International Trade

  • March 05, 2021

    2nd Circ. Retirement Will Let Biden 'Flip' The Court

    Second Circuit Judge Peter W. Hall took senior status on Thursday, giving President Joe Biden a third opening on the New York-based appeals court and his first opportunity to "flip" a circuit to a majority of Democratic appointees.

  • March 05, 2021

    How They Won It: Freshfields Breaks FTC's Winning Streak

    It took 15 months, $640 million and a two-week trial but Evonik managed to close its purchase of fellow hydrogen peroxide producer PeroxyChem last year, days after its Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP legal team broke the Federal Trade Commission's seven-case winning streak contesting mergers in federal court.

  • March 05, 2021

    US, EU Suspend Tariffs, Aiming To End Aircraft Subsidy Fight

    The U.S. and European Union announced Friday that they will suspend tariffs on more than $11 billion worth of trade as they look to resolve a massive fight over aircraft subsidies that has dominated the transatlantic trade relationship for nearly 17 years.

  • March 05, 2021

    Germany Will Pay Utilities $2.9B For Nuclear Phaseout

    Germany has agreed to pay settlements totaling some $2.89 billion to four energy supply companies, including the Swedish company Vattenfall, to resolve legal disputes that arose after the country decided to phase out nuclear energy following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

  • March 04, 2021

    White House To Review ITC Import Ban On Car Batteries

    The U.S. Department of Transportation will review how a recent 10-year import ban on a South Korean company's electric vehicle batteries affects President Joe Biden's clean transportation goals, according to the nominee for the No. 2 job at the agency.

  • March 04, 2021

    DLA Piper Beats Car Dealer's Malpractice Suit

    A Nevada federal judge on Wednesday axed a China-based auto dealer's legal malpractice suit against DLA Piper, finding the firm is not subject to general jurisdiction in Nevada since it doesn't have any offices, employees or property in the state.

  • March 04, 2021

    ​​​​​​​Inspection Agencies Can't Shake Faulty Plywood Suit

    A federal judge in Florida rejected calls from two inspection agencies to toss false advertising claims over Brazilian plywood that domestic producers say clearly didn't meet building standards, comparing the agencies to state medical licensing boards.

  • March 04, 2021

    Chinese Exporter Sues Commerce Over Dumping Rates

    A Chinese wood mouldings exporter has taken the U.S. Department of Commerce to the U.S. Court of International Trade, accusing the department of using a subpar data set to levy it with a 45.49% anti-dumping duty.

  • March 04, 2021

    Cuba's €72M Debt Fair Game For Lawsuit, Fund Says

    Lawyers for an investment fund on Thursday defended its decision to sue Cuba for €72 million ($86 million) in unpaid sovereign debt at a hearing in London, arguing it's not a "vulture fund" aggressively pursuing the country over decades-old loans.

  • March 04, 2021

    US Suspends Tariffs On UK Goods In Aircraft Subsidy Fight

    The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will suspend retaliatory tariffs on scores of U.K. products for four months in the hopes of settling a portion of the long-running trade dispute over subsidies to aircraft giants Boeing and Airbus.

  • March 03, 2021

    UK Unveils Tweaks To New Merger Control Regime

    The United Kingdom is trying to make it easier for companies to identify whether the merger they're mulling will trigger the country's planned mandatory notification law, which will require the government to be informed when a combination poses a national security risk.

  • March 03, 2021

    Czech Steel Pipe Imports Dumped In The US, Commerce Finds

    The U.S. Department of Commerce teed up a final 51.7% duty on pipes from the Czech Republic, firming up its earlier finding that the goods were being sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S.

  • March 03, 2021

    Canada Mining Co. Seeks Arb. Ruling In Mexico Tax Dispute

    Canada's First Majestic Silver Corp. said it's seeking arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement to resolve an investor-state dispute with Mexico, which the company has accused of intimidation in response to efforts to challenge a tax reassessment.

  • March 03, 2021

    Treasury Sanctions Mexican Cocaine, Meth Trafficker

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned a suspected narcotics trafficker Wednesday, freezing the assets of a high-level member of Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels.

  • March 03, 2021

    $2B Aluminum Probe Advances With Duties For 18 Countries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced final duty determinations for aluminum sheet from 18 countries, fixing rates as high as 242.80% in an investigation the agency called "the broadest U.S. trade enforcement action in two decades."

  • March 03, 2021

    Senate Panel Advances Biden's Pick For Top Trade Post

    The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Katherine Tai to be the next U.S. trade representative on Wednesday, setting the stage for what figures to be quick approval by the full upper chamber.

  • March 02, 2021

    Microsoft Hires Trump Trade Atty, Williams & Connolly Alum

    A former trade attorney from Donald Trump's administration who previously worked on international disputes and arbitration at Williams & Connolly LLP has joined Microsoft Corp. as deputy general counsel for U.S. international trade and its cloud program Azure, according to his LinkedIn page.

