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International Trade

  • August 4, 2009

    Sinochem Wins ITC Ruling In Coolant Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has effectively terminated an investigation into whether Sinochem Modern Environmental Protection Chemicals (Xi'an) Co. Ltd.'s refrigerants infringe a patent held by Ineos Fluor Holdings Ltd., deciding to nix an earlier ruling by an administrative law judge upholding the patent.

  • August 4, 2009

    Hynix Got Countervailable DRAM Subsidies: DOC

    The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce said Tuesday it had preliminarily determined that Hynix Semiconductor Inc. received countervailable subsidies in the dynamic random access memory semiconductor market.

  • August 4, 2009

    Business Groups Push For Green Trade Talks

    Trade groups are urging the Obama administration to pursue multiple avenues to lower trade barriers for green goods and services, even looking beyond the Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations if necessary.

  • July 31, 2009

    Food Safety Bill May Put Too Much On FDA's Plate

    The U.S. House of Representatives has signed off on a bill to overhaul how the Food and Drug Administration regulates and tracks food safety throughout supply chains, but experts are asking whether the FDA has the resources to pull off the ambitious new plan.

  • July 31, 2009

    WTO To Investigate US Ban On Chinese Poultry

    A World Trade Organization panel has decided to launch a formal inquiry regarding China's allegation that a U.S. ban on Chinese poultry violates international trade laws.

  • July 31, 2009

    PressTek Wins Early Round In Patent Spat Before ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has given an early nod to printing plate manufacturer PressTek Inc. in its patent dispute with rival VIM Technologies Ltd., ruling that a violation occurred in the import of infringing printing press technology.

  • July 31, 2009

    Oil Contractor To Pay $1M To Avoid FCPA Case

    Oil contractor Helmerich & Payne Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million as part of a nonprosecution deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve improper payments made by company employees to government officials in Latin America in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • July 31, 2009

    China Targets EU Over Taxes On Fastener Imports

    China has reportedly launched a trade case claiming the European Union is unlawfully taxing imports of Chinese-made steel fasteners used in a wide array of products, including furniture and automobiles.

  • July 30, 2009

    DOC Eases Anti-Dumping Order Against Chinese Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has reconsidered a 2004 determination against China-based Gerber Food (Yunnan) Co. Ltd. and Green Fresh (Zhangzhou) Co. Ltd. for allegedly scheming to evade anti-dumping duties and has cut the rate of anti-dumping duties initially imposed on their shipments of mushroom goods exported to the U.S.

  • July 30, 2009

    Insurers, Others Weigh In On US Model BIT Reform

    A range of interest groups has weighed in as the U.S. prepares to update its model bilateral investment treaty for the first time since 2004, including insurance industry representatives urging the government to use the document to push foreign countries to liberalize their own insurance markets.

  • July 30, 2009

    EU Inks Trade Deal With Papua New Guinea

    The European Union and Papua New Guinea signed off Thursday on an interim economic partnership agreement that will allow the South Pacific island to export to Europe without forking over trade charges in exchange for the gradual lifting of duties on most European imports.

  • July 30, 2009

    Food Importers Sue US Over Retaliatory Duties

    French Food Exports Inc. and Universal Trade Services Inc. have targeted the U.S. in a lawsuit, accusing it of unlawfully collecting excessive duties over the last two years on their liver products and other imported preserved French goods.

  • July 29, 2009

    BTG Takes Patent Fight Against Tech Giants To ITC

    BTG International Inc. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. flash memory chips and a slew of other manufacturers' products that contain them, opening a new front in a patent infringement fight already under way in federal court.

  • July 29, 2009

    Global Business Explosion Sparks Insurance Needs

    As companies become increasingly global and venture into emerging markets, they are likely to encounter new risks such as economic or political instability and gaps in insurance coverage. Demand for insurance products designed to address those issues is growing, although not all risks involved in international expansions are insurable, according to industry experts.

  • July 29, 2009

    Obama Renews Myanmar Sanctions, Jade Ban

    President Barack Obama has signed a bill renewing trade sanctions against Myanmar, as well as strengthening a ban on jade and other gemstones, in an effort to pressure the country's military junta to improve its human rights record.

  • July 29, 2009

    Flash Memory Cos. Told To Turn Over Sales Data

    A federal judge has ordered Hitachi America Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and other defendants in a consolidated antitrust class action against makers of flash memory chips to turn over non-U.S. sales data for the products.

  • July 29, 2009

    Used-Tech Co. Claims Exemption From DRAM Duties

    World Data Products Inc. has filed suit against the federal government, alleging the company was improperly assessed countervailing duties when it imported several shipments of memory modules from South Korea in 2005.

  • July 29, 2009

    US, China Pledge Trade Cooperation At Summit

    The United States has agreed to help push for China to receive market economy status, which China has said would help it in anti-dumping cases — one of several commitments the two countries made during the first meeting of their strategic economic dialogue.

  • July 29, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Refuses To Stay Vizio TV Ban For Appeal

    A federal appeals court has denied Vizio Inc.'s request to stay a U.S. International Trade Commission exclusion order barring certain digital television products from the U.S. while the company appeals a ruling that it infringed a Funai Electric Co. Ltd. patent.

  • July 29, 2009

    US Pushes To Toss Hitachi Suit Over TV Duties

    Citing lack of jurisdiction, the U.S. government has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to throw out a suit by Hitachi Home Electronics America Inc. alleging that it was improperly charged duties for importing flat-screen televisions from Mexico.