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International Trade

  • June 22, 2018

    Armenian Ex-Diplomat Aims To Nix Rolls-Royce Bribe Charges

    Armenia’s former ambassador to China urged an Ohio federal judge to toss a recent indictment that accused him of playing a role in helping a Rolls-Royce Group PLC subsidiary bribe foreign officials to win government contracts, arguing that U.S. statutes expressly bar extraterritorial application of money laundering laws.

  • June 22, 2018

    IPhone Chip Deal Loss Would Kill Intel 5G Plans, Atty Says

    Intel would likely ditch high-priority efforts to develop next-generation wireless technology if it were to lose a contract to supply mobile chips for the iPhone, even for only a year, a senior tech attorney for the company said Friday at an International Trade Commission patent case over Apple’s Intel-equipped handsets.

  • June 22, 2018

    Food Equipment Co. Fights To Dodge Tube Tariffs At CIT

    A domestic food equipment supplier asked the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday to shield it from tariffs on several product components the company imports from China, arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce did not have substantial evidence when the agency found that the imported parts would be subject to its anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

  • June 22, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: US Continues Appellate Body Squeeze

    In Law360's latest look at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the U.S. delegation criticizes the WTO's Appellate Body for continuing to miss procedural deadlines while blocking the appointment of new judges and ensuring that the delays will continue.

  • June 22, 2018

    Convicted Chinese Billionaire Denies 'Special Treatment'

    Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng is not out for “special treatment,” only time to get his business affairs in order, his lawyers told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday, in asking for two extra months before he surrenders to begin a four-year sentence in federal prison for bribing international diplomats.

  • June 22, 2018

    ITC Scraps Commerce’s Proposed Resin Tariffs On India

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Friday that subsidized Indian imports of a resin product used for non-stick pans were not harming domestic industries, tossing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s proposed countervailing duty of 3.6 percent.

  • June 22, 2018

    CIT Mostly Upholds Commerce Ruling In Vietnam Shrimp Row

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has largely sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce's anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Vietnam, finding that the department did not err by assigning unexamined Vietnamese shrimp importers the same dumping rate as one of the mandatory respondents.

  • June 22, 2018

    CIT OKs How Commerce Classified Pasta In Dumping Case

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s determinations in a long-standing anti-dumping duty review of certain pasta entering the United States from Italy, finding the agency did not err in how it classified a company’s pasta shapes.

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Man Accused Of Smuggling Submarine Tech

    A Chinese man who is a lawful permanent resident of Massachusetts was accused on Thursday of illegally exporting submarine detection equipment for a Chinese military research institute that has been flagged by the U.S. Department of Commerce for national security concerns.

  • June 21, 2018

    Japan, S. Korea Poised For WTO Clash Over Steel Duties

    The Japanese government has brought a World Trade Organization case challenging South Korea’s decision to maintain anti-dumping duties on its stainless steel bars, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Insurer Can't Recover Costs From Engine Transport Snafu

    An insurer for a General Electric unit cannot put shipping company Agility Logistics Corp. on the hook for the costs to inspect a jet engine that Agility failed to transport properly, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday, holding that the insurance company’s suit is barred under an international treaty because the engine was not damaged in transit.

  • June 21, 2018

    Oman Sues US Mining Co. Owner Over Unpaid $5.6M Award

    Oman sued a U.S. mining company owner in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging he has failed to pay any part of a $5.6 million arbitration award issued against him by an International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal in a dispute over mining leases.

  • June 21, 2018

    Google Urged To Drop Huawei Collab Over Security Concerns

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has asked Google to rethink its relationship with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which some American intelligence officials have flagged as a national security threat.

  • June 21, 2018

    Venezuela Must Pay $101.6M Award, Food Products Co. Says

    Vestey Group Ltd. enlisted the help of a D.C. federal court to enforce a $101.6 million award against Venezuela that was issued after the cash-strapped South American nation wrested control of the British food products company's nearly 100-year-old cattle ranching operation in the country.

  • June 21, 2018

    Rubio Pushes Tough Line On Chinese Tariffs, Tech Sanctions

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded recently announced tariffs on Chinese imports Thursday while slamming the Trump administration’s reversal on a decision to lock telecommunications company ZTE out of the U.S., saying firm measures are needed to address intellectual property theft and national security threats posed by China.

  • June 21, 2018

    Producers Urge Commerce, ITC To Probe Chinese Steel Racks

    A group of U.S. rack producers has urged the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission to impose tariffs on steel racks imported from China, which they claim are being sold in the country at less than fair value and are hurting the domestic industry.

  • June 21, 2018

    ITC Is Asked To Probe Amazon, Target Over Carburetor IP

    A Michigan-based engine parts manufacturer has accused several companies, including Amazon, Target and Home Depot, of selling products containing imported carburetors that infringe five of its patents, the U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    GOP Sen. Blocks Ga. Justice Tapped By Trump For 11th Circ.

    Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has become the first Republican to hold up one of President Donald Trump’s judicial picks, blocking the Eleventh Circuit nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant for a second time in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

  • June 20, 2018

    CIT Affirms Lower Calculation Of Chinese Steel Nail Duties

    A U.S. steel nail producer lost its bid Tuesday to drive up anti-dumping duties on Chinese importers after a U.S. Court of International Trade judge upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to apply the low tariff rate it calculated for one company to more than a dozen others.

  • June 20, 2018

    Trump, Lawmakers Make Limited Progress On ZTE Deal

    Lawmakers said Wednesday they had made some progress toward a deal to lift sanctions imposed on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. after a meeting with President Donald Trump, the day after a bipartisan bill to protect the federal supply chain, prompted in part by ZTE, was introduced in the Senate.

Expert Analysis

  • New Steel Measures Are A Test For ITC Sunset Reviews

    Jay Campbell

    The U.S. government regularly conducts “sunset reviews” to determine whether an existing anti-dumping or countervailing duty order should be revoked. The agency that reviews these orders tends to lean heavily in favor of keeping the duties — but the recently imposed steel tariffs make continuation of these other trade remedies harder to justify, says Jay Campbell of White & Case LLP.

  • When Will The ITC Honor A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity?

    Bryan J. Vogel

    As a general rule, the U.S. International Trade Commission has given little to no deference to Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. However, recent decisions seem to throw a wrinkle into this lack of deference, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mid-2018 Sanctions Review: A Turbulent Year So Far

    Ama Adams

    No superlative could aptly describe the magnitude of U.S. sanctions developments through the first six months of 2018. The pace of change has been so intense and complex that, understandably, even the most sophisticated international companies and investors have been challenged to respond to policy and regulatory developments, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Opinion

    US Trading Partners Defy The Rules They Claim To Support

    Alan Price

    In March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Subsequently, the European Union and certain other trading partners asserted that they could immediately retaliate — contradicting the World Trade Organization rules they claim to champion, say Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Policy Is Changing For Technology Transfers

    Kevin O'Brien

    The Trump administration and Congress are tightening investment restrictions and export controls to address technology transfer concerns. These measures initially focus on China, but will have broader effects on investments in the United States and transfers of emerging technologies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • New Licenses Ease Ukraine, Russia Business Wind-Downs

    Seetha Ramachandran

    The U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control continues its effort to allow U.S. persons to wind down operations or existing contracts that would otherwise violate Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions. Even though OFAC has issued general licenses for this purpose, U.S. persons may need to obtain specific licenses to fully divest their interests, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.