International Trade

  • August 31, 2017

    ITC To Probe Microfluidic Chip Imports Accused Of Infringing

    The International Trade Commission launched an investigation Wednesday into importation of microfluidic chips with genetic sequencing applications that allegedly infringe a series of patents held by life sciences and diagnostics research company Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.

  • August 31, 2017

    CIT Says Steel Duties Don't Apply To Mexico Tube Maker

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has overturned a Commerce Department finding that mechanical tubing sent to the U.S. by a Mexican producer was subject to steel pipe anti-dumping duties, determining Wednesday the agency improperly expanded the scope of an exclusion that otherwise would have disqualified the product from tariffs.

  • August 31, 2017

    Britain's Attempts To Keep Single Market Benefits Dismissed

    The chief Brexit negotiator for the European Union said on Thursday that the U.K.’s expectations on how it will interact with the single market after it withdraws from the EU are “impossible,” as the latest round of divorce talks wrapped up.

  • August 30, 2017

    Dems Ask SEC Chair To Enforce Conflict Minerals Rule

    Two high-ranking Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton to have his agency "clarify immediately" that it will be enforcing its conflict minerals rule.

  • August 30, 2017

    Amarin Calls For ITC Investigation Of Omega-3 Supplements

    Amarin Pharma Inc. asked the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate more than a dozen drug producers worldwide that it accused of falsely labeling their allegedly unapproved new drugs containing synthetically produced omega-3 acids as “dietary supplements.”

  • August 30, 2017

    DOJ Official Urges China To Promote Antitrust Transparency

    China’s status as a world leader means the country must have a key voice in promoting transparency and fairness in competition proceedings on a global scale, a top antitrust official with the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • August 30, 2017

    Hybrid Solar Cells Covered Under China Duties, CIT Rules

    The Court of International Trade affirmed the Department of Commerce’s application of dumping and subsidy duties on a California company’s hybrid solar cell imports from China Tuesday, though the ruling barred duties on goods imported predating a probe into the orders’ scope.

  • August 30, 2017

    ITC Approves New Tariffs On Taiwanese Rebar

    The Trump administration will enact new anti-dumping duties ranging up to 32 percent on Taiwanese steel rebar after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Wednesday that the dumped merchandise is threatening domestic producers.

  • August 30, 2017

    WTO Strikes Down Brazilian Tax Breaks On Cars, Tech Goods

    A World Trade Organization panel on Wednesday faulted a series of Brazilian tax breaks and subsidies for cars and information technology products, ruling that those measures provided an unfair advantage to domestic producers and handing a win to the European Union and Japan.

  • August 30, 2017

    EU Parliament Brexit Chief Bemoans 'Slow Progress' In Talks

    A transition period will be needed to finalize the terms of a future trading relationship between the EU and the U.K. because of the slow progress made in negotiations so far, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator said on Wednesday.

  • August 29, 2017

    Qualcomm Drops 1 Of 6 Patents In ITC IPhone Import Probe

    Less than three weeks into an International Trade Commission investigation into Apple Inc., Qualcomm Inc. has dropped one of six patents it complains iPhones illegally incorporate from the probe.

  • August 29, 2017

    CBP Needs Better Data On Foreign Trade Zones, GAO Says

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection must do more to quantify the downstream economic impact of duty-free foreign trade zones, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report circulated Monday that found a substantial lack of information about the program’s ripple effects.

  • August 29, 2017

    DC Court Rejects Challenge To Seafood Origin Rule

    A D.C. federal judge has upheld a regulation requiring importers to trace the origin of seafood brought into the United States, granting a quick win to the federal government on Monday against seafood companies and trade groups who had argued that regulators failed to follow proper procedure in issuing the rule.

  • August 29, 2017

    Commerce Sets Duties On Steel Wire Rod From Turkey, Italy

    The U.S. Department of Commerce issued preliminary rates Monday for duties to counteract government subsidies on steel wire rod from Italy and Turkey, with Italian producer Ferriera Valsider SpA taking by far the biggest hit with a 44.18 percent margin.

  • August 29, 2017

    Ex-ITC Judge Joins Hogan Lovells' IP Practice

    A former U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge who retired from the position earlier in August has landed at Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C., office, where he will focus on representing clients on intellectual property matters, the firm announced on Monday.

  • August 29, 2017

    US Punts On Lumber Tariffs As Settlement Talks Continue

    The U.S. Department of Commerce delayed its final decision in a closely watched probe of softwood lumber imports from Canada and expressed hope that the two sides could use the additional time to reach an agreement that will prevent the imposition of new tariffs on those products.

  • August 29, 2017

    Retired Army Colonel Accused Of Haitian Bribe Scheme

    A retired Army colonel was charged Tuesday with trying to funnel bribes from his charity for impoverished Haitians to high-level government officials for an $84 million port development project there.

  • August 29, 2017

    UK Brexit Proposals Unsatisfactory, EU Leader Juncker Says

    The president of the European Commission criticized the U.K.’s Brexit proposals on Tuesday for focusing on future trade relations instead of a final deal on Britain’s departure from the European Union.

  • August 28, 2017

    Judge Tosses FCA Suit Alleging $1B In Masked Russian Tech

    A California federal judge has granted Safran Group S.A.'s bid to dismiss a False Claims Act suit brought by former employees alleging the French security contractor disguised over $1 billion in Russian fingerprinting technology, writing that they failed to plead any claims in particularity and denying them the chance to amend.

  • August 28, 2017

    ITC To Investigate Titanium Imports From Japan, Kazakhstan

    The U.S. International Trade Commission opened an investigation into titanium sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan on Friday after Titanium Metals Corp. argued unfair trade practices threatened the lone remaining U.S. producer of the valuable metal's initial processed form.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • EU-Canada Trade And Trademarks: What CETA Means For Feta

    Diana Wade

    The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will require Canadian producers and distributors — and U.S. producers who also wish to sell in Canada — to develop different trademark filing and marketing strategies based on where a cheese product is sold, says Diana Wade of Knobbe Martens.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • OFAC Continues To Pursue Oil And Gas Companies

    Michael Casey

    The ExxonMobil penalty is the latest in a string of recent, increasingly aggressive U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control enforcement actions targeting nonfinancial institutions and particularly entities operating in the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • High Court Signals Interest In Vitamin C Price-Fix Case

    Nicholas Melzer

    For all companies engaged in international commerce, guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Second Circuit's controversial decision in the Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation would be welcome. If the Supreme Court's recent request for input from the acting solicitor general is any indication, the court may agree, say Nicholas Melzer and Janet Chung of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • The CFIUS Calculus Has Changed — In More Ways Than One

    Stephen Heifetz

    Recent unwritten changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, made in the name of national security, may undermine the committee's original purpose, says Stephen Heifetz, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP who previously served as the Department of Homeland Security’s CFIUS representative.