International Trade

  • October 20, 2017

    Ukraine Tells WTO Russian Import Bans Are Retaliatory

    Ukraine complained that Russia has banned a variety of its imports on vague, unexplained grounds in a World Trade Organization request for consultations released Thursday, blocks Ukraine considers retaliation for choosing a trade pact with the European Union while spurning one of ex-Soviet states.

  • October 20, 2017

    Sony-Fujifilm Feud Lands Among New ITC Probes

    Fujifilm and Sony's ongoing patent battle over magnetic data storage tape imports has caught the attention of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the ITC revealed Thursday, the same day it announced two other separate probes into whether blood glucose monitors and reusable cloth diapers infringed U.S. patents and trademarks.

  • October 20, 2017

    2 Sens. Unveil Bill To Weigh Foreign Investments In US

    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio have floated legislation they say will ensure that foreign investments in the United States won’t harm domestic jobs or the economy, with Grassley saying the nation should follow in the footsteps of Europe, Canada, Australia and China.

  • October 20, 2017

    'Time Is Running Out' For Year-End WTO Agriculture Deal

    World Trade Organization members huddling to assess their effort to reach a deal on new agricultural trade rules before their year-end summit in Argentina were told Friday that “time is running out” for any real progress in the thorniest areas, according to Geneva officials.

  • October 20, 2017

    Steptoe Hires Ex-Federal Prosecutor For DC Office

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has added a former federal prosecutor and ex-Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner with expertise in economic sanctions and anti-money laundering regulation to its Washington, D.C., office.

  • October 20, 2017

    China Presses For US Compliance In WTO Dumping Fight

    China has applied more pressure on the U.S. to comply with a World Trade Organization decision that poked holes in certain portions of its anti-dumping investigation practices, according to a WTO document circulated on Friday.

  • October 19, 2017

    NCAI, Canadian First Nations Group Want In On NAFTA

    The National Congress of American Indians said in a statement Wednesday that its membership “overwhelmingly” backed the group’s alliance with the Assembly of First Nations to establish a role for indigenous peoples in ongoing talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • October 19, 2017

    NAFTA Withdrawal Could Pull Rug Out From US Investors

    With efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement showing little progress and the Trump administration doing little to quell fears it may withdraw altogether, NAFTA country investors could find investment protections enshrined in the deal "gone all of the sudden," experts say.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ukraine Opens New Front In Ongoing WTO Tussle With Russia

    The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of enacting new barriers to various food and beverage items in retaliation for Kiev’s decision to strengthen its economic ties to the European Union, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    EU Privacy Shield Gets Good Marks, For Now

    The European Commission gave mostly glowing reviews in its first-year report on the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield data transfer system, but legal experts say there's a chance that lingering national security worries in Europe could give detractors of the pact the chance to strike it down.

  • October 19, 2017

    US Blocks Timber Imports From Peruvian Logger

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday directed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to block future timber imports from a Peruvian logger suspected of illegal harvesting, the first time the country has halted the entry of lumber products from the South American nation under the terms of a trade deal.

  • October 19, 2017

    CIT Upholds Duty-Free Classification For Fiber Optics Gear

    The Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld a U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification of fiber optics modules, rejecting ADC Telecommunications Inc.’s argument that “optics” involve only visible light because it would render part of the U.S.' tariff schedule “largely meaningless.”

  • October 19, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Adds Ex-Nike Int’l Trade Atty In Asia

    Baker McKenzie has expanded its international commercial and trade practice in the Asia-Pacific region by hiring a former Nike Inc. in-house lawyer with experience advising clients on key trade issues in a variety of industries, the firm announced.

  • October 19, 2017

    Lawmakers Ready To Dig Into Potential New Tariff Cuts

    The House of Representatives Ways and Means trade subcommittee will convene next week to examine the potential economic benefits of trimming duties on more than 1,800 imports under the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process, which received a facelift from Congress last year, the panel announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Original Import Ban Against Arista In Cisco War

    The Federal Circuit upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on network switches imported by Arista Networks found to have infringed Cisco Systems patents in a ruling posted Wednesday, though it leaves undisturbed an ITC preliminary finding allowing Arista entry of a redesigned version.

  • October 18, 2017

    As Trump Digs In, NAFTA Reaches Its Boiling Point

    The Trump administration's dogmatic negotiating style has pushed the effort to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement to the brink, creating an environment that former trade officials say raises serious questions about the future of the trilateral accord.

  • October 18, 2017

    Commerce Targets 5 Nations In Plastic Resin Dumping Probe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that it will conduct new anti-dumping duty investigations of plastic resin imports from five countries.

  • October 18, 2017

    Sens. Float Bill To Speed Up Small-Scale LNG Exports

    U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Wednesday introduced legislation that would automatically approve small-scale exports of liquefied natural gas to nations that don’t have free-trade agreements with the U.S., codifying a recent U.S. Department of Energy proposal.

  • October 18, 2017

    Food Container Co. Takes Clerical Error Complaint To CIT

    Food container and cookware company Lock & Lock Co. Ltd. sued U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Monday seeking refunds of duties it says were overpaid because of its customs broker’s clerical errors, alleging the government denied adjustments after ignoring requests for information and misleading the company.

  • October 17, 2017

    Protectionism Can't Solve Free Trade Woes, WTO Head Warns

    The head of the World Trade Organization told a Washington, D.C., think tank that the anti-globalization wave in the U.S. that helped make Donald Trump president is a global trend stemming from rapid economic change, but said backtracking on trade would only hurt nations and people.

Expert Analysis

  • The Current Fight Against Contraband Art And Antiquities

    Stephen Juris

    Federal and state authorities’ increased focus on the art and antiquities markets — seen this summer with Hobby Lobby’s much-publicized forfeiture of a large collection of ancient Mesopotamian tablets and cylinder seals — presents significant challenges for both legitimate and less scrupulous dealers and collectors, say Stephen Juris and Brian Remondino of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • 6 Possible Iran Deal Scenarios

    Linda Tiller

    Last week, President Donald Trump refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This does not mean that the United States is abandoning the JCPOA, but it opens the door to a variety of possible outcomes, depending on what Congress and the White House do next, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Human Rights Compliance: Best Practices For Energy Cos.

    Viren Mascarenhas

    International human rights laws and norms are increasingly helping to shape how energy companies conduct business all over the world. Businesses in the energy sector need to undertake systematic human rights due diligence, starting from the senior leadership and working through all levels of the supply chain, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Green of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Take Down Or Stay Down: Digital Piracy And Trade Negotiation

    Dean Pinkert

    As NAFTA renegotiation reaches a critical juncture, an area of discussion that involves exceptionally difficult trade-offs concerns measures to combat digital piracy, says Dean Pinkert, a partner with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and former vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.