International Trade

  • April 18, 2018

    Commerce Sets Duties In Self-Initiated Aluminum Probe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday reached a preliminary conclusion in the countervailing duty probe into aluminum sheets imported from China that it self-initiated in November for the first time in more than 25 years, landing on initial tariffs ranging between 31 and 113 percent.

  • April 18, 2018

    India Eyes Spot In China-US Trade Standoff

    India urged China to let it join Beijing’s challenge at the World Trade Organization over President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, the same day the WTO unsealed documents detailing that the Trump administration would honor China’s request to hold bilateral talks.

  • April 18, 2018

    Locke Lord Lands Ex-Troutman Arbitration Pro In Hong Kong

    Locke Lord LLP has nabbed a Troutman Sanders LLP partner to serve as its head of arbitration for East Asia, bolstering the firm’s Hong Kong offerings with his extensive experience in both dispute resolution and noncontentious matters, with a particular focus on areas like transportation, international trade, insurance and product liability.

  • April 18, 2018

    Canadians May Want NAFTA Investment Arbitration Nixed

    A proposal to remove investor state arbitration from the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement was reportedly the most popular suggestion in a sampling of responses to a consultation request issued by the Canadian government.

  • April 18, 2018

    CIT Sends Sri Lankan Tire Duties Back To Commerce

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday granted in part a Sri Lankan tire maker’s challenge to tariffs on imports of certain off-road tires, saying the U.S. Department of Commerce wrongly found that certain Sri Lankan government reimbursements to the company qualified as unfair financial contributions.

  • April 17, 2018

    Textron Bid To Stifle Deposition 'Just Too Broad,' Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal magistrate judge on Tuesday vehemently denied a request from Textron Systems Corp., the last American manufacturer of cluster bombs, to censor 32 specific subjects at an upcoming deposition in a legal battle over a Saudi consultant's alleged $30 million cut of a $1 billion transaction.

  • April 17, 2018

    VIZIO, Others Broke Tariff Act By Infringing: ITC Judge

    An administrative judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has concluded that VIZIO, MediaTek and Sigma Designs all violated the Tariff Act by importing televisions and graphics components that infringed one patent held by Advanced Micro Devices, but decided that a second patent had not been violated.

  • April 17, 2018

    China's Quartz Countertops Draw Fire From US Producers

    As trade tensions between the U.S. and China rise with escalating tariff threats, domestic producers continue to target Chinese goods with traditional trade remedy cases as a Minnesota company on Tuesday demanded new duties on Beijing’s quartz surface products.

  • April 17, 2018

    Trump Adviser Says TPP Pivot Unrelated To China Blitz

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership was billed by the Obama administration as a way to counter China’s economic dominance in Asia, but President Donald Trump’s recent decision to consider rejoining that pact stands apart from his trade enforcement blitzkrieg against Beijing, a top White House adviser said Tuesday.

  • April 17, 2018

    Fed. Agencies Must Hand Over Emails In Keystone XL Battle

    A Montana federal judge on Monday told the federal government to cough up emails it has pertaining to the Keystone XL pipeline or create a log of materials it believes need not be turned over in a pair of lawsuits in which environmental and tribal groups are challenging the controversial project's revival.

  • April 17, 2018

    US Questions China's WTO Moves, But Will Sit For Talks

    The Trump administration has pushed back against China’s recent World Trade Organization challenges of U.S. enforcement moves regarding metal tariffs and actions to counter Beijing’s intellectual property regime, but has nevertheless agreed to talk about resolving the escalating trade imbroglio, according to WTO documents unsealed Tuesday.

  • April 17, 2018

    China Hits US Sorghum Producers With 179% Dumping Tariffs

    The Chinese government on Tuesday announced preliminary anti-dumping duties of nearly 179 percent on sorghum shipped from the U.S., a move the National Sorghum Producers association denounced and chalked up to a damaging byproduct of an escalating trade fight between the two countries.

  • April 17, 2018

    Tool Importer Must Face $1.1M Negligence Suit, CIT Says

    Hand tool maker and importer Great Neck Saw Manufacturers Inc. will have to face a lawsuit brought by the U.S. government seeking $1.1 million in damages for GNSM's alleged negligence in failing to pay $307,767 in custom duties, a judge for the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Monday.

  • April 17, 2018

    Steel Tariff Fears Wreaking Havoc On Construction Market

    Developers always face a degree of built-in uncertainty due to the nature of their work, but fears of possible tariffs on foreign steel have created a maelstrom in the sector, making it nearly impossible to price projects in the pipeline, according to experts.

  • April 16, 2018

    Why BigLaw’s Partnerships Are Shrinking

    BigLaw’s brass ring has grown more elusive in recent years, Law360 data shows, and experts say a number of potentially market-changing forces may be at work.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Andrews Kurth’s Pre-Merger Dip

    Andrews Kurth Kenyon saw a more than 12 percent drop in headcount in the year before its February merger with Hunton & Williams — a story experts expect to become familiar for regional firms in Texas.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Lathrop’s Rough Patch

    Lathrop Gage lost more than 15 percent of its attorneys in 2017. Can a new managing partner help bolster its headcount?

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Stroock’s ‘Shrink To Grow’ Strategy

    De-equitized partners. Contracting offices. Declining headcount. The leaders of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say it’s all part of the plan — a plan that’s already paying dividends.

  • April 16, 2018

    Some Tips And Tricks For Building Financial Fraud Cases

    When pursuing financial fraud cases, the goal is simple –– put together the most straightforward case against the richest person involved –– and Monday at a gathering of international finance service providers on Miami Beach, experts revealed some tips and tricks of the trade for achieving it.

  • April 16, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Enters Texas Market With Dallas Office

    Los Angeles-based law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP announced Monday that it has entered the Texas market by opening a Dallas office that will be staffed with 10 partners, bringing the total number of firm offices worldwide to 16.

Expert Analysis

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Lost Important IP Provisions

    Jeremiah Frueauf

    Following U.S. withdrawal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership suspended 22 provisions, the majority of which relate to the negotiated intellectual property rights. Many of these provisions would have benefited pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, say Jeremiah Frueauf and Matthew Smith of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

  • Comparing Anti-Corruption Guidance In France, UK And US

    Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi

    France's corporate compliance guidelines are “inspired by the best international standards” and are generally similar to those outlined by authorities in the U.S. and U.K. But the 15,000-word French guidelines provide far more precise recommendations for certain compliance program elements, say Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi and Morgan Heavener of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Chinese Investment In The US After The Section 301 Report

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    The U.S. Trade Representative recently alleged that China has engaged in theft of trade secrets, cyber intrusions and creation of unfair barriers to entry in China. In response, the Trump administration may be exploring options for executive branch action under the authorities of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Key Takeaways From The NY Buy American Act

    Justin Ganderson

    The New York Buy American Act, which went into effect on Sunday, is slated for a relatively short life and is fairly focused. But it is a noteworthy development because it further reinforces the general rallying cry behind “buy American," say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • ITC’s US Steel Decision Unlikely To Have Broad Impact

    David Hickerson

    In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled this month that a complainant alleging price-fixing as an unfair act under Section 337 must also allege an antitrust injury, as would be required in federal district court. But the decision is unlikely to apply beyond the narrow area of standing in antitrust cases, says David Hickerson of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.