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International Trade

  • November 1, 2018

    Wal-Mex Investors Urge 2nd Circ. To OK Amended Bribery Suit

    A group of investors in Walmart Inc.'s Mexican unit, known as Wal-Mex, squared off against the retail giant before the Second Circuit on Thursday, asking the court to reverse the dismissal of their suit alleging bribery-linked securities fraud or at least give them another chance to amend their complaint and make their case stronger.

  • November 1, 2018

    Farm Group Says Tariff Turmoil Undercuts New NAFTA’s Perks

    The newly minted replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement will deliver “modest” benefits for the nation’s farmers but stands to be largely undermined by the Trump administration’s tariffs and the retaliatory duties they’ve prompted from trade partners, an agricultural policy group said in a study published Wednesday.

  • November 1, 2018

    Decoding The Fed. Circ.'s Chuck Taylor Trademark Ruling

    The Federal Circuit’s ruling this week reviving Converse’s trademark fight over the Chuck Taylor sneaker was a complex jumble of holdings that defied simple descriptions. To help sort through it all, here’s a detailed breakdown of what the court said.

  • November 1, 2018

    Chinese And Indian Resin Don't Harm Domestic Industry: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Wednesday that Chinese and Indian imports of a resin product used for non-stick pans are not being dumped onto the U.S. market, tossing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s proposed anti-dumping rates of up to 218.88 percent.

  • November 1, 2018

    CIT Sends French Steel Plate Duties Back To Commerce

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday sent back the U.S. Department of Commerce's determination that French imports of carbon and alloy steel plates were being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value, saying the department failed to explain why it ignored reported price data from a French importer's home market sales.

  • November 1, 2018

    US Charges Ex-Goldman Bankers In 1MDB Fraud Scandal

    Federal prosecutors in New York on Thursday unsealed charges against two former Goldman Sachs bankers and a Malaysian financier who allegedly conspired to launder billions of dollars swiped from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, marking the latest development in a sweeping fraud scandal surrounding the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

  • November 1, 2018

    CIT Questions Ruling That Blocked Chinese Tire Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday struck down a portion of a 2017 U.S. International Trade Commission decision that stopped tariffs on imports of Chinese tires from taking effect, raising questions about the commission’s inquiry into whether the imports hampered domestic producers.

  • October 31, 2018

    Consumer Sent To Drawing Board On Tainted Drug Claims

    A consumer struck out Tuesday in his putative class action accusing Solco Healthcare and Huahai Pharmaceuticals of selling contaminated blood pressure medication, when a judge found he hadn’t demonstrated the case belonged in federal court.

  • October 31, 2018

    In Immunity Case, Justices Ask What Meaning Of Word 'Is' Is

    The U.S. Supreme Court wrestled with the scope of immunity that international organizations like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund enjoy during oral arguments in a tort case Wednesday, trying to decipher the meaning of the word "is" in a 73-year-old statute.

  • October 31, 2018

    WTO Strikes Down Morocco's Duties On Turkish Steel

    A World Trade Organization panel ruled Wednesday that the Moroccan government violated international trade rules when it placed anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled steel from Turkey, handing a win to Ankara.

  • October 31, 2018

    Atty-CEO Charged In $84M Haitian Port Bribery Plot

    Federal prosecutors have charged an attorney who heads a Haitian development and reconstruction company with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, alleging he took part in a scheme to bribe Haitian officials to smooth the way for an $84 million port project.

  • October 31, 2018

    CBP Sued Over Duties Placed On Salad Topper From Canada

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection unlawfully imposed tariffs on an organic salad topper that should have been covered by the North American Free Trade Agreement and allowed to enter the United States duty-free, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • October 31, 2018

    TPP Rises From The Grave, Will Take Effect In December

    A slimmed-down version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all but left for dead after President Donald Trump vacated the pact after taking office in January 2017, will take effect at the end of the year after Australia ratified the pact on Wednesday.

  • October 30, 2018

    Internet Cos. Flag Foreign Trade Barriers For USTR Report

    A trade association of internet companies, including Facebook, Google and Airbnb, has accused the European Union, China and a slew of other nations of constructing unfair trade barriers against U.S. companies, such as curbing the flow of data and imposing copyright restrictions, according to a filing submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

  • October 30, 2018

    Aluminum Producers, Users Clash In Gov't-Led Duty Spat

    Producers and users of aluminum butted heads Tuesday in a hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission, which will have the final say on whether to place new duties on Chinese imports in the first government-initiated trade remedy case in over 25 years.

  • October 30, 2018

    Ex-DOD Official Joins Morrison & Foerster As CFIUS Adviser

    A civilian official formerly with the U.S. Department of Defense has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP to serve as a senior adviser in its national security group and provide clients advice on transaction reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the law firm said.

  • October 30, 2018

    ITC Opens Probes Into Magnesium Imports From Israel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened probes into whether magnesium imported from Israel is being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value, according to a filing to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

  • October 30, 2018

    Barclays Moves Forward With Court Review Of Brexit Plans

    Barclays PLC has moved closer to gaining the court approval it needs to transfer parts of its European business in the U.K. to an Irish subsidiary as it prepares for Brexit, after a judge gave directions on the lender's proposals.

  • October 30, 2018

    Cigarette Importer Sues To Stop CBP From Upping Bond

    A cigarette importer is attempting to stop U.S. Customs and Border Protection from hiking the price of its bond to import cigarettes into the country, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that the amount was “always sufficient” and will continue to be.

  • October 30, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reboots Chuck Taylor Trademark Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday revived Converse Inc.’s long-running trademark case against Skechers and others over the Chuck Taylor sneaker, tossing out a ruling that the company lacked a valid registration for the famous shoe.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Tariffs Threaten To Outweigh Tax Reform Gains

    Erica York

    In the next installment of this series examining the dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, Erica York of the Tax Foundation discusses how the economic harm caused by tariffs could slow or offset the economic and employment benefits of tax reform.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: When Trade And National Security Converge

    Mario Mancuso

    Increasing tariffs, new scrutiny of foreign investments in U.S. companies, and export controls over “emerging and foundational” technology are part of a Trump administration strategy to advance national security objectives using economic tools. These measures are ushering in a new era of trade restrictions, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Anti-Dumping And Countervailing Duty Trends

    Shelby Anderson

    In the first article of this special series on the Trump administration's trade policies, attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP explore how a notable increase in U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty enforcement actions is creating significant compliance challenges for foreign companies and U.S. importers.

  • Industry Takeaways From The Defense Industrial Base Report

    Zach Mears

    While the long-awaited interagency assessment of the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base does not incorporate detailed policy solutions, it does identify current actions and potential future efforts and recommendations. Attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP draw some initial conclusions.

  • The Side Effects Of Policing 'Speech Monopolies'

    Hartley West

    Are companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google stifling free speech on their platforms? If the answer top antitrust regulators arrive at is “yes,” then significant new risks could be coming for not only these tech behemoths, but any businesses that utilize their platforms — in the U.S. or abroad, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • CFIUS Pilot Program: Immediate Investment Implications

    Ama Adams

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has announced a pilot program to review noncontrolling foreign investments in certain U.S. industries that were formerly outside the scope of its jurisdiction. This is a rapid assertion of CFIUS' new powers under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.