International Trade

  • August 7, 2017

    Rising Star: Kelley Drye's Brooke Ringel

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Brooke Ringel served as lead associate on cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel final investigations at the International Trade Commission and as lead attorney in Department of Commerce countervailing duty investigations, placing her among four international trade attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Holds Firm On Chinese Sawblade Duties

    The Federal Circuit handed a victory to a group of U.S. sawblade manufacturers Monday as it affirmed the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to install hefty duties on the products despite protestations from a fleet of Chinese producers.

  • August 7, 2017

    North Korea Unrepentant After UN Imposes Export Sanctions

    The United Nations Security Council voted over the weekend to impose new export sanctions on North Korea, prompting the isolated nation on Monday to threaten the U.S. and vow to continue to build its nuclear arsenal.

  • August 7, 2017

    Real Estate Briber Ducks Jail, But No More Private Massages

    A New York federal judge on Monday declined to jail Chinese real estate boss Ng Lap Seng, who was convicted of bribing United Nations diplomats 11 days ago, but told Ng's private guards to watch him closely and banned a masseuse from giving him bedroom massages behind closed doors.

  • August 7, 2017

    German Paper Co. Asks High Court To Review 'Punitive' Duty

    A German paper company has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Department of Commerce’s use of adverse information available in assigning it a punitive anti-dumping tariff of more than 75 percent, arguing that it had not fraudulently withheld sales data during the agency’s investigation.

  • August 7, 2017

    EU Reinsurers Say Business 'Threatened' By Protectionism

    A trade group pointed on Monday to what it called protectionist regulation in key markets for European Union insurance and reinsurance firms, amid concerns that Brexit and Donald Trump’s White House administration will lead to increased trade protectionism in the world’s top economies.

  • August 7, 2017

    Banks Announce Global Blockchain Trade Finance Milestone

    Eleven global banks have created a cross-border trade finance application for small and midsized companies using blockchain technology after 12 months of testing, it was announced Monday.

  • August 4, 2017

    White House Launches Review Of Armed Drone Export Policy

    The President Donald Trump administration has launched a review of federal policies controlling the export of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, made for military purposes, according to a media report Thursday.

  • August 4, 2017

    Canadian Solar Co. Joins Fray Over Solar Cell Tariffs

    A Canadian company with operations in China on Thursday became the latest party to take action against the U.S. Department of Commerce’s tariffs on imported solar cells, accusing the agency of bungling numerous aspects of its duty calculation.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rising Star: Steptoe & Johnson's Amy Lentz

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Amy J. Lentz has spent the past decade ascending through the firm’s trade practice, primarily with her intensive work on landmark World Trade Organization cases challenging U.S. tariffs on behalf of the Chinese government, earning her a spot among the international trade attorneys under 40 being honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 4, 2017

    Investors Want Cobalt’s Class Cert. Redo Bid Nixed

    Investors suing Cobalt International Energy Inc. in connection with investor losses stemming from Cobalt’s alleged bribery of Angola officials asked a Texas federal judge on Thursday to deny the company’s request to reconsider class certification, arguing the precedent cited by the company doesn’t actually support its argument.

  • August 4, 2017

    Qatar Launches WTO Fight Over Gulf Neighbors' Boycott

    The government of Qatar has filed World Trade Organization complaints against Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to a trade boycott that Doha views as a “coercive attempt” to stonewall its goods, services and intellectual property, according to WTO documents circulated on Friday.

  • August 4, 2017

    Irish PM Proposes 'Deep' EU Free Trade Agreement For UK

    Ireland's prime minister on Friday floated a variety of solutions he thinks would lead to the best outcome for both the U.K. and Ireland after Brexit, including a free trade agreement for Britain's rejoining the European Free Trade Association.

  • August 3, 2017

    WTO Strain Continues With Another Appellate Body Departure

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body — already beleaguered by a mounting caseload and a squabble over how to fill vacancies — has suffered another setback with the unexpected departure of member Kim Hyun-chong, according to documents circulated Wednesday.

  • August 3, 2017

    CIT Sides With Feds In Tariff Dispute Over Fake Candles

    The Court of International Trade granted judgment in favor of the federal government Wednesday in a suit brought by a company that imports fake candles powered by batteries, finding U.S. Customs and Border Protection accurately classified the imported goods that were subject to a 3.9 percent duty.

  • August 3, 2017

    Democratic Bill Seeks To End US Embargo Of Cuba

    Seven Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would roll back a number of U.S. sanctions against Cuba and establish what it calls normal trade relations with the communist nation.

  • August 3, 2017

    Senate Confirms Flood Of Trump Nominees

    The Senate released a flood of President Donald Trump’s nominees on Thursday, filling more than 60 posts ranging from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to the Federal Communications Commission to the surgeon general after Democrats dropped monthslong efforts to slow the process.

  • August 3, 2017

    Imported Synthetic Rubber Injures US Industry, ITC Finds

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it had found that unfairly low prices on synthetic rubber from Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Poland had "materially injured" U.S. industry, a conclusion that will lead to the imposition of anti-dumping duties on the product.

  • August 3, 2017

    Bank Avoids Full Disclosure In $4B Sanctions Fight For Now

    An Iran-based bank suing the U.K. government for $4 billion in damages resulting from illegally enforced sanctions won permission Thursday from the High Court of Justice to submit a small sample of documents about the transactions at the heart of the case as it struggles with the government’s full disclosure request.

  • August 2, 2017

    Trump Eyeing Another Novel Approach To Muscle China On IP

    The Trump administration has not been shy about getting creative with its enforcement of U.S. trade laws, and it appears poised to do so again by reviving a largely dormant statute to crack down on China’s alleged flouting of U.S. tech companies' intellectual property rights in a move that will win no favors with Beijing.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Opinion

    Made In America, But Not 'Made In The USA'?

    Yohai Baisburd

    It would not be fake news to report that the federal government and purchasers in other countries can "Buy American" even if the product cannot be labeled as "Made in the USA" for purposes of sale in the United States, says Yohai Baisburd of Dentons.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • A Fed. Circ. Failure And The Constitutionality Of IPR

    Joseph Kovarik

    The constitutionality of inter partes review and patent proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission now hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court. The grant of certiorari in Oil States makes the Federal Circuit’s seeming inattention to Cascades Projection v. Epson even more curious, say Joseph Kovarik and Tyler Boschert of Sheridan Ross PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Insurance Can Protect Businesses From Geopolitical Risks

    Rukesh Korde

    Political and nonpayment risks have the potential to wreak havoc on international trade and investment, but if carefully navigated, they can lead to major investment opportunities. Political risk and export policies remove some of the guesswork, enabling companies to focus on their businesses with increased confidence, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.