International Trade

  • October 24, 2017

    US Slaps More Duties On Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel

    The U.S. Department of Commerce teed up another early round of tariffs on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia late Monday after finding the dynamic fuel source was being sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S. market.

  • October 23, 2017

    Rimon Grows Silicon Valley Office With Orrick IP Pro

    Rimon PC has snagged a new intellectual property partner for its Palo Alto office who boasts years of experience advising and representing Chinese companies at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and developing the firm's drone technology practice.

  • October 23, 2017

    China Lifts Ban On European Soft Cheeses Amid EU Protest

    China on Monday lifted, effective immediately, its ban on a variety of soft, moldy cheeses from Europe less than two months after it was imposed, after the European Union said the ban didn’t smell right.

  • October 23, 2017

    House OKs Shipping Security, Cuba Travel Bills

    The House of Representatives passed a series of bills Monday aimed at increasing shipping security, intercepting international drug shipments, and investigating the security standards in Cuban airports.

  • October 23, 2017

    Dems Want Admin Progress On Security-Based Trade Probes

    A group of Democratic senators expressed concern to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the administration's shelving of security-based steel and aluminum investigations in favor of a legislative push for tax reform, arguing the two efforts are separate and delaying the investigation hurts U.S. workers.

  • October 23, 2017

    Investor Council Tardy With Del. Walmart Appeal Amicus Bid

    Delaware’s Supreme Court on Monday shot down as too late an investor group’s bid to weigh in on a closely watched appeal involving Walmart Corp., bribery in Mexico and the multijurisdictional fallout from stockholder derivative suit dismissals.

  • October 23, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Gulf Spat Churns, Appeals Rift Widens

    In Law360’s latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, a bitter showdown over a commercial boycott in the Persian Gulf lurches forward while members fail to gain traction in their quest to resolve a quarrel over the filling of vacant Appellate Body seats.

  • October 20, 2017

    Ukraine Tells WTO Russian Import Bans Are Retaliatory

    Ukraine complained that Russia has banned a variety of its imports on vague, unexplained grounds in a World Trade Organization request for consultations released Thursday, blocks Ukraine considers retaliation for choosing a trade pact with the European Union while spurning one of ex-Soviet states.

  • October 20, 2017

    Sony-Fujifilm Feud Lands Among New ITC Probes

    Fujifilm and Sony's ongoing patent battle over magnetic data storage tape imports has caught the attention of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the ITC revealed Thursday, the same day it announced two other separate probes into whether blood glucose monitors and reusable cloth diapers infringed U.S. patents and trademarks.

  • October 20, 2017

    2 Sens. Unveil Bill To Weigh Foreign Investments In US

    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio have floated legislation they say will ensure that foreign investments in the United States won’t harm domestic jobs or the economy, with Grassley saying the nation should follow in the footsteps of Europe, Canada, Australia and China.

  • October 20, 2017

    'Time Is Running Out' For Year-End WTO Agriculture Deal

    World Trade Organization members huddling to assess their effort to reach a deal on new agricultural trade rules before their year-end summit in Argentina were told Friday that “time is running out” for any real progress in the thorniest areas, according to Geneva officials.

  • October 20, 2017

    Steptoe Hires Ex-Federal Prosecutor For DC Office

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has added a former federal prosecutor and ex-Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner with expertise in economic sanctions and anti-money laundering regulation to its Washington, D.C., office.

  • October 20, 2017

    China Presses For US Compliance In WTO Dumping Fight

    China has applied more pressure on the U.S. to comply with a World Trade Organization decision that poked holes in certain portions of its anti-dumping investigation practices, according to a WTO document circulated on Friday.

