International Trade

  • November 25, 2020

    Up Next At High Court: Census Fight, Child Slavery Claims

    Kicking off its final oral arguments of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear the Trump administration's efforts to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the population count and a bid by Nestlé and Cargill to escape liability for alleged child slavery.

  • November 25, 2020

    Qatari Financial Arm Seeks $55M Over 'Flagrant' UAE Bank

    The Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority has asked a New York state court to enforce a 200 million Qatari riyal ($55 million) judgment from its financial court against First Abu Dhabi Bank over its "flagrant and persistent flouting" of an investigation.

  • November 25, 2020

    FCC Won't Reverse Move Labeling ZTE As Nat'l Security Risk

    The Federal Communications Commission held to its designation of Chinese telecom ZTE as a national security threat and its decision to deny federal funds to telecom companies that use its equipment, saying the company hasn't taken solid steps to reduce risks to U.S. networks.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump's Exit Draws Fresh Battle Lines Over Tariff Power

    Lawmakers tried but failed to mount a meaningful challenge to President Donald Trump's aggressive use of tariffs over the last four years, but his ouster will not necessarily make Congress' goal to claw back more tariff power any easier.

  • November 24, 2020

    Groups Sue Trump To Block New Drug Import Rule

    An organization representing top pharmaceutical research firms and two health care advocacy groups have sued the Trump administration in D.C. federal court to block a new federal policy allowing states, tribes, pharmacists and wholesalers to import certain prescription drugs from Canada without approval from drug manufacturers.

  • November 24, 2020

    US Hits China With Currency Duties, Breaking New Ground

    The Trump administration announced a 122.5% levy on Chinese twist ties Wednesday, marking the first time it has hit Beijing with duties over allegations of currency manipulation.

  • November 24, 2020

    Amazon Teams Up With Feds To Keep Fake Goods Out Of US

    Amazon and the federal government are teaming up to investigate and seize counterfeit goods at U.S. ports of entry in a public-private partnership that comes just months after Congress and the Trump administration blasted the online retailer for not being tough enough on sellers of pirated goods.

  • November 24, 2020

    Gov't Pushes To Stall Refunds On Turkish Steel Duties

    The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to once more hold off on forcing the government to refund duties paid by importers of Turkish steel as the case remains pending at the Federal Circuit.

  • November 24, 2020

    Steptoe Says Texas Is Wrong Forum For $6M Malpractice Suit

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP asked a Texas federal court to toss a former client's negligence case over $6 million in unrecovered dumping duties, saying neither the firm nor its attorneys have sufficient ties to the Lone Star State.

  • November 24, 2020

    Northwest Hardwoods Plans Speedy Trip Through Ch. 11

    Lumber producer Northwest Hardwoods Inc. told a Delaware judge Tuesday it plans a speedy trip through Chapter 11 and aims to emerge from bankruptcy early next year with roughly $270 million of its debt wiped out and most of its ownership stake handed over to lenders.

  • November 23, 2020

    Walmart's Mexico Unit Probed Over Antitrust Allegations

    Walmart de Mexico, or Walmex, said it was notified Monday that Mexican authorities are investigating it for potential monopolistic practices, according to a statement from the retailer.

  • November 23, 2020

    7 National Security Names To Watch In The Biden Admin.

    President-elect Joe Biden has so far prioritized both experience and diversity in his choices for a national security team. Here are seven key people likely to take the helm in guiding U.S. foreign policy over the next four years.

  • November 23, 2020

    AstraZeneca Finds 90% Vaccine Success, Will Seek Approval

    AstraZeneca said Monday that one of its coronavirus vaccine candidates achieved 90% effectiveness, while the average efficacy of its two dosing regimens hit only 70% — well below the rates recently reported for Pfizer and Moderna's vaccine candidates.

  • November 23, 2020

    Lawmakers Urge FCC To Initiate 'Rip And Replace' Effort

    A bipartisan pair of U.S. House members urged the FCC on Monday to start rolling out a congressionally mandated plan to pay internet providers for the replacement of network equipment that could pose national security risks.

  • November 23, 2020

    CIT Rebuffs Commerce's Calculation Of Korean Steel Duty

    The U.S. Court of International Trade shot down the U.S. Department of Commerce's recalculated duties on Korean steel pipes Monday, suggesting that the agency was defying prior decisions that limited its ability to craft higher duties.

  • November 23, 2020

    Indicted Ex-Goldman Banker Denies Role In 1MDB Scandal

    A former Goldman Sachs banker asked a New York federal court to toss an indictment against him stemming from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal, arguing he had no involvement in the multibillion-dollar fraud scheme aside from introducing two of the alleged key players.

  • November 23, 2020

    Ex-Fed Chair Yellen Is Biden's Pick For Treasury Secretary

    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury secretary, picking the esteemed economist to become potentially the first woman to serve in the key Cabinet position, according to media reports on Monday.

  • November 23, 2020

    Korean Steel Co. Says Commerce's Steel Duties 'Unsupported'

    A Korean steel producer filed suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday, disputing the department's calculation of a 27.28% anti-dumping duty on circular welded nonalloy steel pipe.

