International Trade

  • March 29, 2024

    Argentine Gunmaker Accused of Hiding Light Trigger Defect

    An Argentine gun manufacturer was hit with a lawsuit by a Georgia man who says that a dangerous defect in the design of a 9 mm pistol got him shot when the gun accidentally discharged.

  • March 29, 2024

    Navy Overspent $399M In Ukraine Funding In 2022, DOD Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense said that lax financial controls in the U.S. Navy's budgeting system led it to overspend nearly $400 million in funds intended to help Ukraine following Russia's 2022 invasion, which has also increased the risk of triggering a possible Antideficiency Act violation in the future.

  • March 29, 2024

    DC Circ. Nixes Challenges To Gas Industry Projects

    Federal energy regulators had broad discretion to approve "good cause" construction deadline extensions for a gas pipeline across New York state and a Texas Gulf Coast gas terminal expansion, according to a D.C. Circuit panel opinion on Friday that rejected conservation groups' challenges to the projects.

  • March 29, 2024

    Exxon Docs In $1.8B Case Should Be Unsealed, Judge Told

    The government asked a Texas federal judge to wave away protests by Exxon Mobil Corp. to keep its documents sealed in a case over $1.8 billion in contested tax benefits for a joint venture with Qatar, saying Thursday that the energy giant threatens unnecessary disputes at trial.

  • March 29, 2024

    Lowe's Lies 'Destroyed' Vendor's Business, NC Suit Says

    A home accents company alleged that Lowe's sought to "destroy" it with "bogus" complaints about product quality and the business' financial health, costing it tens of millions of dollars while usurping its business model.

  • March 29, 2024

    US Trade Report Excludes Barriers With 'Legitimate' Purposes

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative left out foreign trade barriers that the Biden administration believes serve "legitimate public purposes" from this year's National Trade Estimate report Friday, rejecting pressure from domestic industry associations.

  • March 29, 2024

    Up Next After Bankman-Fried Sentencing: FTX Cooperators

    Now that FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for an $11 billion fraud on the collapsed crypto exchange, it's time for the three top lieutenants who testified against him at trial to face their own judgments — and experts say the cooperators are well positioned to avoid jail time.

  • March 29, 2024

    Ferrosilicon Cos. Accuse Russia, 3 Others Of Unfair Trade

    Two American ferrosilicon producers called for anti-dumping and countervailing duties on rival products from Russia and three other countries, which they said were underselling domestic ferrosilicon by unfair margins in the U.S. market.

  • March 29, 2024

    Red States Say Court Must Lift LNG Export Review Pause

    A group of 16 Republican-led states has urged a Louisiana federal judge to immediately lift the U.S. Department of Energy's pause on reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries, saying it's clearly unlawful and exceeds the department's authority.

  • March 29, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Consultant Barred From Penny Stock Trading

    A Florida federal judge has barred a self-designated consultant for a cannabis company from penny stock trading for life, finding that he knowingly put out statements claiming the company had deals to do business in countries where it was not legally allowed to sell cannabis products.

  • March 29, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Super Hornets And Chips

    This March, the Pentagon ordered a final batch of the "Top Gun: Maverick"-featured Super Hornet fighter plane from The Boeing Co., tapped IBM to create a trusted semiconductor enclave and devoted $1 billion to cracking down on nuclear smuggling abroad. These are some of the most noteworthy government contracts over the last month.

  • March 28, 2024

    Sen. Menendez Won't Delay May 6 Trial As He Forgoes Appeal

    Sen. Robert Menendez told a New York federal judge Thursday he won't seek interlocutory appeal of his order two weeks ago rejecting the lawmaker's bid to dismiss his bribery case based on the speech and debate clause of U.S. Constitution, teeing up his jury trial set for May 6.

  • March 28, 2024

    ITC Judge Recommends General Exclusion In Wallet IP Case

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has found that a pair of Chinese companies flouted U.S. law by importing certain types of wallets, saying the imports should be banned.

  • March 28, 2024

    Reynolds Falsely Hypes Foil As 'Made In USA,' Suit Says

    Reynolds Wrap misleadingly claims its aluminum is made in the United States although a significant amount of aluminum production takes place elsewhere, and none of the bauxite ore used to make it is mined in the U.S., according to a proposed class action filed in New York federal court.

  • March 28, 2024

    Commerce Adds Export Admin Roles To Boost Nat'l Security

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security is adding two new deputy assistant secretaries for export administration as part of a modernization drive to meet its growing national security role, the assistant secretary announced Thursday.

  • March 28, 2024

    MSG-Maker Says Chinese Exporters Skirting Duties Via Malaysia

    The U.S. arm of Japanese monosodium glutamate manufacturer Ajinomoto Co. Inc. claims Chinese MSG producers are using a Malaysian competitor to evade duties on the umami flavor enhancer, saying the Malaysian company's facility isn't big enough to produce the product.

