International Trade

  • April 29, 2016

    More Jawbone Patents Ineligible Under Alice, ITC Judge Rules

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled Thursday that two Jawbone patents covered ineligible subject matter under the high court's Alice decision, dealing the fitness device maker another blow in its ongoing feud with rival Fitbit Inc.

  • April 29, 2016

    Chinese Exporters Protest Off-Road Tire Duties

    Two Chinese exporters of off-road tires urged the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday to compel the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider the final results of an antidumping administrative review issued by agency in April, arguing that Commerce’s determinations were unfair.

  • April 29, 2016

    ITC Finds Imported Dental Implants Flouted Nobel Patents

    The International Trade Commission on Friday said that a dental supply company and its U.S. subsidiary imported dental implants that infringe on patents held by Nobel Biocare Services, prohibiting future entry of the products into the U.S.

  • April 29, 2016

    Lumber Liquidators To End Securities Suit Over China Imports

    Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. told a Virginia federal judge Thursday it has reached an agreement with shareholders to end a consolidated suit alleging the company misled investors regarding its importation of cheap products that used illegally harvested wood from China.

  • April 29, 2016

    Pryor Cashman Adds NY White Collar, Securities Partner

    Pryor Cashman LLP’s white collar defense and investigations group has added a former WilmerHale partner who has experience in securities law and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and has represented clients ranging from J.P. Morgan to Tishman Construction.

  • April 29, 2016

    USTR Finalizes New AGOA Petition Process

    The U.S. Trade Representative’s office has finalized a rule establishing a new petition process to review the eligibility of countries for preferential tariff treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, according to a notice in the Federal Register Friday.

  • April 29, 2016

    Law360's Cheat Sheet On WTO Aircraft Subsidies Fight

    As the World Trade Organization prepares to issue its latest decisions in the long-running civil aircraft subsidy battle between the U.S. and the European Union, Law360 looks back at the dispute's history and offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for the largest and most complex case in WTO history.

  • April 29, 2016

    Glut Of Chinese Steel Prompts EU To Scrutinize Imports

    The European Commission said Friday that most steel imports into the EU will soon be subject to increased monitoring requirements that would give policymakers more data to confront a wave of cheap steel that it says threatens to undermine domestic producers.

  • April 29, 2016

    Alere Refuses Abbott Bid To Back Out Of $5.8B Merger

    Alere Inc. said Thursday that its board of directors rejected a request by Abbott Laboratories, which expressed concerns about the diagnostic services provider’s pending foreign bribery probe and delays with its annual report, to terminate their proposed $5.8 billion tie-up.

  • April 29, 2016

    Chinese Cos. Say US Imposed Unfair Crawdad Meat Duties

    Four Chinese crawdad exporters sued the federal government on Thursday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, saying the Commerce Department’s decision to compare them to a South African crawdad producer instead of two Thai producers resulted in unfair anti-dumping duties being imposed.

  • April 28, 2016

    US, Sri Lanka Ink Deal To Boost 2-Way Trade

    The United States and Sri Lanka on Thursday adopted a joint plan to boost trade and investment between the two countries, according to a release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

  • April 28, 2016

    CIT Upholds Another Ironing Board Duty After 3 Remands

    Three weeks after upholding a 72 percent anti-dumping duty on ironing boards from one Chinese exporter, the U.S. Court of International Trade backed up another split-the-baby tariff decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce that was opposed by both American industry and the company facing the duty.

  • April 28, 2016

    Cuban-Born Travelers Drop Suit After Carnival Axes Ban

    Two Cuban-born Americans accusing Carnival Corp. of civil rights violations for barring Cuban-born consumers from its new cruises to the once off-limits country dropped their proposed class action Thursday, citing recent changes in Carnival's booking policy and Cuban law.

  • April 28, 2016

    Senate Dems Continue Filibuster On $37B Spending Bill

    Senate Democrats on Thursday refused for the second day in a row to let a $37.5 billion bill funding federal energy, water development and certain weapons programs for 2017 move forward, amid continued concern over a proposed amendment aimed at the administration’s recent nuclear deal with Iran.

  • April 28, 2016

    Korean Phosphor Copper Imports Harm US Industry, ITC Finds

    The International Trade Commission on Thursday issued a preliminary finding that imports of phosphor copper from Korea have damaged U.S. producers of the alloy, clearing the way for a continued investigation into the matter.

