International Trade

  • February 15, 2018

    EU Initiates 8-Month Audit Of Members’ VAT Practices

    The European Commission launched an eight-month compliance check of value-added tax refunds to European Union businesses on Wednesday to assess whether member countries are conforming to EU law and case law of the European Court of Justice.

  • February 15, 2018

    Chinese Firm, Ashurst Team Up In Shanghai Free Trade Zone

    Chinese law firm Guantao and international law firm Ashurst have teamed up to launch a joint operation office in Shanghai's pilot free trade zone, the two firms announced last week.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    State Dept. Revises Arms Regs For South Sudan

    The U.S. Department of State is amending federal regulations governing the trafficking of arms to include South Sudan as a country where the export and import of weaponry is prohibited, according to a notice Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • February 14, 2018

    Credit Suisse Targeted In FCPA Probe Over Asia Hiring

    Credit Suisse Group AG revealed Wednesday that it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to the bank's hiring practices in Asia.

  • February 14, 2018

    Lawmakers Want Action On Stalled USTR Nominees

    More than two dozen lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Senate leadership to quickly approve a fleet of pending Trump administration nominees to serve in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, stressing the need for a fully staffed agency to deliver a cohesive trade policy.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Solar Panel Tariff Creates New Uncertainty

    Jeffrey Neeley

    Last week's announcement that the Trump administration is imposing a tariff on imported solar panels and modules came as bad news for many U.S. renewable energy firms. But there are latent ambiguities in the decision that each company will need to consider, in consultation with counsel or other advisers, says Jeffrey Neeley of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • What Europe's Coty Decision Means For Companies

    Jacques-Philippe Gunther

    The European Court of Justice ruled last month that suppliers of luxury goods can, under certain circumstances, prohibit their authorized distributors from selling on a third-party internet platform. The judgment defines an important line for companies producing branded goods, and for online marketplaces, say Jacques-Philippe Gunther and Susanne Zuehlke of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • 5 Takeaways From Bipartisan BuyAmerican.gov Bill

    Justin Ganderson

    The recently introduced BuyAmerican.gov Act of 2018 may be the most significant “Buy American” development since President Donald Trump issued his April 2017 “Buy American” executive order, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.