International Trade

  • March 07, 2024

    Deputy AG Unveils DOJ Whistleblower Rewards Pilot Program

    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice will soon begin a pilot program to financially reward whistleblowers who alert prosecutors to significant corporate misconduct.

  • March 07, 2024

    White House Moves To End Highway 'Buy America' Waivers

    The Biden administration on Thursday proposed eliminating waivers to domestic production requirements for items used in federal highway building.

  • March 07, 2024

    US Soldier Charged With Selling Military Secrets To China

    A U.S. Army intelligence analyst with the rank of sergeant sold an array of sensitive and classified military secrets to China in exchange for $42,000, according to a Tennessee grand jury indictment unsealed on Thursday. 

  • March 07, 2024

    Indian Gov't Eyes Linking Carbon Tax On Coal To Quality

    The Indian government should consider linking its carbon tax on coal to quality and price rather than weight because the current system gives an advantage to imported coal over domestic coal, the country's Ministry of Coal said Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Voltage Gets Win From ITC Judge In Solar Patent Fight

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that Shoals Technologies Group failed to meet an important element necessary to continue with its fight against Voltage over a patent relating to solar technology.

  • March 06, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions Ship Owners It Says Enable Houthi Attacks

    The Department of Treasury says it's taking new action against Iranian commodity shipments, targeting ship owners in Hong Kong and the Marshall Islands with sanctions for moving Iranian goods that officials say help to fund Houthi attacks on container ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

  • March 06, 2024

    Court Backs Decision Freeing Flanges From Pipe-Fitting Duty

    The trade court on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to free a Texas-based pipe company's cast-iron flange imports from an antidumping duty order, ruling Commerce's fifth assessment of the duty's scope finally squared with the evidence.

  • March 06, 2024

    Don't Get Too Comfy Before Trade Deal Review, Tai Says

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday cautioned the U.S., Mexico, and Canada not to get "too comfortable" ahead of approaching the first review of the nations' trade accord, saying some discomfort was needed to motivate them towards tackling global trade issues.

  • March 06, 2024

    Shipper Insists US Sanctions Offered Escape From Contract

    A shipping company told Britain's highest court on Wednesday that it should not be forced to vary the terms of a freight contract, after refusing to accept payments in euros to mitigate a force majeure event amid concerns about U.S. sanctions.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sidley Adds 11-Year Wiley Rein Leaders To DC Group

    Sidley Austin LLP has hired two members of Wiley Rein LLP's leadership, one of whom joins to help co-lead its global arbitration, trade and advocacy practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Texts Constituted Contract In $7.7M Fertilizer Fight, Judge Says

    A Florida federal court ordered a global fertilizer seller to pay a Brazilian client $7.7 million, finding that the company breached an agreement that was partially negotiated over WhatsApp to sell 45,000 metric tons of ammonium sulfate.

  • March 05, 2024

    DC Circ. Nixes Big Tech Child Labor Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday ruled that tech companies facing suit for using cobalt mined with child labor didn't share in a "venture" with the companies responsible for extracting the metal, upholding a district court decision to dismiss the suit.

  • March 05, 2024

    Gibson Dunn AI Leader On Weathering The AI Policy Blizzard

    Like a mountaineer leading a team through a snowstorm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's artificial intelligence co-chair Cassandra L. Gaedt-Sheckter is guiding companies developing and using artificial intelligence through a blizzard of new laws and regulations coming online in Europe and the U.S., saying that assessing AI risks is the North Star to mitigating them.

  • March 05, 2024

    Biz Owner Gets 10 Months For Evading Tax On Foreign Income

    The owner of a manufacturing company was sentenced in California federal court to 10 months in prison for avoiding taxes on almost $4.5 million in income by failing to report his foreign sales to the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • March 05, 2024

    WTO Backs European Biofuel Curbs Over Malaysian Suit

    The World Trade Organization rejected Malaysia's challenge to the European Union's phasing out of palm oil-based biofuels, ruling Tuesday that the bloc had reasonably limited when member states can count biofuel toward its renewable energy goals.

  • March 05, 2024

    Feds Say Sen. Menendez Knew 'Loans' Were Bribes

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his wife were charged with obstruction of justice in a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court, raising the stakes in the corruption trial facing the New Jersey Democrat.

  • March 05, 2024

    ADI Can't Recoup Full Quinn Emanuel Bill In IP Theft Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday compared Analog Devices Inc.'s pricey hiring of a Quinn Emanuel attorney to monitor its former engineer's trade secrets trial in person to paying "a brain surgeon to pop a pimple" in an order denying restitution for those costs.

  • March 05, 2024

    FERC LNG Approvals Flout Court's Orders, DC Circ. Told

    Environmental and local community groups have told the D.C. Circuit that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's reapproval of two Texas liquefied natural gas terminals must be thrown out because it failed to undertake additional analysis of the projects' greenhouse gas emissions and environmental justice impacts.

  • March 05, 2024

    Ex-Russian Minister Renews Bid To Jail Deripaska In UK

    Former Russian minister Vladimir Chernukhin urged an appeals court Tuesday to revive his bid to jail his ex-business associate Oleg Deripaska for contempt of court, arguing an earlier judge was wrong to find than an agreement to preserve assets had not been breached.

  • March 04, 2024

    Judge 'Uncomfortable' In Tossing Man's No-Fly-List Suit

    A Michigan federal judge dismissed Monday a Lebanese-American businessman's lawsuit accusing several federal agencies of violating his fundamental rights by putting him on a secretive no-fly list, but the judge said the decision wasn't easy since the man couldn't face certain evidence.

  • March 04, 2024

    WTO Conference Ends Without COVID IP Waiver Expansion

    The World Trade Organization did not reach an agreement at a conference last week on a proposal to expand a waiver on intellectual property for COVID vaccines to cover tests and treatments, a move welcomed by opponents of the plan.

  • March 04, 2024

    EU Eyes Strategy For Exiting 'Outdated' Energy Treaty

    The European Commission has asked its 27 member states not to stand in the way of proposed reforms to a contested cross-border agreement that protects fossil fuel investments, saying the European Union's approval of the reforms would hasten the EU's departure from the pact.

  • March 04, 2024

    DOJ Worried Binance Founder's Travel May 'Become An Issue'

    Binance founder Changpeng Zhao should have to notify the government of any travel as he awaits sentencing, prosecutors have said, telling a federal court in Washington they remain concerned he could be a flight risk.

  • March 04, 2024

    US Ends Old Curbs On Zimbabwe, But Sanctions Its President

    The Biden administration on Monday ended more than two decades of U.S. economic sanctions on Zimbabwe in an apparent pivot toward a program covering "clear and specific targets," including the country's current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

  • March 04, 2024

    International Labor Rights Expert Joins Kelley Drye

    A former assistant U.S. Trade representative known for his work promoting international labor rights is joining Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Expert Analysis

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • What US-Canada Critical Minerals Collab Means For Cos.

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    Recent announcements from U.S. and Canadian officials indicate closer collaboration between the two governments on procurement of critical minerals for electric vehicles and other advanced technology — and companies on both sides of the border may have access to new opportunities as a result, say John Lushetsky, Matthew Simpson and Paul Dickerson at Mintz Levin.

  • Expect CFPB Flex Over Large Nonbank Payment Cos.

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    A recent enforcement action and a new rule proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicate a growing focus on the nonbank payment ecosystem, especially larger participants, in 2024, say Felix Shipkevich and Jessica Livingston at Shipkevich.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • 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 60% of significant merger investigations in the U.S. last year concluding with a complaint or abandoned transaction, 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.

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