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International Trade

  • September 9, 2009

    Work Piles Up For International Trade Lawyers

    As the economy continues to sputter, many international trade attorneys say they are busier than ever assisting clients in navigating foreign markets through challenging times. And if history is any indication, they can expect to be putting in a lot more hours in the months to come.

  • September 9, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Denies Spansion Stay In Chip Patent Spat

    A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by Spansion Inc. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. to stay a limited exclusion and a cease-and-desist order, issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission in May, related to semiconductor chip patents asserted by Tessera Technologies Inc.

  • September 9, 2009

    China Subsidizes Drill Pipe Producers: ITA

    Chinese producers of drill pipes for oil and gas exploration are receiving massive subsidies from the Chinese government, severely impeding U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete, investigators at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration announced Wednesday.

  • September 9, 2009

    DDTC Toughens Rules For Military Exports

    The U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has announced that it is cracking down on improperly identified military-related products and technical data in response to an increase in exports improperly tagged “miscellaneous.”

  • September 9, 2009

    Vizio Fights Funai Bid To Block Digital TVs

    Vizio Inc. has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to allow it to intervene as a defendant in a suit by Funai Electric Co. Ltd. challenging the U.S. government's decision to allow digital televisions made by Vizio and others into the country, allegedly in violation of an exclusion order.

  • September 9, 2009

    ITA Extends Probe Of Duties On Argentine Honey

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has announced it will need more time to conduct a review on honey dumping from Argentina, citing the complexity of the issue.

  • September 9, 2009

    No More Special Licenses For Some Exports To Sudan

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control has lifted a requirement for special licenses from the U.S. government to export agricultural commodities, medicine and medical devices to certain areas of Sudan that the U.S. has already exempted from other sanctions.

  • September 9, 2009

    Q&A With O'Melveny's Ted Kassinger

    In the next five years, import remedies and trade agreements will evolve to accommodate a range of globalization issues that traditionally have not been the focus of trade policy, including environmental and labor practices, says Theodore W. Kassinger, co-chair of O'Melveny & Myers LLP's international trade practice.

  • September 9, 2009

    BIS Clamps Down On In-Country Transfers

    The Bureau of Industry and Security has published a final rule amending sections of the Export Administration Regulations, specifying that certain in-country transfers of sensitive items are now subject to licensing requirements.

  • September 8, 2009

    ITC Won't Toss Patent Testimony Against Amkor

    Semiconductor packaging company Carsem Sdn Bhd can use expert testimony that says rival Amkor Technology Inc.'s patent claims are obvious, the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled.

  • September 8, 2009

    Insurers, US Want Dumping Duty Surety Suit Tossed

    The U.S. Department of Commerce and a group of insurance companies including the Hartford Cos. and Great American Insurance Cos. have asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to throw out a $723 million purported class action by domestic producers of honey, garlic, crawfish and mushrooms over surety bonds issued to importers of those products to cover anti-dumping duties.

  • September 8, 2009

    Steel Plate Dumping Duties Should Stay: US Cos.

    Arguing that the weakened U.S. steel industry is vulnerable to an influx of new imports, three domestic steel producers have urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to retain anti-dumping duties on cut-to-length carbon steel plate from China, Russia and Ukraine.

  • September 8, 2009

    Saxon Trims ITC Patent Case Against Palm, Samsung

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has granted Saxon Innovations LLC's request to partially terminate the agency's investigation into one claim of a patent in Saxon's infringement suit against Palm Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over wireless communications devices.

  • September 8, 2009

    Red Bull Presses To Add Importers To 337 Probe

    Red Bull GmbH and U.S. unit Red Bull North America Inc. have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to add several importers to a Section 337 action, claiming they have acquired information that the companies imported energy drinks into the U.S. that infringe Red Bull copyrights and trademarks.

  • September 8, 2009

    9th Circ. Rejects Bid To Import Polar Bear Trophies

    A circuit panel has denied hunting group Conservation Force Inc.'s appeal seeking permission to import polar bear trophies, in one member case of a multidistrict litigation against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service over federal protections for the bear.

  • September 8, 2009

    Importers Fired Up Over Duties On Chinese Furniture

    Lifestyle Enterprise Inc., Orient International Holding Shanghai Foreign Trade Co. Ltd. and other importers have sued the U.S. Department of Commerce, arguing that a recent administrative review of anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture from China came after the legal deadline.

  • September 4, 2009

    Ford Sues US Over Drawback Claims

    Ford Motor Co. has sued the U.S. government, saying it should not have to repay a portion of the drawback refunds it received in 1996 and 1997 because the government cannot reach back and review claims that date back to about a decade ago.

  • September 4, 2009

    WTO Finds EU's Airbus Subsidies Illegal: Report

    The World Trade Organization has issued a long-awaited but confidential ruling in a dispute brought by Boeing Inc. over the legality of European Union subsidies given to French aircraft manufacturer Airbus SAS, reportedly finding the aid illegal.

  • September 4, 2009

    Feds Ease Restrictions On Family Visits To Cuba

    The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control has amended regulations on U.S.-Cuban relations, easing restrictions on family visits, family remittances and telecommunications.

  • September 4, 2009

    Steel Duty Distributions Violate NAFTA: ThyssenKrupp

    Mexican steel company ThyssenKrupp Mexinox SA de CV has asked a federal court to permanently halt the distribution to domestic producers of anti-dumping and countervailing duties levied against certain Mexican steel products, as well as rule that such activities violate the North American Free Trade Agreement.