  • April 27, 2016

    22 Firms Win Top Marks From GCs On AFAs

    Twenty-two law firms are the cream of the crop when it comes to delivering alternative fee arrangements, according to a new report. Here’s what clients say sets them apart and how the firms say they make it work.

  • April 27, 2016

    Farm Groups Line Up Against TPP, Citing Import Surges

    More than 160 independent farming groups voiced their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, asserting that the 12-nation deal will lead to a flood of foreign imports and accusing the Obama administration of overstating the export opportunities stemming from the pact.

  • April 27, 2016

    Senate Dems Block $37B Spending Bill Over Iran Clause

    Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a $37.5 billion bill funding federal energy, water development and certain weapons programs for 2017 from moving forward, after raising concerns over a proposed amendment that they said could derail the administration’s recent nuclear deal with Iran.

  • April 27, 2016

    China Blasts US Steel Allegations Over Price-Fixing, IP Theft

    The Chinese Ministry of Commerce urged American trade regulators on Wednesday to reject a request by U.S. Steel Corp. to ban all imports from China’s biggest steel mills over allegations of price-fixing and trade-secret theft, saying the countries should work together to address global steel overcapacity instead of investigating allegations with “no factual basis.”

  • April 27, 2016

    House Votes To Revive Tariff-Cutting Process

    The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a bill Wednesday intended to tweak and help restart a massive tariff-cutting process for certain imported goods, through a method that skirts the congressional ban on spending “earmarks.”

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: Engaging The Media May Help Your Client

    Liz Mair

    While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.

  • Using The New Federal Rules To Rein In Discovery

    Martin J. Healy

    The 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure present a fertile opportunity for defendants to leverage the rules' renewed focus on reasonableness and proportionality to rein in rampant discovery abuse. Courts' application of the amended rules has already shown promise in this regard, say Martin Healy and Joseph Fanning of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Dentons: A New Kind Of Network?

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    Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Compromise In Congress Over Bipartisan Energy Reform

    Henry A. Terhune

    The Energy Policy Modernization Act was recently approved by the U.S. Senate, and although it contains some potentially controversial provisions, the bill reflects significant bipartisan cooperation that has been somewhat rare in Congress in recent years, especially with respect to energy and environmental policy, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • New North Korean Sanctions: Ratcheting Up The Pressure

    Nicholas J. Spiliotes

    The world — including the U.S., EU and China — has recently increased sanctions against North Korea in response to the regime’s aggressive behavior. These sanctions are more expansive and seem more likely to be strictly enforced than in the past, which could result in restrictions on businesses that had not previously been affected, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • In Congress: Trade, Privacy, Fiscal Year 2017

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    Before both chambers adjourn at the end of this week, the Senate will continue working its way through fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills, with final consideration of the Energy and Water bill expected Tuesday. The House will tackle a number of legislative items, including several related to trade and business practices. Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP share the weekly congressional snapshot.

  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Researching Attorneys In PACER

    Brian Howard

    While PACER is a powerful tool for gaining information, practitioners should keep in mind that certain flaws often cause lawyers to be omitted from cases they’ve worked on or to show up associated with the wrong firm. These errors build up across aggregate records, tainting any conclusions drawn from such data — often to a surprising extent, according to Brian Howard, a legal data scientist at Lex Machina.

  • A Review Of Gov't Cases Against Execs In Q1

    Kirby Behre

    In this article, attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the most significant cases and government investigations that affected corporate executives in the first three months of 2016.

  • High Court Takes On Attorneys’ Fees In Copyright Cases

    Eleonora Zlotnikova

    On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court once again will hear argument in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley and visit — for the first time in at least 20 years — the issue of attorneys' fee awards in copyright cases. While Wiley argues that the circuit split is exaggerated and the district court did not abuse its broad discretion in applying the nonexclusive factors to its analysis under the Copyright Act, what we are witnessing is the continued erosi... (continued)

  • Responding To The Growing Threat Of Illicit Trade

    Daniel Marti

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has just released a report offering a new and alarming understanding of the magnitude of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. But through international partnerships, globally coordinated enforcement efforts and trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the U.S. can fight back, says Daniel Marti, U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator within the Whit... (continued)