International Trade

  • April 14, 2017

    Ross Blames Lawmakers For Stonewalling NAFTA Reboot

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday said that Congress is holding up the process of revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement by not fully engaging with the White House in drafting a list of negotiating principles.

  • April 13, 2017

    Foreign Companies Embracing ITC As Perceptions Shift

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has long dealt with the perception that it is biased against foreign companies, but outside views of the agency could be changing as foreign companies have become more sophisticated at operating within the U.S. patent system.

  • April 13, 2017

    EU High Court Court Nixes Duties On Chinese Fasteners

    The European Union’s top appeals court has vacated tariffs that the European Council imposed on two Chinese importers of certain iron or steel fasteners, finding that the 28-nation body improperly excluded relevant data during its anti-dumping calculation.

  • April 13, 2017

    Trump Should Play The Long Game In China Trade Talks

    As President Donald Trump prepares to put his own stamp on the all-important U.S.-China trade alliance, experts are urging the White House to avoid being distracted by potential quick market access victories and instead prioritize a comprehensive approach to resolving the partners' deep-seated problems.

  • April 13, 2017

    State Dept. Clears $1B Iraqi Pilot Training Contract

    The U.S. State Department has signed off on a proposed $1 billion contract for an Oklahoma-based for-profit pilot and technician training school to prepare Iraqi pilots and maintenance crews for frontline combat and other aircraft, according to an announcement Wednesday from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

  • April 13, 2017

    Commerce Has Until Dec. To Fix Duties On Korean Washers

    A World Trade Organization arbitrator on Thursday gave the U.S. Department of Commerce until late December to recalibrate its anti-dumping and countervailing duties on washing machines imported from South Korea after the WTO’s Appellate Body faulted the methodology behind the agency’s anti-dumping measures.

  • April 13, 2017

    3rd Round Of Counsel Conflict Queries Looms In Zarrab Case

    Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla denied charges Thursday that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme with gold trader Reza Zarrab to help clients evade U.S. sanctions on Iran at a hearing where it emerged that the banker's defense team will have to submit to a conflicts examination — the third so far in the high-profile prosecution.

  • April 13, 2017

    Syngenta To Face Punitives In Minn. GMO Seed Bellwethers

    Three bellwether plaintiffs in litigation brought by corn farmers and others over an allegedly botched GMO seed rollout by agribusiness giant Syngenta can seek punitive damages, a Minnesota judge has ruled, saying a jury could potentially find that their rights were flagrantly disregarded.

  • April 12, 2017

    Trump Taps Mayer Brown Atty For Deputy State Post

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced plans to nominate a Mayer Brown LLP partner and former Bush administration official to be deputy secretary of state, and a staff member at the Heritage Foundation to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • April 12, 2017

    Are Feds Seizing Lawful Merch? This Law Prof Wants Answers

    A First Amendment scholar is worried that federal customs officials might be seizing examples of protected parodies in their efforts to stamp out counterfeit merchandise — and she’s on a mission to find out more.

  • April 12, 2017

    Trump Taps King & Spalding Partner For Key Trade Post

    President Donald Trump announced late Tuesday that he will nominate a King & Spalding LLP partner to serve as the undersecretary of commerce for international trade, tapping yet another petitioner-side heavyweight to execute his enforcement-heavy trade agenda.

  • April 12, 2017

    Commerce Orders New Anti-Dumping Duties On Korean Steel

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday announced new anti-dumping duties would be imposed on steel oil and gas tube products imported from South Korea, representing the first time the agency has exercised its authority to use a new, tougher calculation of dumping margins under a 2015 law.

  • April 12, 2017

    CIT Nixes Customs' Use of 'Wrench' In Tool Tariff Row

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday rejected U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s classification of a tool company’s imports as wrenches, which have a higher duty than the pliers or vise classifications the company sought, finding the tools at issue lacked the qualities of a wrench.

  • April 12, 2017

    ITC Launches Set-Top Box IP Investigation At Sony's Behest

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday initiated an investigation into set-top boxes and other items produced by Arris International PLC, as part of a larger intellectual property dispute the company has with Sony Corp.

