International Trade

  • March 2, 2018

    Commerce Seals Silicon Metal Duties Against Brazil, Others

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday it has imposed anti-dumping duties on silicon metal exporters in Brazil, Norway and Australia after finding the product was sold in the U.S. below fair value, and has additionally pegged exporters in Brazil, Australia and Kazakhstan with countervailing duties.

  • March 2, 2018

    Tribunal Wrongly Narrowed Polish Property Row, Court Says

    A Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitral tribunal wrongly narrowed a Luxembourg private equity company's claim against Poland over measures that precluded the company from developing a Warsaw apartment complex, an English court found Friday.

  • March 2, 2018

    ITC Asks Fed. Circ. For Support In ATM Patent Dispute

    The U.S. International Trade Commission asked the Federal Circuit on Thursday to affirm that financial services company Diebold Nixdorf Inc. imported ATMs that infringed various claims of a patent belonging to Nautilus Hyosung America, arguing that the Ohio-based company is wrongly attempting to raise construction issues on appeal.

  • March 2, 2018

    Commerce Levies Early Duties On Polymer From India

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday that it is levying preliminary tariffs on imports of polymer from India after finding that exporters in the country received subsidies from the Indian government of 3.9 percent, which left U.S. companies with a disadvantage in the domestic market.

  • March 2, 2018

    Trump's Trade Crossfire May Imperil Food Producers

    President Donald Trump has picked a new trade fight over imports of steel and aluminum, but experts say it is the nation's booming agricultural sector that could end up taking the brunt of the damage if major U.S. allies begin retaliating.

  • March 2, 2018

    Trump Embraces Looming 'Trade Wars' After Tariff Notice

    The fallout from President Donald Trump's bombshell decision to hit steel and aluminum imports with steep tariffs continued Friday as the president welcomed looming "trade wars" with U.S. partners, saying that the conflicts were ultimately good and easy to win.

  • March 2, 2018

    British Gov't To Present Brexit Plan For Financial Services

    The British government will set out next week how U.K.-based financial services can continue to access the European Union's single market after Britain leaves the bloc's regulatory framework in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday.

  • March 1, 2018

    DOJ Expands Leniency Beyond FCPA, Lets Barclays Off

    U.S. Department of Justice officials announced Thursday that the agency will now decline to bring some cases against companies that self-report crimes besides violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, starting with a $12.9 million front-running case against Barclays PLC.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurer Has Duty To Defend Duracell Battery Row, Suit Says

    Online retailer Chicago Import Inc. hit its insurance company and Duracell with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday asking a judge to declare that the insurer must defend Chicago Import in a trademark infringement row the nation's largest battery brand has launched over its product's packaging.

  • March 1, 2018

    Trump's Latest Salvo May Push Trading System To The Brink

    President Donald Trump’s looming threat to slap hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum is the most aggressive trade enforcement maneuver yet from an administration that has had many of them, and one that experts say may pose a significant threat to the global trading order.

  • March 1, 2018

    Senate Confirms 3 As Senior US Trade Officials

    The Senate approved three nominees to serve as senior officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative late Thursday, including the agency’s point person on agricultural issues and its envoy to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

  • March 1, 2018

    Kirkland Adds Ex-Clifford Chance Investigations Pro

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has added a former Clifford Chance LLP attorney to its government and internal investigations team, bolstering the firm’s Hong Kong offerings with his experience handling white collar and international-risk matters, including cybercrime and anti-bribery and corruption.

  • March 1, 2018

    US Erred In Duty Calculation, Chinese Sink Co. Says

    A Chinese steel sink exporter targeted for anti-dumping duties has sued the federal government in the Court of International Trade over an alleged "inadvertent error" in an administrative review for determining duties, while noting the “otherwise correct” final results are not in question.

  • March 1, 2018

    EU Court Denies Lithuania A Cut In Interest On VAT Refund

    The Lithuanian government can’t reduce the interest it owes on a €3.4 million ($4.2 million) value-added tax refund paid to grain trader Nidera even though disputes over the amount delayed its payment, the European Union’s top court ruled Wednesday.

  • March 1, 2018

    Canon Goes After Dozens Of Cos. In Toner Patent Cases

    Canon filed three dozen suits Wednesday against companies in 15 federal jurisdictions along with a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that the companies are infringing patents that cover its printer toner cartridges.

  • March 1, 2018

    Gazprom Cries Foul Over $2.56B Naftogaz Award

    Russian natural gas giant Gazprom said Thursday that it would defend its rights after arbitrators in Stockholm awarded Ukraine's national oil and gas company a net $2.56 billion following a dispute over a 10-year gas purchase deal.

  • March 1, 2018

    Trump Vows Stiff Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum next week after those products were deemed a threat to national security, marking his administration’s most aggressive trade enforcement maneuver to date.

  • February 28, 2018

    Death Of Dutch Tax Regime Inflicts Administrative Costs

    Corporate taxpayers and the Netherlands government will have to deal with administrative headaches as they figure out how to respond to the loss of a tax regime that allowed certain interest deductions, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

  • February 28, 2018

    Houston Co. Says African Brewer Wrongly Cut Off Deal

    A Texas company was wrongly shut out of its deal to help Phoenix Beverages Ltd. sell beer in the Lone Star State when the Mauritius Island brewer terminated their agreement to avoid making payments, according to a lawsuit filed in state district court in Houston on Monday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Assistant In UN Real Estate Bribery Plot Gets 7 Months

    The former assistant to Chinese developer Ng Lap Seng who was accused of playing a critical role in his boss’ scheme to win United Nations contracts through bribery was sentenced to seven months in prison on Wednesday, a harsher sentence than he asked for but below federal guidelines.

Expert Analysis

  • Fraud Section Under New Management: Takeaways From 2017

    Kevin Muhlendorf

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s "Fraud Section Year in Review" report provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in 2017, comparisons to years past, and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On President Trump’s Jerusalem 'Recognition'

    Mark Alcott

    President Trump's statement in December regarding Jerusalem generated a huge response, most of it strongly negative. But the reaction largely ignored what the president actually said (and did not say), what he actually did (and did not do), and the legal and historical context surrounding it, says attorney Mark Alcott.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • Ericsson Ruling Provides Guidance On FRAND Royalty Rates

    Fei Deng

    A California district court's recent decision in TCL v. Ericsson offers two practical approaches that can be used by implementers and standard-essential patent holders, as well as other courts, to assessing a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory royalty rate, say Fei Deng and Mario Lopez of Edgeworth Economics LLC.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • New Magnitsky Sanctions Expand Enforcement Authority

    Michael Zolandz

    New sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act not only provide the U.S. government with a new instrument to take action in response to conduct that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the U.S. anti-money laundering laws, but also expand the scope of U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, say partners with Dentons.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.