International Trade

  • October 11, 2019

    State Dept. Hit With FOIA Suit For Info On Giuliani In Ukraine

    The Protect Democracy Project sued the U.S. Department of State in Massachusetts federal court on Friday in a quest for information about interactions Rudy Giuliani has had regarding how his client President Donald Trump's "personal political interests may have come to dominate U.S. diplomatic activities in Ukraine."

  • October 11, 2019

    Boustani Heads To Trial In $2B Mozambique Fraud Case

    The long-awaited trial of Privinvest executive Jean Boustani over his role in a securities fraud, bribery and kickback scheme involving $2 billion in Mozambican government loans is scheduled to commence on Tuesday.

  • October 11, 2019

    Treasury Given New Powers To Sanction Turkey

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury will be granted new powers to sanction Turkish officials if Turkey targets civilians or ethnic and religious minorities during military operations in Syria, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

  • October 11, 2019

    State Dept. Approves $515M In Sales To Kuwait, Tunisia

    The U.S. Department of State has approved a $281 million sale of M88A2 HERCULES armored recovery vehicles to Kuwait and a $234 million sale of T-6C Texan military training aircraft to Tunisia, according to a Pentagon announcement.

  • October 11, 2019

    Fruit Grower In Contempt In Del Monte Fight, Court Hears

    A Monaco-based Del Monte unit urged a Florida federal court to hold a Costa Rican pineapple plantation in contempt after it allegedly flouted an arbitral award by refusing to stop selling a special variety of super-sweet pineapple, arguing that the grower's "day of reckoning is at hand."

  • October 11, 2019

    Terrorism Aid Claims Are Too Late, Standard Chartered Says

    Standard Chartered Bank on Thursday urged a New York federal judge not to revive a lawsuit alleging the bank knowingly helped terrorists, arguing that the military families and veterans who made the claims did so too late and hadn't shown the bank did anything wrong.

  • October 11, 2019

    Minerals Co. Can't Escape Suit Over $70M Award Enforcement

    International minerals supplier Amcol International Corp. can't escape litigation in which it's accused of orchestrating fraudulent transfers to shield assets that were being targeted by a Singapore shipper to enforce more than $70 million in arbitral awards.

  • October 11, 2019

    US, China Reach Truce To Delay Next Tariff Wave

    The Trump administration will hold off on raising tariffs against Chinese goods, according to a Friday announcement that marks a moment of conciliation in the sprawling trade conflict that has enveloped the two nations for over a year.

  • October 11, 2019

    Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty In Ecuador Oil Bribery Case

    A former Miami financial adviser pled guilty Friday on the eve of a trial in a federal criminal case claiming he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by funneling millions to Ecuadorian oil officials to secure contracts for a private company.

  • October 10, 2019

    NBA Backs Free Speech But Likely To Tiptoe With China

    A tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong put NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a lose-lose situation in trying to mend the league's lucrative relationship with China and still defend freedom of expression, a situation experts say will force NBA players and executives to tread carefully in commenting on China.

  • October 10, 2019

    US-China Talks Resume With Hope Of Paving Way To Deal

    The Trump administration resumed its trade negotiations with China on Thursday as U.S. business groups tracking the talks expressed optimism that the two sides could strike a preliminary deal to avert new duties slated to take effect next week.

  • October 10, 2019

    Coal Magnate Can't Block Doc Order In $48M Award Fight

    A coal magnate and other defendants in litigation filed by several Brazilian iron companies to enforce a $48 million arbitral award were unable to convince a New York judge on Wednesday to set aside a discovery order issued under an exception to the attorney-client privilege.

  • October 10, 2019

    Repeated Allegations Kill Canon FCA Suit, Texas Judge Says

    A Texas federal court tossed a False Claims Act suit accusing Canon of bilking the federal government, saying that a woman's claims are based on publicly disclosed allegations that were already resolved in a separate suit.

  • October 10, 2019

    FedEx Says Export Crackdown Violates Due Process Rights

    FedEx Corp. pushed back Wednesday at the federal government's bid to exit its suit over new export regulations, telling a D.C. federal court that the rules made some international deliveries impossible and violated its constitutional right to due process.

  • October 10, 2019

    ITC Ends Patent Probe Into Nintendo Switch

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday cleared Nintendo of allegations that its Nintendo Switch consoles infringe a rival’s patents, closing the book on a case that sought to block imports of the popular video game consoles.

  • October 10, 2019

    UK Sanctions Violations Drop In Value Over Past Year

    The U.K.’s sanctions enforcer said Thursday that the estimated value of reported breaches of sanctions has fallen from a peak of more than £1 billion ($1.2 billion) last year to just over £250 million this year.

