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International Trade

  • July 10, 2018

    Switzerland Fires Rare WTO Salvo Against US Metal Tariffs

    The Trump administration’s contentious duties on steel and aluminum prompted a rare World Trade Organization challenge from Switzerland on Tuesday, marking just the fifth time the Central European country has filed a case in the 23-year history of the WTO.

  • July 10, 2018

    With Kavanaugh's Nomination, Chevron's Future Looking Grim

    Confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit jurist and conservative all-star Brett Kavanaugh, would spell further trouble for federal agencies and so-called Chevron deference, but experts predict that the pro-regulation judicial doctrine is unlikely to be overturned completely in the near future.

  • July 10, 2018

    Republican Fundraiser Says Qatar Can't Escape Hacking Suit

    A prominent Republican fundraiser on Monday urged a California federal court not to toss his suit accusing the Qatari government of authorizing the hacking of his servers as part of an alleged campaign to smear him, saying the country is not entitled to the protections of the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act.

  • July 10, 2018

    ITC Launches Probe Of Sleeper Sofa Imports From Canada

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday said it will launch a Section 337 investigation into whether imports of certain convertible sleeper sofas and their parts from Canada infringe an Ohio furniture maker's intellectual property.

  • July 10, 2018

    Tunisia Launches WTO Dispute Over Moroccan Book Duties

    Tunisia has initiated its first dispute at the World Trade Organization after shipments of its school exercise books were hit with tariffs by Morocco, which concluded that the educational material exports were being dumped and sold at unfairly low prices.

  • July 10, 2018

    US Will Impose Tariffs On Spanish Olives After ITC Green Light

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday cleared the way for new tariffs on Spanish olives after finding that the dumped and subsidized imports were posing a threat to domestic olive producers.

  • July 9, 2018

    How Kavanaugh’s Conservative Cred, DC Ties Won The Day

    In D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump turned to a U.S. Supreme Court nominee who built a reputation on the court for fighting government overreach — making him the favorite of the Republican legal establishment.

  • July 9, 2018

    Senate Battle Lines Drawn With Kavanaugh As Trump's Pick

    President Donald Trump’s announcement of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night quickly generated strong reactions across Capitol Hill as senators on both sides of the partisan divide braced for a battle over the future of the Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    5 Kavanaugh Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump called Judge Brett Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" when he named him Monday as his pick to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As all eyes turn to the Senate for what is expected to be a bruising confirmation process, here are the opinions to know.

  • July 9, 2018

    Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    EU Mulls Quotas On Steel Imports After Trump's Tariffs

    The European Commission has moved forward with plans to set limits on the amount of imported steel that can enter the bloc, as part of its reaction to the Trump administration's decision to slap double-digit duties on steel and aluminum entering the U.S. from the European Union, the bloc announced Friday.

  • July 9, 2018

    Food Giants Take Thailand Citric Acid Tariff Dispute To CIT

    A group of U.S. food giants including Archer Daniels Midland launched a case with the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday challenging the Commerce Department’s determination in May that imports of citric acid and citrate salts from Thailand weren’t being subsidized.

  • July 9, 2018

    Auto Groups Want To Get NAFTA Talks Back On Track

    Leading automotive industry trade groups from the U.S., Canada and Mexico banded together on Monday to call for a "renewed commitment" to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been on the rocks as the Trump administration levies sweeping trade barriers against the U.S.' neighbors.

  • July 9, 2018

    With Trump's Tariffs In Effect, China Expands WTO Fight

    The Chinese government has expanded its World Trade Organization challenge of President Donald Trump’s sweeping tariffs meant to counter Beijing’s intellectual property policies, alleging that the United States has violated global trade rules, according to a WTO document circulated Monday.

  • July 9, 2018

    UK Steps Up Planning For Hard Brexit As Top Ministers Quit

    Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that the U.K. government is stepping up its preparations for a possible no-deal exit from the European Union, as the latest British proposals appeared to be threatened by high-level cabinet departures.

  • July 9, 2018

    AIG Says US Sanctions Nix Insurer's Syrian Bank Theft Claim

    The European arm of U.S. insurer American International Group has pushed to avoid making a reinsurance payout to a Jordanian insurer in U.K. litigation, claiming that it would breach U.S. sanctions if it paid out insurance claims for money allegedly stolen from a bank in Syria.

  • July 8, 2018

    UK Brexit Trade Plan Omits EU Market Access For Services

    A new U.K. government proposal for a post-Brexit trading agreement with the European Union announced Friday foresees a common free trade area for manufactured goods and farm products, but not for services like finance or law.

  • July 6, 2018

    What You Need To Know For The Supreme Court Nomination

    President Donald Trump is expected Monday night to name his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. The nomination will give the president his second chance to name a justice to the high court in less than two years, setting up a high-stakes political battle likely to consume the legal world and the nation in the months to come.

  • July 6, 2018

    Chinese Wind Co. Sentenced To Pay $1.5M Over Trade Secrets

    A Wisconsin federal judge sentenced Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. to pay a statutory maximum fine of $1.5 million on Friday over its theft of trade secrets from AMSC, leaving it up to the parties to settle over damages.

  • July 6, 2018

    Oil Cos. Want Venezuelan Bribery Suit Dismissed

    The companies accused by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company of participating in a bribery scheme urged a Florida federal court on Friday to dismiss the suit, claiming Venezuelan government officials, including President Nicolas Maduro, have acted in bad faith by preventing two witnesses from being deposed.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Supreme Court Decision Weakens Deference To Foreign Laws

    Valarie Williams

    The U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Animal Science v. Hebei that a U.S. court is not bound by a foreign government's interpretation of its own laws is likely to have a lasting impact on legal decision-makers across the globe as they make determinations about deference to foreign laws, including U.S. laws, say attorneys at Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Venezuela Sanctions Complicate Compliance For Cos.

    Seetha Ramachandran

    New sanctions issued by President Donald Trump last month prohibit transactions involving the purchase of any debt owed to the Venezuela government. The challenge for firms that buy and sell securities is that the interest of a sanctioned party in any given security or transaction may not be readily apparent, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • New Steel Measures Are A Test For ITC Sunset Reviews

    Jay Campbell

    The U.S. government regularly conducts “sunset reviews” to determine whether an existing anti-dumping or countervailing duty order should be revoked. The agency that reviews these orders tends to lean heavily in favor of keeping the duties — but the recently imposed steel tariffs make continuation of these other trade remedies harder to justify, says Jay Campbell of White & Case LLP.

  • When Will The ITC Honor A PTAB Finding Of Invalidity?

    Bryan J. Vogel

    As a general rule, the U.S. International Trade Commission has given little to no deference to Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. However, recent decisions seem to throw a wrinkle into this lack of deference, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trade Lessons From The ZTE Saga

    Erin Baldwin

    Less than two months after the U.S. government announced it was denying export privileges to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., it said that the denial order would be lifted pursuant to a new settlement with ZTE. The lessons from the ZTE saga are far from clear, but one takeaway is that enforcement actions may not always be final, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mid-2018 Sanctions Review: A Turbulent Year So Far

    Ama Adams

    No superlative could aptly describe the magnitude of U.S. sanctions developments through the first six months of 2018. The pace of change has been so intense and complex that, understandably, even the most sophisticated international companies and investors have been challenged to respond to policy and regulatory developments, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Opinion

    US Trading Partners Defy The Rules They Claim To Support

    Alan Price

    In March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Subsequently, the European Union and certain other trading partners asserted that they could immediately retaliate — contradicting the World Trade Organization rules they claim to champion, say Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco of Wiley Rein LLP.