World Trade Organization members pressed the Japanese government to soften a number of its trade barriers Monday, with Tokyo catching heat for its agricultural policies and national security restrictions.
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A pandemic, a bitter feud with China and the enactment of a shiny new North American trade agreement were among the many factors keeping companies and their trade attorneys busy in the first half of the year. Here, Law360 breaks down the most essential international trade developments of 2020 so far.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday kept in place a 5.3% tariff on Apple's iPad 2 smart covers, finding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection properly determined that the products weren't computer accessories that qualified for duty-free treatment.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill requiring sanctions on officials and companies that help the Chinese government diminish Hong Kong's independence, sending the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature.
European Union countries can't prohibit the use of new information by those attempting to correct invoices for value-added tax transactions, the bloc's highest court ruled Thursday in a case involving agricultural businesses in Romania and Germany.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear Nestlé and Cargill's challenges to a Ninth Circuit ruling leaving the companies on the hook for allegations that they benefited from African child labor, teeing up a potential ruling on whether U.S. corporations can be liable for human rights abuses abroad.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals will shell out almost $21.5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that two Alexion subsidiaries bribed Russian and Turkish officials to secure preferential treatment for its blood disorder drug, Soliris, the SEC said Thursday.
The British government has "unequivocally recognized" opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela, a judge ruled at a London court as he found against the Nicolás Maduro government in a legal battle over access to €930 million ($1 billion) of gold stored at the Bank of England.
The Trump administration on Wednesday tapped trade and labor law experts from BigLaw fixtures like Skadden and Clark Hill to serve on panels that will be tasked with resolving disputes under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday filed civil forfeiture complaints seeking about $96 million in assets allegedly related to money laundering by a Malaysian state-owned investment fund, including artwork by Claude Monet, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed a bill to require sanctions on companies that help the Chinese government suppress Hong Kong's independence, following the Senate, which approved an identical measure last week. Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly described the legislative process for this bill. The error has been corrected.
The Eleventh Circuit in a published opinion Wednesday reversed a Florida federal judge's decision to dismiss a cash-advance fraud suit against Citigroup based on the finding it belonged in Mexico, remanding the case back to the Sunshine State and saying the wrongdoings involved "reverberated in the United States."
Celestron wants out of a $350 million suit accusing the telescope maker of teaming up with rivals to hike the price of the stargazing devices, slamming the suit as a "transparent and frivolous" effort by a non-party competitor to run it out of business.
Wednesday's enactment of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement prompted immediate calls from Democratic lawmakers to enforce the deal's labor provisions against Mexico, while President Donald Trump announced plans to meet with the Mexican president to celebrate the new deal.
Germany has said that securing a pan-European financial transaction tax is a priority for the country during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as supporting efforts by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to reform the international tax system.
Jeffrey Gerrish, the deputy U.S. trade representative who played a lead role in brokering this year's hard-fought trade pact with China, will rejoin Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in August, the firm announced Tuesday.
After more than 26 years on the books, the North American Free Trade Agreement is being replaced by the Trump administration’s updated accord with Canada and Mexico, bringing with it a bevy of new challenges for companies operating in the region. Here, Law360 breaks down all you need to know about the new trade deal taking effect Wednesday.
An attorney for Turkey's state-owned Halkbank on Tuesday told a New York federal judge it didn't envision being ready for trial over an alleged multibillion-dollar scheme to evade American sanctions targeting Iran until the spring of 2022, citing the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Del Monte called a Costa Rican fruit grower a "thief" Tuesday and asked a Florida magistrate judge to recommend a nearly $16.4 million fine for violating an order to stop growing and selling a particular pineapple variety.
The Federal Communications Commission formally designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to the United States on Tuesday, moving to disrupt the Chinese tech firms' American operations by declaring that federal telecom subsidies won't cover their equipment.
