International Trade

  • August 20, 2009

    ITC Narrows Final Order In Microphone Patent Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has narrowed an order of exclusion in a final determination against Mems Technology Berhad, which allegedly infringed microtechnology patents held by Knowles Electronics LLC.

  • August 20, 2009

    Crowell's Consulting Arm Nabs Deputy US Trade Rep

    C&M International Ltd., the consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring LLP, has picked up one of the nation's leaders in trade policy, U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier.

  • August 20, 2009

    Hilfiger, Others Sue US Over Gender-Based Duties

    Ten new companies — including Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. and Marshalls of MA Inc. — have sued the U.S. over clothing import duties, saying the government violated the Fifth Amendment when it charged disparate duties on products targeted to different genders and age groups.

  • August 20, 2009

    East Africa To Boost Cross-Border Trade Laws

    Members of the East African Community trade bloc reportedly plan to adjust their commercial laws in several areas, including banking and insurance, in an effort to increase transparency and raise investors' confidence in cross-border transactions.

  • August 20, 2009

    DOC Staff Shortage Doesn't Excuse Missed Work: Judge

    The U.S. Department of Commerce cannot use staff problems as an excuse to shirk work, the U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled in a case over Chinese honey dumping duties.

  • August 20, 2009

    ITC Rescinds Motorola Order In Tessera 337 Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has rescinded a cease-and-desist order it issued against Motorola Inc., in a case Tessera Inc. brought against companies including Spansion Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. over two semiconductor chip patents.

  • August 19, 2009

    Subsidized Chinese Kitchen Imports Harm US: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided that imports of kitchen shelving and racks made by Chinese companies that allegedly received electricity subsidies from the Chinese government either harm or threaten domestic producers.

  • August 19, 2009

    ITC Slashes Penalties In Ink Cartridge Patent Fight

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has lopped $9.4 million off a fine to China's NineStar Technology Co. Ltd., overruling an administrative law judge's recommended penalty in an ink cartridge patent investigation brought at the request of Seiko Epson Corp.

  • August 19, 2009

    China Likely Dumping Electric Blankets In US: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to pursue its investigation into imports of Chinese-made electric blankets, finding that China is likely dumping the blankets in U.S. markets.

  • August 19, 2009

    Injunction Granted In India Shrimp Duties Case

    The federal government is now barred from assessing lowered anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp from India, after a federal judge granted an injunction requested by domestic shrimp processors who sued the U.S. for decreasing the duties.

  • August 19, 2009

    Ford Takes US To Court Over Jaguar Import Duties

    Ford Motor Co. has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to force the U.S. to refund import duties on Jaguar automobiles, saying time has run out for the federal government to finalize the duties and that similar refunds were granted to other car importers.

  • August 18, 2009

    WTO Rejects US Appeal Over Zeroing

    The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has affirmed that the U.S. violated international trade rules through its controversial method of calculating anti-dumping duties known as zeroing.

  • August 18, 2009

    French-Food Importer Sues Over Retaliatory Duties

    Schratter Foods Inc., a U.S. importer of Roquefort cheese and French mini toast, has filed suit against the U.S. government, asserting that retaliatory duties imposed on those products in the wake of a European ban on hormone-injected beef should no longer apply because of a U.S. Court of International Trade ruling in a separate case.

  • August 18, 2009

    US, Steel Cos. Team Up For Chinese Pipe Duty Fight

    The United States and domestic steel pipe manufacturers have asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to toss a countervailing-duty complaint filed by a Chinese welded pipe exporter, which claims the U.S. inaccurately assessed levels of Chinese state control over business when setting import penalties.

  • August 18, 2009

    TGH International Trading Penalized For Toy Imports

    Los Angeles-based TGH International Trading Inc. has agreed to pay a $31,500 civil fine to settle claims that it imported toys with small parts that could choke children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

  • August 18, 2009

    Lawmaker Backs Resco Products' ITC Petitions

    In response to petitions Resco Products Inc. filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., has urged the ITC to find that dumped and subsidized imports of magnesia carbon bricks from China and Mexico are hurting the U.S. refractories industry.

  • August 18, 2009

    ITC Eyes Changes To NAFTA's Textile Rules

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking input on two recently initiated investigations concerning proposed modifications of rules of origin for textile and apparel that would apply the tariff provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • August 18, 2009

    US Shrimpers Seek Injunction On Import Duties

    A consortium of domestic shrimp processors that sued the U.S. for lowering anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp from India is now asking a federal judge to stop the government from collecting the lowered duties until the case is resolved.

  • August 17, 2009

    FMC Technologies Hit With Fine Over Valve Exports

    FMC Technologies Inc. has agreed to a $610,000 civil penalty to settle allegations brought by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security that the oil and gas industry specialty supplier exported unlicensed parts overseas.

  • August 17, 2009

    Tessera's Bid For Info In Spansion Ch. 11 Falls Flat

    The judge overseeing Spansion Inc.'s Chapter 11 proceedings has denied Tessera Inc.'s bid to compel the flash memory company to turn over information relating to its alleged infringement of Tessera patents, which Tessera said might be continuing in spite of orders from the U.S. International Trade Commission.