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International Trade

  • October 19, 2009

    Long-Dormant Bakeware Duties Case Revived

    Cake decorating equipment and bakeware company Wilton Industries Inc. is reviving several long-dormant import tariff disputes after a federal appeals court issued a favorable ruling for the company in a similar case against the government two years ago.

  • October 19, 2009

    Red Bull Settles Gray Market Suit Against Distributor

    Red Bull GmbH has settled its gray market lawsuit against Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Lamont Distributors Inc. as the Austrian energy drink giant presses its campaign against companies that it says peddle products not intended for sale in the United States.

  • October 19, 2009

    Indian Matchboxes Dumped, Subsidized: ITA

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has determined that Indian exporters of commodity matchbooks to the U.S. are dumping the product at less than fair market value and having it subsidized by India's government.

  • October 19, 2009

    Seagate, LSI Come Out Ahead In Chip Patent Ruling

    An administrative law judge has largely found in favor of defendants Seagate Technology and LSI Corp. in a patent suit filed by Qimonda AG alleging importation of semiconductor integrated circuit chips that infringe Qimonda’s patents, finding that the defendants either did not infringe the patents-at-issue or that the patents are invalid.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITC Rejects Duties For Argentine Piston Parts

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided against imposing countervailing duties on imports from Argentina of piston inserts used in diesel engines, ruling that the imports do not injure or threaten U.S. industry.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITC Jams InterDigital's Section 337 Claims V. Nokia

    Nokia Corp.'s 3G wireless handsets do not infringe patents assigned to InterDigital Communications LLC, the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled, affirming an administrative law judge's final initial determination in favor of Nokia in August.

  • October 19, 2009

    Apple Can't Add Defense In ITC Action: Spansion

    Bankrupt flash memory provider Spansion Inc. has fired back at Apple Inc., saying it is attempting to sidestep a bankruptcy court's order and add the affirmative defense of express license against Spansion's patent infringement complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITA Tweaks ArcelorMittal Duties On Steel In Coil

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has said ArcelorMittal's steel plate in coils from Belgium will be subject to a revised anti-dumping duty, following the company's challenge to the preliminary results of a recent review.

  • October 19, 2009

    Japan Vows to Pursue EU Free-Trade Deal

    A top Japanese official has reportedly vowed to increase efforts to reach a free-trade agreement with the European Union in the wake of the EU's recent agreement with South Korea.

  • October 19, 2009

    EU May End Sri Lanka Trade Regime Over Human Rights

    The European Union is poised to remove Sri Lanka from a preferential trading regime that spared Sri Lankan exporters over $100 million in tariffs in 2008, after discovering massive abuses of human rights in the country since the end of its long, bloody civil war earlier this year.

  • October 19, 2009

    Lawyers Hold High Hopes For Export Control Reform

    America's export control system, created during the Cold War, has long been in need of a major overhaul, according to lawyers, many of whom are optimistic that those changes may finally be made now that the Obama administration has placed reform high on its agenda.

  • October 19, 2009

    Q&A With LeClairRyan's Stanley North

    One of the most challenging problems in international trade law today is that many clients must operate in a manner that serves the seemingly inconsistent regulations of several countries, says Stanley U. North III, a partner in LeClairRyan's corporate group who specializes in international trade.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITA Backs Continuation Of Plastic Bag Dumping Duties

    Lifting anti-dumping duty orders on plastic bags imported from China, Malaysia and Thailand would lead to a recurrence of dumping, the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has concluded.

  • October 19, 2009

    US, Maldives Sign Treaty To Promote Trade, Investment

    The U.S. has inked a trade and investment framework agreement with the island nation of the Maldives, a move that will provide the nations with a forum to discuss ways to promote bilateral trade and investment.

  • October 16, 2009

    ITC Staff Says Nvidia, Others Infringe Rambus Patents

    A U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommendation has said chip maker Nvidia Corp. and 16 other respondents infringe patents held by Rambus Inc. for memory controllers related to graphics processors.

  • October 16, 2009

    Europe-Korea Free Trade Deal Puts Pressure On US

    A free trade deal between the European Union and South Korea — designed to eliminate more than $2.3 billion in tariffs, as well as other barriers between the $97 billion trading partners — adds economic and political pressure on the United States to implement its own pact with the Asian powerhouse, experts say.

  • October 16, 2009

    CIT Backs Export Price Increase On Thai Steel

    In a consolidated challenge of anti-dumping duties on steel pipes from Thailand, the U.S. Court of International Trade has rejected domestic steel pipe producers' objections to the way that export price increases were calculated and told regulators to revise the hike to reflect actual duty drawback costs.

  • October 16, 2009

    How To Craft An Effective FCPA Compliance Program

    Given the recent boom in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions, businesses should put safeguards in place to avoid getting ensnared in a potentially costly investigation. Experts in the field shared with Law360 tips for creating and implementing an FCPA program, stressing the need for in-person training and user-friendly guidelines.

  • October 16, 2009

    CIT Affirms Commerce's Duties On Indian Film

    A federal judge has denied MTZ Polyfilm Ltd.'s bid to overturn several decisions made by the U.S. Department of Commerce during its administrative review of countervailing duties imposed on polyethylene film imported from India.

  • October 16, 2009

    Russia Backs Off Bid To Join WTO As Customs Union

    Russia has reportedly backed away from joining the World Trade Organization as a customs union, but still plans to work closely with two former Soviet republics in its continuing negotiations for WTO membership.