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International Trade

  • August 10, 2018

    Some EU Energy Rules Discriminate Against Russia: WTO

    A World Trade Organization panel has found that several of the European Union’s energy sector rules discriminate against Russian imports of natural gas, saying in a report circulated Friday that those energy regulations are inconsistent with international trade agreements.

  • August 10, 2018

    WTO Will Finish Review Of Chinese Ag Quotas Next Year

    The World Trade Organization panel currently weighing the U.S. complaint against China’s use of tariff-rate quotas on U.S. exports of rice, corn and wheat will issue its decision in the first half of 2019, according to a document circulated by the WTO on Friday.

  • August 10, 2018

    Trump Orders Metal Tariff Hike For Turkey As Lira Tumbles

    President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will double the national security-based steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, citing the rapid depreciation of the country’s currency over the past several weeks.

  • August 10, 2018

    Qualcomm To Pay Taiwan Watchdog $93M To End Patent Row

    Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. on Friday announced a $93 million settlement with Taiwan's antitrust watchdog to resolve claims the company refused to sell local manufacturers chips unless they agreed to the terms of its patent licensing, even as its licensing fight with Apple and regulators around the globe continues unabated.

  • August 10, 2018

    Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' Kevin Wheeler

    Latham & Watkins LLP partner Kevin C. Wheeler led a team of attorneys who secured two trial wins within the last two years at the U.S. International Trade Commission for a large provider of ATM machines, earning him a spot among the international trade law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Says FARC Victim Can't Get JPMorgan-Blocked EFTs

    A Second Circuit panel ruled Thursday that a victim of Colombia’s FARC guerillas can’t go after intercepted wire transfers held at JPMorgan to collect on a nearly $37 million judgment against the group, finding that the frozen money doesn’t belong anymore to the allegedly FARC-linked entities that originally sent it.

  • August 9, 2018

    Commerce Calls For Higher Duty On Indian Steel Co. Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has moved to raise duties on certain products from Indian steel giant JSW Steel Ltd. and JSW Steel Coated Products Ltd., calling for a double-digit increase to the anti-dumping duty already imposed on the company's imports.

  • August 9, 2018

    Korean Roller Bearing Imports Don't Hurt US Sector, ITC Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that imports of tapered roller bearings from South Korea do not harm the U.S. industry, finding in a recently published report that the foreign imports did not significantly depress U.S. prices.

  • August 9, 2018

    Trump Allies Make Bid For Stricter Beef Labeling In NAFTA

    U.S. ranching and other advocacy groups pushed the Trump administration to use the North American Free Trade Agreement talks to reinstate country-of-origin labeling rules for beef and pork that have been deemed discriminatory by the World Trade Organization.

  • August 9, 2018

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Christian Davis

    Christian Davis of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP co-led its Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States practice before making partner and has continued dominating with achievements like helping International Data Group score clearance for its 2017 sale, becoming one of five international trade attorneys under 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • August 9, 2018

    UK Gov't To Roll Out Brexit Plan For Financial Regulation

    The U.K. Treasury said on Thursday it is preparing to publish plans to hand responsibility for financial regulation from European Union regulators to British entities including the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority, with the first details due later this summer and fall.

  • August 8, 2018

    US Plans Sanctions On Russia Over Nerve Agent Attack

    The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that it plans to sanction Moscow for using chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or against its own nationals, following the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

  • August 8, 2018

    Former Military Boot Co. CEO Gets Prison For False Labels

    The former CEO of defunct military boot supplier Wellco Enterprises has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to sell the U.S. Department of Defense Chinese-made boots that were falsely labeled as American-made, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Co. Slams FCC National Security 'Blacklist'

    Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has slammed the Telecommunications Industry Association for supporting a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would ban the use of an $8.5 billion fund to buy products or services from companies that pose a threat to U.S. security.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ind. Co. Seeks Duties On Chinese Steel Wheel Imports

    An Indiana-based wheel manufacturer urged the government to impose duties on imports of steel trailer wheels from China, alleging in a petition filed Wednesday that certain Chinese exporters are receiving unfair government subsidies and dumping the products on the U.S. market at less than fair value.

