International Trade

  • September 30, 2011

    3rd Circ. Widens Door For Foreign Antitrust Claims

    Plaintiffs may have an easier time pursuing antitrust allegations against foreign conduct in the Third Circuit under a recent ruling giving them a significant tactical advantage in cases where courts must interpret the notoriously convoluted Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, experts say.

  • September 30, 2011

    US Faces Little Threat From CBERA Imports: ITC

    Imports receiving preferential tariff treatment under a law designed to boost Caribbean nations generally posed little threat to U.S. products in 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission said Friday, though domestic methanol producers could face significant challenges from the protected imports.

  • September 30, 2011

    Holman Fenwick Adds 2 Trade Partners In Europe

    U.K.-based firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP announced Friday that it had added two experienced international law attorneys to its Brussels and Geneva offices.

  • September 30, 2011

    EU Beefs Up Food Labeling Requirements

    The European Union on Thursday toughened food labeling regulations to demand more transparent labeling of imported meat and to require easy-to-read nutritional information on packaged food, along with disclosure of allergens in restaurant food.

  • September 30, 2011

    Clothes Importers Fight 'Discriminatory' Tariff Rates

    Clothing importers Skiz Imports LLC and Forever 21 Inc. on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to reject the government's motion to dismiss the companies' suit alleging that tariff rates discriminate against articles of clothing depending on the gender and age group for which they're intended.

  • September 30, 2011

    ITC Will Review Ruling For HTC In FlashPoint IP Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Friday that it plans to review part of a decision that smartphones made by Taiwan-based HTC Corp. did not violate FlashPoint Technology Inc.’s digital image manipulation patents.

  • September 29, 2011

    FBI Agent Lays Out Origins Of Gabon FCPA Sting

    An FBI agent detailed for a Washington jury Thursday the origins of a sting operation that snared six military equipment industry executives accused of bribing Gabonese officials to win contracts, focusing on wiretapped phone calls with the FBI's cooperating witness.

  • September 29, 2011

    Apple Backs AMD's IP Ownership Challenge In ITC Probe

    Apple Inc. on Wednesday asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to drop a probe based on S3 Graphics Co. Ltd.'s patent infringement claims, saying semiconductor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s assertions that it owns the patents-in-suit leaves S3 with no standing.

  • September 29, 2011

    Del Monte Drops Lawsuit After FDA Ends Melon Ban

    Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. on Tuesday dismissed its lawsuit in Maryland against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the FDA dropped a ban on cantaloupes imported by Del Monte from a farm in Guatemala.

  • September 29, 2011

    Senate Republicans Call On Obama To Submit Trade Pacts

    Republican senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to send proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia to Congress for consideration after the Senate’s passage of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which aids workers displaced by foreign competition.

  • September 29, 2011

    SKorea Stands Down In US Steel Tariff Zeroing Row

    South Korea on Tuesday withdrew a request to the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement body to establish a panel to examine the United States' use of zeroing to calculate anti-dumping duties on corrosion-resistant steel products, in an effort to focus on continued bilateral talks.

  • September 29, 2011

    SEC To Hold Debate On Rules For Conflict Minerals

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it would hold a public roundtable next month to discuss proposed regulations requiring companies to report whether their products use conflict minerals mined in Congo and surrounding countries.

  • September 29, 2011

    Lawmakers Urge Repsol Not To Drill In Cuban Waters

    A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives urged Spanish energy company Repsol YPF SA on Wednesday to abandon plans to partner with the Cuban government to drill for oil in the country's waters, saying the move could violate U.S. trade laws.

  • September 29, 2011

    EU Fights To Save WTO Win Over Philippines Liquor Tax

    After the Philippines last week challenged a World Trade Organization ruling against its excise tax scheme for distilled spirits, the European Union cross-appealed Thursday in an effort to protect its victory in the dispute.

  • September 28, 2011

    FBI Botched Sting Operation, Gabon FCPA Defendants Say

    The trial of six military equipment industry executives accused of bribing Gabonese officials to win contracts kicked off Wednesday with defense attorneys telling a Washington jury that the FBI and its cooperator bungled an underlying sting operation.

  • September 28, 2011

    Feds Try To Chart Course On FCPA Knowledge Requirement

    The U.S. Department of Justice offered a glimpse Monday into one way it's likely to argue for convictions in foreign bribery trials — a theory the agency might be stuck with in the future as the still-evolving area of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case law begins to take shape in courts, experts say.

  • September 28, 2011

    Blank Rome Picks Up Key Republican Adviser

    Blank Rome LLP announced Tuesday it had enlisted Shimmy Stein — a senior policy adviser to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. — who has policy expertise in trade, foreign affairs, financial services, tax and defense matters, for its Washington office.

  • September 28, 2011

    LG Asks For Ban On Infringing BMW, Audi Sales In Korea

    LG Electronics Inc. on Wednesday sued BMW AG and Audi AG in South Korea, accusing the automakers of using light-emitting diodes manufactured by rival Osram and stepping up its global patent infringement battle against the Siemens AG unit.

  • September 28, 2011

    Lexmark Wins ITC Exclusion Order On Ink Cartridges

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday issued a general exclusion order barring importation of products that infringe 15 Lexmark International Inc. patents for ink cartridges, concluding a patent infringement investigation into a slew of cartridge makers.

  • September 28, 2011

    Finland Owes €70M Interest On Military Import Duties: EU

    The European Commission told Finland last week it owed nearly €70 million ($95 million) in delayed interest on tariffs the country failed to pay for imported F-18 fighter jets and other military equipment in the late 1990s.