International Trade

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Duties On Chinese Chlorine Compounds

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade that sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce's second remand results on an anti-dumping order on chlorine compound imports from China, after Chinese manufacturers asked for further remand.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of Cisco Network Security Patent

    Arista Networks Inc. notched a win in its fight with Cisco Systems Inc. over networking equipment technology on Wednesday, when the Federal Circuit upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated part of a Cisco patent that Arista had been found to infringe.

  • February 14, 2018

    Early Duties Issued On Chinese Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday announced that imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings from China have been sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market, pegging the goods with tariffs ranging from 68.37 percent to 109.95 percent.

  • February 14, 2018

    British Apparel Co., CEO Fined $900K For Customs Dodging

    An England-based e-retailer of luxury cashmere and fashion apparel and its CEO have agreed to pay the U.S. government more than $900,000 to resolve allegations the company evaded U.S. customs duties on merchandise shipped to the U.S.

  • February 13, 2018

    Veon Execs Want Out Of Stock Fraud Class Action

    Four former and current executives at Veon Ltd., a mobile phone company that has admitted to paying bribes to do business in Uzbekistan, have told a New York federal judge that they are not liable for misleading investors and that a proposed class action against them should be dismissed.

  • February 13, 2018

    Cloth Pet Carriers Excluded From Baggage Duty Rate: CIT

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Monday concluded that the federal government had misclassified certain imported cloth pet carriers as travel bags subject to a higher tariff rate, although the judge stopped short of determining what the appropriate rate should be.

  • February 13, 2018

    Paris Launches New International Dispute Division

    France’s Ministry of Justice on Monday announced the creation of a new international division of the Paris Court of Appeal that will specialize in hearing international disputes, including complex commercial and financial matters.

  • 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. 

Expert Analysis

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • TCJA Will Affect Foreign Investments In US Real Estate

    Brad Wagner

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last December has significant ramifications for foreign investors utilizing the blocker corporation structure. Moving forward, tax planning and tax projections for the life of a deal will be required to minimize income taxes, say Brad Wagner and Justin Wood of Wagner Duys & Wood LLLP.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • Reflections On 2017 FCPA Enforcement

    Mark Mendelsohn

    Despite significant Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity in 2017, the Trump administration’s approach remains elusive and not readily characterized. The manner in which investigations are resolved in the coming year may help illuminate whether the current government will be more lenient toward U.S. companies than the Obama administration, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • A Look At Hong Kong's New Transfer Pricing Proposal

    Steven Sieker

    While transfer pricing is not a new concept in Hong Kong, the government recently proposed the codification of transfer pricing principles into law — which would impose legally binding obligations on multinational companies. It also signals Hong Kong's intention to increasingly and more aggressively enforce the arm's length principle, say members of Baker McKenzie.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Interpreting Treasury's Report On Russian Oligarchs

    Mario Mancuso

    The recent report by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on senior foreign political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation is not a "sanctions list." Yet the prospect remains that parties identified in the report could become targets of sanctions or other restrictions — and transactions with such parties could also become subject to closer scrutiny, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Del. Walmart Ruling Might Bring New Derivative Strategies

    Jonathan Richman

    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in a Walmart derivative suit should enhance defendants' ability to obtain dismissal of duplicative derivative actions on preclusion grounds. The ruling might also cause plaintiffs to take steps to appear in multiple forums to avoid preclusion risks, says Jonathan Richman, co-head of the securities litigation group at Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.