  • November 23, 2020

    US Sawblade Makers Challenge 0% Tariffs On Chinese Cos.

    A consortium of domestic manufacturers has lodged a complaint over revised dumping margins on some diamond sawblades from China, saying the U.S. Department of Commerce skewed its calculations by comparing the companies to Mexican producers.

  • November 23, 2020

    Skadden Taps Jones Day Ace To Lead Supreme Court Group

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has nabbed Jones Day LLP appellate litigator Shay Dvoretzky to launch its new U.S. Supreme Court practice, becoming the latest New York-based litigation powerhouse to start focusing more on the high court.

  • November 23, 2020

    Pandemic Puts Lumber Giant Northwest Hardwood Into Ch. 11

    Private equity-owned Northwest Hardwoods Inc., the nation's largest hardwood lumber producer, retreated into Chapter 11 in Delaware early Monday, saying fallout from trade disputes with China and the blighting of markets by the COVID-19 pandemic had stunted its ability to service more than $420 million in secured debt.

  • November 20, 2020

    Trump Slams Big Pharma In Rollout Of Drug Price Rules

    President Donald Trump on Friday announced two finalized policies aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to cut drug prices, a move he expects will draw legal challenges from Big Pharma.

  • November 20, 2020

    Feds Knock Crypto Developer's Bid To Kill Sanctions Charge

    Federal prosecutors asked a New York federal judge to disregard a blockchain platform developer's bid to dismiss the indictment alleging he broke the law by helping North Korea try to circumvent U.S. sanctions using cryptocurrency.

  • November 20, 2020

    Bermann Calls Conflict Between EU And Int'l Law A 'Stalemate'

    The conflict between European Union law and international arbitration has become a "particularly challenging challenge," according to Columbia Law School professor George A. Bermann, who characterized the interplay between the two as a "stalemate" without an obvious answer during a keynote speech Friday.

  • November 20, 2020

    WTO Divided Over Suspending Protection Of COVID-19 IP

    A meeting of World Trade Organization members on Friday revealed deep divisions over a proposal from India, South Africa and other developing nations to suspend the trade body's intellectual property protections related to the coronavirus as part of the global response to the pandemic, a Geneva trade official said.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • When It Comes To SEPs, Act Locally But Enforce Globally

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    Because recent standard-essential patent decisions in the U.S., the U.K., China and Germany may signal a trend toward a greater international influence on global royalty rates by individual national jurisdictions, potential licensors and licensees may need to adjust their enforcement strategies, says Mauricio Uribe at Knobbe Martens.

  • 3 Fed. Circ. IP Cases For Gov't Contractors To Watch

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    Nathaniel Castellano at Arnold & Porter discusses recent oral arguments at the Federal Circuit in three cases — Boeing v. Secretary of the Air Force, Bitmanagement Software v. U.S. and Harmonia Holdings v. U.S. — and the broad implications the decisions will have on government contractors and agencies dealing in proprietary data and software.

  • Carbon Capture Policy Should Be Aligned For Global Adoption

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    With support from both Republicans and Democrats, carbon capture, utilization and storage technology as a tool for decarbonization may be poised for domestic growth — but the U.S. and the European Union must coordinate their policies to promote a global approach, say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • How Joe Biden Will Change The FDA: Part 2

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    When the Biden administration takes control of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, companies can expect to see increased attention to the safety of medical devices, the rigor of audits and inspections, and the concerns of consumer advocacy groups, say attorneys at Covington.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Expect Major Changes In Aerospace And Defense Under Biden

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    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to significantly shift aerospace and defense industry priorities, revoke certain Trump administration government contractor policies, strengthen "Buy American" requirements, and increase use of defense and NASA budgetary authority to combat climate change, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • How Federal, State Plans Could Bring Carbon Capture To US

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    Proposals from President-elect Joe Biden, a pair of bills currently pending in Congress and a low-carbon fuels program in California provide insights into how carbon capture, utilization and storage technology could be integrated into the fight against climate change in the U.S., say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe.

  • Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Related To Uighur Forced Labor

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    In light of recent U.S. actions concerning China’s purported forced labor of Uighurs — an ethnic minority long targeted by the Chinese government — companies should conduct human rights due diligence, implement grievance mechanisms to capture abuses in their supply chains, and review supplier contracts, says Betsy Popken at Orrick.

  • How Joe Biden Will Change The FDA: Part 1

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    During the Trump administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tended to issue warning letters and other regulatory tools to secure voluntary corrective actions, but the Biden administration is likely to pursue more vigorous judicial enforcement, including through consent decrees and criminal referrals, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • EU Climate Goals Are Hard To Reach Without Carbon Capture

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    The European Union's failure to fully embrace blue fuels, produced using carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies, may hinder the region's pursuit of its aggressive decarbonization goals, say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Carbon Capture Tech Offers A Fast Path Toward Climate Goals

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    To meet ambitious climate goals, the U.S., EU and other developed nations must immediately start reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels, which policymakers can encourage by supporting carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies, say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

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