  • April 12, 2017

    Trump Aversion To Border Tax Idea May Be A Language Issue

    President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that his antipathy toward a controversial Republican proposal for taxing imports may have more to do with linguistics than substantial policy reasons, while also noting that instituting new health care policies will be tackled before revamping tax laws after all.

  • April 12, 2017

    GSA Watchdog Says FAS Has Stepped Up TAA Compliance

    A U.S. General Services Administration watchdog said Tuesday that it was calling off an audit of the GSA Federal Acquisition Service’s compliance with the Trade Agreements Act, saying efforts of the FAS to improve compliance during the audit made it unnecessary.

  • April 12, 2017

    Implicating Huawei, GOP Pols Demand Wider Sanctions Probe

    Ten Republican lawmakers on Wednesday called on the Trump administration to follow up on its $892 million sanctions rebuke of ZTE by investigating a still-anonymous competitor, which they suggested may be Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies.

  • April 12, 2017

    DOJ Taking $24M Haircut On Odebrecht's $2.6B FCPA Fine

    The U.S. Department of Justice will settle for $24 million less than it expected in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against Odebrecht SA, after assessing what the Brazilian construction giant can pay by an agreed-to deadline, the agency said Tuesday.

  • April 12, 2017

    Enviros Call DOE's Approval Of Max La. Gas Exports Faulty

    The U.S. Department of Energy failed to analyze the impacts of increased gas drilling as required by environmental law when it allowed Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas project to export the maximum amount of LNG it can produce, the Sierra Club has told the D.C. Circuit.

  • April 11, 2017

    Lessons From Twitter's User Unmasking Fight With CBP

    When Twitter opted to sue the government rather than comply with its bid to "unmask" a user who had criticized Trump's immigration policy, a media splash ensued and the government quickly backed down. Here are key lessons from the incident, including why CBP was on shaky legal footing with its request.

Expert Analysis

  • Implications Of Trump Budget Blueprint For US Stature Abroad

    Robert Kapla

    In addition to steep cuts to foreign aid and other forms of “soft power,” the Trump administration's budget blueprint proposes dramatic shifts to trade and investment priorities that — if enacted by Congress — could impact U.S. stature abroad and change the landscape for American businesses operating around the world, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Where Cos. Are 'Found' In §1782 Discovery Applications

    Alexander Wentworth-Ping

    Two recent decisions in the Northern District of California shed light on what standard applies when determining whether a respondent corporation "resides or is found" in the district in which an application for discovery is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.

  • A Wake-Up Call For Those Claiming 'Made In USA' Products

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    The ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade in the Energizer Battery case has important implications for importers and manufacturers making "Made in USA" claims for products made of imported components, says Laura Rabinowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Don't Bet On Unsupported Worldwide Order To Secure Assets

    Lincoln Caylor

    The approach by the English Court of Appeal in Saleh v. U.K. Serious Fraud Office is welcome from an asset-recovery perspective. Parties seeking to freeze or seize assets in a foreign jurisdiction should not be hamstrung by a blindly made order rendered without evidence or argument, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Uptick In Coordinated US-Brazil Anti-Corruption Enforcement

    Jason Jones

    The coordinated efforts of U.S. and Brazilian enforcement authorities were on display recently in a number of major corporate anti-corruption resolutions. Corporations doing business from, or within, Brazil must be mindful of a few key cross-border considerations, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Export Control Enforcement In The Wake Of ZTE Resolution

    Michael Casey

    The $892 million combined penalty against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., which is subject to court approval and would balloon to $1.19 billion if ZTE violates the terms of its settlement agreements, represents the largest fine and forfeiture imposed to date in an export control case. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP review the settlements and discuss the implications for future sanctions and export control enforcement.

  • Whistleblower Protections Vs. Confidentiality Obligations

    Debra S. Katz

    The case law related to confidential, proprietary or potentially privileged information that supports whistleblowers’ legal claims is not uniform. However, two recent decisions from California federal courts demonstrate that courts are willing to apply a proper balancing of interests when issues of confidentiality obligations arise in whistleblower retaliation cases, say Debra Katz and Aaron Blacksberg of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.