  • March 02, 2021

    EPA Hits Chem Co. With Fine For Toxic Substances Violations

    Chemicals distributor Brenntag Pacific Inc. has agreed to pay a $128,265 fine as part of a settlement for failing to produce accurate reports regarding the import of nine different chemicals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

  • March 02, 2021

    Chamber Urges WTO Not To Entertain Vaccine IP Waivers

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday warned the World Trade Organization's new director-general not to "distract" herself with proposals to suspend global intellectual property rules in order to distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

  • March 02, 2021

    Senate Confirms Raimondo To Lead Commerce Dept.

    The Senate easily confirmed Gina Raimondo as Commerce secretary on Tuesday despite some Republican opposition over the Biden administration's stance on China and the technology company Huawei.

  • March 02, 2021

    DOJ Says President Can Modify Duties By Increasing Them

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to toss a challenge to emergency duties on bifacial solar panels, arguing that importers have misconstrued federal law governing the president's ability to impose restrictions.

  • March 02, 2021

    Russian Telecom Co. Beats Investor Suit Over Bribery Probe

    A New York federal judge has granted a Russian telecommunications company's bid to toss a proposed class action brought by investors over allegations the company made $420 million in bribes to officials in Uzbekistan, saying the investors did not show that certain claims were false or misleading.

  • March 02, 2021

    US Imposes Sanctions On Russia Over Navalny Poisoning

    The U.S. has sanctioned Russian officials and institutions over the 2020 poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Biden administration said Tuesday.

  • March 01, 2021

    Trade Court Questions Common Duty Reduction Maneuver

    The U.S. Court of International Trade denied a cookware importer's tariff challenge on Monday, calling into question a common practice used by many companies to soften their tariff blow when importing from China.

  • March 01, 2021

    Former Top Gov't Trade Atty Returns To Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has welcomed back a former acting deputy U.S. trade representative and general counsel who handled the Trump administration's trade policy with China, according to the firm's Monday announcement.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Tips For Attorneys Telecommuting Across State Lines

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    Attorneys working remotely from jurisdictions in which they are not admitted should take precautionary steps to avoid engaging in unauthorized practice of law, say John Schmidt and Michael Seaman at Phillips Lytle.

  • 6 Ways Legal Employers Can Help Pandemic-Weary Parents

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    Parenting during the pandemic has introduced a series of competing personal and professional obligations for attorneys and professional staff, and even organizations that are supportive of their parent employees can take steps to do better, says Meredith Kahan at Saul Ewing.

  • How Cos. Can Combat Knockoffs At And Beyond ITC This Year

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    To tackle knockoffs, the $500 billion criminal enterprise that economists predict will double by 2022 due to exponentially rising e-commerce and the pandemic's effects, brand-protective companies should deploy U.S. International Trade Commission remedies and a variety of alternatives, say Josh Pond and Preetha Chakrabarti at Crowell & Moring.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • Mitigate Key FCPA Risks With Tailor-Made Compliance

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    Multinational companies should take a pragmatic approach to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance by being aware of key risk areas — such as inappropriate gift-giving, liability for third-party actions, and countries with recurring corruption issues — and implementing custom-designed procedures that evolve with their operations, says Howard Weissman at Miller Canfield.

  • What Biden's Ethics Pledge Means For Gov't Revolving Door

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    Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • Takeaways From DOJ Fraud Section's Pandemic Year

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division report on the Fraud Section's accomplishments in 2020 reveals impressive enforcement productivity, despite pandemic-related limitations, and we should expect to see a significant increase in prosecution later this year, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Holly Wilson at Wiley.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • How Case Management Orders Can Support New Attorneys

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    Courts are leading the way in ensuring oral argument opportunities for newer attorneys by incorporating innovative language in a variety of orders, and private parties can and should follow suit by incorporating similar language into case management orders, say Megan Jones and Halli Spraggins at Hausfeld.

  • 3 Things To Know About FDA's Evolving Drug Inspections

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    Companies regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration need to stay abreast of the pandemic's ongoing impact, including inspection delays, the FDA's expanded usage of remote evaluations, and supply chain constraints, say Peter Lindsay and Nathan Sheers at Paul Hastings.

  • Effective E-Discovery Of Chat Apps In Gov't Investigations

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    With the increasing reliance on multiple messaging applications for business conversations in the remote working environment, companies can implement several best practices for collecting, reviewing and producing data, despite an absence of guidance on discovery obligations in government investigations, say Jason Weinstein and Katie Dubyak at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • An In-House Counsel's Guide To Better Work Management

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    Amid economic uncertainty and increasing pressure on corporate legal departments to do more with less, work management processes should be aimed at tracking legal teams' every contribution, including routine matters that can be reallocated to nonlegal staff, says Aaron Pierce at LexisNexis CounselLink.

  • US Cos. Must Prepare For EU Carbon Tax On Imports

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    With the European Union considering a tax on imported goods reflecting the carbon emitted during their manufacture, U.S. exporters to the EU should assess their possible liabilities, review opportunities to mitigate costs and consider ways to reduce emissions, say David Lakhdhir and Mark Bergman at Paul Weiss.

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