International Trade

  • November 14, 2017

    US Poised To Slap New Tariffs On Chinese Plywood Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce inched closer to imposing new tariffs on Chinese hardwood plywood late Monday, finding that the merchandise had been illegally subsidized in Beijing and sold at unfairly low prices in the United States — handing a victory to a coalition of U.S. producers that has long pressed for a crackdown on its Chinese competitors.

  • November 14, 2017

    Chemical Importer Opposes Anti-Dumping Order At CIT

    Pharm-Rx Chemical Corp. has contested the International Trade Administration's decision backing an anti-dumping duty order on imports of glycine from the People’s Republic of China in the Court of International Trade, according to court documents filed on Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    TPP Revival Effort Leaves US Out In The Cold

    The 11 countries still under the Trans-Pacific Partnership umbrella revived the beleaguered pact over the weekend with tweaks to its intellectual property and shipping provisions, in a move that experts say will leave the U.S. vulnerable in the crucial Asia-Pacific region as the Trump administration narrows its trade focus.

  • November 13, 2017

    US, Vietnam Announce $12 Billion In New Trade Deals

    President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang announced $12 billion in new trade deals during a visit by Trump to Hanoi, Vietnam, this weekend, with both leaders vowing to deepen trade ties and cooperation between the two nations, according to an announcement by the White House Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Treasury Sanctions Venezuelan Officials, Cites Elections

    The U.S. Department of Treasury has sanctioned 10 Venezuelan government officials following the nation’s mid-October elections, saying the officials have had a hand in undermining electoral processes, censoring the media and participating in “rampant corruption” of government-run food programs.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trader Joe's Says Shoppers Lied About Truffle DNA Tests

    Trader Joe’s Co. has asked a New York federal court to impose sanctions on shoppers who filed a proposed class action accusing the grocery store of charging premium prices on truffle-flavored olive oil containing no black truffle, claiming Friday that the shoppers lied about whether DNA tests proved the lack of truffles.

  • November 13, 2017

    German Paper Co. Tariff Warranted, Commerce Tells Justices

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject arguments made by a German paper company that the agency’s determination of its more than 75 percent anti-dumping tariff was unlawful and not backed up by sufficient evidence, saying its use of adverse information available was warranted.

  • November 13, 2017

    China Aluminum Co. Kills $2.3B Aleris Deal Amid CFIUS Woes

    A U.S. unit of China’s Zhongwang International Group said Monday it has scrapped its planned $2.3 billion takeover, including debt, of private equity-backed aluminum manufacturer Aleris Corp., amid uncertainty about the deal’s ability to secure approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • November 9, 2017

    SEC Brass Says Kokesh Ruling A Concern For FCPA Cases

    A co-chief of enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a speech Thursday that the Supreme Court's recent ruling imposing a time limit for the agency to seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains is likely to have an outsized impact on time-consuming Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.

  • November 9, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Cuba Restrictions

    The Trump administration unveiled new trade and travel restrictions for Cuba that mark a gradual return to decades-old policy limiting American business dealings with the Communist island nation. Here, Law360 examines key takeaways from the travel restrictions in the U.S.'s updated Cuba sanctions policy.

  • November 9, 2017

    WTO Again Rules Against Indonesia In Food Import Fight

    A World Trade Organization appeals panel on Thursday sided with the U.S. and New Zealand in a dispute over the Indonesian government’s import restrictions on beef, poultry and various produce items, affirming a WTO body’s determination that the measures violate global trade rules.

  • November 9, 2017

    Commerce Inks Final Duties To Offset Biodiesel Subsidies

    The U.S. Department of Commerce set the stage for new tariffs ranging upward of 72 percent on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia on Thursday after determining that producers in those countries have benefited from unfair government subsidies.

  • November 9, 2017

    Drinker Biddle Taps Ex-Skadden Atty As Gov’t Policy Partner

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has added a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP counsel with extensive experience in international trade law to its government and regulatory affairs group, expanding the firm’s customs and trade capabilities.

  • November 9, 2017

    Bipartisan Bill Would Reduce Tariffs On Hundreds Of Imports

    Lawmakers from both parties on Thursday introduced legislation that would trim the duties on more than 1,800 imports deemed to not pose a competitive threat to U.S. producers, following a tariff bill that Congress revised last year.

  • November 9, 2017

    Alaska, W.Va. Ink Energy Development Deals With China

    A trio of Chinese energy and finance companies on Thursday breathed life into a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska that several major oil companies had soured on while a Chinese energy firm agreed in principle to invest nearly $84 billion in West Virginia gas and chemical manufacturing projects.

  • November 9, 2017

    New Balance Says Consumers Don't Care About 'Made In USA'

    New Balance Athletics Inc. urged a California federal court Wednesday to deny class certification in a suit alleging the company falsely labels its shoes as “Made in the USA,” saying a survey of California consumers indicates the majority don’t make purchasing decisions based on where the shoes are made.

  • November 9, 2017

    Turkish Banker Gets Go-Ahead For Depos, But No Trial Delay

    A manager at Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank got permission from a New York federal judge on Wednesday to depose four current and former bank employees less than three weeks before he goes on trial for allegedly participating in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, but the judge reiterated that the trial would not be delayed.

  • November 9, 2017

    Qualcomm Unveils $12B In China Deals Amid Trump's Trip

    A Qualcomm Inc. unit inked a series of potential deals worth $12 billion with three Chinese mobile handset makers in China on Thursday, an announcement that came as part of President Donald Trump’s visit to the country.

  • November 8, 2017

    Electrolux, LG Selling Washers At Below Normal Value: ITA

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that imports of large residential washers by Electrolux from Mexico and by LG from South Korea were sold in the U.S. through most of 2016 at prices below normal value, according to notices published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • November 8, 2017

    9th Circ. Urged To Revive $600M Mitsubishi Antitrust Row

    Sea Breeze Salt Inc. and Innofood urged a Ninth Circuit panel Wednesday to revive their $600 million antitrust suit against Mitsubishi stemming from its joint ownership of a Mexican sea salt exporting company, saying the lower court wrongfully applied a doctrine that prevents U.S. courts from ruling on a foreign state’s official acts.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • 6 Possible Iran Deal Scenarios

    Linda Tiller

    Last week, President Donald Trump refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This does not mean that the United States is abandoning the JCPOA, but it opens the door to a variety of possible outcomes, depending on what Congress and the White House do next, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Human Rights Compliance: Best Practices For Energy Cos.

    Viren Mascarenhas

    International human rights laws and norms are increasingly helping to shape how energy companies conduct business all over the world. Businesses in the energy sector need to undertake systematic human rights due diligence, starting from the senior leadership and working through all levels of the supply chain, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Green of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Take Down Or Stay Down: Digital Piracy And Trade Negotiation

    Dean Pinkert

    As NAFTA renegotiation reaches a critical juncture, an area of discussion that involves exceptionally difficult trade-offs concerns measures to combat digital piracy, says Dean Pinkert, a partner with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and former vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • The Future Of Standard-Essential Patents At The ITC

    Bryan J. Vogel

    For the second time in four years, the U.S. International Trade Commission has been asked to exclude products from import into the United States based on standard-essential patents. The Fujifilm case is a potential opportunity for the ITC to clarify what the proper test is for essentiality in the absence of a contractually agreed-upon definition, say Bryan Vogel and Derrick Carman ​​​of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • An Important Message For Midsized Government Contractors

    Thomas McVey

    Government contracts firms frequently ask questions about the application of International Traffic In Arms Regulations requirements, including how ITAR is applied to small and midsized companies. The Bright Lights case squarely addresses many of these questions, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.