A London appellate court ruled Tuesday that U.S. sanctions targeting a Cypriot lender's Russian owner justify Cynergy Bank's withholding millions of pounds of interest payments on a £30 million ($37 million) loan from that lender.
Two U.S. silicon metal producers announced Tuesday they've filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking anti-dumping and countervailing duties on competing imports from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.
The Trump administration is halting the U.S. export of defense equipment and certain high-technology products to Hong Kong as the Chinese government is poised to pass a new national security law that will curb political opposition and "eviscerate Hong Kong's freedoms," the U.S. secretary of state said Monday.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday fleshed out the details of a critical rule in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that requires automakers to pay a certain percentage of their workforce a competitive wage in order to earn duty-free treatment for their cars and trucks.
Attorneys at Reed Smith discuss five takeaways from the new annual report of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which assessed the 229 notices and 21 declarations filed for CFIUS' review in 2018 and provided a first look at the impact of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.
It has long been the law that attorneys cannot use percentage rental agreements because doing so would constitute an impermissible sharing of fees with nonlawyers, but such arrangements can help lawyers match expenses with revenues in lean times like now, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson at Holland & Knight.
Automotive companies procuring from new sources because of the pandemic or adapting to new requirements of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement can minimize their compliance risks by implementing full-spectrum, know-your-source due diligence and documenting every aspect of their vetting process, say Gregory Husisian and Jenlain Scott at Foley & Lardner.
A California state appellate court's recent decision in Masellis v. Law Office of Leslie F. Jensen provides a road map for proving causation and damages in settle-and-sue legal malpractice cases — an important issue of long-standing confusion, says Steven Berenson at Klinedinst.
During an active first half of 2020, the Office of Foreign Assets Control strengthened its sanctions programs, issued new guidance documents and announced several enforcement actions, underscoring that even during a pandemic, sanctions compliance is indispensable, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.
Mediation conducted online with participants in different states makes it harder to determine where communications were made, increasing the risk that courts will apply laws of a state that does not protect mediation confidentiality, say mediators Jeff Kichaven and Teresa Frisbie and law student Tyler Codina.
Recent production cuts agreed to by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies gave markets confidence that Saudi Arabia and Russia are committed to stabilizing oil prices, but the question now is whether U.S. shale oil producers will continue to reduce their own production, say Denmon Sigler and Scott Shelton at Baker McKenzie.
Recent developments in the standard-essential patent landscape affect licensing negotiations and litigation involving communications and networking technologies, and will lead to increased attention from regulators and potential inconsistencies among different agencies and forums, say Erik Puknys and Michelle Rice at Finnegan.
As I learned after completing a recent international arbitration remotely, with advance planning a video hearing can replicate the in-person experience surprisingly well, and may actually be superior in certain respects, says Kate Shih at Quinn Emanuel.
If law firms are truly serious about making meaningful change in terms of diversity, they must adopt a demographically neutral, unbiased hiring equation that looks at personality traits with greater import than grades and class rank, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University College of Law.
Now that the U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China, stateside financial services companies should monitor public company audit reporting, non-U.S. futures and swaps trading, and international capital reporting, say Matthew Kluchenek and Matthew Bisanz at Mayer Brown.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s new mechanism for ensuring compliance with Mexico’s labor reforms poses unique challenges for Mexican companies, which now bear the burden of demonstrating that workers' rights are effectively protected, say attorneys at Akin Gump.
In the past, employers would commonly refile when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied employee visa petitions, but pandemic-related travel bans and suspended visa processing have made challenging such denials more attractive, say Lynn O'Brien and Kane Vongsavanh at Berry Appleman.
With large swaths of the population indoors and primarily online, cybercriminals will be able to exploit law firms more easily now than ever before, but some basic precautions can help, says Joel Wallenstrom at Wickr.
Government actions against researchers with undisclosed connections to China, as well as legislation designed to safeguard U.S. research, reinforce the probability that new rules for global collaboration and foreign engagement are on the horizon, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.