International Trade

  • December 05, 2023

    Feds Say Bosnian Man Helped Russian Flee Sanctions Case

    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Bosnian man who they said assisted a Russian trader in escaping house arrest in Italy after he was accused of procuring weapons parts and oil in furtherance of Russia's war in Ukraine.

  • December 05, 2023

    Export-Import Bank Slammed As Major Fossil Fuel Financier

    Environmental group Friends of the Earth U.S. slapped the U.S. Export-Import Bank with an international complaint Tuesday alleging the agency has poured billions of dollars into fossil fuel projects, despite the Biden administration's commitment to end such international public financing.

  • December 05, 2023

    Mechanics Seek Class Status In Kuwait Forced-Labor Suit

    More than two dozen mechanics who worked for ManTech International Corp. are looking to certify their proposed class action accusing The Carlyle Group-owned military contractor of using them as forced labor to repair armored vehicles in Kuwait.

  • December 05, 2023

    Court Denies Duty-Free Treatment For Specialty Baby Formulas

    A specialty baby formula maker couldn't convince the U.S. Court of International Trade that its products could enter the country duty-free, after the court determined that the products were "food preparations" subject to a 6.4% tariff.

  • December 05, 2023

    Atty Says Fake News Sanctions Deserve Due Process Hearing

    An attorney who was hit with nearly $270,000 in sanctions after he was found to have manufactured fake news articles in a bid to influence an arbitration between Chevron and Saudi oil heirs told a federal judge this week he should have received a due process hearing before being slapped with the penalties.

  • December 05, 2023

    11th Circ. Upholds Summonses For Peruvians' US Bank Docs

    The Eleventh Circuit upheld IRS summonses for the U.S. bank records of Peruvian siblings who claimed that a history of corruption in their government should have stopped the IRS from cooperating with it, saying a district court correctly denied the siblings a chance to present evidence of wrongdoing.

  • December 04, 2023

    Fed. Circ. Backs Duty Rate Without Distortion For Thai Pipes

    The Federal Circuit upheld a trade court win for Thai steel pipe-makers on Monday, confirming that the judge below correctly applied the appeals court's removal of market adjustments the U.S. Department of Commerce used to boost anti-dumping duties.

  • December 04, 2023

    DOD Urged To Explain Reports Russian Oil Seeping Into US

    Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have urged the Pentagon to explain its efforts to ensure the U.S. isn't using sanctioned Russian oil amid reports the U.S. unknowingly purchased oil from a Greek refinery holding the sanctioned fuel.

  • December 04, 2023

    Leave The Courtroom Doors Open, Says Apple Foe

    Apple and lawyers for a small startup that accuses the tech giant of illegally blocking it from the smartwatch marketplace are fighting over how accessible a key hearing in the case will be.

  • December 04, 2023

    Swiss Bank To Pay $123M For Hiding Offshore Account Funds

    A Swiss bank will pay $123 million to the U.S. Department of the Treasury as part of an agreement to settle criminal charges that it helped U.S. taxpayers hide $5.6 billion in more than 1,600 secret bank accounts, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • December 04, 2023

    Caterpillar Pushes Again For Sanctions In Antitrust Suit

    Caterpillar is moving for sanctions in its long-running antitrust dispute with International Construction Products, telling a Delaware federal judge that the now-defunct equipment supplier, which is accusing Caterpillar of tortious interference and boycott claims, failed to preserve important documents as employees left and the company shuttered.

  • December 04, 2023

    Ex-Real Estate Atty Avoids Prison In Russia Sanctions Case

    A Manhattan federal judge on Monday allowed a longtime real estate attorney who facilitated tax and insurance payments for a sanctioned Russian oligarch to avoid prison, citing his advanced age and limited involvement in the lawbreaking.

  • December 04, 2023

    ITC Advances Investigation Into Likely Dumping Of Thai Tires

    The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to continue an investigation into truck and bus tires imported from Thailand, concluding that the imports were probably being dumped in the U.S. at unfairly low prices that harm the domestic tire industry.

