International Trade

  • March 14, 2024

    McDermott Eyes White Collar Growth With Orrick FCPA Pros

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced Thursday the addition of a seven-partner team from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP that will focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act, saying it hired the team with an eye toward its white collar and government investigation capabilities.

  • March 14, 2024

    DOD's Weapons Monitoring In Iraq Fell Short, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense failed to properly inspect and account for military equipment sent to Iraq to fight ISIS, raising the possibility of weapons going missing and falling into adversaries' hands, the department's internal watchdog said.

  • March 14, 2024

    Biden Comes Out Against $14.9B US Steel-Nippon Merger

    President Joe Biden came out in opposition of U.S. Steel's planned $14.9 billion merger with Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. on Thursday, echoing lawmakers who have expressed concerns about the sale of an American institution to a foreign power. 

  • March 13, 2024

    Treasury Says Crypto Mixer Is 'Corporation In All But Name'

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday that it was justified in sanctioning crypto mixer Tornado Cash because the crypto project "is a corporation in all but name" rather than ownerless computer code, as its users contend.

  • March 13, 2024

    Importers Threading Chinese Rod In US To Duck Tariffs, Feds Say

    Importers appear to be shipping blank steel rod from China to the U.S. to dodge tariffs on alloy and certain carbon steel threaded rod, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced in a Federal Register notice posted Wednesday.

  • March 13, 2024

    Italy Defeats Investor Suit Against Solar Subsidy Reduction

    Italy has beaten back a German investment fund's claims that the country's lowered solar energy subsidies breached treaty obligations to ensure a stable investment environment, after an international tribunal ruled that the scale-down was reasonable, foreseeable and in the best interests of the public.

  • March 13, 2024

    DC Circ. Affirms Trafficker Label For Venezuelan Businessman

    The D.C. Circuit has refused to disturb a fugitive Venezuelan businessman's designation as a narcotics trafficker, rejecting claims that the Office of Foreign Assets Control failed to give fair notice before levying the sanctions.

  • March 13, 2024

    House OKs TikTok Divestment Bill Despite Free Speech Worry

    The House voted 352-65 on Wednesday to pass legislation that would require ByteDance Ltd. to divest TikTok or face a ban in the United States, in a vote that transcended party lines.

  • March 12, 2024

    1st Amendment Only The Start Of Woes Facing TikTok Ban

    Federal lawmakers are making an aggressive push to exclude TikTok from the U.S. market unless it severs ties with its Chinese parent company, but First Amendment concerns and questions over the proposal's breadth and its interplay with a recent executive order restricting certain foreign data sales threaten to hinder these efforts. 

  • March 12, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions More Iran-Backed Terrorist Operatives

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions against a handful of individuals with ties to the designated terrorist group Al-Ashtar Brigades, singling out "key Iran-based operatives" as well as a financier for the group.

  • March 12, 2024

    Patent Deal Brings End To Philip Morris Import Ban

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to pull its import ban on a line of Philip Morris heated tobacco products following a settlement of its patent fight with British American Tobacco, over the objections of the agency's own in-house lawyers.

  • March 12, 2024

    Unions Say China's Shipbuilding Boom Is Based On Unfair Trade

    The United Steelworkers and other labor unions called on the Biden administration to investigate unfair trade practices in China's shipbuilding sector in a 4,000-page petition Tuesday, calling empty U.S. shipyards a threat to national security and critical supply chains.

  • March 12, 2024

    Court Bars Ex-Exec From Sharing Info On Co.'s Body Armor

    A North Carolina federal court granted a defense contractor's request to stop a former sales executive from sharing confidential information and export-controlled data with a foreign rival, while the court reviews the contractor's allegations.

  • March 12, 2024

    House Dems Seek Probe Of Claims X Verified Sanctioned Entities

    Democrats on the House of Representatives' oversight committee say social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, must be investigated over recent allegations that it allowed terrorist groups and other U.S.-sanctioned entities to buy premium subscriptions and make money off advertising revenue.

