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International Trade

  • January 15, 2019

    €128M Award Against Spain Can Be Enforced, Court Hears

    London-based asset manager Eiser Infrastructure Ltd. argued Monday that a D.C. federal court has no authority to independently determine whether Spain consented to arbitrate a dispute over renewable energy subsidies, and, as such, can enforce a €128 million ($146 million) arbitral award against the country.

  • January 15, 2019

    Senate Moves To Challenge Russian Oligarch Sanctions Deal

    The U.S. Senate pushed ahead Tuesday to potentially overturn a deal the Trump administration reached in December to ease sanctions against three companies controlled by a Russian oligarch with close Kremlin ties.

  • January 15, 2019

    CFIUS Backlog Will Only Worsen As Shutdown Carries On

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is facing a growing backlog of deals to review for national security risks as the government remains shut down, creating a scenario that could significantly delay inbound acquirers’ ability to seal transactions.

  • January 15, 2019

    White House Trims Davos Delegation Amid New China Talks

    President Donald Trump has trimmed down his team of administration officials set to attend the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, later this month, the White House said on Tuesday, days after the president announced that he would skip this year’s international conference amid renewed talks with China.

  • January 15, 2019

    CIT Tells Commerce To Revisit Appliance Door Handle Ruling

    Whirlpool Corp. may evade tariffs on certain kitchen appliance door handles from China if the U.S. Department of Commerce finds the imports to be fully finished at the time they enter the country, after the U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday told the agency to rethink its prior determination.

  • January 15, 2019

    UK Lawmakers Reject Gov't Brexit Deal In A Landslide

    The U.K. Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the government’s draft agreement for leaving the European Union on Tuesday, pitching the Brexit process deeper into disarray and raising questions about whether the March 29 departure date can still be met.

  • January 14, 2019

    Auto Parts Co. Threatens US Exit Over Price-Fixing: Plaintiffs

    A Taiwanese auto parts company has threatened to pull out of the U.S. market if a proposed class of consumers accusing the company of price-fixing keeps pushing for a default judgment instead of accepting a $500,000 settlement the consumers had already rejected, the plaintiffs told a Wisconsin federal court.

  • January 14, 2019

    US Gets More Time To Comply With WTO Korean Pipes Ruling

    The U.S. government will have six more months to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that partially faulted its tariffs on South Korean oil pipes following an agreement to push the deadline from January to July, according to a WTO document published Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Judge Steps Down From Motorola Suit, Cites Spouse's Stock

    The Illinois federal judge who picked up an antitrust suit against Motorola Solutions Inc. after the case was transferred from New Jersey in December has recused himself, citing his spouse's ownership of Motorola stock.

  • January 14, 2019

    Shutdown Begins Chipping Away At USTR Personnel

    The ongoing shutdown of the federal government hit the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday as a lapse in funding forced the agency — which runs point on all trade negotiations and policymaking — to begin furloughing nonessential personnel.

  • January 14, 2019

    UK's May Predicts No Brexit If Lawmakers Reject Her Deal

    Prime Minister Theresa May predicted on Monday that Brexit could be abandoned if MPs reject her draft Withdrawal Agreement as anticipated on Tuesday, as she warned that Parliament risks being thrown into “paralysis.”

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    TracFone Accuses NJ Company Of Device Trafficking Scheme

    Noticing evidence of a recent uptick in trafficking of mobile devices it sells, TracFone Wireless Inc. took swift action to sue a New Jersey company and its operators over an alleged scheme that has damaged the mobile provider financially and also harmed its trademarks and reputation, TracFone's attorney said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    US Holds Firm On Ag Demands In Looming EU Trade Talks

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative declared Friday that it would look to pry open the European Union’s tightly protected agricultural market in forthcoming bilateral trade talks despite the EU’s repeated insistence that agriculture will not be included in any trade deal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Turkey Blocks US Bid For WTO Panel In Metal Tariff Fight

    Turkey blocked the United States’ bid to establish a World Trade Organization panel to consider a set of Turkish retaliatory duties on Friday, as the Trump administration continues to fight back against countries who have slapped levies on American goods in response to U.S. metal tariffs.

  • January 11, 2019

    AMD Hits MediaTek With Graphics Patent Suit After ITC Probe

    American semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices ramped up its patent fight with rival MediaTek on Friday, asking a Delaware federal judge to find that Taiwan-based MediaTek is selling and importing televisions and graphics components that infringe two AMD patents.

  • January 11, 2019

    Prison Guard Who Brought Zarrab Contraband Gets 3 Years

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan hit a former prison guard with three years behind bars Friday for smuggling alcohol and mobile phones to jailed Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab in exchange for cash, saying a “tough sentence” sends a message not to corrupt the judicial system.

  • January 11, 2019

    Broad US Tech Rules Will Curb Innovation, Commerce Told

    An internet trade association that includes Facebook, Google and Amazon has urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to tread carefully when imposing export controls on new technologies, arguing that overbroad regulations could drive startups and innovators overseas.

  • January 11, 2019

    US Blasts WTO Legal System Even After Tuna Label Victory

    The Trump administration's persistent criticism of the World Trade Organization's legal wing continued in earnest Friday, even as the WTO cemented a U.S. victory in a long-running dispute over its "dolphin-safe" tuna labels brought by Mexico.

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • New US Development Entity Will Spur Investment In Africa

    Thomas Trimble

    The global emerging-markets private equity community is abuzz with the prospect of a new U.S. development funding institution coming on the scene this year that is expected to increase competition among existing funding institutions and spur first-time investment, especially in Africa, say Thomas Trimble and John Bryant of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • How A No-Deal Brexit Would Affect Life Sciences Cos.

    Frances Stocks Allen

    Under a no-deal Brexit scenario, all provisions of EU law will no longer apply to the U.K., with potentially chaotic results for the life sciences industry. In particular, the impact on marketing authorizations could be highly disruptive, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Automotive Tech In 2018: Legal Trends And Developments

    David Cavanaugh

    The legal landscape for the automotive sector continued its evolution in 2018 with the development of new technology becoming a focal point for litigation, patenting and regulation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Cybersecurity's Developing Role In FCPA Compliance

    Ryan Rohlfsen

    While much attention has been paid to recent revisions to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy, other developments suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice may also be adapting FCPA enforcement principles to the area of cybersecurity, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • How Coast Guard Reauthorization Affects Maritime Sector

    Darrell Conner

    The Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, signed into law last month, modifies regulation of commercial vessel discharges, reauthorizes multiple maritime agencies, and makes important changes to safety and antitrust regulations, say attorneys and government affairs advisers with K&L Gates LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.