International Trade

  • August 22, 2013

    US, Canadian Unions Push To Exclude Dairy From TPP Talks

    U.S. and Canadian union groups on Thursday called on negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to completely exclude dairy products from receiving tariff cuts in the final multilateral pact, arguing that dairy powerhouse New Zealand would flood markets with its exports.

  • August 22, 2013

    Sears, Kmart, 19 Others Sued Before ITC Over Grill Patents

    Sears, Roebuck & Co. and its affiliate Kmart Corp. were among 21 companies that a Georgia-based outdoor cooking product manufacturer accused of infringing its patents for a dual-mode grill in a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • August 22, 2013

    US Trade Rep Unveils New Tobacco Plan For TPP

    The Obama administration on Wednesday outlined a new plan for handling tobacco regulations in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, days after public health groups slammed the U.S. for retreating from an earlier proposal that, they say, included stronger protections for tobacco controls.

  • August 22, 2013

    CIT Again Kicks PET Film Duty Review Back To Commerce

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to again reconsider using India as a surrogate country in its review of duties on polyethylene terephthalate film from China, ruling the agency neglected key economic data before picking the country.

  • August 21, 2013

    US Says Duties On Goods From Non-Market Economies Legal

    U.S. government attorneys told the Federal Circuit on Friday that the Department of Commerce has always had the power to assess countervailing duties on imports from countries with nonmarket economies, and a recent law that a Chinese company has branded unconstitutional merely confirmed that.

  • August 21, 2013

    JPMorgan Taps Paul Weiss For China Bribe Probe

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reportedly hired prominent New York law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP to handle ongoing investigations into its hiring practices  in Hong Kong and its ties to possible bribery of government officials there.

  • August 21, 2013

    Ranchers, Others Fight Bid To Ban US Meat Labeling Rules

    A cattle ranchers' association and other groups on Tuesday slammed an attempt in D.C. federal court to prevent the U.S. from implementing new country-of-origin meat-labeling rules, saying that to block the new rules would contradict the U.S.'s World Trade Organization commitments.

  • August 21, 2013

    US Compromises Are Key To Propelling TPP Negotiations

    As trade negotiators descend on Brunei this week for the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, the countries in the proposed trade deal could start work on the toughest remaining hurdles to a finalized agreement, but experts say the U.S. will have to lead the charge in making concessions.

  • August 21, 2013

    EU Poised To Ban Herring, Mackerel From Faroe Islands

    The European Union announced Tuesday that it will block imports of herring and mackerel from the Faroe Islands in response to the North Atlantic territory's recent policy shifts that could lead to overfishing.

  • August 21, 2013

    EU Ends Probe Over China, Taiwan Steel Tube Dumping

    The European Union has dropped an investigation into the alleged dumping of stainless steel tube and pipe fittings from China and Taiwan, according to a notice published Wednesday.

  • August 21, 2013

    Patent Co. Lacks Domestic Industry, HP Tells ITC

    Hewlett-Packard Co. told the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday that one of its judges incorrectly ruled a patent licensing company that sued HP, Acer Inc., Canon Inc. and other companies for infringing five of its patents had a domestic industry the Tariff Act was meant to protect.

  • August 20, 2013

    NY Judge Punts Argentine Oil Co.'s Suit Against Repsol

    Repsol SA's saber-rattling after Argentina nationalized its controlling stake in oil company YPF SA last year isn't a problem for New York's courts to fix, a New York state judge said Tuesday, ruling against a company that accused Repsol of meddling in a billion-dollar energy development deal.

  • August 20, 2013

    Asian Trade Talks Could Put Pressure On US TPP Efforts

    Trade talks underway between China, India and several other Southeast Asian countries could exert some pressure on the U.S. to continue its push for a quick completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, experts say.

  • August 20, 2013

    Samsung Renews Push For Apple Import Ban At Fed. Circ.

    With its bid to ban imports of Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad stymied by a White House veto, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. asked the Federal Circuit on Monday to revive part of its U.S. International Trade Commission patent suit against Apple.

  • August 20, 2013

    FCPA Whistleblower Bounty May Turn Tide For SEC Program

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s new whistleblower program has yet to receive an influx of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act tips as many had predicted, but the chief of the program and other experts said just one large bounty in a bribery case could change everything.

  • August 20, 2013

    Rainmaker Q&A: Ulmer & Berne's Michael Switzer

    Attorneys should not be afraid to create their own professional paths, however unconventional. My career path has more closely resembled the ones taken by Billy in the Family Circus comic strip — full of distractions, says Michael Switzer, partner-in-charge of Ulmer & Berne LLP's Chicago office.

  • August 20, 2013

    New FDA Drug Security Program Targets Dubious Imports

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will launch a program to stop contaminated, misbranded or unapproved medications from being imported into the country and is seeking applicants, including foreign makers of imported drugs, to participate, the agency said Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2013

    Obama's TPP Tobacco Plan Slammed By Anti-Smoking Groups

    Public health groups on Monday blasted the Obama administration for backing down from strong protections for tobacco controls under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, saying a recent U.S. proposal would make it harder to ward off challenges to tobacco regulations.

  • August 20, 2013

    US Urges Fed. Circ. To Uphold CIT Decision On Wind Towers

    The U.S. government on Friday pushed the Federal Circuit to allow for refunds of import duties collected during its anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of wind tower imports from China and Vietnam, arguing that a legal challenge from U.S. producers was on shaky ground.

  • August 20, 2013

    EPA Delays Formaldehyde Wood Emissions Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday granted requests to extend the comment period on proposed emission limits for the chemical formaldehyde in domestic and imported composite wood products, finding that the public needed more time to evaluate the rule.