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International Trade

  • August 25, 2009

    Investors Flock To South Korea Despite Downturn

    Despite the global economic meltdown, South Korea is increasingly becoming a hotbed for direct foreign investment, which reportedly totaled $6.79 billion in the first seven months of this year.

  • August 25, 2009

    NY Freight Co. Fined Over Scrap Exports To Pakistan

    A Manhattan-based shipping company has agreed to pay a $70,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated export control regulations by arranging for the shipment of scrap metal to a company in Pakistan without the proper license.

  • August 24, 2009

    ITC To Dig Deeper In Chinese Ribbon Investigation

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that there is a reasonable indication the U.S. industry for ribbons used on scrapbooks and floral arrangements is threatened by imports from China and Taiwan sold at Michael's Stores Inc. and Target Corp.

  • August 24, 2009

    ITC Launches Samsung Flash Memory Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Monday it would begin investigating several major technology companies using, importing or making Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. flash memory chips, at the behest of BTG International Inc., which claims the chips infringe several of its patents.

  • August 24, 2009

    Cargill, Others Seek To Intervene In Citric Acid Suit

    Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Inc. and Tate & Lyle Americas Inc. have filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the U.S. International Trade Commission in a case involving imports of citric acid and citrate salts from Canada and China.

  • August 24, 2009

    China Mulls Expansion Of Yuan Trade Program

    As part of a push to internationalize China's currency, government officials are reportedly considering whether to broaden a trial program that allows imports and exports to be paid for in yuan.

  • August 24, 2009

    Catfish Cos. Want Duties On Vietnam Exports Adjusted

    Industry representative Catfish Farmers of America and several individual U.S.-based catfish farmers have lodged a complaint contesting the results of the International Trade Administration's review of an anti-dumping duty on two companies that export frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.

  • August 24, 2009

    Nintendo, Hillcrest Reach Deal In Suits Over Wii

    Nintendo Co. has signed a license agreement with Hillcrest Laboratories Inc. and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to wind down its investigation into allegations that the remote control devices for its hugely popular Wii video game system infringed several of Hillcrest's patents.

  • August 21, 2009

    Calif. Nazi-Looted Art Statute Preempted: 9th Circ.

    A California statute giving artwork owners and their heirs the right to sue to reclaim works stolen by Nazis is preempted by federal law, an appeals court has affirmed while leaving the door open for the daughter-in-law of a dead Jewish art dealer to recover two paintings she alleges were looted during the Holocaust.

  • August 21, 2009

    Toasted Bread Importer Sues US Over Hormone Duties

    Importer Monviso USA LLC has become the second European food importer in the space of a week to sue the U.S. government over retaliatory duties imposed on food products in the wake of a European ban on hormone-treated beef, alleging the duties have been improperly collected.

  • August 21, 2009

    DOC Tells CIT Steel Dumping Review Will Stand

    Ordered by the U.S. Court of International Trade to reconsider its decision not to halt a steel dumping review involving ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., the Department of Commerce has thought the matter over — and come to the same conclusion, it said.

  • August 21, 2009

    ITC Orders O2 Micro Employees To Talk

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has rejected a request by technology security company O2 Micro International Ltd. to bar the deposition of 11 of its employees in the company's patent infringement dispute with Monolithic Power Systems Inc. and other technology designers.

  • 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.