International Trade RSS

  • April 18, 2014

    4th Circ. Chills Challenges To Sham CPSC Database Reports

    Under a recent Fourth Circuit ruling, manufacturers looking to stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission from falsely disparaging their products on the Saferproducts.gov database must launch a public broadside against the agency, and attorneys say most will decide that the payoff isn’t worth the publicity.

  • April 18, 2014

    DirecTV Hit With Patent Suit Over Set-Top Boxes

    ViXS Systems Inc. is accusing several technology companies, including Entropic Communications Inc. and DirecTV LLC, of importing set-top boxes and other products that infringe four of its patents, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 18, 2014

    86 Countries Endorse VAT Cross-Border Framework

    Eighty-six countries have endorsed a new international framework that will make it easier to apply national value-added tax rules to cross-border transactions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday.

  • April 18, 2014

    Commerce Launches Duty Probe Of Mexican Sugar Imports

    At the behest of the domestic sugar industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday opened a pair of investigations aimed at determining whether Mexican sugar producers are benefiting from unruly government subsidies and selling their product in the U.S. at unfairly low prices.

  • April 18, 2014

    ITC Bars Imports Of Infringing Optoelectronic Devices

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday upheld a finding that three fiber optic companies had infringed on patents owned by Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. by importing certain optoelectronic devices, placing a limited exclusion order on some of the products.

  • April 17, 2014

    US Sanctions Likely Safe From Russia's WTO Threat

    Russia's threat of using the World Trade Organization to challenge recently imposed U.S. economic sanctions would enter into largely uncharted territory for a WTO dispute, but experts say the U.S., if it entertains a dispute at all, would have a strong defense under national security exceptions in the WTO's treaties.

  • April 17, 2014

    5 Energy Projects That Could Help Wean EU Off Russian Gas

    Although the European Union has talked about reducing its heavy reliance on Russian-produced gas for years, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has injected new urgency into the effort. But it won't be easy. Here, project finance experts identify five types of energy projects that must be tackled in order to decrease the EU's dependence on Russian gas.

  • April 17, 2014

    ITC Launches Probes Into Environmental Goods Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday said it was launching two investigations into the economic effects of removing duties on environmental goods, as well as trade information and estimates for some of those products.

  • April 17, 2014

    US, EU May Expand Russian Sanctions

    As U.S. and European Union officials meet with their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts to ease the region's ongoing tension this week, momentum is building on both sides of the Atlantic to again expand sanctions on Russia, with EU lawmakers putting the nation's energy sector in their crosshairs.

  • April 17, 2014

    China Contests WTO Findings In US Rare Earth Dispute

    China on Thursday appealed the World Trade Organization's finding against the country's restrictions on the export of rare earth elements, a move that follows a preemptive, conditional appeal from the U.S., which initially brought the dispute.

  • April 17, 2014

    ITC Won't Impose Duties On Steel Rod Imports From Thailand

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday declined to impose anti-dumping duties on steel threaded rod imports from Thailand, despite a finding from the U.S. Department of Commerce that the products are being sold at less than fair value.

  • April 17, 2014

    K&L Gates Snags MoFo IP Litigator For Palo Alto Office

    K&L Gates has strengthened its intellectual property team in its Palo Alto, Calif., office with the addition of a former Morrison & Foerster LLP partner with extensive experience in complex technology patent litigation in courts and at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    China's Challenge To Vitamin C Price-Fixing Ruling On Point

    The Chinese government went into the Second Circuit on Monday with guns blazing, accusing a U.S. judge of implying that Chinese officials covered up price-fixing by vitamin C companies and blatantly ignoring China's explanation of its own laws in violation of U.S. Supreme Court precedent. And while that may sound extreme, attorneys say the country appears to have gotten it right.

  • April 16, 2014

    If Russia Sanctions Expand, So Will Legwork For US Cos.

    A month after the U.S. issued sanctions in response to the unrest in Ukraine, American companies are struggling to determine whether their dealings in Russia are affected, and with additional targets potentially on the horizon, attorneys say the situation could get trickier for businesses.

  • April 16, 2014

    Toshiba Loses ITC Bid For Invalidity In Digital Display IP Row

    An administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission denied Toshiba Corp.’s bid to render invalid a patent for the digital display capabilities of DVD players, finding that the electronics seller hadn’t shown that the patent’s claims weren’t supported.

