International Trade

  • February 9, 2018

    5 Takeaways As White House Dishes On Drug Prices

    A White House report on Friday made a splash by floating numerous ideas for curbing drug prices, including weakening the power of pharmacy benefit managers, rejiggering Medicare reimbursement and shaking up trade policy with countries that arguably underpay for medicines. Here are five takeaways from the report.

  • February 9, 2018

    Sen. Markey Asks Tillerson, Mnuchin About Novatek Shipment

    Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts is questioning the heads of the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury about whether Russian companies are skirting U.S. sanctions, citing the fact that Boston Harbor recently fielded a shipment containing liquified natural gas from sanctioned producer OAO Novatek.

  • February 9, 2018

    Canada Says Four Countries, EU Can Join Wine Dispute

    Pressure to overturn Canada's rules for selling foreign wine is building after the country said it would allow four more countries and the European Union to join ongoing discussions before the World Trade Organization, according to a WTO notice.

  • February 9, 2018

    What's Next In The WTO Tussle Over Trump's Safeguards

    Major U.S. trading partners have begun to push back against the Trump administration’s newly minted safeguard tariffs at the World Trade Organization using a tactic that, for now, stops short of a full-on dispute but could enable those aggrieved countries to strike back against the duties more swiftly.

  • February 9, 2018

    Commerce Hammers Malaysian Steel Nails With Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration imposed anti-dumping duties of around 1 percent on three sets of companies selling nails originating from Malaysia, according to the final results of an administrative review published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • February 9, 2018

    Importer Slams Commerce's 115% Duties On Chinese Pencils

    A domestic importer on Thursday  asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to nix a nearly 115 percent duty on Chinese pencils, arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce did not adequately take into account information it provided during an administrative review.

  • February 9, 2018

    ITC Receives Infringement Complaint Over Light Engines

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint from a biotechnology company seeking an investigation into the sales and imports of certain light engines used for optical instruments, according to a filing published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lawmakers Roll Out Bill To Revive Tariff-Slashing Program

    The leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee late Thursday unveiled bipartisan legislation to renew the Generalized System of Preference, a program that slashes duties on imports from developing nations that expired at the end of last year.

  • February 8, 2018

    5th Circ. Says Chinese Co. Must Pay Up In $102M Piracy Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Texas district court decision to dismiss a suit filed by Chinese company Gotech seeking relief from a $102 million judgment awarded to Sweden-based Nagravision for allegedly selling set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections, saying Gotech failed to prove that the judgment was void.

  • February 8, 2018

    $3B Tax Trial Will Focus On Royalties, Coca-Cola Says

    Long-standing royalty agreements between Coca-Cola and six foreign subsidiaries will be the company's main focus at trial in its $3.3 billion transfer pricing dispute with the Internal Revenue Service, Coca-Cola said in a 161-page trial brief filed Wednesday at the U.S. Tax Court.

  • February 8, 2018

    European Commission Sets Duties On Chinese Steel Imports

    The European Commission has officially settled on a set of anti-dumping duties ranging from 17 percent to 28 percent on certain types of Chinese corrosion-resistant steel imports that will remain in place for the next five years, capping off Thursday an investigation that began in late 2016.

  • February 8, 2018

    Auto Parts Supplier Sues CBP For Seizing ‘Lawful’ Parts

    An automobile parts supplier accused the government of illegally seizing its imported repair grilles in a suit in Delaware federal court Wednesday, saying the parts are not counterfeit but “lawful replacement parts.”

  • February 8, 2018

    Canadian Solar Cos. Wage CIT Battle Against New Tariffs

    A throng of Canadian solar energy companies sued the Trump administration in the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday, alleging that the government improperly placed safeguard tariffs on its exports of solar panel components.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lobby Floats Insurance Framework For Brexit Trade Deals

    The Association of British Insurers urged the U.K. government on Thursday to persuade non-European Union nations like India and China to let British insurers buy controlling stakes in local rivals, as the lobby group unveiled an ambitious framework for post-Brexit trade relations.

  • February 8, 2018

    EU Also Seeks Compliance Ruling In Russia WTO Pork Brawl

    The European Union asked the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to determine whether Russia has adequately scaled back its pork import restrictions, following Moscow’s lead and restoring a measure of order to a dispute that had become tangled in procedural fights.

  • February 7, 2018

    US Won't Excuse Indian Co. From Duties On Chinese Glycine

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has found that Salvi Chemical Industries Ltd. is not eligible to duck an anti-dumping duty order because the Indian company has failed to establish that its glycine products do not originate from China.

  • February 7, 2018

    Commerce Keeps Tariffs On Several Countries' Steel Pipe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday that it will keep in place certain anti-dumping measures implemented on various types of steel pipe imports from India, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico and South Korea, as well as countervailing duties formerly leveled against imports of the products from Turkey.

  • February 7, 2018

    GOP Playing Nice With Lighthizer Following Trade Huddle

    Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee emerged from a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday striking a mostly upbeat tone on the Trump administration's often-contentious trade policy, including the effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • February 7, 2018

    Furniture Co. Settles Claims Over Import Tariff Evasion

    A Tennessee-based importer of wooden bedroom furniture from China has agreed to a $500,000 settlement with the federal government to end whistleblower False Claims Act allegations in Texas federal court that it lied on customs declarations to avoid paying anti-dumping duties, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2018

    Norway Signs Agreement With EU To Tackle VAT Fraud

    Norway became the first country to sign an agreement with the European Union to provide a legal framework to prevent fraud and recover claims within the value-added tax system, the EU’s council said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Solar Panel Tariff Creates New Uncertainty

    Jeffrey Neeley

    Last week's announcement that the Trump administration is imposing a tariff on imported solar panels and modules came as bad news for many U.S. renewable energy firms. But there are latent ambiguities in the decision that each company will need to consider, in consultation with counsel or other advisers, says Jeffrey Neeley of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • What Europe's Coty Decision Means For Companies

    Jacques-Philippe Gunther

    The European Court of Justice ruled last month that suppliers of luxury goods can, under certain circumstances, prohibit their authorized distributors from selling on a third-party internet platform. The judgment defines an important line for companies producing branded goods, and for online marketplaces, say Jacques-Philippe Gunther and Susanne Zuehlke of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • 5 Takeaways From Bipartisan BuyAmerican.gov Bill

    Justin Ganderson

    The recently introduced BuyAmerican.gov Act of 2018 may be the most significant “Buy American” development since President Donald Trump issued his April 2017 “Buy American” executive order, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • When Attorneys Get Ensnared In FCPA Misconduct

    Louis Ramos

    The prosecutions of veteran lawyers at two multinational corporations — Keppel and PetroTiger — offer a sobering truth: Those responsible for protecting their companies from corruption-related risks can be held criminally accountable for their lapses in judgment. Recently unsealed court documents shed light on potential pitfalls for both legal and compliance professionals, say Louis Ramos and Benjamin Klein of DLA Piper.