Asian Disputes

Takata airbag components

Japan
Nissan Agrees to $98M Takata Air Bag Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.

Beth Colling, Chief Compliance Officer, CDM Smith Inc.

Construction Company Reaches Deal Over Bribery Case With World Bank, DOJ

By Sue Reisinger |

The foreign bribery case against CDM Smith Inc. cost the company $4 million last week, but earned it a declination of prosecution—the seventh listed under the government’s recently implemented Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Suet Fern Lee.

Singapore
Morgan Lewis Singapore Chief Becomes Entangled in Prime Minister's Family Feud, Steps Down From Post

By Anna Zhang |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Singapore partner Suet Fern Lee is caught up in a highly public family dispute between the three children of late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and will step down as office managing partner, according to a source familiar with the matter.

China
Cutting Through the Confusion of China’s Cybersecurity Law

By Zach Warren |

The opening workshop and Legalweek West attempted to answer some of the pressing questions about the China law—and explore why there are so many questions in the first place.

Chinese Drywall Companies Don't Have to Share Settlement Details, Appeals Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Chinese drywall manufacturer and distributer Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. and Knauf GIPS KG won't have to disclose to current plaintiffs how much in punitive damages they paid in a post-judgment settlement over tainted drywall with Florida plaintiffs Jeffrey and Elisa Robin.

China
Japan and China: New Data Protection and Transfer Laws Imminent in Asia Pacific

By Kate Chan, KrolLDiscovery |

Even as legal technology professionals prepare for the EU GDPR, do not disregard important data transfer and protection changes afoot in Asia.

Expert Analysis: Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards Against Foreign Corporations Registered to Do Business in New York

By Henry Weisburg, Christopher Ryan and Daniel Purisch |

Henry Weisburg, Christopher Ryan and Daniel Purisch of Shearman & Sterling discuss the Second Circuit's 2016 decision in Brown v. Lockheed Martin, which provides guidance as to how the principles established in the Daimler precedent should be applied to business registration statutes and illustrates why New York courts should not be able to exercise personal jurisdiction over an award debtor solely on the basis of business registration.

Left to right: Daniel Pascucci and Joseph Dunn Mintz Levin

When Hiding Assets Doesn’t Work: How Mintz Levin Recovered $20M for Cheated Client

By Jenna Greene |

Winning is great—but not if your client can’t collect. Faced with a defendant who tried just about every trick to hide assets, including a bankruptcy filing, off-shore fund maneuvering and dissolution of the business, a team from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Canadian Companies Raise Cybersecurity Concerns Regarding New China Law

By Ed Silverstein |

A government spokesperson says Canadian businesses have expressed concerns over how they may be affected by China’s recent cybersecurity law.

U.S. Justice Department

US Implicates In-House Lawyers at China's ZTE in Sanctions Case

By Sue Reisinger |

Inside the billion-dollar plea agreement between the U.S. government and the Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. sits a tale of lawyers gone bad. And at least one who didn't. U.S. authorities pointed fingers at in-house lawyers for their alleged roles in a scheme to violate trade sanctions.

Target Corp. is among the retailers that received letters from the New York attorney general's office requesting information on their on-call practices for employees.

Target Corp. Puts FTC's 'Made in USA' Claims to Bed

By C. Ryan Barber |

Federal trade regulators have dropped their investigation into Target Corp. over pillows that were advertised as "Made in USA" but were, in fact, manufactured in China. Target pulled the mislabeled products from store shelves, corrected the country-of-origin information for its own-branded pillows and took steps to prevent further consumer deception.

Melbourne, Australia

Court Imposes Restrictions on Ex-Herbert Smith Freehills Partners Poached by White & Case in Australia

By Anna Zhang, Asian Lawyer, with Legal Week Staff |

Eight partners who quit Herbert Smith Freehills last year to launch White & Case’s new Australia practice will be unable to solicit clients or staff from their former firm until September, according to a decision handed down in the Australian courts earlier today.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills Sues Partners Poached by White & Case

By Anna Zhang |

Eight Australian partners at Herbert Smith Freehills have been named as defendants in a case over their en masse defection to the U.S. firm.

Draft Executive Order Targeting Worker Visas Shakes Silicon Valley Tech Companies

By David Ruiz |

The torrent of drastic changes to U.S. immigration law—including a draft proposal of an executive order to restructure and possibly rescind entire worker visa programs—has sent Silicon Valley tech companies into a frenzy, seeking legal help for a multitude of questions.

Former Bio-Rad General Counsel, Sanford Wadler (left) leaves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Bio-Rad Trial Witnesses Claim Outburst, Obstruction by Ex-GC

By David Ruiz |

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. chief financial officer Christine Tsingos added a new claim to the company's case against fired general counsel Sanford Wadler in court Tuesday: Wadler allegedly once became openly hostile in a meeting, pounding his fists and yelling at the room.

FCPA & Anti-Money Laundering: A Special Report

Half of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's 2016 enforcement actions were brought against companies in the gaming industry. And U.S. Department of Justice efforts in 2016 added greater specifics on the potential benefits of corporate self-disclosure. And want to know how broker-dealers can rely on investment advisers to verify the identity of shared customers? Read on.

Sweatshops, Slavery and GCs

By Stephanie Forshee |

Two decades after retailers got blowback for their labor practices abroad, more top lawyers are stepping into business-focused roles and tackling sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts.

The Patent Implications of Using AI in the Global Marketplace

By Jason Lohr, Hogan Lovells |

International usage can lead to problems through data collection, disclosure and more.

New Jersey Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Indian Pharma Company Despite Its Local Subsidiary

By David Gialanella |

The Appellate Division found "insufficient evidence presented to pierce the corporate veil and impute Dishman USA's New Jersey contacts to" Dishman Pharmaceuticals, which is based in India.

