International Trade

  • February 25, 2013

    Chinese-Owned Co. Can't Nix Obama Bar To Wind Farm Deal

    A Washington federal judge on Friday refused to rule on whether the Obama administration was right to put the kibosh on Ralls Corp.'s plans to buy four Oregon wind farm projects but allowed the Chinese-owned company to proceed with its Fifth Amendment due process claims to obtain answers.

  • February 25, 2013

    US, Rancher Resolve FCA Suit Over Milk Exports

    The U.S. government on Friday reached an undisclosed settlement in Missouri federal court with two Wyoming ranchers who allegedly defrauded a government milk distribution program by illegally selling the dairy overseas, in violation of the False Claims Act.

  • February 25, 2013

    Barring Patent Trolls From ITC May Do More Harm Than Good

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued just three exclusion orders in patent infringement actions by nonpracticing entities in the past six years, a figure that should quiet the growing clamor by lawmakers and others to curb lawsuits by patent trolls and other NPEs at the trade forum, attorneys say.

  • February 25, 2013

    Noble Execs Say SEC's Nigerian Bribery Claims Are Too Late

    A pair of Noble Corp. executives who allegedly bribed Nigerian officials to secure offshore oil platform permits on Friday asked a Texas federal judge to pare down a suit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, arguing several claims were filed too late.

  • February 25, 2013

    Arent Fox Lands Arbitration Pro With DOJ Chops

    An international arbitration attorney and U.S. Department of Justice veteran with more than a decade of experience working in the public sector has jumped to Arent Fox LLP as an international trade partner, the firm announced Friday, boosting its offerings related to dispute resolutions and post-conflict claims work for sovereign nations. 

  • February 25, 2013

    Q&A With WilmerHale's David Weller

    Many of the agreements that businesses rely on to operate internationally were crafted in a very different technology environment. We need to interpret these older rules flexibly and find every opportunity in trade negotiations to update them, says David Weller, a partner in WilmerHale's international trade practice group and former assistant general counsel at the U.S. Trade Representative's Office.

  • February 22, 2013

    Nokia Says InterDigital Using ITC To Force Global License

    Nokia Corp. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. told the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday that InterDigital Inc.'s suit alleging that they infringe standard-essential wireless patents is an attempt to force them to take a worldwide license that will harm competition and consumers.

  • February 22, 2013

    LNG Import Facility Loses Approval Amid Fracking Boom

    Federal energy regulators on Thursday rescinded their authorization of a planned liquefied natural gas import facility on the coast of Texas, after the project’s backers said they were abandoning the project amid the domestic gas boom driven by hydraulic fracturing.

  • February 22, 2013

    Chinese, Indonesian Paper Cos. Can't Lift Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has denied Chinese and Indonesian paper makers' challenge to countervailing and anti-dumping duties on coated paper imports, backing a determination that trade remedies were necessary to protect the domestic industry from cheaper foreign imports.

  • February 22, 2013

    US Eases Sanctions On 4 Myanmar Banks

    The U.S. eased restrictions on four Myanmar banks on Friday in response to the country's recent democratic and humanitarian reforms, a move that opens up the Southeast Asian nation's access to the U.S. financial system.

  • February 22, 2013

    EU Levels Duties On US Ethanol Despite Trade Groups' Protest

    The European Union said Friday it would impose tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports, a move that comes days after two American trade groups blasted the EU's plan to put the trade measures in place.

  • February 22, 2013

    Split Emerges After 11th Circ. Tosses Smuggling Convictions

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday vacated the convictions of two Miami-based importers charged with smuggling contaminated cheese into the United States, setting up a circuit split over the scope of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection importing regulation.

  • February 22, 2013

    Q&A With Paul Hastings' Behnam Dayanim

    Leveraging our central role in the world’s financial system to apply our sanctions extraterritorially serves our vital national interests in many cases, but I think policymakers may be overlooking the potential for long-term damage to those same interests, says Behnam Dayanim, a partner with Paul Hastings LLP specializing in international trade law.

  • February 22, 2013

    DC Circ. Upholds USDA Almond Treatment Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule requiring domestic almond growers to pasteurize raw almonds to reduce the threat of salmonella outbreaks, finding that the plaintiffs waived their claims by not participating during the public comment period when the rule was proposed.

  • February 21, 2013

    Cargill, Mexico Settle Feud Over $95M NAFTA Fine

    Agricultural products conglomerate Cargill Inc. has settled its suit in New York federal court against the Mexican government to compel it to pay a $94.6 million NAFTA fine for the country's import restrictions on U.S.-produced high fructose corn syrup.

  • February 21, 2013

    Vitamin-C Co.'s Bid To Duck Antitrust Suit Came Too Late

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied China Pharmaceutical Group Ltd.'s bid to escape exposure for the alleged price-fixing by a vitamin C-producing subsidiary days before the antitrust case was scheduled to go to trial, saying CPG waited too long to raise issues related to its liability.

  • February 21, 2013

    Okada Departs Wynn Board A Day Before Shareholder Vote

    Former Wynn Macau Ltd. director Kazuo Okada resigned from the company's board Thursday — a day before a shareholder vote on his ouster — but not without ripping Wynn Resorts co-founder Steve Wynn, whom he accused of deceiving him for years.

  • February 21, 2013

    Medical Device Co. Sanctioned For Iran Exports

    U.S. trade officials said Thursday that California-based medical device company American Optisurgical Inc. has agreed to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle allegations that it exported unlicensed medical goods to Iran.

  • February 21, 2013

    L'Oreal, Others Accused Of Violating Packaging Patents

    L'Oreal USA Inc. and Hasbro Inc. were among a slew of companies sued in the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday for packaging their products in laminated packaging that allegedly infringe patents held by a Texas-based company.

  • February 21, 2013

    USTR Tells DC Circ. Classified Doc Must Be Kept Secret

    The U.S. Trade Representative's Office pushed the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to block the release of an oft-sought classified document from failed trade negotiations, claiming the courts aren't qualified to second guess why the document has been kept under wraps.