International Trade

  • February 13, 2018

    Ramen Cos. Seek To Decertify Buyers In Price-Fixing Row

    A pair of Korean ramen noodle companies asked a California federal judge Tuesday to decertify an indirect-purchaser class of noodle buyers from six states in a price-fixing action against the companies, arguing that a recent Ninth Circuit ruling raises the bar on certification of multistate classes.

  • February 13, 2018

    Lawmakers Caution Trump On Steel Trade Restrictions

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday told members of Congress he is still considering whether to impose restrictions on steel and aluminum imports that may be threatening U.S. national security, but lawmakers repeatedly warned him against sweeping action that may anger crucial trading partners.

  • February 13, 2018

    House Easily Votes To Rekindle Tariff-Cutting Program

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Generalized System of Preferences, a program that slashes duties on imports from developing nations that expired at the end of last year, teeing up a vote for final passage in the Senate.

  • February 13, 2018

    Commerce To Probe Welded Pipe Dumping Allegations

    The U.S. Department of Commerce plans to investigate whether imports of certain welded pipe from nations such as Canada, China, India and South Korea are being dumped in the U.S. or whether producers are getting unfair subsidies for the products, the agency announced on Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Facing Rapid Change, WTO Boss Stumps For Open Trade

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Monday pushed his members to retain their commitment to a fully open trading system even as they face “rapid economic changes” that could tempt them into closing off their markets to global competition.

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump's Trade Budget Stays Mostly Level Despite Tough Talk

    The Trump administration has repeatedly voiced its commitment to substantial trade negotiation and enforcement policies, but its latest budget proposal issued Monday does not signal too many significant changes in funding for the government’s major trade agencies.

  • February 12, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms ITC Import Ban On Infringing Bosch Saws

    The Federal Circuit affirmed Monday an International Trade Commission decision barring imports of certain Robert Bosch GmbH table saws that the agency had determined infringed safety patents held by SawStop LLC.

  • February 12, 2018

    Former Venezuelan Oil Execs Charged In Bribery Scheme

    Prosecutors on Monday unveiled foreign bribery-related charges against five former Venezuelan government officials allegedly connected to a scheme to fraudulently secure energy contracts from the South American nation’s state-owned oil giant, saying one of the officials has been extradited from Spain.

  • February 12, 2018

    Taiwanese Steel Nail Cos. Hit With 78% Duties By Commerce

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced its final determinations based on adverse facts for anti-dumping duties against steel nail companies based in Taiwan in a filing to be published in the Federal Register Tuesday, with dumping margins around 78 percent.

  • February 12, 2018

    Gov’t Meets Skeptical Fed. Circ. In Defending Steel Duties

    A Federal Circuit panel on Monday questioned the U.S. government's support of a Court of International Trade decision preventing Thyssenkrupp from challenging 10 percent anti-dumping duties imposed on certain German steel imports.

  • February 12, 2018

    US-China Food Fight Ready For Prime Time At WTO

    After more than a year of procedural wrangling, the U.S. and China are ready to square off at the World Trade Organization over Beijing’s tariff-rate quotas on food imports following the WTO Secretariat’s appointment Monday of three panelists to adjudicate the dispute.

  • February 12, 2018

    Turkish Pipe Co. Dodges Anti-Dumping Duties After Review

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration preliminarily concluded a Turkish pipe exporter did not sell its merchandise at less than market value during a one-year period of review, allowing it to avoid anti-dumping duties, according to a Monday filing in the Federal Register.

  • February 9, 2018

    ITC Says UK DNA Sequencer Doesn't Violate PacBio Patent

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that U.K. company Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ imported DNA sequencers do not violate two patents by Silicon Valley-based Pacific Biosciences of California, according to a notice issued by the commission on Wednesday. 

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • How Renewed CBP Focus On Forced Labor Impacts Importers

    Nancy Fischer

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently renewed its focus on enforcing the decades-old U.S. ban on imports of forced labor. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP attorneys discuss the ban, North Korea-related sanctions, and recent enforcement-related actions, as well as some practical steps practitioners and importers can take to ensure compliance.

  • Tips For Overcoming Unfavorable ITC Initial Determination

    Daniel Valencia

    The adjudication process at the U.S. International Trade Commission, which involves discovery and trial before an administrative law judge, is followed by a “final initial determination” that goes to the full commission for review. This stage warrants proper attention for both complainants and respondents seeking to change the course of a Section 337 proceeding, says Daniel Valencia of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Fraud Section Under New Management: Takeaways From 2017

    Kevin Muhlendorf

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s "Fraud Section Year in Review" report provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in 2017, comparisons to years past, and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On President Trump’s Jerusalem 'Recognition'

    Mark Alcott

    President Trump's statement in December regarding Jerusalem generated a huge response, most of it strongly negative. But the reaction largely ignored what the president actually said (and did not say), what he actually did (and did not do), and the legal and historical context surrounding it, says attorney Mark Alcott.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Ericsson Ruling Provides Guidance On FRAND Royalty Rates

    Fei Deng

    A California district court's recent decision in TCL v. Ericsson offers two practical approaches that can be used by implementers and standard-essential patent holders, as well as other courts, to assessing a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty rate, say Fei Deng and Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.