Will Trump Make America Corrupt Again?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

President-elect Donald Trump once called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act a "horrible law." Will the U.S. continue to play the role of global corporate corruption cop?

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. President Barack Obama is honoring Jordan, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks, and others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

China
Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China's Top Court

By Anna Zhang |

China's top court has ruled that former NBA star Michael Jordan owns the trademark rights to his name in Chinese characters.

Sturgis Sobin, Derek Ludwin and James O'Connell, partners at Covington & Burling

Litigators of the Week: A Win for Free Trade and Chinese Steel

By Ben Hancock |

When the U.S. International Trade Commission waded into a legal issue it hadn’t touched in almost 40 years--how to handle allegations of price-fixing--a Covington & Burling team rose to the challenge

JPMorgan Chase Settles Foreign Bribery Claims for $264M

A subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ran a nepotism program on a grand scale in China, Justice Department officials said Thursday, as the bank agreed to pay $264.4 million to settle allegations it hired the sons and daughters of government officials to bribe its way to investment deals.

Tetra Pak

China
China Fines Tetra Pak Record $97 Million for Antitrust Violations

By Anna Zhang |

State Administration for Industry and Commerce headed down its largest antitrust fine to the Swedish packaging giant, ending a nearly four-year-long probe.

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Singapore Offers Clues on the Future of Courtroom Technology

By Ricci Dipshan |

A look at how the integrated courtroom and related technologies have evolved in the city-nation.

China
China Passes Controversial Internet Security Law

By Anna Zhang |

China passed a controversial internet security law on Monday despite strong opposition from foreign companies.

The Global Lawyer: Asia Lets Loose the Hounds of Third-Party Funding

Hong Kong’s law reform commission called for legalizing arbitration finance on Oct. 12. If the past is any guide, Singapore’s law ministry, which reviewed guidelines for third-party funding this summer, will swiftly make a matching move.

When Bad Things Happen to Bad Companies

By Michael D. Goldhaber / The Global Lawyer |

In case after case, the bogeymen of arbitration are going up in smoke, The Global Lawyer writes. But do critics rejoice when bad things happen to bad companies? No. Rather than celebrate good arbitral judgment, they insist the system remains broken.

Bombay High Court

India
Firm Takes Legal Action Against Ex Partner Accused of Participating in 'Diabolical’ Plot

By Frances Ivens, Legal Week |

Indian firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has taken legal action against its former Chennai office head over allegations relating to confidentiality and noncompete clauses.

Class Action Filed Against World’s First Publicly Listed Law Firm Over Share Price Crash

By Chris Johnson |

A group of Slater and Gordon shareholders have launched a class action against the Australian personal injury law firm following a catastrophic U.K. acquisition that led to its share price crashing 95 percent in less than a year.

Where Are the Women and Minorities in Global Dispute Resolution?

By Christine Simmons |

Serving on international ADR panels is nice work if you can get it. But those selected as arbitrators are almost always men, predominantly white and disproportionately from wealthy nations.

Box of Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical's Vitamin C

China
For Chinese Companies, the My-Government-Made-Me-Do-It Antitrust Defense May Not Work Next Time

By Anna Zhang |

When a Chinese company escaped a U.S. price-fixing judgment on the grounds of international comity, some were outraged. But changes in China's antitrust laws mean that such a victory is unlikely to be repeated.

U.S. District Judge James Donato, Northern District of California

In Price-Fixing Cases, Two Judges Rule on Reach of US Antitrust Law

By Ben Hancock |

A pair of district court rulings reinforce plaintiffs lawyers' ability to sue foreign companies over claims that they fixed prices, even when the transactions at issue took place overseas.

China
GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $20M SEC Fine for Bribes in China

By Anna Zhang |

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will pay $20 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges of bribing Chinese doctors and officials in order to boost sales.

Australia
Volkswagen’s Legal Troubles Extend to Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Volkswagen’s legal troubles have extended to Australia, where the country’s competition regulator has filed a lawsuit against the German automaker over the company’s emissions scandal.

AB InBev Pays $6M to Settle Foreign Bribery Claims

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle claims that its joint venture in India used third-party promoters to bribe government officials, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced.

China
Nu Skin Violates FCPA With China Charitable Donation

By Anna Zhang |

Provo, Utah-based cosmetic maker Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. has agreed to pay $765,688 to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into a questionable charity donation the company made in China in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Yellow pills forming shape to C alphabet on wood background

China
Letting Chinese Companies Play by Their Own Rules in U.S. Courts

By Jenna Greene |

In an unsatisfying decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday let a Chinese vitamin C maker off the hook for price fixing.

Box of Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical's Vitamin C

China
Appeals Court Vacates $147M Judgment Over Chinese Vitamin C

By Mark Hamblett |

Chinese vitamin C sellers are off the hook for violating U.S. antitrust law because they were compelled by the Chinese government to set prices and reduce quantities for the vitamin.

International law systems, justice, human rights and global business education concept with world map on a school globe and a gavel on a desk on blue background.

Law Profs Attack TPP’s ‘Rigged Pseudo Court’--and They Have a Point

By Jenna Greene |

A sham. A disaster. A disgrace. That’s how opponents describe the legal process for resolving disputes under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

AstraZeneca to Pay $5.5M to Settle FCPA Claims

By Sue Reisinger |

AstraZeneca agreed Tuesday to pay $5.5 million in penalties and interest to settle claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through improper payments to health care providers in China and Russia.

China
In Praise of Cyber Lawfare

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Everyone thought that the U.S. indicted Chinese hackers merely for show. Everyone was wrong, writes The Global Lawyer.