  • March 28, 2024

    Commodities Trader Trafigura To Pay $126M For Brazil Bribes

    Switzerland-based Trafigura Beheer BV on Thursday agreed to pay $126 million and admitted to bribing Brazilian government officials in order to obtain business with state oil company Petrobras, becoming the latest global commodities trader to settle with U.S. prosecutors over Latin American corruption.

  • March 28, 2024

    Romney Tells DEA Pot Review Must Heed Treaty Obligations

    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Wednesday expressed skepticism about federal health regulators' recommendation to loosen marijuana restrictions and pressed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to explain how it would consider the drug's status in light of U.S. treaties.

  • March 28, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Gets 25 Years For 'Very Bad Bet' Of FTX Fraud

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for stealing more than $11 billion from customers, investors and lenders of his now-collapsed cryptocurrency empire, with a Manhattan federal judge saying the infamous risk-taker "made a very bad bet about the likelihood of getting caught."

  • March 27, 2024

    Evidence On Ex-Mozambique Official Stays In $2B Fraud Suit

    A former Mozambique finance minister can't keep evidence from his phone out of a case alleging his involvement in a $2 billion scheme to siphon government-backed project funds from that country after a federal judge in Brooklyn on Wednesday backed the phone's seizure and search.

  • March 27, 2024

    Foreign Subsidy Rule Muddles 'Countervailable' Meaning

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's new final rule authorizing itself to investigate subsidies that governments give to manufacturers in other nations casts uncertainty over the definition of "countervailable" in the absence of clarity on how third-party governments will be incorporated into these duty probes. 

  • March 27, 2024

    CFPB Flags False Advertising Risk For Money Transfer Firms

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday cautioned international money transfer providers about how they market themselves, saying advertising services as "free" when customers are still required to pay additional fees for converting or delivering funds may violate federal law.

  • March 27, 2024

    ITC Judge Recommends Exclusion Order In Tourniquet IP Row

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative judge has recommended the commission order that imports of products related to blood flow restriction be banned, handing a win to a pair of American medical product manufacturers.

  • March 27, 2024

    47 House Dems Urge Changing Trade Deal To Stem Migration

    A large bloc of U.S. lawmakers has called on the Biden administration to remove what the lawmakers say is a damaging investor-state dispute settlement mechanism from the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, warning federal government officials that it's a primary reason why migrants are leaving the region.

  • March 27, 2024

    NY AG, Others Blast Sandoz Deal 'Tax' On Future Settlements

    New York's attorney general was one of three objectors Tuesday to a provision in Sandoz's proposed $265 million settlement with a class of drug wholesalers in Pennsylvania federal court that they say will delay any future generic-drug price-fixing litigation deals by taxing agreements over $119.25 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • A Look Ahead For The Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

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    This will likely be an eventful year for the electric vehicle market as government efforts to accelerate their adoption inevitably clash with backlash from supporters of the petroleum industry, say Rue Phillips at SkillFusion and Enid Joffe at Green Paradigm Consulting.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Mitigating The Risk Of Post-Closing M&A Earnout Disputes

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    Today's uncertain deal environment makes a well-crafted earnout an excellent way for parties to accomplish a desired transaction that would not otherwise occur, but transacting parties also need to take key steps to avoid the risk of post-closing disputes that earnouts can present, say Chad Barton and Claire Lydiard at Holland & Knight.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • $32.4M Fine For Info Disclosure Is A Stark Warning For Banks

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    The New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve's fining of a Chinese state-owned bank $32.4 million last month underscores the need for financial institutions to have policies and procedures in place to handle confidential supervisory information, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Exporters Should Approach Self-Disclosure With Caution

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    A January Bureau of Industry and Security memorandum created an abbreviated process for disclosing export control violations that lack aggravating factors, but deciding which disclosure method to utilize remains a complex strategic undertaking to which companies must give careful consideration, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • How Recent Laws Affect Foreign Purchase Of US Real Estate

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    Early diligence is imperative for U.S. real estate transactions involving foreign actors, including analysis of federal and state foreign investment laws implicated by the transaction, depending on the property's nature and location, the parties' citizenship, and the transaction's structure, say Massimo D’Angelo and Anthony Rapa at Blank Rome.

  • Freight Forwarders And Common Carriers: Know Your Cargo

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    Freight forwarders and other nonprincipal parties involved in global cargo movement should follow the guidance in the multi-agency know-your-cargo compliance note to avoid enforcement actions should they fail to spot evasive tactics used in supply chains to circumvent U.S. sanctions and export controls, say attorneys at Venable.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Opinion

    Patent Waiver For COVID Meds Would Harm US Biopharma

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    If the Biden administration backs the World Trade Organization in waiving patent rights on COVID-19 treatments, it would negatively affect the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry and help foreign competitors, without necessarily expanding global access to COVID-19 care, says clinical pathologist Wolfgang Klietmann.

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