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International Trade

  • October 9, 2018

    Commerce Finds Mexican Steel Pipes, Tubes Were Dumped

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that sales of certain types of carbon steel pipes and tubes from Mexico have been sold in the United States at unlawfully low prices, the department plans to announce on Wednesday.

  • October 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Mulls Unsettled McDonnell Issues In Guinean Case

    A convicted former Guinean mining minister's attorney told an appeals court panel on Tuesday that the Supreme Court's McDonnell ruling should apply to foreign bribery law, leading one appellate judge to muse that the Second Circuit has yet to limit the ruling to specific laws.

  • October 9, 2018

    Greek Mining Co. Owes Tax For $4M Spinoff, DC Circ. Hears

    A U.S. tax judge improperly applied a Treasury regulation when he ruled that a Greek mining company did not owe U.S. taxes on roughly $4 million in gains from its sale of holdings in a Pennsylvania-based magnesite producer and distributor, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday before a D.C. Circuit panel.

  • October 9, 2018

    Trump Says China 'Not Ready' To Strike Tariff Truce

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has rebuffed China’s efforts to hold negotiations aimed at ending the two governments’ escalating tariff battle, declaring that Beijing is “not ready” to make necessary concessions to the U.S. government.

  • October 9, 2018

    Taiwanese Ribbon Importer Hit With Penalty Duty Rate

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that an importer of ribbon used in scrapbooks and floral arrangements should be hit with an adverse anti-dumping duty rate after the company declined to participate in a related investigation of the products originating from Taiwan, the department announced Tuesday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Brexit Complications Causing Headaches For WTO Members

    The United Kingdom’s impending departure from the European Union continued to sow discomfort at the World Trade Organization Tuesday as members questioned the EU’s complex proposals for the two parties to co-exist in Geneva after their split.

  • October 5, 2018

    CIT Affirms Commerce's Duties On Chinese Steel Nail Imports

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday affirmed duties on Chinese-made steel nails by a Stanley Black & Decker subsidiary, concluding that the U.S. Department of Commerce did not err in relying on surrogate data from an Indian company in its calculation.

  • October 5, 2018

    Chase Pays $5.3M For Settling Sanctioned Airlines' Bills

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has agreed to pay $5.3 million over transactions that it handled for a U.S. organization that settled bills between airlines, including some carriers that were under sanctions at the time, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Friday.

  • October 5, 2018

    'No Boundaries' On Trump's Tariff Authority, Steel Users Say

    Steel users challenging the Cold War-era law President Donald Trump has used to impose national security-based tariffs told the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday that the law essentially places “no boundaries” on executive trade power and violates the Constitution.

  • October 5, 2018

    WTO Clears Colombia In Apparel Clash With Panama

    A World Trade Organization panel found Friday that the Colombian government has removed or mitigated its import hurdles on apparel, textiles and footwear, turning aside protestations from Panama that its goods were still being discriminated against.

  • October 5, 2018

    Commerce Hits Chinese, Italian Cos. With Pipe Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has finalized duties on imports of steel pipe fittings from Italy and China after finding that the merchandise was being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value, according to a notice published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • October 4, 2018

    Qatar Seeks WTO Talks With Saudi Arabia Over IP Piracy Row

    Qatar has requested World Trade Organization dispute consultations with Saudi Arabia over intellectual property rights owned by the country's nationals, saying Saudi Arabia's imposition of punitive political measures against Qatar has resulted in widespread broadcasting piracy of sports and entertainment network beIN Media Group LLC.

  • October 4, 2018

    Texas Judge Adds 2 Years To ZTE Oversight In Sanctions Case

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will spend an extra two years under the scrutiny of a Texas federal judge’s hand-picked monitor after the judge found on Wednesday that the company had violated its probation in a criminal sanctions case.

  • October 4, 2018

    Hong Kong Doc Denied Bail As Flight Risk In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge denied bail once again on Thursday to a doctor from Hong Kong accused of bribing African officials for favors in the energy and banking industries, saying he’s a flight risk and there are no conditions the court could set to guarantee his presence at trial.

  • October 4, 2018

    Pence Slams China For Election Meddling With Tariff Salvos

    Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday forcefully rebuked China for attempting to interfere in the looming midterm elections with retaliatory tariffs and propaganda campaigns, following President Donald Trump's lead and veering the two countries' trade battle squarely into political territory.

  • October 4, 2018

    AFL-CIO Won't Endorse New NAFTA Without More Details

    After pillorying the North American Free Trade Agreement for more than two decades, the AFL-CIO on Thursday said it is not yet ready to endorse the Trump administration's new accord with Canada and Mexico until it learns more about how the deal will be implemented and enforced.

  • October 4, 2018

    Juul Slams Rivals Over 'Inappropriate' E-Cig Flavors At ITC

    E-cigarette company Juul on Wednesday hit several competitors with a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission, accusing them of selling and importing copycats that infringe on its patents and use inappropriate flavors targeted toward children.

  • October 3, 2018

    CIT Affirms Commerce's Duty Calculation On S. Korean Steel

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday affirmed the methods used by the U.S. Department of Commerce to assign anti-dumping margins on the importers of certain carbon steel pipes and tubes originating from South Korea.

  • October 3, 2018

    US Scraps Decades-Old Iran Treaty After ICJ Sanctions Order

    Hours after the International Court of Justice ordered the U.S. on Wednesday to lift sanctions affecting the trade of humanitarian items and civil aviation-related goods to Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. would be terminating an underlying decades-old treaty with the Middle Eastern nation.

  • October 3, 2018

    Insurers Slammed At Trial Over Iran Sanctions Argument

    A mining company told a London judge Tuesday that several American-owned insurers are violating English criminal law by relying on U.S. nuclear sanctions to refuse to cover the theft of $3.8 million worth of steel from an Iranian port.

Expert Analysis

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 9th Circ. Broadly Interprets Service Rules For Foreign Cos.

    Daniel Prince

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in the Pangang trade secrets case provides the U.S. government substantially more methods by which it can properly serve foreign organizations, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • Cos. Must Prepare For Toughening Russia Sanctions

    Mario Mancuso

    On Monday, the U.S. Department of State enacted the first round of sanctions against Russia in response to the March 2018 poisoning of the Skripal family in the United Kingdom. The impact of these sanctions is somewhat limited, but the next round of sanctions, expected in early November, may be more sweeping, say attorneys with Kirkland Ellis LLP.

  • 2nd Circ. Restricts The FCPA's Reach

    Brad Karp

    The Second Circuit’s opinion last week in U.S. v. Hoskins limits the U.S. Department of Justice’s ability to prosecute foreign individuals or companies for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. The opinion also flatly contradicts the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s 2012 FCPA resource guide, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Impeaching President Trump

    Barbara Radnofsky

    U.S. impeachment practice permits the strategic combination of claims in “omnibus” or “catch-all” articles. With that in mind — and considering precedent set by the Clinton impeachment and others — attorney Barbara Radnofsky offers her version of an omnibus article of impeachment against the current U.S. president.

  • Brexit: Bracing For A No-Deal Scenario

    Ross Denton

    Once considered the “cliff edge,” the possibility of the United Kingdom exiting from the European Union without agreeing on a trade deal has moved from unthinkable to increasingly likely. Both sides are ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario, which would have significant implications for businesses in all sectors, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie LLP.