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International Trade

  • October 18, 2018

    ITC Throws Up Stop Sign On Plastic Resin Duties

    U.S. import authorities will not impose tariffs ranging up to 275 percent on plastic resin from five countries after the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday found that the imports were not injuring or threatening to harm domestic producers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Noble Group Seeks US Protection During $3.5B Restructuring

    Global commodity trader Noble Group Ltd. is asking a New York bankruptcy court to shield its U.S. assets while its plan to restructure $3.5 billion in debt works its way through English courts.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trump Threatens To Send Troops To 'Close' US-Mexico Border

    President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to send the U.S. military to "close" the southern border if Mexico does not stop the so-called onslaught of immigrants, including a caravan with thousands of Honduran migrants that is reportedly heading north toward the country.

  • October 18, 2018

    Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

    A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • October 18, 2018

    Commerce Says Mexican Exporter Evading Steel Wire Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily found that a Mexican exporter has been evading anti-dumping duties on steel wire imports by making minor adjustments to the diameter of its wire rods, according to a filing to be published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • October 18, 2018

    Free Ports Should Share Data With Tax Officials, Analyst Says

    Lawmakers should enable customs authorities and free ports — warehouses in tax- and duty-free zones — to share information more directly with tax authorities, a European Parliament analyst suggested Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    AXA Gets Regulatory Backing For Brexit Shift From London

    A division of AXA Group said it has received provisional regulatory approval to move its European trading subsidiary from London to Dublin in a bid to minimize business disruption ahead of the U.K.’s impending departure from the European Union.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Two Years In, Trump Makes Play For New Trade Deals

    After nearly two years in office, President Donald Trump has taken the first steps toward supplementing his enforcement-heavy trade agenda with sweeping new trade agreements by informing Congress that he will formally begin talks with the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan.

  • October 17, 2018

    Eversheds Sutherland Nabs Ex-Baker Botts Trade Pro In DC

    Eversheds Sutherland has bolstered its international trade and energy practices with the addition of a former Baker Botts LLP partner, according to the firm.

  • October 17, 2018

    Treasury Declines To Name China A Currency Manipulator

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury declined to name China as a currency manipulator in its semiannual report Wednesday amid growing trade tensions with Beijing, but nevertheless gave a stern warning about the overall weakness of the Chinese currency renminbi and the lack of transparency in its monetary system.

  • October 17, 2018

    Apple, HTC, ZTE To Be Probed Over Phone Imports At ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into mobile phones and other devices sold and imported by Apple, HTC and ZTE after a patent licensing firm accused the companies of infringing on patents that cover technologies relating to the 3G and LTE wireless communications standards.

  • October 17, 2018

    Top House Armed Services Dem Rips Trump Coal Export Plan

    The U.S. House Armed Services Committee’s senior Democrat attacked President Donald Trump's reported proposal to use military bases to export coal from the West Coast to Asia, saying it would make an end run around environmental regulations and could threaten military readiness.

  • October 17, 2018

    CIT Backs US Steel In Commerce Anti-Dumping Rates Dispute

    The U.S. Court of International Trade sided with U.S. Steel Corp. on Wednesday in the company's challenge of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping duties rates, finding that the department didn't comply with a previous ruling when it declined to recalculate certain rates.

  • October 17, 2018

    Wells Fargo Sets Up Shop In Paris To Serve EU Customers

    Wells Fargo & Co. has announced that it has applied for a license to operate as an investment firm in France as the lender pursues a strategy to support its European customers after the U.K. leaves the European Union.

  • October 16, 2018

    Iranian Businessman Says Feds Have Privileged Docs

    Lawyers for a businessman accused of violating U.S. sanctions by helping an Iranian firm route the proceeds of a housing project in Venezuela through American banks told a New York federal judge Tuesday that they identified several problems with the prosecution's case, including possible breaches of marital privilege and attorney-client privilege.

  • October 16, 2018

    Cozen O’Connor Nabs Oblon Patent Atty For Int’l IP Group

    Cozen O’Connor has scored an experienced patent litigator and former engineer from intellectual property boutique Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP, bolstering the global law firm’s international IP practice, the firm said on Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Sens. Urge FTC To Take Harder Line On 'Made In USA' Labels

    Three Senate Democrats have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to fully enforce its “Made in the USA” labeling standards in the wake of recent agency decisions to settle with companies that allegedly marketed foreign-made goods as domestically produced.

  • October 16, 2018

    CIT Orders Gov't To Issue Final Rule On Duty Drawbacks

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has ordered the federal government to publish by mid-December a final rule clarifying amendments to duty drawback regulations, with the court finding that expedited issuance was needed to prevent further harm against importers.

  • October 16, 2018

    China Hits US, Japan With Duties On Hydriodic Acid

    China’s trade agency has slapped the U.S. and Japan with anti-dumping duties ranging from roughly 41 to 123 percent on imported hydriodic acid for the next five years, according to a press release Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Top 10 Trump Trends

    Charles Skuba

    The inner workings of the Trump economics and trade team remain foggy, but the administration's trade strategy can be discerned from the public statements of the president and his advisers. Unpredictability, mercantilism, bilateralism and a willingness to accept collateral damage are among the most important patterns, says Charles Skuba of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Tariffs Threaten To Outweigh Tax Reform Gains

    Erica York

    In the next installment of this series examining the dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, Erica York of the Tax Foundation discusses how the economic harm caused by tariffs could slow or offset the economic and employment benefits of tax reform.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: When Trade And National Security Converge

    Mario Mancuso

    Increasing tariffs, new scrutiny of foreign investments in U.S. companies, and export controls over “emerging and foundational” technology are part of a Trump administration strategy to advance national security objectives using economic tools. These measures are ushering in a new era of trade restrictions, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Anti-Dumping And Countervailing Duty Trends

    Shelby Anderson

    In the first article of this special series on the Trump administration's trade policies, attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP explore how a notable increase in U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty enforcement actions is creating significant compliance challenges for foreign companies and U.S. importers.

  • Industry Takeaways From The Defense Industrial Base Report

    Zach Mears

    While the long-awaited interagency assessment of the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base does not incorporate detailed policy solutions, it does identify current actions and potential future efforts and recommendations. Attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP draw some initial conclusions.

  • The Side Effects Of Policing 'Speech Monopolies'

    Hartley West

    Are companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google stifling free speech on their platforms? If the answer top antitrust regulators arrive at is “yes,” then significant new risks could be coming for not only these tech behemoths, but any businesses that utilize their platforms — in the U.S. or abroad, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • CFIUS Pilot Program: Immediate Investment Implications

    Ama Adams

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has announced a pilot program to review noncontrolling foreign investments in certain U.S. industries that were formerly outside the scope of its jurisdiction. This is a rapid assertion of CFIUS' new powers under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.