International Trade

  • March 30, 2020

    EU Litigation Roundup: The Latest From Luxembourg

    The European Union's courts have added claims to their dockets ranging from a trademark dispute from the luxury fashion house of Chanel to an appeal from Yieh United Steel against a European Commission dumping judgment. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims and appeals.

  • March 30, 2020

    Comcast Wants Justices To Rein In ITC's Patent 'Overreach'

    Comcast Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a Federal Circuit decision that greenlighted "sweeping and insupportable jurisdictional overreach" from the U.S. International Trade Commission by letting the agency oversee a domestic patent fight.

  • March 30, 2020

    EU Trade Chief Defends Medical Export Restrictions

    European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan on Monday defended his government’s decision to restrict exports of masks, gloves and other protective equipment in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, calling the measures a “monitoring tool.”

  • March 27, 2020

    US Hits New Batch Of Iranian, Iraqi Cos. With Sanctions

    Undeterred by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday blocked five new Iran- and Iraq-based companies and more than a dozen officials and business associates, accusing them all of supporting or acting on behalf of terrorist groups.

  • March 27, 2020

    The Attys And Legal Logic Behind Stay-At-Home Orders

    The attorneys helping draft cities’ and states’ stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic have been tiptoeing through a legal minefield, working long hours to carve out the kind of work that should be considered “essential” and to ensure local governments aren’t overstepping their authority.

  • March 27, 2020

    EU, China And Others Agree To Fix-It For WTO Appeals Freeze

    The European Union announced Friday it has teamed up with China and 14 others to set up a temporary system for trade dispute appeals in place of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, which has remained hobbled by the U.S.

  • March 27, 2020

    CIT Affirms 61.14% Duty On BMW Parts From UK

    The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld anti-dumping duties on imported BMW ball bearings from the U.K., finding that the luxury automaker had not fully cooperated with the federal government’s annual review of the duties.

  • March 27, 2020

    Pandemic Crunch Weighs On Nation's Trade Negotiators

    As the novel coronavirus roils the global economy, the small federal agency tasked with carrying out federal trade policy will find itself at the center of the storm, and former officials say the turmoil spurred by the outbreak will put U.S. trade negotiators on shaky footing.

  • March 27, 2020

    COVID-19 Has School Districts Battling For WiFi Hotspots

    While hospitals wrestle with life-threatening equipment shortages of ventilators and protective gear, some nonprofits are grappling with a less dire but nevertheless worrisome consequence of the coronavirus pandemic: a short supply of WiFi hotspots.

  • March 27, 2020

    Trump Wields Wartime Law For GM To Make Ventilators

    President Donald Trump on Friday officially invoked the Defense Production Act to force General Motors to manufacture thousands of ventilators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hours after the automaker had said it would forge ahead with plans to retool an Indiana plant to make the breathing machines anyway.

  • March 27, 2020

    FTC Fights Coal Cos.' Bid For In-House Atty Doc Access

    The Federal Trade Commission has urged a Missouri federal court not to give in-house counsel for Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. access to confidential third-party material turned over in the agency's challenge of their planned joint venture.

  • March 26, 2020

    G-20 Pledges Only Limited Trade Restrictions Amid COVID-19

    Leaders for the Group of 20 nations on Thursday committed to keeping international trade flowing during the coronavirus outbreak, but suggested that restrictions may still be needed to preserve public health.

  • March 26, 2020

    FTC Out Of Time On Chem Merger Loss

    The Federal Trade Commission has run out of time to appeal a D.C. federal judge’s refusal to freeze Evonik's planned $625 million purchase of fellow hydrogen peroxide producer PeroxyChem, although the agency has not formally said it will drop the case.

  • March 26, 2020

    CBP Drops Plan To Delay Tariff Payment During COVID-19

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Thursday walked back its days-old proposal to allow companies more time to pay import duties during the novel coronavirus outbreak in the wake of stern backlash from domestic steel producers.

  • March 26, 2020

    Abbott Wins Test Strip Suit After Supplier's Discovery Fraud

    A New York federal judge has entered judgment against gray-market diabetes test strip supplier H&H Wholesale Services Inc. for engaging in what a magistrate judge called “a cautionary tale about how not to conduct discovery in federal court."

  • March 26, 2020

    Nestlé Accuses 'Free Rider' Of Selling Gray-Market Drinks

    Nestlé USA has lodged a trademark lawsuit accusing a Mexico-based "free rider" of illegally selling so-called gray-market versions of its Nescafé Clásico and Abuelita drink products.

  • March 25, 2020

    Commerce Tags Indian Steel Fittings With Early Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has set preliminary countervailing duties of up to 285% on forged steel fittings from India after finding the foreign government unfairly subsidized exports of the products.

