International Trade

  • December 21, 2010

    Latin Node Faces Bribery Charges Over Telecom Deal

    Two former executives of Miami-based telecommunications company Latin Node Inc. face Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other charges for allegedly paying more than $500,000 in bribes to Honduran officials over an interconnection agreement for long-distance services.

  • December 21, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Tessera Win Over Chip Patent

    A federal appeals court has upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that seven companies directly infringe one patent and contributorily infringe a second held by Tessera Inc. that relate to semiconductor chip technology.

  • December 21, 2010

    UAE Cos. Dumped PET Film, Commerce Says

    Two manufacturers in the United Arab Emirates sold polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet and strip in the United States below normal value in 2008 and 2009, according to a review by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • December 21, 2010

    US Places New Sanctions On Iranian Banks

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury said Tuesday it had instituted new sanctions against Iranian banks and other companies that allegedly assist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the country’s national maritime carrier in illicit activities and deceptive behavior.

  • December 21, 2010

    Trade Bill Blocked Over Sleeping Bag Duties

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is blocking Senate consideration of a bill to extend key trade preference programs — including the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, the Generalized System of Preferences and the Andean Trade Preference Act — over concerns about duty-free treatment for sleeping bags from Bangladesh.

  • December 20, 2010

    Brazil Poised For Victory In OJ Dumping Fight

    An investigative panel with the World Trade Organization has penned an interim report that takes issue with anti-dumping duties imposed by the U.S. on imports of Brazilian orange juice, Brazil's Foreign Ministry disclosed Monday.

  • December 20, 2010

    Chinese Garlic Cos. Lose Fight Over Duty Rates

    A federal judge has upheld anti-dumping duties imposed on fresh garlic from China, finding little merit to claims from three Chinese companies that the rates are based on unsuitable surrogate data.

  • December 20, 2010

    Bill Seeks Overhaul Of Global Drug Safety Rules

    Democratic leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration broad new authorities and tools to boost safety regulation in the increasingly global marketplace for drugs.

  • December 20, 2010

    ITC Launches 337 Probe Into Microsoft's Xbox

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Microsoft Corp. based on Motorola Mobility Inc.'s allegations that the software giant's Xbox gaming consoles infringe five of its patents covering methods for wireless communications and data compression.

  • December 20, 2010

    Saipem To Pay Nigeria $32M To End Gas Project Probe

    Italian oil company Saipem on Monday announced a settlement and nonprosecution agreement with the Nigerian government in an investigation into its Snamprogetti Netherlands BV unit for allegedly conspiring on contracts to build liquefied natural gas facilities in the country.

  • December 20, 2010

    Obama Vows To Back Colombia, Panama Trade Deals

    The White House has pledged to move forward on stalled free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia after reports that the Obama administration was tabling the deals because they lack congressional support.

  • December 20, 2010

    Senate Approves Food Safety Bill Again

    The U.S. Senate has voted once again to advance sweeping legislation to boost the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority to police producers domestically and abroad, correcting a technical mistake that threatened to derail the first major overhaul of food safety regulation in nearly 80 years.

  • December 17, 2010

    Obama Signs $858B Tax Bill With Ethanol Credits

    President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion compromise bill on Friday that extends Bush-era tax cuts and includes provisions to prolong tax credits for ethanol producers, ethanol tariffs and billions in grants for renewable energy projects.

  • December 17, 2010

    Garmin Didn't Infringe GPS Patents, ITC Judge Says

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has sided with Garmin Corp. in an investigation prompted by a complaint from Pioneer Corp. that alleged the GPS device maker's navigation products infringed three patents.

  • December 17, 2010

    Halliburton Settles Bribery Case For $250M

    Nigeria has agreed to a reported $250 million settlement to end bribery charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and his former business Halliburton Co. related to natural gas contracts in the country.

  • December 17, 2010

    Ford Loses Bid To Reclaim $2.6M In Harbor Taxes

    A federal judge has tossed Ford Motor Co.'s $2.6 million suit seeking refunds from the U.S. government for harbor maintenance taxes.

  • December 17, 2010

    Food Co. Faces $2.3M Fine For Non-NAFTA Peanuts

    The U.S. government is seeking as much as $2.3 million in penalties from a Texas food importer accused of falsely claiming that dozens of peanut orders were eligible for duty-free treatment because they came from Mexico.

  • December 16, 2010

    HP Kickback Probe Widens To More European Countries

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Hewlett-Packard Co. personnel in multiple European countries were involved in kickbacks or other improper payments to state-owned or private entities, the company said in an SEC filing.

  • December 16, 2010

    US Looks To Sharpen Anti-Dumping Reviews

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed revamping the way it conducts anti-dumping reviews, floating new measures that would make it more difficult for exporters in nonmarket economy countries to avoid uniform dumping margins and ensure that smaller companies are individually examined.

  • December 16, 2010

    ITC Blocks Imports Of Mexican Caskets

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has barred Mexico's Ataudes Aguilares SRL from importing caskets into the U.S. that infringe five patents for special drawers and ornamental attachments held by Batesville Services Inc.