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International Trade

  • June 20, 2018

    CIT Sustains Commerce's Brazilian PET Film Scope Decision

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce’s determination that a subset of polyethylene terephthalate film imported by a Brazilian company fell outside the scope of a 2013 anti-dumping duty order, after a previous CIT order found that Commerce needed to justify its reasoning.

  • June 20, 2018

    ITC Agrees To Duties On Citric Acid From 3 Countries

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined Wednesday that citric acid and citrate salts from Belgium, Colombia and Thailand are being dumped in the U.S. market, leading the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue duties on the commodities.

  • June 20, 2018

    EU To Hit US With Retaliatory Tariffs On Friday

    The European Union on Friday plans to implement retaliatory tariffs on €2.8 billion ($3.2 billion) worth of U.S. products in retaliation for the Trump administration recently slapping double-digit tariffs on aluminum and steel products entering the United States from the continent’s economic bloc, it announced Wednesday.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sen. Wyden Presses Ross For Views On ZTE's Cyberthreat

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross evaded questions from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on the cybersecurity threats posed by ZTE Corp. on Wednesday as the lawmaker probed for answers about the Trump administration’s decision to give the Chinese telecom giant a reprieve for its sanctions violations.

  • June 20, 2018

    Utah Engineering Co. Settles Immigrant Discrimination Claims

    A Utah engineering company has settled with the federal government over claims it discriminated against noncitizen job applicants based on a misunderstanding of international defense export regulations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • June 20, 2018

    S. Africa Fund Says Export Credit Agency Can't Escape Loan

    A South African investment fund has said a Canadian export credit agency and leasing vehicle was wrong to terminate the fund's aircraft lease, arguing in U.K. litigation that unfounded allegations of corruption against the owners of its parent company did not mean it had breached the terms of a loan agreement.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sens. Tee Off On Ross For Trump's Aggressive Trade Moves

    Senators on both sides of the aisle on Wednesday laid waste to the Trump administration's flurry of trade enforcement moves over the last six months, demanding answers from U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the direction of the White House's overall trade strategy.

  • June 19, 2018

    Apple Pushes Monopoly Concerns In Qualcomm ITC Fight

    Apple attorneys questioned an expert witness for Qualcomm on the potential competition effects of the chipmaker’s bid to ban Intel-equipped iPhones from the U.S. during a hearing Tuesday at the International Trade Commission, pressing a claim that a ban on imports of the phone could hand Qualcomm monopoly power and push Intel out of 5G development.

  • June 19, 2018

    High Court's Vitamin C Ruling Leaves Work For Lower Courts

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an antitrust case over Chinese vitamin C exports that U.S. courts are not bound by another country's description of its own laws, but the justices only provided a few hints about how much weight to give competing evidence about what a foreign law requires, leaving trial courts to parse the deference due in future cases.

  • June 19, 2018

    FERC Chair Pledges To Uphold Markets Amid Trump Bailouts

    Preserving the viability of regional wholesale electricity markets will be a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission priority in the face of a Trump administration plan to prop up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre told Law360 in an exclusive interview.

  • June 19, 2018

    Industrial Developer Breaks Ground On $125M Shipping Port

    Developer of industrial and infrastructure facilities Capital Development Partners broke ground on a $125 million, 2.3 million-square-foot logistics campus that is being developed to meet the demands of import, export and global e-commerce in Savannah, Georgia, the company said Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    US Sets Early Duties In Self-Triggered Dumping Probe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce rolled out preliminary duties on Chinese aluminum sheet Tuesday after determining that the imports were sold at unfairly low prices, marking the first time the agency has called for anti-dumping duties in a case it initiated itself since 1985.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 19, 2018

    EU Antitrust Chief Sees Global Progress Curbing State Aid

    The European Union’s top competition enforcer touted progress Tuesday in getting countries outside the EU to avoid picking economic winners and losers through “harmful subsidies,” part of her efforts to take the bloc's state aid rules global.

  • June 19, 2018

    Trump Admin. Has No Plan For China Talks After Tariff Push

    The Trump administration has no imminent plans to hold new negotiations with China to resolve the two countries’ escalating intellectual property and tariff fight, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Tuesday, adding that fruitless recent meetings with the Chinese side have shown that “talk is cheap.”

  • June 19, 2018

    Norway Hits US With WTO Complaint Over Metal Tariffs

    Norway has hit back against President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization claiming that the duties violate global trade agreements, the WTO said Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Trump Ups Tariff Ante By Targeting $200B In Chinese Exports

    The escalating tariff battle between the U.S. and China took another dramatic turn Monday as President Donald Trump said he will consider duties on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in an effort to undo the country's purportedly discriminatory intellectual property and technology acquisition rules.

Expert Analysis

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Streamlining Section 337: Some Big Changes At ITC

    Ann Fort

    Overall, the new amendments to the U.S. International Trade Commission rules governing Section 337 unfair trade practice investigations are seen as improvements. But some observers believe the increased options may slow proceedings, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How Turkey's Expansive New Tax Amnesty Law Works

    Hakan Eraslan

    Hakan Eraslan of White & Case LLP discusses a detailed new amnesty law recently enacted in Turkey, which offers taxpayers a broad amnesty for most types of unpaid taxes.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Aviation Sector's Wings Clipped By Renewed Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Martin

    Stakeholders within the aviation sector will be heavily affected by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran. With $49 billiion worth of contracts for new aircraft subject to cancellation, and related impacts expected on financiers, lessors and air carriers, the situation continues to evolve very quickly, say Daniel Martin and James Jordan of HFW.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.