More than three dozen trade advocacy groups sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative Tuesday asking whether they had been spied on by the federal government, following revelations that the National Security Agency had conducted surveillance for other U.S. agencies, including the USTR's office.
With a plan to use sampling more often to select respondents in anti-dumping reviews, the U.S. Department of Commerce is looking to close a gap in its enforcement of duty orders on smaller exporters, but attorneys say the sampling method's reach will likely be limited.
The devastating typhoon that ripped through the Philippines this weekend is adding a new sense of urgency to the United Nations global emissions negotiations that just began in Poland, as experts say the massive storm could spur progress toward a major agreement.
A group of U.S. lawmakers from western states on Tuesday urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to act on Jordan Cove Energy Project LP's bid to export liquefied natural gas from a $7.5 billion project in Oregon, as well as other West Coast-based LNG export applications.
The head of the World Trade Organization on Tuesday pushed the group's members to come together on a package of trade concessions, saying the proposed deal could fall apart if they don't reach agreement in the next few days.
The full Federal Circuit on Friday decided not to review a decision reviving a U.S. International Trade Commission patent suit brought against Motorola Mobility Inc. by Apple Inc., rejecting Motorola's argument that the decision was "completely divorced" from the U.S. Supreme Court's obviousness precedents.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Friday that it expects parties involved in a new services trade agreement to table offers by the end of the month, pushing forward talks that have drawn rebukes from unions and consumer rights advocates.
The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s imposition of a nearly 140 percent anti-dumping duty on Taiwanese woven ribbons imported by Hubscher Ribbon Corp. Ltd., saying the margin was fair given Hubscher’s lack of cooperation with the department.
Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program ended Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland without an agreement, but Washington's top diplomat said the talks had "narrowed" differences between the U.S., its allies and the Islamic republic.
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Calling exports one of the “bright spots” of the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama said Friday the country should do more to support American businesses looking to ship goods overseas and called for more infrastructure projects to modernize ports, roads and bridges.
The Chinese government announced Friday that it had begun levying provisional tariffs on imports of cellulose pulp from the U.S., Canada and Brazil after determining that shipments from those countries have been sold at unfairly low levels.
President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a Bank of America Corp. executive to take over as head of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, following the former undersecretary for international trade's departure.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided that revoking anti-dumping and countervailing duties on certain circular steel pipe from China would probably harm U.S. industry, leaving the five-year-old tariffs intact, the commission announced Thursday.
When it comes to maneuvering through U.S. sanctions against Iran, companies that put in place a strong compliance program and talk to regulators about their plans — and slip-ups — can save themselves a lot of trouble and limit their penalties if something goes awry, attorneys say.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Thursday proposal seeking to remove trans fats from processed foods will likely help plaintiffs build a new blitz of failure-to-warn suits against food manufacturers by seizing on the agency's finding that the artificial, artery-clogging substance has no nutritional value and is harmful in any quantity, experts say.
A challenge from LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. over punitive duties levied on washing machines from South Korea and Mexico earlier this year hit a speed bump Wednesday as the U.S. Court of International Trade denied the companies' request to stay their suit against the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The $217 billion worldwide fishing industry suffers from rampant tax evasion due to fraudulent document creation and quota altering that particularly harms developing nations, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report released Thursday.
As the U.S. and other countries headed into negotiations with Iran on Thursday and Friday, an administration official said the U.S. stands ready to offer limited sanctions relief if Iran commits to a concrete “first step” toward halting its nuclear program.
German stock exchange operator Deutsche Boerse AG said Thursday that its Clearstream Banking SA unit has paid $151.9 million to settle the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control investigation into whether it violated U.S. sanctions on Iran.
The financial and legal risks of offset commitments for the increasing number of U.S. defense contractors exploring international markets may not have received much visibility to date, but with traditional markets shrinking and defense spending on the rise in several regions of the world where security threats are increasing, it is certain that the ability of U.S. companies to satisfy offset obligations will no longer be “below the radar,” says Robert Metzger of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s recent disapproval of an exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission marks the first time since the Reagan administration that a USTR has disapproved of an exclusion order by the ITC. More importantly, this was the first chance for the USTR — and by extension, the president — to address the propriety of exclusion orders in the context of a standard-essential patent, says Andrew Clarke of ARPC.
A new hire or third party who is related to a government official may be viewed as an anti-corruption red flag by U.S. authorities. A company must take steps to be able to show that the new hire’s relationship with the government official is unrelated to improper conduct, say Richard Craig Smith and Paul Sumilas of Norton Rose Fulbright.
The challenges facing the solar industry — the victim of oversupply and falling prices — continue to be daunting. Still, the rise of distributed generation, improved storage, reduced soft costs and government initiatives, among a variety of other factors, seem likely to improve the prospects for diversified solar energy companies, says Michael Dotten of Marten Law PLLC.
A recent survey of more than 1,000 chief legal officers found that 87 percent of in-house counsel indicated ethics and compliance as one of the leading issues keeping them up at night. Government and regulatory changes followed as a top concern now and in the year ahead. This is not because companies intend on breaking laws — but because the laws vary, make compliance a challenge, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Lawyers who aren’t actively engaged in online reputation management not only miss out on valuable opportunities but also run the risk of actually harming their marketing efforts, say Cristina Vivenzio Brennan of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC and Lisa Ramsey Woodford of Paris Social Media Marketing.
A recent Foreign Affairs magazine article severely understates the dire consequences of Chinese copying and the counterfeiting industry. Counterfeiting threatens the health and safety of consumers, often leads to practices akin to human trafficking, and harms U.S. interests by absorbing local, state and federal government resources for an industry that generally does not contribute to U.S. economic development, says Howard Hogan of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Now that the U.S. International Trade Commission has confirmed its support of the pilot program via Laminated Packaging, this new mechanism has the momentum to change the Section 337 arena significantly. The scope of the program will be influenced by the potential appellate review of Laminated Packaging, possible additional guidelines to hone the process, and the Section 337 case load, says Jamie Underwood of Alston & Bird LLP.
Every law firm knows the importance of a conflicts check before beginning a representation, but what happens when it serves discovery requests or a subpoena on a third party, only to discover that the third party is a current or former client? As firms get larger, and litigations become more complex, this issue is bound to come up, say Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.
In the current enforcement environment, it would be a mistake for senior executives and board members to take for granted the enthusiastic and highly effective efforts of the chief compliance officer, who is often overworked and underappreciated, says Sharie Brown of Troutman Sanders LLP.