  • December 01, 2023

    WTO Climate Tools Carry Warning For EU Approach On Steel

    A new World Trade Organization report detailing 10 trade policy tools countries can apply to support climate initiatives contains a word of caution related to Europe's position in faltering negotiations with the United States over greening steel production.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Nokia Gets ITC To Review HP, Amazon Imports Over Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review Nokia's allegations that HP and Amazon were wrongly importing products that infringed a variety of Nokia patents related to video technology.

  • December 01, 2023

    US Sanctions 3 More Tankers For Dodging G7 Oil Price Cap

    The U.S. sanctioned three more oil tankers Friday for shipping Russian oil priced above the G7's price cap, the latest such actions following the blacklisting of five other vessels in recent weeks.

  • December 01, 2023

    Trade Court Will Hear Forced Labor Blacklist Challenge

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has rejected the federal government's call to toss a Chinese company's protest over being placed on a forced labor blacklist, holding that the designation amounts to an embargo that the court has authority to review.

  • December 01, 2023

    ITC Launches Probe After Samsung Alleges Display IP Theft

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has said it will investigate a complaint from Korean-based Samsung Display Company Ltd. alleging that various competitors stole trade secrets to make components for brightening device screens that are being imported into the U.S.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    Feds Unveil 'Foreign Entity' Guidance For EV Tax Credit

    Federal regulators released guidance Friday that would allow automakers to satisfy new trade restrictions that the 2022 climate law incorporated into the consumer electric vehicle tax credit, including sought-after proposed rules defining the foreign-entity-of-concern provision.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    IP Forecast: Beauty And The Copyright-Protected Beast

    A federal courthouse in Oakland will be center stage next week for a jury trial over allegations that Disney owes profits from the billion-dollar Emma Watson blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" remake to ex-Microsoft executive Steve Perlman's digital effects company for infringing copyright-protected software to make the movie's live-action beast. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

Expert Analysis

  • What New DHS Cybersecurity Policy Means For Bid Protests

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently unveiled policy of factoring cybersecurity self-assessments into its overall evaluation of contractors could raise novel bid protest considerations for offerors in both the pre-award and post-award contexts, say Amy Hoang at Seyfarth and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Mitigating Antitrust Risk Amid Increased Dealmaking Scrutiny

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    While deals continue to get done despite a 60% increase in significant merger investigations in the U.S. last year as agencies moved away from settlements, private equity firms should identify and assess potential antitrust risks and develop strategies to mitigate them early in the deal process, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Business Takeaways From Biden's Global Labor Rights Memo

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    President Joe Biden's recent memorandum on protecting worker rights is one of the most expansive statements the administration has made regarding international labor rights policy, and reflects several points of which businesses should take note, including the government’s interest in working with the private sector on these issues and a notable focus on the transition to clean energy, say Tom Plotkin and Pegah Nabili at Covington.

  • 1 Year In, Money Laundering Law Tweak May Have Big Impact

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    Despite receiving little attention, Congress' quiet extension of the statute of limitations for money laundering offenses involving foreign bribery offenses is a powerful prosecutorial tool that defense counsel can nevertheless counter by using certain pretrial challenges, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

  • How FinCEN's Proposed Rule Stirs The Pot On Crypto Mixing

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    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued proposal aims to impose additional reporting requirements to mitigate the risks posed by convertible virtual currency mixing transactions, meaning financial institutions may need new monitoring techniques to detect CVC mixing beyond just exposure, say Jared Johnson and Jordan Yeagley at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • Unpacking Long-Awaited Clean Energy Tax Credit Guidance

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    Recently proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations provide welcome confirmatory guidance on the application of investment tax credits as reworked by 2022's Inflation Reduction Act, prevailing wage and apprenticeship rules that are largely consistent with market expectations, and broader eligibility criteria that should please the wind power industry in particular, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • A Comparison Of Patent Dispute Resolution In US And China

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    As the U.S. and China are the two most significant arenas for patent disputes, multinational corporations must be able to navigate their patent dispute systems, which differ in speed, cost and potential damage awards, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Key Takeaways From DOJ's Recent FARA Advisory Opinions

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    The U.S. Department of Justice recently published several redacted advisory opinions on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, clarifying its current thinking on when a person or entity is required to register as a foreign agent under the statute, and when they may qualify for an exemption, says Tessa Capeloto at Wiley Rein.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

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