International Trade

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Hit Back At UN Bribery Suspect's Discovery Grumbles

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday pushed back against complaints from Chinese real estate tycoon Ng Lap Seng that the government has been slow to produce key evidence in the case accusing him of trying to bribe United Nations officials, calling the gripes inaccurate.

  • February 24, 2017

    Ceva Sues Chinese Airline For $2M Over Lost Cargo

    China Airlines' cargo division is facing two lawsuits filed last week alleging it was negligent in shipping $2 million worth of biotech materials that were damaged during their trip from Chicago to Shanghai in February 2015.

  • February 24, 2017

    Chinese Apparel Maker's $1.3M Arbitration Award Upheld

    An Ohio federal court Thursday upheld a $1.3 million arbitration award to a Chinese clothing manufacturer, saying the arbiter acted within the law and her authority.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trade Bar Needn't Sweat Over Rise In Commerce-Led Cases

    Under the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce is hoping to revive the long-dormant practice of self-initiating cases on behalf of beleaguered domestic companies, but attorneys say they aren’t at all concerned about losing work in the lucrative trade remedy space.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Seek 14 Years For Ex-Exec In $50M Russia Export Scam

    A former director at now-defunct Arc Electronics Inc. should serve up to 14 years in prison for his leadership role in a purported conspiracy to export more than $50 million worth of microelectronics to Russia's military and intelligence agencies, prosecutors told a New York federal judge Thursday.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trump Shows Optimism For Republican Border Tax Plan

    President Donald Trump said during a media interview on Thursday that a plan from congressional Republicans to include a border adjustment tax in an overhaul of the tax code could create jobs, but still stopped short of endorsing the proposal.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Can't Seize Luxury Cars From Accused Fraudster: Jury

    A New York federal jury has sided with a company accused of exporting luxury cars overseas in a scheme to defraud dealerships, finding that Manhattan attorneys haven't provided enough evidence to warrant a seizure of the company's cars and $3.5 million from its bank accounts.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trump Slams FBI, Media Over Leaks On Alleged Russia Ties

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to blast the FBI's purported failure to stop leaks of classified information, after reports emerged that FBI officials had turned down a White House request to refute claims regarding Trump campaign officials' alleged contact with Russia.

  • February 24, 2017

    Miscimarra Dissent Slams NLRB Union Election Rule

    National Labor Relations Board member Phil Miscimarra assailed the board’s nearly 2-year-old rule revamping the union election process as too preoccupied with speed, penning a lengthy dissent Thursday to the board's refusal to delay an election at a food importer's Illinois facility.

  • February 23, 2017

    Bio-Rad Agrees To $3.5M Fees In Ex-GC Firing Case

    Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. on Thursday agreed to pay $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to the team that represented former general counsel Sanford Wadler in his $8 million jury win in a retaliation suit arising from whistleblowing on potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

  • February 23, 2017

    Tax Reform Possible Despite Border Adjustment Opposition

    Despite growing opposition from retailers and within the GOP's own ranks to a tax reform blueprint that would disallow deductions for import costs, experts are hopeful that a compromise going beyond mere tax cuts is possible.

  • February 23, 2017

    FCC Approves 1st Foreign Co. Broadcast Station Ownership

    The Federal Communications Commission for the first time ever has allowed a fully foreign-owned company to take ownership of 15 U.S. radio broadcast stations, in a decision on Thursday that approved a petition to let an Australian couple take on several stations in Alaska and Texas.

  • February 23, 2017

    Steel Nail Duties Ensnare Non-Nails, Importer Tells CIT

    A U.S. importer has filed a Court of International Trade complaint accusing the International Trade Administration of improperly lumping in its Vietnam-made zinc wall anchors with steel nails subject to duties for products sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZTE Gets Another Reprieve From US Sanctions

    Nearly a year after it was first rapped for allegedly violating sanctions on Iran, Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. was given another reprieve by the U.S. government Thursday as the two sides continue to work on an agreement that will settle the allegations.

