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International Trade

  • October 12, 2009

    Increased Dumping Rate Leads Furniture Co. To Sue US

    An American furniture importer has sued the U.S. Department of Commerce, alleging that it illegally jacked up the company's anti-dumping rate for wooden bedroom furniture from China months after an administrative review was completed.

  • October 12, 2009

    EU Recommends Extending Duties On Leather Shoes

    Seeking a compromise between European countries at odds over the continuation of anti-dumping duties on imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam, the European Commission has reportedly recommended extending the sanctions for 15 months.

  • October 12, 2009

    Gray Market Cases Stump Brand Owners, Attorneys

    Litigating cases involving gray market goods, or those sold outside a brand owner's authorized sale channels, can appear to be a relatively straightforward proposition, but the murky legal nuances involved can present some complex legal challenges, according to experts.

  • October 12, 2009

    WTO Says Informal Jobs Diminish Free Trade Gains

    High levels of informal employment in the developing world create poverty traps for workers transitioning between jobs and keep countries from experiencing the full benefit of loosened trade restrictions, the International Labour Organization and the World Trade Organization have found.

  • October 12, 2009

    Q&A With Baker & Daniels' Angie Castille

    It's likely that manufacturing platforms will shift from current low-cost countries to even less expensive countries, but that certain low-cost manufacturing countries will begin to consume and import more sophisticated products. The U.S. is likely to be the focus of attention from foreign investors, given historic low prices for excellent value, says M. Angella Castille, vice chairwoman of Baker & Daniels LLP's international practice.

  • October 12, 2009

    Sen. Lugar Pushes For ASEAN Free Trade Deal

    Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., has announced plans to introduce legislation encouraging the U.S. to begin negotiating a free trade agreement with Southeast Asia, in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to the region next month.

  • October 12, 2009

    China Seeks WTO Panel Ruling In EU Fastener Spat

    China upped the stakes Monday in its ongoing trade dispute with the European Union, asking a World Trade Organization settlement panel to rule on the legality of high European import tariffs levied on certain iron or steel fasteners made in China.

  • October 12, 2009

    US Shrimpers Challenge Chinese Import Duties

    A group of domestic shrimp producers is taking the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration to court over a final ruling that set anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from China, following a similar suit over Indian imports.

  • October 12, 2009

    South Africa, Brazil Join Hands In Trade Accord

    Leaders from South Africa and Brazil have penned an agreement aimed at promoting trade and investment between the two countries, marking the latest step in efforts to boost “South-South” trade relations.

  • October 12, 2009

    DC Circ. Revives Watchdog Suit Over DOC Info Request

    An appeals court has given Judicial Watch Inc. the go-ahead to pursue its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce, which the watchdog group says denied it access to meetings and documents for the North American Competitiveness Council, an international economic advisory council made up of business leaders from Chevron Corp., MetLife, Procter & Gamble and other corporations.

  • October 12, 2009

    ASUSTeK Can't Update Report In O2 Micro 337 Suit: ITC

    As the evidentiary hearing nears in O2 Micro International Ltd.’s suit over patents covering backlighting technology for liquid crystal displays, an administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Monolithic Power Systems Inc., ASUS Computer International and ASUSTeK Computer Inc.’s request to update the report of their expert witness, citing a tight schedule.

  • October 12, 2009

    China Bans Foreign Investment In Online Gaming

    China has banned foreign investment into its burgeoning online video game industry, saying the move is necessary to better regulate the games.

  • October 9, 2009

    Target, US Settle Footwear Import Dispute

    Target Stores and the U.S. government have reached a settlement over the duties for imports of footwear from China.

  • October 9, 2009

    Ford Heats Up CIT Import Duties Spat

    Ford Motor Co. is revving its engine in a dispute with the U.S. government over import duties the company paid on merchandise it said should have been exempt under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • October 9, 2009

    American Signature Burns Furniture Cross-Claims

    Furniture importer American Signature Inc. has asked a court to throw out a cross-claim by domestic manufacturers challenging the lawfulness of liquidating the company's anti-dumping duties at what could be a reduced rate.

  • October 9, 2009

    ITA Issues Anti-Dumping Duties On Tissue From China

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping duties on three companies that export certain types of tissue paper from China, rejecting protests from one of the respondents that its sales were negligible.

  • October 9, 2009

    Sen. Backs Tariff For Emission-Heavy Imports In Bill

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has urged fellow lawmakers to include policies to boost the U.S. economy and job market in clean energy legislation, including measures to prevent domestic manufacturers from suffering because of cheaper imports from countries that have not moved to deal with climate change.

  • October 9, 2009

    CIT Tosses Plastic Bag Anti-Dumping Duty Dispute

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has dismissed a Puerto Rican customs broker's suit over anti-dumping duties imposed on plastic shopping bags imported from Thailand, ruling that the company had failed to state a claim on which relief could be granted.

  • October 9, 2009

    Q&A With Phelps Dunbar's Jerry Hafter

    In the past, U.S. companies had a clear edge in development and marketing of new technologies worldwide, but today, engineers and scientists in multiple countries are on the cutting edge of new developments. U.S. companies have an uneven record in meeting these challenges, says Jerome C. Hafter, a leader in Phelps Dunbar LLP's international trade practice.

  • October 9, 2009

    International Trade Boutiques Find Niche, Price Point

    International trade practices at full-service law firms offer a wide range of resources and top-notch representation, but attorneys at international trade boutiques say their specialized practices and lower price points make them an attractive alternative for prospective clients.