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International Trade

  • June 25, 2018

    Chemical Co. Seeks $5M From Shipper Over Damaged Cargo

    A chemical wholesaler has launched a lawsuit in New York federal court demanding at least $5.5 million from a Republic of Georgia shipping company, after the company allegedly worked with its competitor to damage the wholesaler's synthetic chemicals while they were stored.

  • June 25, 2018

    CIT OKs Redo On Korean Steel Co.'s Dumping Margins

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has affirmed the U.S. Department of Commerce's recalculation of anti-dumping duties imposed on a Korean steel producer, concluding that the producer adequately explained certain deficiencies in its manufacturer's data.

  • June 25, 2018

    PE Closely Watching CFIUS Bill, Ropes & Gray Co-Chair Says

    Private equity firms are sweet on technology companies, as innovative platforms can offer big payoffs, but deal makers are closely watching how potential changes to national security oversight on cross-border deals could threaten to entangle funds with international backers, explained Will Shields, co-chair of Ropes & Gray LLP’s private equity practice.

  • June 25, 2018

    Harley-Davidson Eyeing Offshore Move To Skirt EU Tariffs

    Motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson said Monday that it is considering moving some of its production out of the U.S. in order to elude steep tariffs on its products that the European Union has imposed in retaliation for the Trump administration's sweeping steel and aluminum duties.

  • June 25, 2018

    EU, China Eye Closer Economic Ties Amid Trump Trade Brawl

    As the Trump administration imposes and threatens new trade barriers on key allies, two of its largest trading partners, the European Union and China, held talks on Monday to draw their economies closer together through a range of trade liberalization initiatives.

  • June 22, 2018

    Armenian Ex-Diplomat Aims To Nix Rolls-Royce Bribe Charges

    Armenia’s former ambassador to China urged an Ohio federal judge to toss a recent indictment that accused him of playing a role in helping a Rolls-Royce Group PLC subsidiary bribe foreign officials to win government contracts, arguing that U.S. statutes expressly bar extraterritorial application of money laundering laws.

  • June 22, 2018

    IPhone Chip Deal Loss Would Kill Intel 5G Plans, Atty Says

    Intel would likely ditch high-priority efforts to develop next-generation wireless technology if it were to lose a contract to supply mobile chips for the iPhone, even for only a year, a senior tech attorney for the company said Friday at an International Trade Commission patent case over Apple’s Intel-equipped handsets.

  • June 22, 2018

    Food Equipment Co. Fights To Dodge Tube Tariffs At CIT

    A domestic food equipment supplier asked the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday to shield it from tariffs on several product components the company imports from China, arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce did not have substantial evidence when the agency found that the imported parts would be subject to its anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

  • June 22, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: US Continues Appellate Body Squeeze

    In Law360's latest look at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the U.S. delegation criticizes the WTO's Appellate Body for continuing to miss procedural deadlines while blocking the appointment of new judges and ensuring that the delays will continue.

  • June 22, 2018

    Convicted Chinese Billionaire Denies 'Special Treatment'

    Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng is not out for “special treatment,” only time to get his business affairs in order, his lawyers told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday, in asking for two extra months before he surrenders to begin a four-year sentence in federal prison for bribing international diplomats.

  • June 22, 2018

    ITC Scraps Commerce’s Proposed Resin Tariffs On India

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Friday that subsidized Indian imports of a resin product used for non-stick pans were not harming domestic industries, tossing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s proposed countervailing duty of 3.6 percent.

  • June 22, 2018

    CIT Mostly Upholds Commerce Ruling In Vietnam Shrimp Row

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has largely sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce's anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Vietnam, finding that the department did not err by assigning unexamined Vietnamese shrimp importers the same dumping rate as one of the mandatory respondents.

  • June 22, 2018

    CIT OKs How Commerce Classified Pasta In Dumping Case

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s determinations in a long-standing anti-dumping duty review of certain pasta entering the United States from Italy, finding the agency did not err in how it classified a company’s pasta shapes.

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Man Accused Of Smuggling Submarine Tech

    A Chinese man who is a lawful permanent resident of Massachusetts was accused on Thursday of illegally exporting submarine detection equipment for a Chinese military research institute that has been flagged by the U.S. Department of Commerce for national security concerns.

  • June 21, 2018

    Japan, S. Korea Poised For WTO Clash Over Steel Duties

    The Japanese government has brought a World Trade Organization case challenging South Korea’s decision to maintain anti-dumping duties on its stainless steel bars, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Insurer Can't Recover Costs From Engine Transport Snafu

    An insurer for a General Electric unit cannot put shipping company Agility Logistics Corp. on the hook for the costs to inspect a jet engine that Agility failed to transport properly, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday, holding that the insurance company’s suit is barred under an international treaty because the engine was not damaged in transit.

  • June 21, 2018

    Oman Sues US Mining Co. Owner Over Unpaid $5.6M Award

    Oman sued a U.S. mining company owner in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging he has failed to pay any part of a $5.6 million arbitration award issued against him by an International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal in a dispute over mining leases.

  • June 21, 2018

    Google Urged To Drop Huawei Collab Over Security Concerns

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has asked Google to rethink its relationship with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which some American intelligence officials have flagged as a national security threat.

  • June 21, 2018

    Venezuela Must Pay $101.6M Award, Food Products Co. Says

    Vestey Group Ltd. enlisted the help of a D.C. federal court to enforce a $101.6 million award against Venezuela that was issued after the cash-strapped South American nation wrested control of the British food products company's nearly 100-year-old cattle ranching operation in the country.

  • June 21, 2018

    Rubio Pushes Tough Line On Chinese Tariffs, Tech Sanctions

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded recently announced tariffs on Chinese imports Thursday while slamming the Trump administration’s reversal on a decision to lock telecommunications company ZTE out of the U.S., saying firm measures are needed to address intellectual property theft and national security threats posed by China.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Elbit Settlement Shows Breadth Of FCPA Accounting Rules

    Alice Hsieh

    In March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a settlement with Elbit Imaging Ltd. related to alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The lack of confirmation that fees were in fact given to a foreign official is an example of the broad reach of the FCPA's accounting provisions, says Alice Hsieh of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 'Made In USA' Ruling Reflects New, Looser Calif. Standard

    Richard Fama

    The Ninth Circuit recently concluded that a California lawsuit brought over product labeling was governed by the amended version of the state's "Made in the USA" statute, even though the plaintiff purchased the goods in question before the statute was amended. Manufacturers faced with similar suits should look to this decision for guidance, say Richard Fama and F. Brenden Coller of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Treatment Of International Income

    Jeffrey Friedman

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Its international tax provisions — including the transition tax, the foreign-source dividends received deduction, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and others — have far-reaching implications for state tax systems that broadly conform to the IRC, and present significant compliance burdens for taxpayers, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • OFAC License For Rusal Wind-Down Shows Flexible Approach

    Anthony Rapa

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a license authorizing the winding down of business with a Russian aluminum company targeted by recent sanctions. The terms of the license reflect a potentially flexible approach from the Trump administration regarding the latest round of sanctions designations, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.