  • February 23, 2017

    GOP Lawmaker Wants Flynn To Testify Before Senate Panel

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday that former national security adviser Michael Flynn should testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

  • February 23, 2017

    WTO Strengthens Rebuke Of Russia's Ban On EU Pork

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Thursday upheld a decision faulting Russia’s food safety restrictions on European pork products and even expanded the prior ruling by finding that Moscow did not take the necessary steps to properly tailor its restrictions to high-risk European regions.

  • February 23, 2017

    Final Anti-Dumping Duties On Chinese Refrigerants Decided

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced it had determined final anti-dumping duties on imports of a Chinese refrigerant compound used in automobile air conditioning systems and pharmaceutical applications that were found to have been sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S. market.

  • February 22, 2017

    FTC Secures Deal To End APEC Privacy Compliance Probe

    A trio of U.S. companies have agreed to resolve the Federal Trade Commission's allegations that they deceived consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s voluntary cross-border privacy rules system, which is designed to protect data that flows between the regions, the regulator said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Commerce Sets Preliminary CVD Rate On Turkish Rebar

    The Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced a preliminary countervailing duty of 3.47 percent on rebar produced by a Turkish company after finding that Turkey’s government is unlawfully subsidizing production of the steel concrete reinforcing rod.

  • February 22, 2017

    IG Says DOD Euro Unit Not Fully Monitoring Defense Exports

    Failures in oversight by U.S. European Command over defense articles exported from the U.S. increase the risk that those items, such as night vision goggles and missiles, could be misused in their recipient countries, a Pentagon watchdog said in a report made public this week.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • To CDO Or Not To CDO: Commissioners At ITC Are Split

    Benjamin Levi

    Under current U.S. International Trade Commission precedent, a complainant is generally required to show the presence of commercially significant levels of domestic inventory to obtain a cease-and-desist order. However, recent ITC decisions have revealed differing commissioner viewpoints regarding whether, and the circumstances under which, a CDO should issue, says Benjamin Levi of McKool Smith PC.

  • The Cyber Ecosystem: Evolving Tech And Risk Governance

    Sonja S. Carlson

    The volume and velocity of cyberattacks is increasing, and so is our interconnectedness, fueled by growing use of internet of things devices. Companies must find ways to adeptly and nimbly address cyberrisks in order to navigate a myriad of business and legal concerns, say Sonja Carlson of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Mingu Lee of Samsung SDS America.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • 2-For-1 Executive Order Leaves OMB To Work Out Details

    Laurence Platt

    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order reducing regulations may seem appealing in its simplicity, the White House has provided agencies with little guidance on its implementation, instructing them to call the Office of Management and Budget with questions. Yet the OMB's ability to provide answers will be impaired by a lack of clear legal standards, say Laurence Platt and Joy Tsai of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Checking In On ITC Pilot Program For Redesigns

    Brian Busey

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued four decisions under its pilot program for expedited rulings on whether ITC exclusion and cease-and-desist orders cover redesigns or new products. The speed with which proceedings have progressed may encourage parties to make greater use of the program in the future, say Brian Busey and Aaron Rauh of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How The Obiang Case Exposes Limits Of Forfeiture Efforts

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    The case against Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang is severing diplomatic relations between France and Equatorial Guinea for no benefit to the Equatorial Guinea people. Along the way, France seems to be lecturing the rulers of a formal colonial country, while not cleaning its own house, says Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • Waive Goodbye: How Trump Might Attack The Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump attacked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. But he suggested that rather than tearing the deal up, he would seek to improve it. One possible approach would be to engage in brinksmanship related to the statutory sanctions waivers President Obama issued in implementing the deal, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • When Personal Jurisdiction And Alter Ego Collide

    Beth Rose

    The increasing number of foreign entities with U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiaries virtually guarantees that issues of personal jurisdiction are not going away anytime soon. When a party seeks to support its jurisdictional argument against a foreign entity on grounds that the U.S. subsidiary is the alter ego of its parent, it presents a new wrinkle to an already complicated issue, says Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.