  • October 19, 2017

    NCAI, Canadian First Nations Group Want In On NAFTA

    The National Congress of American Indians said in a statement Wednesday that its membership “overwhelmingly” backed the group’s alliance with the Assembly of First Nations to establish a role for indigenous peoples in ongoing talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • October 19, 2017

    NAFTA Withdrawal Could Pull Rug Out From US Investors

    With efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement showing little progress and the Trump administration doing little to quell fears it may withdraw altogether, NAFTA country investors could find investment protections enshrined in the deal "gone all of the sudden," experts say.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ukraine Opens New Front In Ongoing WTO Tussle With Russia

    The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of enacting new barriers to various food and beverage items in retaliation for Kiev’s decision to strengthen its economic ties to the European Union, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    EU Privacy Shield Gets Good Marks, For Now

    The European Commission gave mostly glowing reviews in its first-year report on the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield data transfer system, but legal experts say there's a chance that lingering national security worries in Europe could give detractors of the pact the chance to strike it down.

  • October 19, 2017

    US Blocks Timber Imports From Peruvian Logger

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday directed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to block future timber imports from a Peruvian logger suspected of illegal harvesting, the first time the country has halted the entry of lumber products from the South American nation under the terms of a trade deal.

  • October 19, 2017

    CIT Upholds Duty-Free Classification For Fiber Optics Gear

    The Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld a U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification of fiber optics modules, rejecting ADC Telecommunications Inc.’s argument that “optics” involve only visible light because it would render part of the U.S.' tariff schedule “largely meaningless.”

  • October 19, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Adds Ex-Nike Int’l Trade Atty In Asia

    Baker McKenzie has expanded its international commercial and trade practice in the Asia-Pacific region by hiring a former Nike Inc. in-house lawyer with experience advising clients on key trade issues in a variety of industries, the firm announced.

Expert Analysis

  • WTO's Boeing Ruling Highlights Importance Of Contingency

    Brendan McGivern

    The World Trade Organization Appellate Body recently ruled that tax incentives provided by Washington state in the aerospace sector are not prohibited import substitution subsidies. The decision indicates that a challenge to such subsidies can only succeed if it shows that they are contingent upon the use of domestic goods, says Brendan McGivern of White & Case LLP.

  • Inside CFIUS’ Annual Report: 7 Highlights

    Mario Mancuso

    Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States released its unclassified annual report for the 2015 calendar year. While dated, the information in the report is nevertheless useful — the data clearly point to the CFIUS future we are now living through, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • The North Korea Executive Order And How It May Affect You

    Brendan Hanifin

    A new executive order represents a significant escalation of U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and presents new compliance considerations for companies that conduct business with North Korean trading partners, including China, India and Russia, say Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: 'Bedlam' Redux

    Robert W. Ludwig

    After four decades attempting to apply the commercial-activity exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act — the most significant exception to sovereign immunity — no court has ever decided the meaning of the heart of the exception, and with it the FSIA, says Robert W. Ludwig, a founding member of Ludwig & Robinson PLLC.

  • The Brexit Threat To US-UK Aviation

    Kevin Gibbs

    Aviation between the U.S. and U.K. is currently governed by an EU-wide agreement. But the U.K. will not be covered by this agreement once it leaves the bloc — and yet while it is still an EU member, cannot negotiate a new agreement either, say attorneys with Bond Dickinson LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What’s Next For North Korea Sanctions

    Harry Dixon

    On Sept. 11, 2017, in response to North Korea’s continued development of an intercontinental ballistic missile program, the U.N. Security Council passed a new round of sanctions. It begs the question of whether sanctions are even effective against the "Hermit Kingdom," says Harry Dixon of Taylor English Duma LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

    file folder

    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • CFIUS Continues To Present Obstacle To Chinese Acquisitions

    Brendan Hanifin

    Although presidential intervention to block a planned acquisition is relatively rare, President Donald Trump’s executive order last week blocking Canyon from acquiring Lattice was not especially surprising in light of recent precedent, the cautious approach of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and public statements by the Trump administration regarding China, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    On CFIUS Reform, We Must Proceed With Caution

    DJ Rosenthal

    While some proposed changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States may be justified, others could undermine confidence in CFIUS as an unbiased institution acting in a fair and even-handed manner, says DJ Rosenthal, co-chairman of the CFIUS advisory practice at Kroll Associates.