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International Trade

  • September 18, 2018

    EU Lays Out Sweeping Vision For WTO Reform

    As the global trading system sags amid rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners, the European Union on Tuesday unveiled an informal proposal to reform the World Trade Organization by modernizing its rules, improving its oversight function and repairing its hobbled dispute settlement system.

  • September 18, 2018

    Iranian Bank, UK Gov't Scrap Over $4B Sanctions Row Docs

    An Iranian bank suing the U.K. government for $4 billion in damages resulting from illegally enforced British sanctions asked a judge in London on Tuesday to decide whether it can avoid disclosing thousands of documents about transactions at the heart of the case before a trial next year.

  • September 17, 2018

    Trump Hits China With Tariffs On Another $200B In Goods

    President Donald Trump announced Monday that he will hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to as high as 25 percent in an escalating dispute over Beijing’s intellectual property rules.

  • September 17, 2018

    ITC Will Review Section 337 Findings On Robot Vacuums

    The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to re-examine parts of a judge's decision that several rivals of Roomba maker iRobot Corp. are importing robotic vacuum products that infringe the company’s intellectual property, according to a Federal Register notice set to publish Tuesday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Nikon Hit With ITC Complaint Over Lithography Machines

    The U.S. International Trade Commission should bar certain Nikon lithography machines from entering the United States because they infringe the asserted claims of three patents held by semiconductor equipment maker ASML, according to a complaint filed with the commission that the ITC is expected to publicize on Tuesday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Commerce Leans Toward Amending Chinese Nails Duty Order

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that it should amend the scope of an anti-dumping duty order on certain steel nails from China, following a request by a U.S. producer of the products, the department announced on Monday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Fruit Farm Denies It Challenged $29M Award In Bad Faith

    A Costa Rican pineapple farm has rebuked a Florida magistrate judge for recommending it pay a Del Monte unit's attorneys' fees, and instead argued that exceptional grounds warranted challenging the $29.3 million arbitration award issued to the food production and distribution company. 

  • September 14, 2018

    Ziploc Bag Tariff Dispute Must Go To Trial, CIT Holds

    The U.S. Court of International Trade determined on Friday that S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. and the federal government must proceed to trial to settle whether Ziploc bags fall under a definition that requires the company to pay tariffs for the products, rejecting bids by both sides for quick wins.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks CIT To Nix Challenge To Steel Tariffs

    The federal government on Friday brushed aside notions that the Cold War-era national security law the Trump administration used to levy steel tariffs is unconstitutional, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that Congress has left foreign affairs to the president and as commander-in-chief his authority under the law is "at a maximum." 

  • September 14, 2018

    Auto Parts Buyers Must Seek Damages One-On-One, Cos. Say

    A pair of Taiwanese parts suppliers urged a Wisconsin federal judge Thursday to decertify two groups of aftermarket sheet metal parts purchasers seeking damages to close out price-fixing allegations where every other defendant has settled, with the suppliers arguing the buyers’ damages claims must be handled individually.

  • September 14, 2018

    Och-Ziff Investors Win Cert. In Suit Over FCPA Probe

    A New York federal judge granted certification to a class of investors who allege Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC misled them about a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into the hedge fund's multimillion-dollar transactions in Africa.

  • September 14, 2018

    Commerce Keeps Anti-Dumping Rate For Vietnamese Shrimp

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has retained a Vietnam-wide margin of 25.76 percent on frozen warm-water shrimp as part of its latest review of the market, but 30 companies and their related entities received lower anti-dumping duty rates after a detailed evaluation, the department said Friday.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trump Signs Bipartisan Bill Slashing Tariffs Through 2020

    President Donald Trump signed legislation on Thursday that will slash a slew of tariffs on certain foreign goods that don’t pose a threat to domestic producers as part of a bipartisan effort to help U.S. manufacturers affordably import raw materials.

  • September 14, 2018

    Epsilon Settles Alleged Iran Sanctions Violations For $1.5M

    Epsilon Electronics Inc. will pay $1.5 million to resolve claims that the car accessory seller violated U.S. sanctions on Iran by selling equipment to a company known to distribute most of its products to the Middle Eastern country, the U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday.

  • September 14, 2018

    Ex-Shipping Co. Manager Admits To Bribing Petroleos Official

    The former manager of a Houston-based logistics and freight forwarding company pled guilty to a conspiracy charge in Texas federal court Thursday for bribing an official of Venezuela’s state-backed energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, in exchange for lucrative contracts.

  • September 14, 2018

    3 Takeaways From New Export Control Act

    The Export Control Reform Act — the less-buzzed-about law passed alongside an overhaul of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States — highlights the growing push by the U.S. government to curb foreign access to critical technological innovation. Here, Law360 outlines three major takeaways from the new law.

  • September 13, 2018

    Fla. Co. Asks CIT To Shield Imported Pipe Outlets From Duty

    A Florida producer of fire protection fittings for sprinkler systems urged the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday to find that the company's imported steel branch outlets should be excluded from a triple-digit tariff on carbon steel butt weld pipe fittings from China, claiming the U.S. Department of Commerce's scope order lacked evidence.

  • September 13, 2018

    Treasury Blacklists North Korean IT Cos. In China And Russia

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday sanctioned a North Korean individual and his China-based information technology company, as well as a Russian subsidiary, as part of its efforts to stop the flow of “illicit revenue” to North Korea from overseas.

  • September 13, 2018

    Commerce Clarifies Scope Of Duties On Chinese Plywood

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has clarified that certain types of hardwood plywood originating from China that are packaged as kitchen cabinets are part of a group of products being sold at unfairly low prices in the United States that should be subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Not In A Hurry To Broker Trade Peace With China

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is not rushing to hold new trade talks with Beijing as he signaled a willingness to forge ahead with his aggressive enforcement push that threatens to hit every product imported from China with hefty tariffs.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Blockchains: A Better Tool For Supply Chain Management

    James Ton-that

    Although commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology can also be implemented to modernize international supply chains, which currently suffer from voluminous documentary requirements, layers of middlemen and immense regulation, say James Ton-that and Ravi Soopramanien of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Global Magnitsky: The Swiss Army Knife Of Sanctions

    Hdeel Abdelhady

    The United States last week took the unprecedented step of sanctioning officials of a NATO member state — the justice and interior ministers of Turkey — pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016. The action demonstrates how Global Magnitsky sanctions can be readily employed without much advance legal groundwork, says Hdeel Abdelhady of MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Opinion

    Time To Remove Patent Barriers To US Drug Manufacturing

    Frederick Rein

    To be on a level playing field with the rest of the world, the United States should consider amending its patent laws to permit both the export and stockpiling of pharmaceuticals during the patent term extension period, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • How Businesses In Mexico Can Prepare For The AMLO Era

    Jonathan Adams

    On July 1, Mexicans elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — known as AMLO — as their next president, in response to his campaign promising to clean up corruption and help the disadvantaged. Now, businesses should review their activities for anything that could create the appearance of corruption, and evaluate their social responsibility profiles, says Jonathan Adams of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.