  • March 12, 2024

    GOP's Crapo Wants Quick Resolution Of Tax Relief Package

    The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican tax writer said Tuesday that he wants to quickly resolve sticking points in pending bipartisan tax legislation that contains key incentives for families and businesses in order to advance a bill that would boost U.S. manufacturing.

  • March 12, 2024

    CIT Accepts Revised Ruling Freeing Importer From Pipe Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade accepted a U.S. Department of Commerce ruling freeing a piping products manufacturer from paying duties on Chinese pipe fittings to import its flange fittings, saying the reworked decision was supported by the evidence.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ford To Pay $365M After US Says Sham Seats Ducked Tariffs

    Ford Motor Co. has agreed to shell out $365 million to put to rest allegations it installed "sham" rear seats in hundreds of thousands of cargo vans to avoid paying higher duties, according to an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Forex Firm Wants CFTC Sanctioned For 'Bad Faith' Behavior

    A foreign exchange firm accused by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of defrauding customers is calling on a New Jersey federal judge to sanction the agency for a "pattern of misconduct" that includes knowingly submitting false statements to the court and attempting to intrude on attorney-client privilege.

  • March 11, 2024

    Senate Could Be Hurdle To House Plan For TikTok Limits

    A bill to clamp down on TikTok that was unanimously approved by a House committee is expected to come to the House floor this week, but its fate in the U.S. Senate looks dicier.

  • March 11, 2024

    3rd Circ. Unsure Of Reasons To Halt Del. Assault Weapon Ban

    A Third Circuit panel seemed to lean toward letting Delaware keep its ban on so-called assault weapons and extended magazines during arguments Monday, with Judge Stephanos Bibas pressing gun rights advocates on their claim the ban should have been blocked solely on the grounds that a Second Amendment violation may have taken place.

  • March 11, 2024

    Magnet Co. Says Feds' Leak On PACER Bars ITAR Charges

    A rare-earth magnets manufacturer and executives facing an April criminal conspiracy trial asked a Kentucky federal judge Monday to trim charges that they violated the International Traffic in Arms Regulations by sending sensitive technical data to a Chinese company, arguing that prosecutors recently disclosed the allegedly sensitive materials in court filings.

  • March 11, 2024

    Steptoe Adds Dentons' Ex-Global Security Chief As Partner

    Steptoe LLP has added a security and threat analysis expert who previously served as Dentons' global chief security officer as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Menendez Must Face May 6 Trial Despite Likely Appeal

    A Manhattan federal judge on Monday refused to push back U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's May 6 corruption trial after the New Jersey Democrat and his wife pled not guilty to newly added obstruction of justice charges.

  • March 08, 2024

    Justices Urged To Take Up 'Who Decides' Arbitration Question

    An international arbitration scholar has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve whether a court or an arbitrator should decide a dispute's proper venue in cases involving nonsignatories to an arbitration agreement, an issue that's arisen in antitrust litigation over National Association of Realtor rules.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOJ Eyes FCPA For New Whistleblower Rewards Program

    U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday signaled a renewed emphasis on fighting foreign corruption, saying its planned whistleblower rewards program should prove useful in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against private companies, and warned companies against running afoul of new rules barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries of the U.S.

Expert Analysis

  • DOJ Officials' Remarks Signal New Trends In FARA Activity

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    Three U.S. Justice Department officials' remarks at a recent forum reinforce the department's renewed focus on aggressively enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been transformed into a significant national security and criminal enforcement tool, and its efforts to tightly regulate the activities of foreign agents in the U.S., say attorneys at Covington.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 7 Enforcement Predictions For US Export Controls, Sanctions

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    Federal agencies' assertions of coming increases in export-control and sanctions-violations enforcement are not new, but recent improvements in resources and inter-agency cooperation allow for certain predictions about how the administration’s latest approach to enforcement may be applied going forward, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Series

    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.

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