  • March 25, 2020

    Telescope Co. Seeks Fees From Chinese Foe, Sheppard Mullin

    Orion Telescopes & Binoculars wants a California federal court to force a Chinese telescope maker and its U.S. counsel at Sheppard Mullin to cough up nearly $29,000 in legal fees after the firm was unable to police its client’s “untruthful responses” in the antitrust case.

  • March 25, 2020

    Steel Importers Take National Security Tariff Fight To Justices

    A group of steel importers asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to weigh in on the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's authority to impose national security tariffs on steel imports, arguing that Congress has given the president too much power.

  • March 25, 2020

    White House Unveils Strategy For Securing 5G Equipment

    President Donald Trump rolled out a national security strategy for 5G mobile networks this week that promises the U.S. will work closely with allied nations and private companies to promote safer alternatives to equipment from China's Huawei and ZTE.

  • March 25, 2020

    COVID-19 Forces Commerce To Ease Doc Service Rules

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it is easing rules that require lawyers to serve sensitive documents in person during trade remedy investigations as part of its effort to stem the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

  • March 25, 2020

    ITC To Probe Harm Of Chinese Lawn Mower Imports On US

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched a preliminary investigation into whether lawn mower engine imports from China are financially hurting U.S. manufacturers after receiving a complaint from a Wisconsin-based company.

  • March 25, 2020

    Paul Weiss Nabs Simpson Thacher International Tax Pro

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP’s tax practice in New York has brought on a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner experienced in advising banks and corporations in international tax transactions.

  • March 25, 2020

    Trump's Tariff Delay Proposal Draws Fire From US Producers

    The Trump administration has floated a proposal that will allow importers more time to pay tariffs on goods they bring in during the novel coronavirus outbreak, sparking an outcry from domestic producers calling for strict enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

  • March 24, 2020

    Trade Court Says Commerce Is Correct On Korean Steel Duty

    The U.S. Court of International Trade approved duties on Korean welded pipelines, saying Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Commerce fairly considered the home market value of the producers, even though sales in Korea had dropped.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Cos. Confronting Pandemic Impact On Global Trade

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    Companies can best weather the effects of the pandemic on international trade by taking certain steps related to supply chain, tariff modifications, and export controls and sanctions, while also remaining mindful of the expanding jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • COVID-19 Raises Unique Issues For Health, Life Sciences Cos.

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    Health care and life sciences companies are in the difficult position of being unable to suspend operations amid the coronavirus crisis, and must face new patient privacy, contract obligation and federal regulation challenges, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Tackling Uncertainty In Pandemic-Related Int'l Disputes

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    Parties to cross-border transactions must consider that legal concepts with varying meanings across diverse jurisdictions may be applicable in contract disputes stemming from the coronavirus — and boilerplate force majeure language will not be enough, say Luis Perez and Alejandro Chevalier at Akerman.

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • Beware Pervasive Trademark Scams During COVID-19

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    Trademark scams related to COVID-19 are certain to persist for the foreseeable future, but brand owners can mitigate their consequences by proactively registering marks, employing watch services, sending cease-and-desist letters, and staying on top of the latest high-tech scams, say Ann Fort and Cameron Murphy at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Pandemic Poses Distressed Debt Opportunities, CFIUS Risks

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    Although a coronavirus-prompted uptick in U.S. debt restructurings may lead to distressed asset investment opportunities, non-U.S. investors and lenders should be wary of transactions that could trigger the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' jurisdiction, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Israel's Generic COVID-19 Drug Licensing Lacks Due Process

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    The Israel attorney general's special compulsory license for imported generic versions of Abbvie's patented antiviral drug Kaletra to treat COVID-19 does not provide a right of response, a hearing or direct judicial review, says Ephraim Heiliczer at Pearl Cohen.

  • What COVID-19 Means For Renewable Projects And Financing

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    The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has brought severe disruption and uncertainty to the wind, solar and energy storage industry supply chains and the renewable project financing market, making it crucial for developers to review project and financing documents and monitor policy developments, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Create The Right Home Office Environment

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    In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.

  • How Reports Of Forced Labor In China May Affect US Imports

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    Following reports of forced labor at an electronic components factory in China, global tech companies and others should prepare for legislative efforts and heightened U.S. Customs and Border Protection scrutiny intended to prevent imports of goods produced under such conditions, say Sydney Mintzer and Timothy Lee at Mayer Brown.

  • Aviation Waste Problem Is A Green Economy Opportunity

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    As airport projects receive increasing environmental and legal scrutiny, the need for a resource recovery model that can handle the aviation sector's waste challenges is clear, say Jonathan Cocker at Baker McKenzie and Andrew Wilson at the International Aviation Waste Management Association.

  • 10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

  • Argentine Financial Crisis Can Inform COVID-19 Response

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    While many governments responding to the coronavirus pandemic may not want to think about the impact on foreign investors right now, policymakers should take lessons from the 2001 Argentine financial crisis — particularly the discomfiting results of testing the "doctrine of necessity," say attorneys at GST.

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