Brexit

    European Union leaders said Thursday that Britain will be allowed to delay its departure from the bloc until May 22 on the condition that the government's withdrawal agreement gains parliamentary approval in the U.K. next week.

  • March 21, 2019

    Bid To Close IPR 'Loopholes' Shot Down By Precedent Panel

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s precedent-setting panel won’t look at whether the board can still review a patent after certain district court and U.S. International Trade Commission challenges.

  • March 21, 2019

    EU Issues New Rules For Screening Foreign Investments

    The European Union published new rules Thursday for screening inbound foreign investments that go into effect next month, following the same overall structure of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Seadrill Can't Dodge Oro Negro Ch. 15 Depo Subpoena

    Seadrill Ltd. cannot duck a subpoena seeking to unearth what the company knew about alleged efforts to disrupt rival Perforadora Oro Negro's Gulf of Mexico oil drilling operations, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, saying it would not be overly burdensome for the company to designate a suitable deponent.

  • March 20, 2019

    Trump Says Tariffs Will Stay Even After China Strikes Deal

    President Donald Trump offered a glimpse of his ongoing trade discussions with China on Wednesday, signaling that he will not immediately remove the tariffs he has imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods if the U.S. and Beijing are able to strike a new agreement.

  • March 20, 2019

    ITC Greenlights Steep Duties On Chinese Drain Pipes

    The Trump administration will forge ahead with new duties ranging upward of 235 percent on Chinese pipes used in sanitary and storm drains after the U.S. International Trade Commission found Wednesday that the imports were injuring U.S. producers.

  • March 20, 2019

    Iranian Prof's Emails Fair Game In Visa Fraud, Sanctions Trial

    Federal prosecutors can present emails sent by an Iranian professor accused of lying on his visa application and sharing confidential military technology with Iran in breach of U.S. sanctions laws, the Sixth Circuit held, throwing out a lower court ruling that had suppressed that evidence as obtained without probable cause.

  • March 20, 2019

    Calif. Lighting Co. Smuggled Hazardous Headlights, Feds Say

    The federal government on Tuesday filed suit against a California lighting distributor allegedly caught smuggling illegal high-intensity car headlights into the country, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that the company should pay up to nearly $2 million in penalties.

  • March 20, 2019

    Law360's International Trade Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2019 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board.

  • March 20, 2019

    Deadlocked May Appeals To EU For 3-Month Brexit Delay

    Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the European Union on Wednesday to delay Britain’s departure from the EU for three months until June 30 as she seeks to prevent the country from crashing out of the bloc without a deal next week.

  • March 19, 2019

    ‘In A Timely Manner’: Three Decades Of Judgeship Bills

    Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.

  • March 19, 2019

    From Showdowns To Hotlines, Frazzled Judges Get Creative

    Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.

  • March 19, 2019

    Venezuela’s Oil Co. Hit With Sanctions In Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge sanctioned a litigation trust set up by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Tuesday for failing to make two key witnesses available for deposition in its now-dismissed suit claiming an energy trading firm engaged in a bribery scheme that hurt the oil company.

  • March 19, 2019

    Fruit Grower's Contracts May Be Resold To Pay $32M Award

    A Florida federal judge on Monday ordered one of Costa Rica’s largest pineapple growers to show why the court shouldn’t seize and resell the grower’s contract rights with a fruit importer to satisfy a $32 million arbitration award for Del Monte.

  • March 19, 2019

    French Minister Blasts US For 'Conditional' NATO Support

    A top French defense official on Monday appeared to criticize the Trump administration's support for NATO as related to whether allies buy U.S. military equipment.

Expert Analysis

  • US Policy On Cuba Litigation Comes With Risks For Cos.

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    A newly effective embargo measure that allows U.S. claimants to sue the Cuban government in U.S. courts for confiscated Cuban property may soon be expanded to permit lawsuits against non-Cuban entities operating in Cuba. Attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss key issues surrounding the policy change.

  • Assessing Compliance Risk Under DOJ China Initiative

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative should be a signal to Chinese companies, multinational companies with Chinese subsidiaries, and U.S.-based investors in Chinese companies — it's time to design and implement strong anti-corruption and anti-bribery programs, says Jean Chow-Callam of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • How China's Version Of CFIUS Will Expand Security Reviews

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    China's foreign investment security review regime shares many characteristics with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. And as tensions rise between the two countries, China, like the U.S., is set to scrutinize more deals, says Guogang Li of the Tahota Law Firm.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Opinion

    FTC Must Step Up Policies On False 'Made In USA' Claims

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    While the Federal Trade Commission is mandated to defend the integrity of "made in USA" labels, settlements in recent years have established a trend of failing to punish even the most egregious of fraudulent claims, says Anson Smuts of O'Keefe.

  • The Future Of The USMCA: 3 Possible Scenarios

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    The Trump administration would like Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by June, but progress has been slow. The deal's fate will depend on cooperation from Democrats, support from Republicans and the strategy pursued by the president, says Robert Kyle of Hogan Lovells.