  • October 09, 2019

    Mexican Keg Importers Hit With Finalized Anti-Dumping Tariff

    Imports of Mexican steel kegs are hurting U.S. manufacturers, according to a decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission that has cleared the way for the Commerce Department to impose an 18.48% duty on the containers.

  • October 09, 2019

    Lawmakers Urge NBA To Cut China Ties Over Hong Kong Row

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged the NBA on Wednesday to suspend its operations in China, marking the latest development in a fracas kicked off by a general manager's tweet last week in support of ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

  • October 09, 2019

    Feds Want Wives' Testimony Out Of Ecuador Bribery Case

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida federal judge Wednesday to exclude testimony from the wives of four alleged co-conspirators of a former financial adviser charged with bribing Ecuadorian oil officials when he goes on trial next week in Miami, calling it a waste of time.

  • October 09, 2019

    US-Japan Trade Pacts Leave Enforcement Strategy Murky

    The two small-scale trade agreements signed by the U.S. and Japan this week do not contain full-fledged dispute settlement provisions that are typical in other trade pacts, raising uncertainty about how the accords will be enforced.

  • October 09, 2019

    Sens. Seek US Review Of Maduro-Tied Brazilian Meatpacker

    Two U.S. senators are calling on the Trump administration to open a sweeping review of the American transactions of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS SA, arguing that the company's purported close ties with Venezuela’s Maduro regime calls its U.S. stakes into question.

  • October 08, 2019

    Ex-Biomet Employee Can't Sue Over FCPA Firing: 7th Circ.

    A former Biomet employee who was fired for his contacts with a corrupt distributor in Latin America can’t sue his ex-employer for defamation, the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday, finding that Biomet listing him as a risk to the company’s compliance with anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws doesn’t constitute defamation.

  • October 08, 2019

    Carnival Can't Get Quick Appeal In 2nd Helms-Burton Case

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied Carnival Corp.'s bid to immediately appeal her ruling denying its motion to dismiss a Helms-Burton Act suit accusing the cruise line of trafficking in stolen property by using a Havana port facility that was seized by Cuba's communist government.

  • October 08, 2019

    House Lawmakers Want 'Action' On Mexican Labor Reform

    The top Democrat of the House Ways and Means Committee said Tuesday that the U.S. needs to see action on Mexico’s labor reform, following a visit to the country as part of Democratic lawmakers' vetting of the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • October 08, 2019

    US Restricts Chinese Officials' Visas On Human Rights Basis

    The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday announced visa restrictions against Chinese government officials involved in human rights abuses against Muslim minorities, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China ahead of key trade talks.

Expert Analysis

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • Chinese Acquisitions Even More Uncertain In New CFIUS Era

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    While hostility toward Chinese-led investment in U.S. companies is not new, the proposal expanding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' authority to scrutinize such deals casts further doubt over how many inbound Chinese investments in the U.S. will actually close, says Jing Zhao at Saul Ewing.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 3 Policy Developments To Watch As US-China Divide Grows

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    While trade negotiations between the U.S. and China resume Thursday, it is difficult to imagine a trade agreement in the near term that could blunt the momentum of larger strategic forces pushing the two countries apart, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

  • Another Rollback In US-Cuba Financial Relations

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    The new amendments to Cuban sanctions, together with an August executive order blocking Venezuelan government property, illustrate the Trump administration’s approach of restricting these countries' general access to the U.S. financial system while carving out permissible transactions with the private sectors in those countries, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

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    While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.

  • DOJ's New FARA Enforcement Focus Could Be Far-Reaching

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    In light of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent dramatic increase in criminal enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a wide array of individuals and organizations whose conduct may be implicated by FARA should keep in mind several key compliance considerations, say Richard Beizer and Dalal Hasan of Crowell & Moring.

  • Roundup

    Pursuing Wellness

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    In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.

  • How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

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    While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

  • Unpacking The Latest ITC Trends: Part 2

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    Section 337 practice may be affected by recent developments on the U.S. International Trade Commission's domestic industry requirement and guidance from the Federal Circuit on the ITC's authority to decline to institute an investigation, say Gregg Corbett and Libbie DiMarco of Wolf Greenfield.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Focus On Firm Holistic Health Training

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    Our most concerted efforts toward implementing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge, which we signed one year ago, have centered on educating attorneys and staff by including well-being components in firm trainings and professional development programs, says Andrew Glincher at Nixon Peabody.