  • April 16, 2014

    Ex-Bridgestone Exec To Serve 18 Months For Price-Fixing Plot

    A former executive with Bridgestone Corp. will serve 18 months in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to taking part in an international conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for anti-vibration rubber auto parts, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    4th Circ. Unseals Challenge To CPSC Database Report

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday unmasked the company that blocked the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from publishing an allegedly inaccurate product defect report online, sustaining a First Amendment challenge to the company's court-approved anonymity.

  • April 16, 2014

    ITC Fines MaxLite For Flouting Consent Order

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that MaxLite Inc. violated a consent order in which it agreed to stop importing fluorescent dimmer technology that infringed a Neptun Light Inc. patent, according to a Federal Register notice posted Wednesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    Russia Considering WTO Suit Over US Sanctions

    Russia is weighing a potential World Trade Organization challenge of U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian banks following Russia's attempts to annex Crimea, the country's Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news reports.

  • April 16, 2014

    Switzerland Pushes For Foreign Company VAT Compliance

    To make sure foreign companies comply with value-added tax laws, the Swiss Federal Council announced Wednesday that foreign entities providing services in Switzerland must provide their Swiss VAT number to government officials.

Expert Analysis

  • Conflict Minerals Law — Will The SEC Take It To The Banc?

    J. Robert Brown Jr.

    Given that the D.C. Circuit struck down a small aspect of the conflict minerals rule on First Amendment grounds, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will have to decide its next step. To the extent that the agency opts to seek en banc review, it will presumably need to give some thought to the possible change in the pool of judges that could result from the suggested consolidation with another case, and the impact of this change on the outcome of a critical issue, says J. Robert Brown Jr. of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • No More Export Licenses For Russia: Tips For Exporters

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    Most media coverage about the Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia has focused on the decision to blacklist prominent Russian officials, but the more pressing issue for many U.S. exporters is the significant move by the U.S. government to stop issuing export licenses for dual-use and defense items to Russia, says Alexandra Lopez-Casero of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • How To Manage Compliance Risks In Reshoring Manufacturing

    Gregory Husisian

    By some measures, more than a third of U.S. businesses are planning to reshore manufacturing in the United States. Despite receiving presidential endorsements, however, these efforts to bolster U.S. manufacturing are creating unexpected regulatory issues for U.S. manufacturers. Export controls are chief among them, says Gregory Husisian of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • 7th Circ. Ruling May Restrict Int'l Cartel Enforcement

    Alex Bourelly

    What’s next for international cartel cases based on arguments for potential applications of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act? Judge Richard Posner and the Seventh Circuit recently gave one answer to that question, and it’s good news for many criminal defendants and potential targets of investigations, say Alex Bourelly and Noah Mink of Baker Botts LLP.

  • Heartbleed Rains On The Legal Cloud Parade

    David Houlihan

    While the actual breaches are unknown, Heartbleed has the potential to expose all of a lawyer's files stored or transmitted online. The bug raises professional responsibility questions and offers confirmation of the greatest anxieties that the legal industry has about online practice. In fact, the timing is poor for many legal tech providers, following a general industry warming to cloud offerings, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • EU Sanctions May Criminalize Some US Business Activity

    Peter McMaster

    Given the extra-territorial character of the European Union's new financial sanctions against targeted Russians and Ukrainians, a person can aid and abet the commission of an offense by taking steps whose only effect is to facilitate a transaction. This places law firms, investment businesses and others engaged in international transactions at risk of accessory liability through their everyday work, says Peter McMaster of Appleby Global Group Services Ltd.

  • India Is Moving In Right Direction On Int'l Arbitration

    Talat Ansari

    A 2012 Indian Supreme Court decision effectively reversed the trend of Indian courts’ judicial intervention in international arbitrations. A spate of judgments since then makes it apparent that Indian courts are adopting a less interfering role and are willing to enforce arbitration agreements between parties in accordance with the UNCITRAL model law and the New York Convention, say Talat Ansari and Ila Kapoor of Kelley Drye LLP.

  • Keep Your Audience From Checking Email: 5 Legal Talk Tips

    Michael H. Rubin

    Why do the majority of speakers get polite claps at the end of their talks while a few select others receive rousing applause? Having given more than 375 presentations to legal groups, bar associations, Fortune 500 companies and corporate gatherings, I’ve learned a few things about what not to do. Remember, great speakers don’t tell “war stories.” They don’t even give examples from their own practice, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.