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International Trade

  • July 16, 2018

    Venezuelan Ex-Official Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

    One of several men indicted last year over an alleged bribery scheme involving Venezuela’s state-controlled energy company pled guilty in Texas federal court Monday, admitting that he helped funnel bribes from U.S.-based companies to Venezuelan government officials.

  • July 16, 2018

    CIT Grants Chinese Flooring Co.'s Bid For Commerce Review

    The U.S. Court of International Trade said on Monday that the U.S. Department of Commerce must grant a Chinese exporter of multilayer wood flooring individual review of exemption from China-wide anti-dumping tariffs, finding that it made an error when it determined that the company was not entitled to review because it reached the conclusion without giving consistent reasoning.

  • July 16, 2018

    Indian Cos. Sold Shrimp For Too Cheap, Commerce Says

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has slapped 230 companies with tariffs on shrimp imported from India, according to a filing published Monday in the Federal Register.

  • July 16, 2018

    Chinese Flanges Set To Face Hefty Duties After ITC Vote

    Customs authorities will soon begin collecting steep duties on steel flanges imported from China following a unanimous U.S. International Trade Commission finding on Monday that the goods, which are being sold at below-market prices in the U.S., are posing a threat to domestic producers.

  • July 16, 2018

    Korean Producer Sues In CIT Over Steel Pipe Duties

    Korean pipe producer SeAH Steel Corp. has launched a case with the U.S. Court of International Trade disputing tariffs of nearly 20 percent handed down by the Department of Commerce last month on imports of its welded non-alloy steel pipe.

  • July 16, 2018

    Blue Spike Hits Roku With ITC Petition On Streaming Patents

    Data patent holder Blue Spike LLC has accused smart TV company Roku Inc. of importing streaming products that violate the Texas company’s intellectual property rights, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban future infringing imports.

  • July 16, 2018

    Tainted Jalapeno Powder Caused $19M Recall, Food Co. Says

    An Illinois-based natural food ingredient sourcer slapped China-based Shanghai Pecenp International Co. with a lawsuit, saying the company’s salmonella-contaminated jalapeno powder caused Frito-Lay to recall its products and lose $19.8 million.

  • July 16, 2018

    US Drags 5 Partners To WTO Over Metal Tariff Retaliation

    The Trump administration on Monday filed five World Trade Organization complaints against some of its most significant trading partners, alleging that those governments have violated international rules by retaliating against the White House’s national security tariffs on steel and aluminum.

  • July 13, 2018

    Qualcomm Says Buyers Have No Say In IPhone Import Row

    Smartphone consumers pursuing antitrust multidistrict litigation over Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices can’t block the chipmaker from trying to force Apple to only import iPhones with Qualcomm chipsets, Qualcomm told a California federal judge Thursday, arguing the import matter is totally unrelated.

  • July 13, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Proskauer, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Broadcom made an $18.9 billion deal for CA Technologies, a hedge fund president bought the Carolina Panthers for $2.2 billion and Aptiv PLC is to buy Winchester Interconnect from a Snow Phipps affiliate for $650 million.

  • July 13, 2018

    Romania Says It Already Paid Outstanding $250M Award

    Romania urged a D.C. federal judge not to confirm a $250 million arbitral award issued against the country to two Swedish food industry investors, saying it satisfied the amount in controversy years ago by relieving the food companies of their Romanian debts and paying the firms through a government-approved treasury account.

  • July 13, 2018

    ACON Labs Cholesterol Strip IP Row Paused For ITC Probe

    A California federal judge on Thursday paused a case in which ACON Laboratories faces allegations that its manufacturing of certain blood cholesterol testing strips infringes patents covering monitoring systems, as the U.S. International Trade Commission moves forward with a related investigation.

  • July 13, 2018

    US Lifts ZTE Export Ban Amid Sanctions Controversy

    The U.S. Department of Commerce formally reinstated ZTE Corp.'s access to the U.S. market Friday, capping off a long and controversial sanctions enforcement saga that has roiled lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

  • July 13, 2018

    Ross To Divest Assets After Ethics Watchdog Cries Foul

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced late Thursday that he will sell off his equity investments after being reprimanded by a government ethics watchdog for his financial transactions while in office.

  • July 13, 2018

    Trump Softens UK Trade Deal Warning Over Brexit Plan

    President Donald Trump on Friday toned down his warning that the U.K. government's Brexit plan could jeopardize a future trade deal with the U.S., saying that such a deal was still possible as Britain forges a new relationship with the European Union.

  • July 12, 2018

    House Lawmakers Join Effort To Trim Trump's Tariffs

    As the U.S. Senate took a mostly symbolic step toward checking President Donald Trump’s authority to impose national security-based import tariffs Wednesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation to jump-start the effort in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • July 12, 2018

    SEC's Och-Ziff Bribery Suit Gets Axed As Untimely

    A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit accusing two former Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC executives of bribing African government officials to secure investments, deeming it untimely.

  • July 12, 2018

    China Says US Risks Being 'Enemy To All' With Trade Push

    China put out a scorching statement blasting the Trump administration for moving ahead with tariffs on $200 billion worth of its exports, saying on Thursday that the U.S. is not only putting its relationship with China at risk but becoming “an enemy to all.”

  • July 12, 2018

    3 Importers Challenge Duties On Steel From 6 Countries

    Three companies affected by the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent move to slap anti-dumping duties on mechanical steel tubing from China, Germany, India, Italy, South Korea and Switzerland sued the federal government this week over the determination.

  • July 12, 2018

    CIT Upholds Commerce Ruling In Sri Lankan Tire Suit

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce's de minimis tariffs on a Sri Lankan tire maker's imports of certain off-road tires, after the department lowered the duties upon a court-ordered second look.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • What 'Commercial Scale' Means In IP Trade Agreements

    Tran Manh Hung

    The “commercial scale” threshold for intellectual property-related criminal offenses appears in important international agreements. However, there has not been a consensus on the understanding of the term, which leaves a wide and opaque margin for interpretation by countries, judges and lawyers, say Tran Manh Hung and Hoang Ngoc Quan of Baker McKenzie.

  • The Applicability Of FOIA To Monitorship Documents

    Abena Mainoo

    The long-running litigation related to Siemens’ 2008 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act plea agreement, and a D.C. federal court’s recent decision, highlight the complexity of determining whether sensitive information that companies provide to compliance monitors is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.