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International Trade

  • April 24, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Arbitration Pro

    Holland & Knight LLP has landed a former Baker McKenzie arbitration pro with a decadeslong background in Latin American disputes to head the firm's litigation and arbitration practice in Mexico City.

  • April 24, 2018

    Justices Ask What Deference US Courts Owe Foreign Gov'ts

    The U.S. Supreme Court explored the appropriate level of deference that U.S. courts should pay a foreign country’s interpretation of its own laws during oral arguments Tuesday in a price-fixing case against Chinese vitamin C exporters, a question of increasing relevance in today’s interconnected world.

  • April 24, 2018

    White House Steeling For Trade Talks With China

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would dispatch two of his top economic advisers to China “in a few days” to discuss the two countries’ escalating trade tensions over steel and aluminum tariffs, technology policy and intellectual property enforcement.

  • April 24, 2018

    Africa Trade Backers Hoping For Boost With New Legislation

    President Donald Trump signed a bill late Monday that will direct the government to up its promotion of U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa to businesses and lawmakers who feel that engagement with the region has needlessly languished in recent years.

  • April 24, 2018

    China-Linked Co. Contests US Duties On Aluminum Pallets

    Perfectus Aluminum, a U.S.-based company reportedly founded by the son of Chinese aluminum magnate Liu Zhongtian and now owned by Jacky Cheung, has contested a U.S. Department of Commerce ruling that heavy tariffs on Chinese aluminum applied to its shipping pallets, according to documents filed Monday in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • April 24, 2018

    Finance Firms Must Plan For Any Brexit Outcome, EU Warns

    Financial firms in the U.K. and the European Union must prepare for all possible outcomes of the Brexit negotiations, including the risk of a divergence in supervision that could affect the bloc’s decisions on granting U.K.-based firms regulatory “equivalence,” a senior EU official warned Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2018

    Tile Shop Aims To Settle Investor Suits Over Supplier Link

    Directors of Tile Shop Holdings Inc. filed a proposed settlement in Delaware’s Chancery Court Monday, promising to overhaul internal controls in the hope of resolving two derivative lawsuits filed over the board’s conflicted relationship with a Chinese supplier that caused the company to sell lead-contaminated tile products.

  • April 23, 2018

    US Launches Probe Into Chinese Steel Wheel Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is launching an investigation into complaints by Accuride Corp. and Maxion Wheels Akron LLC that a slew of Chinese companies are dumping steel wheels on American shores and receiving unfair subsidies, according to a Federal Register notice released Monday.

  • April 23, 2018

    DOJ Expects New Foreign Ally In Bribery Fight, Deputy Says

    Another country is soon likely to join the likes of Brazil, Sweden and others whose enforcement agencies have coordinated resolutions of foreign bribery cases with the U.S. Department of Justice, an official said on Monday.

  • April 23, 2018

    EU, Mexico Agree To Broader Trade Deal Nixing Tariffs

    Trade officials with the European Union and Mexico announced that they have struck a bilateral free trade agreement that would eliminate virtually all duty payments between the two economies and further open government contracts by the North American nation to European companies.

  • April 23, 2018

    Failed Fraud Doesn't Doom $4.9M Award In Steel Sale Row

    An English appeals court on Monday upheld the enforcement of a $4.9 million arbitration award issued to a Chinese metals supplier against a British company over an alleged breach of a steel contract, finding that although the manufacturer may have tried to forge shipping documents, it failed, and failed forgery is no fraud at all. 

  • April 23, 2018

    US Blasts China For 'Inadequate' Subsidy Notice

    The U.S. called out China in a World Trade Organization filing Friday for failing to give a complete picture of certain subsidy programs it provides to companies within the emerging industries, steel and fisheries sectors, as required by WTO rules.

  • April 23, 2018

    Treasury Ease Sanctions On Russian-Linked Aluminum Giant

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Monday partially walked back sanctions imposed earlier this month against United Co. RUSAL, the world’s second-largest aluminum producer, in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria and interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • April 20, 2018

    Vitamin C Importers Urge Less Int’l Deference At High Court

    Vitamin C importers told the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief ahead of oral arguments next week that domestic courts are not required to defer to a foreign government's interpretation of its own laws, in a closely watched price-fixing case set to include participation from both the U.S. and China over the vacating of a $147.8 million judgment.

  • April 20, 2018

    Navy Sec. Seeks Way To Keep Adversaries Out Of DOD Deals

    Navy Secretary Richard Spencer at a Senate panel hearing Thursday called on the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an algorithm to detect and prevent instances of adversaries accessing sensitive information through contracts, pointing to a close call involving Chinese telecommunication equipment company Huawei Technologies.

  • April 20, 2018

    New VAT Rates May Help China Retain Multinational Firms

    A seemingly small change to China’s value-added tax rates set to go into effect next month may not be enough to give China an edge over the U.S. in drawing new businesses, but it could encourage existing multinational businesses to stay put.

  • April 20, 2018

    EU Advances Trade Deals With Japan, Singapore

    The European Commission on Thursday presented to the European Council the separate trade and investment deals it hopes the European Union will strike with Japan and Singapore that would sweep the economies under united sets of trading rules.

  • April 20, 2018

    Chinese Carbon Firm Loses Comparative Country Fight

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce's selection of Thailand as the comparative country for setting anti-dumping duty rates for certain activated carbon from China, but kicked back several of the department's specific determinations in the matter.

  • April 20, 2018

    Korean Steel Co. Challenges Anti-Dumping Findings At CIT

    A South Korean producer has launched a complaint before the U.S. Court of International Trade contesting the rate it was assigned in an anti-dumping duty review of Korean oil piping materials, arguing that one translation mistake in a financial statement did not warrant the court's decision to assign an adverse rate.

  • April 20, 2018

    UK Treasury Chief Presses For Global Dirty Money Crackdown

    Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond called on international financial services and insurance regulators on Friday to impose tighter sanctions on North Korea to help put a stop to dirty money used to fund weapons of mass destruction.

Expert Analysis

  • New Bribery Suit's Implications For Venezuela Restructuring

    Richard Cooper

    The decision by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA to pursue claims in the U.S. over an alleged bribery scheme raises a number of legal and strategic issues not just for the defendants named in the suit, but also for PDVSA’s bondholders and creditors of the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • How The Export Control Reform Act Would Impact Companies

    Mario Mancuso

    Last month, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, which could have a significant impact on restricting access to U.S. technology, even within the United States. Companies should be aware that the act would increase compliance complexity and heighten enforcement risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Trends In China's Food And Packaging Laws: Part 2

    David Ettinger

    China has recently implemented a number of changes to its food regulatory system. U.S. beef can again be imported to China after a 14-year prohibition. But companies must comply with new standards for food manufacturer certification, food labeling and food packaging, say attorneys with Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Trends In China's Food And Packaging Laws: Part 1

    David Ettinger

    As China says "zai jian" to the Year of the Rooster and "ni hao" to the Year of the Dog, it's a good time to reflect on developments in China's food laws in 2017. Many important food regulations and standards were revised, including rules on health foods, GMOs and infant formula, say attorneys with Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Shipping Cos. Must Review New North Korea Sanctions Risks

    Michael Zolandz

    The U.S. government recently announced a new tranche of sanctions aimed at disrupting North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels, and issued a global advisory highlighting the sanctions risks for insurers, flag registries, shipping companies and financial institutions. Companies in the maritime sector should assess their compliance policies in light of this guidance, say attorneys with Dentons.