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International Trade

  • September 1, 2009

    Mayer Brown Nabs Simpson Thacher Deals Atty

    Mayer Brown LLP is continuing to beef up its global projects practice with the addition of an international deals attorney who spent 26 years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • September 1, 2009

    AMICO Escapes $723M Customs Surety Bond Spat

    American Motorists Insurance Co. has been dropped from a $723 million putative class action brought by U.S. food producers accusing insurers of negligently issuing customs surety bonds and then refusing to pay up when cheap Chinese imports drove down the price of imported goods.

  • September 1, 2009

    EOS Wants US To Refund Duties On Laser Imports

    Laser machine retailer EOS of North America Inc. has sued the U.S. government, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection misclassified duty rates on EOS' imported equipment and required the company to pay too much in import taxes.

  • September 1, 2009

    ITC Opens Inquiry Into Samsung Flash Memory Claim

    Another flash technology patent fight is under way between rivals Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Spansion Inc., with the U.S. International Trade Commission recently approving Samsung's request to investigate whether Spansion and others imported flash devices that violate two of its patents.

  • September 1, 2009

    ITC Claims Ruling Sticks In LG, Whirlpool Patent Case

    A patent dispute launched by Whirlpool Corp. against LG Electronics USA Inc. over refrigerators will press on, with the U.S. International Trade Commission refusing to reconsider its modification of a claims construction that resurrected the case.

  • August 31, 2009

    ITC Lifts Stay On Liquidation Of Gas Meter Swivels

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday lifted the stay on the liquidation of certain gas meter swivels and nuts after an appeals court ruled against importer Sango International LP, saying its swivels and nuts were included in the scope of an anti-dumping order.

  • August 31, 2009

    Brazil Can Sanction US Over Cotton Subsidies: WTO

    The World Trade Organization has ruled that Brazil can impose almost $295 million in trade sanctions against the U.S. in a dispute over the U.S.' allegedly illegal subsidies for its cotton farmers.

  • August 31, 2009

    Tessera Patents Found Not Infringed In DRAM Spat

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has issued an initial determination finding that dynamic random access memory manufacturers including Acer Inc., Elpida Memory Inc. and Nanya Technology Corp. have not infringed three Tessera Inc. semiconductor chip packaging patents.

  • August 31, 2009

    Spansion Tells Court To Nix Deal With Apple

    Bankrupt flash memory manufacturer Spansion Inc. has pressed its bid to pursue a U.S. International Trade Commission patent infringement action against Apple Inc., even if that means losing Apple's business.

  • August 28, 2009

    DOC Seeks To Uphold Duties On Japanese Bearings

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is urging the U.S. Court of International Trade to uphold long-standing anti-dumping duties on anti-friction bearings from Japan and other countries in response to a challenge from Jtekt Corp. and other Japanese bearings producers.

  • August 28, 2009

    Solvay's Challenge To DOC Anti-Dumping Duties Fails

    Solvay Solexis Inc. and one of its subsidiaries have lost their challenge to anti-dumping duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce on granular polytetrafluoroethylene resin from Italy.

  • August 28, 2009

    Ecco, Prada Urge One-Size-Fits-All On Clothes Duties

    Haute couture fashion house Prada and streetwear seller Ecco USA Inc. have sued the U.S. government over imported clothing duties, joining several companies that in recent weeks have argued it is unconstitutional to discriminate based on the target buyers' age or gender when applying duties.

  • August 27, 2009

    UK Moves Against Oil-For-Food Trader

    The U.K. has begun court proceedings against an energy trader accused of abuses in the United Nations' Oil-for-Food program with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

  • August 27, 2009

    US Steel, Nucor, Say DOC Broke Own Duty Rules

    The U.S. Department of Commerce failed to follow its own rules when assessing anti-dumping duties on South Korean steelmakers, U.S. Steel Corp. and Nucor Corp. have said in separate motions in federal trade court.

  • August 11, 2009

    Oversight Lax In 4 Free Trade Agreements: GAO

    International trade agreements with four countries have bolstered the volume of free trade but have been subject to lackluster oversight, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • August 4, 2009

    Sens. Seek Study Of Small-Business Export Strategy

    Leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship have called for a closer look at whether lack of coordination at the federal interagency Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee has hurt programs and services designed to boost export activity for small businesses.

  • August 27, 2009

    ITC To Review Cargill Suit Over Glucosamine Patent

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to review what looked to be a done deal between Cargill Inc. and Ethical Naturals Inc. related to the alleged infringement of a patent covering dietary supplement glucosamine.

  • August 27, 2009

    Toys R Us, Gov't Settle Toy Box Duties Case

    Toys R Us has settled a case with the U.S. government in a dispute over whether anti-dumping duties for wooden bedroom furniture from China can be charged on wooden toy boxes imported by the retail giant.

  • August 26, 2009

    Spansion Noteholders Seek OK To Sue Samsung

    A group of noteholders in Spansion Inc.'s Chapter 11 case is asking the bankruptcy court for permission to sue Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in order to stop the company from pursuing a patent case against the debtor before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • August 26, 2009

    Trade Court Tosses Enhanced Entry Bonds On Shrimp

    A federal judge has set aside higher continuous entry bonds that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had imposed on shrimp importers subject to anti-dumping duty liability, telling the agency to reconsider the more stringent requirements it had used to establish the individual bonds.