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International Trade

  • July 20, 2018

    Lawmakers Back Down On ZTE Sanctions In Defense Bill

    The National Defense Authorization Act won’t include a U.S. Senate-backed provision that would have barred ZTE Corp. from buying American components, according to a series of public statements issued Friday from a bipartisan group of lawmakers incensed about the turnaround.

  • July 20, 2018

    Russia Largely Wins WTO Fight Over Ukraine Fertilizer Duties

    Ukraine violated the World Trade Organization’s Anti-Dumping Agreement when it calculated duties on Russian shipments of ammonium nitrate used in fertilizer at an inaccurate rate and imposed those duties on a company with only a small amount of dumping, a WTO panel ruled Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Trump Prepared To Slap Tariffs On $500B In Chinese Goods

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he is ready to levy tariffs against $500 billion worth of Chinese goods in his campaign to counter Beijing’s intellectual property and technology acquisition rules, which would cover nearly every product shipped to the U.S.

  • July 20, 2018

    Steel Importers Ask CIT For Quick End To Trump's Tariffs

    A coalition of steel users on Thursday urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to hand it a quick win in its efforts to knock down the Cold War-era trade law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, reiterating its claims that the law is unconstitutional.

  • July 20, 2018

    Whiskey Groups Plan Ky. Summit To Discuss Global Trade War

    A group of whiskey associations will convene at a summit in Kentucky on Wednesday to discuss concerns over the escalating global trade disputes that threaten the distilled spirits industry, which has found itself caught in the middle of a trade war between the U.S. and the European Union.

  • July 20, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: More Appellate Body Strife On Horizon

    In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the impasse over new appointments to the Appellate Body persists as more trouble looms in the coming months, while legal battles over wine and fish fillets surge ahead.

  • July 19, 2018

    Carpenter Can't Save NGO Boss From FCPA Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rebuffed a bid by the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization to parlay the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Carpenter ruling into the suppression of evidence in his Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case, and further refused to dismiss the criminal action in its entirety.

  • July 19, 2018

    ITC Finds Taiwanese, Korean Low-Melt Fiber Imports Hurt US

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that U.S. domestic industry is being harmed by subsidized imports of low-melt polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan, the agency announced on Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Nike Gets Default Win In TM Suit Over Counterfeit Shoes

    A New Jersey federal judge handed a win Wednesday to Nike Inc. in a lawsuit against several shipping companies who helped transport thousands of counterfeit shoes from China to the United States.

  • July 19, 2018

    ITC To Probe Powered Cover Plates From China

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate powered cover plates containing built-in light sensors and USB chargers after a Utah company accused several companies located in the U.S. and China of selling knockoffs that infringe four of its patents, the agency announced on Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Gov't Swipes At Bid To Undo Cold War-Era Trade Law

    The U.S. government hit back against a constitutional challenge to the 1962 law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, arguing that the U.S. Court of International Trade is likely to give the White House a wide berth on issues of national security.

  • July 19, 2018

    Trump Faces Widespread Calls To Steer Clear Of Car Tariffs

    A chorus of automakers and advocacy groups on Thursday implored the Trump administration to not slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and parts, questioning the administration’s national security rationale for the potential duties and warning of the economic calamity that could ensue if they take effect.

  • July 19, 2018

    End Outdated Investment Treaties, EU Tells Member States

    The European Commission told member states on Thursday to terminate redundant and outdated bilateral investment treaties with other countries in the bloc to “protect the public interest” and comply with EU law.

  • July 18, 2018

    Legal Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Will Test WTO's Limits

    The steady ballooning of World Trade Organization complaints stemming from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs have some experts questioning whether Geneva is properly equipped to handle the escalating tensions brought about by the White House's trade enforcement campaign.

  • July 18, 2018

    US Farmers Hurt By Retaliatory Tariffs, Trade Panel Hears

    American farmers are feeling the brunt of retaliatory tariffs on their agricultural products from across the globe, which have been imposed in response to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum, a House trade subcommittee heard on Wednesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    US Will Consider Uranium Tariffs Using Security Trade Law

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has opened an investigation into whether imports of uranium pose a threat to national security, the fourth probe the Trump administration has launched under a Cold War-era statute, the department announced Wednesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    Danish Ceiling Tile Execs Must Be Deposed In Antitrust Suit

    A federal judge on Tuesday granted building supply company Armstrong World Industries Inc.’s request to depose two executives of Roxul USA Inc. in its Delaware antitrust suit alleging Armstrong locked out competition through exclusive agreements with distributors.

  • July 18, 2018

    ITC To Probe Amazon, Walmart Over Carburetor IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate several companies, including Amazon.com Inc., Target Corp. and Walmart Inc., after a Michigan-based engine parts manufacturer accused them of selling products containing imported carburetors that infringe five of its patents, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Federal Claims Court Says Drugmaker Can Sell Meds To VA

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday unsealed a mid-July opinion that favored Acetris Health LLC in a dispute over the interpretation of a federal trade agreements clause, which led to a denial of the company’s Hepatitis B drug being sold to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Expert Analysis

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Acetris Case Clarifies Definition Of 'US-Made End Product'

    Stephen Ruscus

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims' decision in Acetris Health v. U.S. is important to all suppliers of products to the government because it interprets the interplay of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act in contracts subject to the trade agreements clause, say Stephen Ruscus and Donna Lee Yesner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.