International Trade

  • January 21, 2018

    Immigration Standoff Keeps Government Shuttered

    The Senate failed to reach a funding deal Sunday night, extending the government shutdown as both parties continued to clash over longstanding spending and immigration issues. 

  • January 19, 2018

    Transfer Price Change Can't Alter Customs Value: EU Court

    German customs officials are not required to retroactively adjust the value of imported items based on changes made under a transfer pricing arrangement between a subsidiary in the country and its Japanese parent company, the European Union’s top court has ruled.

  • January 19, 2018

    WTO Sets Deadline For US Dumping-Calculation Changes

    The World Trade Organization on Friday said the U.S. has until Aug. 22 to alter its calculation methods for anti-dumping duties as part of its compliance with adverse rulings made in a dispute with China at the global trade body.

  • January 19, 2018

    Trade Agencies Will Feel Gov't Shutdown Sting

    The shuttering of the U.S. government will have dramatic effects across the vast federal bureaucracy, and the nation’s trade apparatus is no exception, with agencies preparing for a considerable hit to ongoing negotiations and the enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

  • January 19, 2018

    CIT Upholds Redone Results In China Nails Dumping Case

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce’s reconsidered results in an anti-dumping duty review involving nails from China for the period of 2010-2011, saying the decision is lawful and backed up by sufficient evidence.

  • January 19, 2018

    International Trade Group of the Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP's international trade group advised on acquisitions worth billions, defended Bombardier against allegations it sold aircraft in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, and represented Chinese respondents in a rare price-fixing case at the International Trade Commission, placing it among Law360's 2017 Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 18, 2018

    Chinese, Indian Steel Flange Imports Hit With Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday settled on preliminary countervailing duties against imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India, finding that producers in the two countries had received subsidies ranging from 174 percent to nearly 240 percent, to the detriment of domestic manufacturers.

  • January 18, 2018

    Mexico Looks To Woo Investors Even As Trade Talks Drag On

    Mexico's decision last week to allow disputes to be brought against it at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes sends a "loud message" that the country is open for business, attorneys say, regardless of what happens in trade talks with its North American neighbors.

  • January 18, 2018

    Toisa Owner Release Deal Gets OK Over US Trustee Objection

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a settlement that would shake up Toisa Ltd.'s corporate governance and release the bankrupt oil fleet operator's sole shareholder from potential creditor litigation, strongly rebuking the U.S. Trustee's office for challenging a deal with unanimous support from stakeholders.

  • January 18, 2018

    State Dept. OKs $500M Saudi Arabia Missile Support Deal

    The U.S. Department of State has approved a proposed $500 million deal to provide missile system support services to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday, continuing a strong trend of Foreign Military Sales deals made so far under the Trump administration.

  • January 18, 2018

    CFIUS Changes Could Harm Export Regime, Panel Says

    Proposed changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States could be beneficial to U.S. national security, but lawmakers should be careful not to unintentionally stifle outbound investment, a panel of experts told the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Thursday.

  • January 18, 2018

    Mega Bank Fined $29M For Anti-Money Laundering Violations

    The U.S. Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday said that Taiwan-based bank Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. has been assessed a $29 million penalty for anti-money laundering violations and ordered to make improvements to its anti-money laundering oversight and controls.

  • January 18, 2018

    US Tags Chinese, Indian Polyester With Final Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce teed up duties ranging as high as 47 percent on polyester fiber from China and India on Wednesday after finding that producers in those countries collected illegal government subsidies to gain a foothold in the U.S. market.

  • January 18, 2018

    Chinese Chicken Duties Still Violating WTO Rules, Panel Says

    A World Trade Organization panel ruled Thursday that the Chinese government has not done enough to adjust tariffs on U.S. poultry products that were deemed illegal, finding that the revised tariffs are still out of line with Beijing’s WTO obligations.

  • January 17, 2018

    Furniture Co. Pays $10.5M To Settle Duty Evasion Claims

    A Virginia-based home furnishing company accused by the government of making false customs declarations to avoid anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China has agreed to settle the case for $10.5 million.

  • January 17, 2018

    Commerce Revokes Duties On Solar Cells Used In School Kits

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has revoked some of the duties it had imposed on solar cells from China after a U.S. educational company that imports miniature solar cells for classroom scientific kits asked the agency to exclude those products from the scope of the case.

  • January 17, 2018

    Report Leads CITES To Probe Nigeria-China Rosewood Trade

    The secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, has informed its 183 member countries of new control measures designed to mitigate the rosewood crisis in West Africa and Nigeria, in light of a November report that highlighted the illegal timber trade.

  • January 17, 2018

    ITC To Review Ruling Freeing Apple From Audio Patent Claim

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Wednesday that it will review part of an administrative law judge’s October ruling that freed Apple from claims it infringed an Andrea Electronics Corp. audio enhancement patent.

  • January 17, 2018

    US Warns Venezuela's Cryptocurrency May Violate Sanctions

    The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday told investors to steer clear of Venezuela’s proposed oil-backed cryptocurrency, which officials say is a barefaced effort to avoid U.S. sanctions imposed on the government by the Trump administration this summer.

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • How Renewed CBP Focus On Forced Labor Impacts Importers

    Nancy Fischer

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently renewed its focus on enforcing the decades-old U.S. ban on imports of forced labor. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP attorneys discuss the ban, North Korea-related sanctions, and recent enforcement-related actions, as well as some practical steps practitioners and importers can take to ensure compliance.

  • Tips For Overcoming Unfavorable ITC Initial Determination

    Daniel Valencia

    The adjudication process at the U.S. International Trade Commission, which involves discovery and trial before an administrative law judge, is followed by a “final initial determination” that goes to the full commission for review. This stage warrants proper attention for both complainants and respondents seeking to change the course of a Section 337 proceeding, says Daniel Valencia of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Fraud Section Under New Management: Takeaways From 2017

    Kevin Muhlendorf

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s "Fraud Section Year in Review" report provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in 2017, comparisons to years past, and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On President Trump’s Jerusalem 'Recognition'

    Mark Alcott

    President Trump's statement in December regarding Jerusalem generated a huge response, most of it strongly negative. But the reaction largely ignored what the president actually said (and did not say), what he actually did (and did not do), and the legal and historical context surrounding it, says attorney Mark Alcott.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Ericsson Ruling Provides Guidance On FRAND Royalty Rates

    Fei Deng

    A California district court's recent decision in TCL v. Ericsson offers two practical approaches that can be used by implementers and standard-essential patent holders, as well as other courts, to assessing a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty rate, say Fei Deng and Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.