  • August 8, 2018

    Chinese Jump-Rope Maker Defaults In IP Case, ITC Affirms

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will not review an initial determination made in July that the sole respondent of a patent probe into certain jump-rope systems from China has defaulted, according to a notice the commission plans to publish on Thursday in the Federal Register.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Emirates Bank's Trade Secrets Trial Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict in favor of banking giant Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, finding that financial technology firm InfoSpan Inc. had not shown that the jury was prejudiced or that it was not properly instructed during the trial over claims the bank stole InfoSpan's cellphone-based payment system.

  • August 8, 2018

    China Strikes Back At US Over Latest IP Tariff Escalation

    Hours after the Trump administration teed up a new tranche of tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese industrial goods as part of its effort to reform the country’s intellectual property rules, Beijing came forward Wednesday with new duties on U.S. chemicals, petroleum products, medical equipment and other items.

  • August 7, 2018

    Counterfeit Ring Sold $73M In Fake Jordans, Feds Say

    A Nike investigation has led to the arrest of five individuals who prosecutors say are responsible for hawking more than 380,000 pairs of fake Air Jordan sneakers worth an estimated $73 million, according to a complaint filed in a New York federal court.

  • August 7, 2018

    Trump Readies More Tariffs On $16B In Chinese Goods

    The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized the list of Chinese products totaling about $16 billion that will soon face a 25 percent tariff in the steadily escalating fight over Beijing's intellectual property policies, targeting Chinese plastics, metals, transportation equipment and more.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Opinion

    Kavanaugh Is The Wrong Choice To Check Autocratic Power

    David Driesen

    In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Trump administration's travel ban, the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court could further jeopardize our democracy. Kavanaugh’s deference to executive authority may embolden a president inclined to use national security rationales to restrict freedom, says David Driesen, a professor at Syracuse University College of Law.

  • A Rare Statute-Of-Limitations Victory Against The SEC

    Joseph Dever

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suffered a major setback to its core enforcement principle that no statute of limitations bars the agency from filing cases for permanent injunctions. The decision in SEC v. Cohen is important to defense counsel for a couple of reasons, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin of Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • It's All Too Easy To Sell An 'Unregistered Pesticide'

    Jesse Medlong

    Whether a product is legally considered a “pesticide” depends as much on the label as on the chemicals it contains. Retailers and manufacturers face significant liability for selling products that would not, in fact, be pesticides if not for careless labeling. And the problem only increases as e-retailing grows, say Jesse Medlong and George Gigounas of DLA Piper.

  • Aviation Watch: The Regional Jet Wars Heat Up

    Alan Hoffman

    The business of building and selling regional jet airliners has become an all-out battleground, with Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Airbus and Mitsubishi fighting for contracts worth billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. The Trump administration's aggressive trade policies have added more uncertainty to the mix, says retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman.

  • Trademarks In The Hermit Kingdom Of North Korea

    Jorge Espinosa

    As people begin to consider the possibility of changes in the commercial relationship between North Korea and the United States, businesses and even intellectual property attorneys may realize how little they know about trademarks in North Korea, says Jorge Espinosa of Espinosa Martinez PL.

  • FCPA Liability For Hiring Practices Gains New Credence

    Bruce Searby

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have stood by an expansive theory of anti-bribery liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for corrupt hiring schemes. After the recent Credit Suisse resolutions, the theory appears to be here to stay, says Bruce Searby, a partner at Searby LLP and a former federal prosecutor.

  • New Risks For US Cos. Inadvertently Supporting North Korea

    Ellen Murphy

    Following a U.S. State Department advisory this week, companies conducting business abroad — particularly in the technology, medical and life sciences industries — should watch out for several areas of heightened risk that may have a nexus to North Korea, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.