International Trade

  • May 3, 2013

    IBM Reveals DOJ Probe Into Alleged Global Corruption

    The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations that IBM Corp. violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in its dealings with government officials in Poland, Argentina, Bangladesh and Ukraine, the technology giant said Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2013

    Global Demand For Enviro Services Is Spiking, ITC Finds

    International demand for environmental services has grown significantly in the last decade and easing trade barriers on related industries like engineering and construction would likely increase domestic businesses' market share in the $500 billion global market, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report released Wednesday.

  • May 2, 2013

    Dems Seek Trade Action Over Bangladesh Building Collapse

    Following the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that has claimed the lives of more than 400 workers, two senior Democrats on Wednesday urged the White House to consider trade actions to pressure the South Asian nation to improve poor working conditions in the country.

  • May 2, 2013

    After Japan TPP Entry, USTR Asks For Economic Impact Study

    The U.S. trade representative asked the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday to investigate the likely economic effects of allowing duty-free imports of products from Japan, which just recently joined the ongoing talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • May 2, 2013

    Magyar Execs Can't Yet Appeal Landmark FCPA Ruling: SEC

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday challenged a bid by three former Magyar Telekom PLC executives to appeal a landmark ruling that allowed the SEC to pursue its foreign bribery case against them, saying it would be an unnecessary delay.

  • May 2, 2013

    Victoria's Secret Wins Lower Tariffs On Bra-Shirt Hybrids

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Thursday that U.S. customs officials had incorrectly labeled bra tops imported by Victoria's Secret as “tank tops” for tariff purposes, siding with the lingerie giant's argument that the garments should have faced a lower rate.

  • May 2, 2013

    Obama Picks Froman For USTR, Pritzker For Commerce

    President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated White House advisor Mike Froman for U.S. trade representative and selected billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker to take over as secretary of commerce.

  • May 1, 2013

    Fed. Circ. Urged To Nix 'Aberrant' Aluminum Duties

    Two U.S. importers urged the Federal Circuit on Friday to overturn a lower court's approval of what they called an "aberrant and punitive" countervailing duty rate on aluminum from China that violates the law.

  • May 1, 2013

    Cheniere Gets Thumbs-Up From FERC On La. LNG Project

    Cheniere Energy Inc.’s plans for additions to a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana won’t significantly harm the environment, staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a study published Wednesday.

  • May 1, 2013

    Former Alstom Exec Charged Over Foreign Bribery Plot

    A former executive of a French power and engineering company — reportedly Alstom SA — has been charged for his role in a scheme to bribe Indonesian officials in order to win a lucrative power services-related contract, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • May 1, 2013

    Ukraine Has The Worst IP Protections, USTR Says

    The office of the U.S. Trade Representative blasted Ukraine on Wednesday in its annual report on global intellectual property protection, making the country the first to earn a spot in the agency's worst category in more than a decade.

  • May 1, 2013

    Raytheon Pays $8M To Resolve Arms Export Violations

    Defense giant Raytheon Co. will pay $8 million in civil penalties to resolve hundreds of alleged violations of U.S. export control laws, the U.S. Department of State said Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2013

    Recliner Part Maker's Patent Claims Spur ITC Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Tuesday that it will investigate DewertOkin GmbH's allegations that a China-based competitor and its U.S. sales arm were importing patent-infringing linear actuators used to power footrests in reclining chairs.

  • April 30, 2013

    Clothes Importer Asserts Standing In Fed. Circ. Tariff Fight

    The U.S. government and clothing importer Skiz Imports LLC clashed on Monday over whether the importer had first-party standing to bring a suit alleging the U.S. tariff schedule unconstitutionally imposes different duty rates on imports based on the genders and age groups the goods were intended for, according to dueling briefs filed Monday with the Federal Circuit.

  • April 30, 2013

    Obama Would Signal Trade Push By Picking Froman For USTR

    If White House economic adviser Mike Froman is nominated for U.S. Trade Representative this week as expected, attorneys say it would signal a heightened administration focus on closing the massive free trade pacts currently planned in the Pacific and the European Union.

  • April 30, 2013

    Apple Loses ITC Sanctions Bid In VirnetX Patent Spat

    In a decision made public late Monday, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge refused Apple Inc.'s bid to have VirnetX Inc. cover its litigation costs after the company chose to withdraw its complaint accusing the iPhone maker of importing products that violated its patent for secure Internet communication technology.

  • April 30, 2013

    Sens. Suggest WTO Challenge To EU Ethanol Duties

    The U.S. Trade Representative should consider filing a challenge with the World Trade Organization against the European Commission’s recently imposed anti-dumping duties on ethanol from the U.S., according to a letter that a group of 14 U.S. senators sent the USTR on Monday.

  • April 30, 2013

    ITC Closes Probe Over LG Backlight Patent Claims

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has ended a probe into whether LG Electronics Inc. violated a patent for backlighting technology used in liquid crystal displays, affirming an administrative law judge's ruling that the patent was not infringed, according to a notice Monday.

  • April 29, 2013

    Oil Brokers Ask Supreme Court To Revive Iraq Contract Suit

    Two Cyprus-based oil brokers urged the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a contract fight with the Republic of Iraq over the United Nations' Oil-for-Food program, arguing that the Ninth Circuit's decision to grant the Republic of Iraq immunity sets a dangerous precedent that could threaten future commercial transactions with foreign governments.

  • April 29, 2013

    Bose Settles Hitachi ITC Suit Over Rare-Earth Magnet Patents

    Bose Corp. has agreed to settle claims brought by Hitachi Metals Inc. alleging the headphone and speaker maker imported products containing rare-earth magnets covered by Hitachi patents, according to documents filed Friday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.