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International Trade

  • January 15, 2010

    WTO Chief Urges Unity Between Human Rights, Trade

    World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy has called for a “mindset change” that would align trade and human rights, and "institutionalize the relations" between the two communities.

  • January 15, 2010

    Lincoln Abusing ITC Resources In Wire Spat: Sidergas

    Sidergas SpA has rebuffed discovery requests by Lincoln Electric Co. in a patent dispute over imported bulk welding wire containers, saying Lincoln has posed more questions than allowed and is abusing the resources of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • January 15, 2010

    Google's Decision Prompts Call For Congress To Act

    Google Inc.'s decision to stand up to Chinese censorship has prompted renewed calls for implementation of the Global Online Freedom Act, which would ban the harvesting of personal information from any Internet server in countries that restrict freedom of information.

  • January 15, 2010

    US Catfish Farmers Drop Bid For Rehearing On Duties

    A group of U.S. catfish farmers has dropped its request for the U.S. Court of International Trade to reconsider an order affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision not to charge anti-dumping duties on two Vietnamese frozen fish fillet exporters.

  • January 14, 2010

    US Challenges Philippines' Taxes On Spirits In WTO

    The United States has filed a challenge with the World Trade Organization to Philippine excise taxes on distilled spirits that it says discriminate against U.S.-made brands.

  • January 14, 2010

    Judge Cuts Off US' Judgment Bid In Shorts Duties Spat

    A federal judge has denied the U.S. government's attempt to collect civil penalties and duties from denim shorts importer Tip Top Pant Inc. in a dispute over the company's preferential treatment under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • January 14, 2010

    Revived Economy Means More Challenges For CFIUS

    U.S.-based business ventures are once again attracting a growing number of foreign investors from places with available cash, putting extra pressure on the regulatory body that oversees foreign investments in the U.S. to keep the ongoing threats to national security at bay, attorneys told Law360.

  • January 14, 2010

    Kodak Sets Sights On Apple, RIM Over Imaging Patents

    In an effort to protect a range of its patented imaging technology, Eastman Kodak Co. on Thursday filed complaints against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. in the U.S. International Trade Commission and a federal court in New York.

  • January 14, 2010

    Tech Giants Weigh In On 337 Requirement

    Nearly a dozen technology companies — including Google Inc., Dell Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. — have argued to the U.S. International Trade Commission that a firm's history of litigating intellectual property licenses is not enough to entitle it to Section 337 relief.

  • January 14, 2010

    Towns Calls For Review Of US Port Security Program

    The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has asked the Government Accountability Office to review a Department of Energy program intended to guard U.S. ports against smuggled nuclear and other hazardous materials.

  • January 14, 2010

    $3.5B In Defense Trade Offsets Reported In '08: DOC

    A new U.S. Department of Commerce report has found that billions of dollars in defense trade offset costs U.S. companies ran up in the past 16 years could have been used for their own research or to retain American workers if contracts had been awarded to other domestic companies.

  • January 13, 2010

    Law360 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2010 international trade editorial advisory board.

  • January 13, 2010

    International Trade Cases Of The Decade

    Rulings by the World Trade Organization that had a significant impact on U.S. trade law and cases that reshaped the way the U.S. deals with trade from China topped lawyers' list of the most notable trade cases of the past decade.

  • January 13, 2010

    Canadian Inuit Sue EU To Overturn Seal Products Ban

    Canadian Inuit on Wednesday sued the European Union seeking to overturn a near-total ban on the import of seal products into EU countries, saying a “shrill” campaign by anti-sealing lobby groups lacked valid conservation arguments.

  • January 13, 2010

    Biz Group Says Export Control Regs Hurt US Tech Cos.

    A consortium of industry groups is recommending that the federal government revise and reduce the technologies subject to export control regulations, saying current controls are outdated and fail to account for changes globalization brought to world commerce.

  • January 13, 2010

    ITC Weighs Trade Perks For Thai Tires

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate the impact of granting duty-free preferences to Thailand for new pneumatic radial tires made of rubber, part of a proposed modification to the U.S. trade preferences guidelines.

  • January 13, 2010

    USTR Calls For Comments On Overseas IP Protection

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking input from the public as it prepares its annual “Special 301” report on the effectiveness of intellectual property enforcement in other countries.

  • January 13, 2010

    Iranian Scientist Gets 4 Years For Trade Violations

    A federal grand jury has sentenced an Iranian-American chemical engineer to four years in prison and five years of supervised release for fraud and conspiracy in connection with illegal payments to Iranian businesses and institutions in violation of U.S. trade sanctions against the country.

  • January 13, 2010

    Philips Drops Set-Top Box NAFTA Refund Spat

    Philips Electronics North America Corp. has dropped its case challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection's decision that set-top boxes the electronics giant imported from Mexico did not qualify to receive preference under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • January 13, 2010

    ITC Investigates Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking input from stakeholders as it begins investigating the economic consequences of a potential U.S. free trade agreement being negotiated with seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region.