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International Trade

  • October 23, 2018

    Tool Importer, Gov't Must Meet Over Discovery In Duty Row

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Monday denied the federal government's bid to force discovery responses from a hand-tool maker and importer that it's suing for $307,767 in allegedly unpaid customs duties, ordering both sides to meet and try to resolve the dispute.

  • October 23, 2018

    CORRECTED: ICE's IP Unit Seizes Illegal, Unsafe Decorative Contact Lenses

    About 100,000 pairs of dangerous, unapproved counterfeit contact lenses — including costume lenses popular at Halloween — have been seized in enforcement actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, federal. Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that this occurred in October 2018.

  • October 23, 2018

    London Reinsurers Back $500M African Development Deal

    A group of Lloyd’s of London reinsurers have joined forces to help secure a landmark $500 million credit insurance deal for the African Development Bank Group, using a model that the development industry hope can be replicated to lower insurance costs and bridge existing financing gaps across Africa.

  • October 23, 2018

    Commerce Hits Chinese Propane Tanks With Early Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce hit imports of Chinese propane tanks used in barbecue grills and recreational vehicles with preliminary duties ranging up to 145 percent late Monday after finding the items had been unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government.

  • October 22, 2018

    US, Philippines Chip Away At Bilateral Trade Irritants

    The U.S. and the Philippines have shored up a number of trade agreement issues related to agricultural products and processes, and will continue to negotiate relief from the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs, according to statement by the U.S. trade representative on Monday.

  • October 22, 2018

    Brazil Challenges Chinese Sugar Tariffs At WTO

    Brazil launched a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization on Monday claiming China has violated established multilateral trade agreements by imposing a set of supplemental tariffs on sugar imports that exceed an annual quota.

  • October 22, 2018

    Canada Prepares WTO Summit To Address US Criticisms

    Canada will convene a summit this week aimed at reforming and improving the beleaguered World Trade Organization, which has been inundated with criticism and stonewalling from the Trump administration, the country announced Monday.

  • October 22, 2018

    US Can't Shake Porpoise-Related Mexican Seafood Ban

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to delay the implementation of a recent ban on seafood imported from Mexico that is caught with an all-encompassing net that kills the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise.

  • October 22, 2018

    Germany Urges Saudi Arms Sale Halt After Journalist Death

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Monday that she would halt all military sales to Saudi Arabia unless and until its role in the "monstrosity" that is the recent death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is fully cleared up, as German officials urged other European nations to also cut off Saudi arms sales.

  • October 22, 2018

    WTO Members Probe China's Scrap Material Import Ban

    A group of World Trade Organization members on Monday peppered China with questions about its effective ban on imports of scrap material, which has disrupted global recycling supply chains and begun to make Beijing's trade partners nervous.

  • October 19, 2018

    Billions In Saudi Arms Sales At Stake Amid Lawmaker Furor

    Growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia stemming from its alleged killing of a journalist could see Congress exercise its authority over foreign military sales to cut off billions of dollars in military trade with the Middle Eastern kingdom, setting up a potentially significant clash with President Donald Trump.

  • October 19, 2018

    FWS Not Posting Elephant, Lion Trophy Records Online: Suit

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is violating federal statutes by failing to publicly post information on the permits it issues to those seeking to import elephant and lion body parts into the United States as trophies, several animal rights organizations alleged in Virginia federal court Thursday.

  • October 19, 2018

    Europe Gets All-Clear To Settle Beef Hormone Fight With US

    The European Commission on Friday received permission from Europe's individual member states to negotiate with the U.S. in a bid to resolve a long-running trade dispute over shipments of U.S. beef treated with hormones.

  • October 19, 2018

    Thai Producer Sues Commerce Over Steel Pipe Tariff

    A Thai pipe producer slammed the U.S. Department of Commerce for tagging its carbon steel pipe shipments with a double-digit duty, contending in a Thursday lawsuit at the U.S. Court of International Trade that the agency exceeded its authority and miscalculated the tariff.

  • October 19, 2018

    Canada Wraps Up Auto Parts Cartel Probe With INOAC Plea

    Canada’s competition enforcer said Friday that it had concluded its investigation into an international conspiracy to rig bids on car parts, after it secured a guilty plea from a Japanese car parts manufacturer.

  • October 19, 2018

    What M&A Attys Must Know About Mandatory CFIUS Filings

    A new pilot program will require inbound U.S. investments across nearly 30 industries to file with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a significant change from the previously optional process that could spur steep financial penalties for those who fail to comply. Here, Law360 outlines key aspects of the soon-to-be-instituted rule change.

  • October 19, 2018

    WTO Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Set To Intensify

    A number of World Trade Organization cases spurred by the Trump administration’s national security-based duties on steel and aluminum will move toward a more contentious stage at an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO’s dispute wing, according to a meeting agenda circulated Friday morning.

  • October 18, 2018

    ITC Throws Up Stop Sign On Plastic Resin Duties

    U.S. import authorities will not impose tariffs ranging up to 275 percent on plastic resin from five countries after the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday found that the imports were not injuring or threatening to harm domestic producers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Noble Group Seeks US Protection During $3.5B Restructuring

    Global commodity trader Noble Group Ltd. is asking a New York bankruptcy court to shield its U.S. assets while its plan to restructure $3.5 billion in debt works its way through English courts.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trump Threatens To Send Troops To 'Close' US-Mexico Border

    President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to send the U.S. military to "close" the southern border if Mexico does not stop the so-called onslaught of immigrants, including a caravan with thousands of Honduran migrants that is reportedly heading north toward the country.

Expert Analysis

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

  • Autonomous Ships: Coming Soon To A Port Near You

    Micah Dawson

    With almost 75 percent of marine liability losses being a result of human error, companies are increasingly interested in the development of autonomous ships. While fully autonomous vessels could offer a competitive advantage by allowing elimination of shipboard crew, hiring and training of capable shoreside support staff will be essential, says Micah Dawson of Fisher Phillips LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • The DOJ's Current White Collar Priorities

    Melissa Jampol

    In a speech last week, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner acknowledged numerous changes over the past year in the U.S. Department of Justice's approach to corporate white collar enforcement, and clearly set forth current prosecutorial initiatives, say attorneys with Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • How US And EU Sanctions Clash With Russian Antitrust Laws

    Stefan Weber

    U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia are forcing many international companies to carefully evaluate and restructure their contractual relationships with Russian counterparties. In this process, Russian antitrust law provides obstacles that may be difficult to overcome in some situations, say attorneys with Noerr Consulting AG.

  • Rethinking Rules Of Origin For A Changing World

    Samuel Coldicutt

    Rules of origin, which determine import duties under trade agreements, play an important role in global trade. But with value added to products at different stages in different countries, the designation of a single country of origin is becoming increasingly outdated and misleading, say Samuel Coldicutt of Linklaters LLP and Zvenyslava Opeida of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

  • Can Trump Replace NAFTA With A US-Mexico Trade Deal?

    Scott Flicker

    Trade promotion authority gives President Donald Trump the power to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement. But if Congress determines that Trump failed to comply with procedural requirements, he could lose the ability to consummate a deal at all, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • When ITC Excludes Later-Filed Expert Testimony

    Bryan J. Vogel

    A pair of recent decisions out of the U.S. International Trade Commission illustrate the potential importance of consistency in early expert disclosures in an investigation, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.