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International Trade

  • October 14, 2009

    Corp. Counsel Split On Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver

    Corporate counsel are split on whether they support a prohibition that prevents government prosecutors from asking corporations to waive their attorney-client privilege, according to Fulbright & Jaworski LLP's 2009 Litigation Trends Survey.

  • October 14, 2009

    American Signature Appeals Denial Of DOC Injunction

    American Signature Inc. is appealing the denial of its bid for a temporary injunction that would block the U.S. Department of Commerce from reassessing duties against it associated with the import of wooden bedroom furniture from China.

  • October 14, 2009

    Little Tikes Hits CBP With Toy Import Tariff Suit

    The Little Tikes Co. has launched a suit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection claiming the agency improperly classified imports of its Jump N' Slide inflatable children's toys, resulting in higher tariff rates for the toy manufacturer.

  • October 14, 2009

    DDTC Amends Export Agreement Filing Guidelines

    The U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has updated the process for submitting agreements pertaining to export relations by issuing new guidelines for preparing these documents for the agency's new electronic filing system and for paper filing.

  • October 14, 2009

    Moving Beyond Doha's Past Mistakes

    Negotiators from key trading nations have agreed on a new plan for concluding the long-stalled Doha Development talks, with the first session to take place later this month. Experts say taking account of past mistakes is crucial to bridging the gaps between developing and advanced countries — but they remain skeptical that compromise will be obtained anytime soon.

  • October 14, 2009

    DOC Sued Over 3rd Review Of Vietnam Shrimp Duties

    After receiving a favorable ruling in a suit over an earlier review, 20 Vietnamese shrimp producers have sued the U.S. Department of Commerce over anti-dumping duties the agency levied on the companies in its third review of frozen warmwater shrimp imports.

  • October 14, 2009

    Feds Try To Quash Subpoena In Lumber Import Spat

    The U.S. has asked an international trade judge to quash a subpoena that an American softwood lumber company tried to serve to the person most knowledgeable about the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006 between the U.S. and Canada, in an ongoing dispute between lumber companies and the U.S. over the distribution of a lumber duties settlement.

  • October 14, 2009

    Philips Wins En Banc Review In CD Patent Case

    U.S. Philips Corp. and the U.S. International Trade Commission have won their bid for a rehearing by the full Federal Circuit in Philips' dispute with Princo Corp. over whether it entered into an illegal agreement with Sony Corp. to limit the development of alternative technology for making recordable compact discs.

  • October 14, 2009

    Semiconductor Cos. Fight IP Review In LSI 337 Case

    Respondents in a trade dispute brought by LSI Corp. and Agere Systems Inc. over a patent related to semiconductor chips have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to deny the complainants' request to reconsider a recent finding that the patent is invalid.

  • October 14, 2009

    Q&A With Lovells' Brad Ockene

    The most challenging legal problems in international trade are the explosion of national and regional regulations being applied extraterritorially, combined with cross-cultural suspicion and political rivalry, all of which make international business a complex and risky endeavor, says Brad Ockene, a partner in Lovells LLP's international trade law practice group.

  • October 13, 2009

    American Signature Fails To Block Duty Reassessment

    A judge on Tuesday denied American Signature Inc.'s bid for a temporary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Commerce from reassessing duties against the importer for wooden bedroom furniture from China, as well as dissolving a temporary restraining order.

  • October 13, 2009

    Section 337 Opens Doors For Foreign Manufacturers

    More foreign manufacturers are initiating Section 337 cases with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an effort to protect both their market share and their intellectual property rights — a trend that could have harmful consequences for U.S.-based companies, attorneys told Law360.

  • October 13, 2009

    ITC Upholds Carbon Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted unanimously to continue anti-dumping duties on cut-to-length carbon steel plate from China and suspension agreements on steel plate from Russia and the Ukraine, handing a victory to the U.S. steel industry and lawmakers who lobbied to continue the duties and agreements.

  • October 13, 2009

    Russian Gas Headed To China Under New Deal

    Russia and China reportedly agreed Tuesday to a deal that would have Russia's Gazprom send natural gas to China National Petroleum Corp., though the two sides have not yet settled on a price or signed a contract.

  • October 13, 2009

    WTO Chief Sees Open Trade As Route To Recovery

    The Doha Round of trade talks can act as a “global stimulus package,” while protectionism will only impede economic recovery, the head of the World Trade Organization said Tuesday.

  • October 13, 2009

    Q&A With Eckert Seamans' Stephen Foxman

    There will be growing opportunities for U.S.-based health care providers to utilize foreign products and services to control costs, says Stephen M. Foxman, a member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC's business division.

  • October 13, 2009

    DOC Cuts 2 Thai Shrimp Cos. From Duty Order

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has let Phatthana Frozen Food Co. Ltd. and Sea Wealth Frozen Food Co. Ltd. off the hook from an earlier order imposing anti-dumping duties on warmwater shrimp and prawns from Thailand.

  • October 13, 2009

    Open Services Markets Key To Doha Success: USTR

    Progress on the Doha Round of trade talks will require other countries to open up their services markets, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told a trade summit Tuesday.

  • October 12, 2009

    ITC Rules LG Didn't Infringe Whirlpool Fridge Patent

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has again determined that LG Electronics USA Inc. products do not infringe Whirlpool Corp.'s patent for ice storage bins in refrigerator doors, LG said Monday.

  • October 12, 2009

    Mexico Asks WTO To Mediate US Meat-Labeling Spat

    Mexico has joined Canada in asking the World Trade Organization to form an arbitration panel to resolve a dispute over the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling requirements for meat sold in the U.S.