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International Trade

  • September 21, 2018

    Commerce To Initiate Inquiry Into Chinese Plywood Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said on Friday that it is investigating whether Chinese companies were altering their products to avoid tariffs on hardwood plywood imports, following accusations that the companies were marketing them as a “direct substitute” to the ones subject to duty orders earlier this year.

  • September 21, 2018

    Health Hires: DLA Piper, Baker Donelson, Pharma GCs

    DLA Piper has brought in life sciences attorneys from Hogan Lovells and Vinson & Elkins LLP, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has boosted its health care group in Memphis, Tennessee, Aquestive Therapeutic has nabbed the head of Day Pitney LLP's life sciences group and Clearside Biomedical has hired an in-house veteran to lead its legal team.

  • September 21, 2018

    Commerce Tees Up Hefty Duties On Chinese Quartz Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce hit imports of quartz from China with hefty triple-digit tariffs after the department found that the foreign producers have been unfairly propped up by the Chinese government, according to a Friday notice in the Federal Register.

  • September 21, 2018

    ITC To Probe Steel Keg Imports From China, Germany, Mexico

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday agreed to probe a Pennsylvania-based beer keg producer's allegations that refillable stainless steel kegs imported from China, Germany and Mexico are being sold at unlawfully low prices in the U.S.

  • September 21, 2018

    CIT Agrees With Commerce On Turkish Rebar Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce's determination not to set countervailing duty rates for several Turkish companies that were not asked to respond to a probe over whether Turkey subsidized the market for rebar.

  • September 21, 2018

    In 3 Years Since BEPS, Most IP Regimes In Compliance

    Three years after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development came out with its base erosion and profit shifting plan, most tax incentives regimes for intellectual property development are now compliant, signifying that, as one OECD official said, “everybody is moving in the right direction.”

  • September 21, 2018

    UK PM Warns Of Trade Impasse, Reviving 'Hard Brexit' Fears

    Prime Minister Theresa May indicated on Friday that Britain’s chance of leaving the European Union without a trade deal had escalated, leaving banks and insurers facing legal uncertainty and the possibility of a cliff-edge Brexit.

  • September 20, 2018

    Trump Administration Expands Sanctions On Russia

    The Trump administration on Thursday issued an executive order expanding on earlier sanctions on Russia, and also added 33 individuals and companies to a blacklist of those with ties to Moscow’s intelligence and defense sectors.

  • September 20, 2018

    Korean Wind Co. Can't Get Turbine Removal Order Overturned

    A Minnesota federal judge has refused a South Korean wind turbine manufacturer’s bid to alter arbitrators’ order requiring it to pay the cost of dismantling a community wind farm, saying it’s not up to the court to second-guess their decision to undo its contract with an American clean energy company.

  • September 20, 2018

    CIT Says Commerce Failed To Explain Russian Steel Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce must take a second look at a set of tariffs calculated, but never ordered, on certain steel imports from Russia, after the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday found that the agency had not adequately explained or provided enough factual basis for its decisions.

  • September 20, 2018

    ITC Clears Vizio, Sigma In Broadcom Chip Patent Suit

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that Broadcom failed to show that TV maker Vizio and semiconductor maker Sigma Designs sold and imported products that infringed two patents on video coding and graphics technology, closing the book on a case that sought to bar imports of the companies’ products.

  • September 20, 2018

    China Tariffs Undercut 5G Rollout, FCC's Rosenworcel Says

    Newly announced tariffs on Chinese products will seriously undercut the rollout of cutting-edge 5G mobile services, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a Washington, D.C., audience Thursday.

  • September 19, 2018

    ITC Greenlights Steep Duties On Indian Flange Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that Indian imports of stainless steel pipe parts known as flanges are injuring the American flange industry, giving the U.S. government the green light to slap the Indian producers with a set of anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

  • September 19, 2018

    Commerce Sets Up Final Duties On Imported Plastic Resin

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday found that imports of plastic resin from five countries have been sold at unfairly low prices, calling for tariffs ranging upward of 275 percent to offset the imports' advantage in the U.S. market.

  • September 19, 2018

    US Finalizes Hefty Tariffs On Chinese Sodium Compound

    The U.S. Department of Commerce released its final determinations for two sets of tariffs on Chinese sodium compounds used in food additives, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products, setting steep duty rates on the ingredients after finding they were sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S. market.

  • September 19, 2018

    Texas Standing-Desk Maker Reaches Deals In Patent Probe

    A desk maker in Texas on Tuesday said it has reached deals with several companies to end a U.S. International Trade Commission probe into its complaint that the companies, which are located in the U.S. and China, infringed patents for its standing desk platforms.

  • September 19, 2018

    Canada Returns To NAFTA Table Amid GOP Frustration

    The Trump administration resumed its North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada on Wednesday as key Republican lawmakers began to express impatience with Ottawa's reluctance to join the political-level agreement between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • September 18, 2018

    Global Carbon Taxes Still Lag, But There Is Hope, OECD Says

    Worldwide carbon tax rates are still well below estimates of what would be needed to capture the costs of damage to the environment by 2030, though there are reasons for hope, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • September 18, 2018

    CIT Affirms Zero Duties For Chinese Xanthan Gum Producers

    The U.S. Court of International Trade agreed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to assign a zero dumping rate for Chinese xanthan gum producers, after sending the case back several times to the Commerce Department to reconsider whether it correctly disregarded a Thai company’s financial statements containing untranslated paragraphs.

  • September 18, 2018

    US Mattress Cos. Want 1700 Percent Duty On Chinese Imports

    A group of American mattress companies urged the government on Tuesday to investigate imports of mattresses from China, claiming that the Chinese exporters are dumping their products in the U.S. market at prices below fair-market value.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • New UK And US Regimes May Deter Foreign Investment

    Robert Bell

    Newly proposed U.K. rules and the amended regime for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States will radically change how the two governments review sensitive transactions, which will affect the likelihood of deal clearance, deal timing and the drafting of appropriate contractual provisions, say Robert Bell and Jennifer Mammen of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Intellectual Property Caught In US-China Trade Crossfire

    Holly White

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products as a response to China’s trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. The U.S.-Chinese trade war highlights the need to approach investments in China differently, taking a broad view of intellectual assets and looking beyond basic legal protection, says Holly White, a consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • Corona Owner's Investment A Turning Point For Cannabis

    Stephen Lenn

    Corona parent company Constellation Brands recently announced a $3.9 billion investment in Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth. Developments and reactions since support the conclusion that it is almost certain to vastly expand available sources and amounts of capital in the cannabis industry, says Stephen Lenn of Greenspoon Marder LLP.