International Trade

  • August 09, 2022

    Chinese, US Firms Accused Of Counterfeiting Ford Products

    Ford is accusing Chinese and U.S. firms of trademark infringement and unfair competition for selling counterfeit Ford parts that would have amounted to millions of dollars if genuine, after Ford had made test purchases and police checked U.S. warehouses.

  • August 09, 2022

    Trade Court OKs Duty Calculations On Steel Nails From Oman

    The U.S. Court of International Trade accepted the U.S. Department of Commerce's fourth attempt at calculating anti-dumping duties on certain steel nails from the Sultanate of Oman, saying Monday it had no problem with the financial statements Commerce chose to rely on.

  • August 09, 2022

    Trade Court Singes Commerce In Partial Carbon Tariff Remand

    The U.S. Department of Commerce must justify its treatment of charcoal inputs and other cost data after a trade judge ordered a partial remand in the agency's 12th review of tariffs on activated carbon from China.

  • August 09, 2022

    US To Boost Chipmaking With Tax Credit, Subsidies

    President Joe Biden signed major legislation into law Tuesday that will bolster domestic semiconductor production by offering incentives that include a 25% tax credit for new manufacturing facilities.

  • August 08, 2022

    Patent Co. Run By Russ August Attys Has Suit Axed By ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that a patent licensing company controlled by attorneys from Russ August & Kabat cannot sue NetApp over a former Nokia patent, saying the case is barred due to a separate license agreement with RPX Corp.

  • August 08, 2022

    Treasury Bans Crypto Tool Allegedly Used By North Korea

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday sanctioned digital currency "mixer" Tornado Cash, a service that U.S. officials say has been used by a North Korean hacking group to launder more than $455 million of stolen funds.

  • August 08, 2022

    Commerce Says Russia Is Still A WTO Trade Partner

    The U.S. International Trade Administration has declined to set tariffs on liquid fertilizer from Russia, rejecting arguments from domestic suppliers that called for the agency to impose countervailing duties despite a negative injury ruling from the International Trade Commission.

  • August 08, 2022

    Automakers Say Retooled EV Credits Spell New Troubles

    The lead lobbying group for major automakers has warned that U.S. efforts to boost electric-vehicle production will be hampered by retooled tax credits, price caps and domestic sourcing requirements in sweeping climate and health care legislation that the Senate advanced on Sunday.

  • August 08, 2022

    Commerce Hits Chinese Firm For Sending US Tech To Iran

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday that it charged China's largest cable manufacturer with helping another Chinese company deliver U.S-origin telecommunications equipment to Iran, saying the manufacturer knew the company was under investigation for similar export violations.

  • August 08, 2022

    Google Fires Off New Suits, Broadening Sonos Audio IP Fight

    Google opened a new front Monday in its ongoing patent war with Sonos, filing two infringement suits in California federal court that ramped up its multipronged licensing fight over audio and smart speaker technology.

  • August 05, 2022

    US NGO Asks Feds For Sanctions On Indian Officials

    A nonprofit organization petitioned the United States government to enact serious sanctions against 11 Indian officials for alleged human rights abuses committed against the co-founder of a satellite company who is engaged in a legal battle with an Indian state-owned business.

  • August 05, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Backs ITC Decision Clearing Fitbit In Philips IP Row

    The Federal Circuit on Friday summarily affirmed a U.S. International Trade Commission decision that cleared Fitbit LLC and Garmin International of violating the Tariff Act of 1930 in a case involving activity monitoring patents owned by Philips North America LLC.

  • August 05, 2022

    Calendar Co. Sues Over CBP 'Notebook' Label

    A California-based calendar company has demanded that U.S. Customs and Border Protection change its stance after the agency classified planners and desk pad calendars that the company imported in 2020 as notebooks.

  • August 05, 2022

    Vietnamese Honey Not Stinging US Market, Importers Say

    Importers of raw honey from Vietnam have challenged an order retroactively imposing 90 more days of anti-dumping duties, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that the imports fill a demand for honey by commercial bakeries that U.S. producers can't meet. 

  • August 05, 2022

    ITC To Probe Controversial Auto Rules Of Origin

    The U.S. International Trade Commission launched its initial investigation into regulations governing duties on cars and light trucks produced in North America, the U.S. interpretation of which has provoked Canada and Mexico's ire.

  • August 05, 2022

    Shipper Maersk To Buy Danish Logistics Group For $61M

    Moller-Maersk said on Friday that it has agreed to buy Danish logistics company Martin Bencher Group in a $61 million deal as the shipping giant looks to expand its own logistics services. 

  • August 04, 2022

    Sidley Partner Tapped For International Bank Role

    President Joe Biden has nominated a Sidley Austin LLP international trade and investment partner as U.S. director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international institution formed to help countries transition to market-oriented economies.

  • August 04, 2022

    Russian Blockade Is Cause Of Food Crisis, EU Official Says

    Russia's invasion of Ukraine is "sending shockwaves around the world, and everybody is paying the price," according to European Commission Vice President Joseph Borrell, who said in a statement on Thursday that Russia's blockade of grain exports from Ukraine is behind a food and energy crisis rather than sanctions.

  • August 04, 2022

    Feds Lower Japan Steel Duties 1.6% On Remand

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has pulled back a disputed anti-dumping duty against one of Japan's largest steel exporters to knock 1.58% from the final tariff, agreeing that it had made a mistake with the original levy.

  • August 04, 2022

    Canada Announces New Challenge To US Lumber Duties

    Canada's minister of international trade lamented the United States' decision to maintain tariffs on its wood imports Thursday, promising new action across multiple international platforms to combat the measures.

  • August 04, 2022

    Steptoe & Johnson Lands Miller & Chevalier Int'l Trade Pro

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP added a former U.S. Department of Justice official in Washington, D.C., to its international trade and regulatory compliance group.

  • August 03, 2022

    DOJ Hits Peter Navarro With Suit Over White House Emails

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday slapped former Trump trade adviser Peter K. Navarro with a civil suit alleging that he's refusing to hand over emails from his time at the White House, a violation of federal law on presidential record-keeping.

  • August 03, 2022

    Dems Want Transparency On Pacific, Americas Trade Talks

    Nine lawmakers have urged the Biden administration to engage in "robust consultations" with Congress and other stakeholders as negotiations begin over the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, warning that the talks may be undermined without appropriate transparency.

  • August 03, 2022

    4 Key Takeaways From The China Tariffs Remand

    The Biden administration's new explanations on duties covering Chinese exports worth $300 billion reveal a steady commitment to meet presidential demands and emphasize the government's prior responses to public input as it crafted the tariffs.

  • August 03, 2022

    Canada Slams US Interpretation Of USMCA Auto Origin Rule

    Canada slammed the United States for going against an allegedly shared interpretation of the automotive rules of origin set out in their free trade agreement with Mexico, saying the United States' reinterpretation damages and threatens the North American automotive market.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success

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    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

  • When Is A Sale Considered 'Within The US' Under Patent Act?

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    The seemingly basic question of when a sale is considered "within the United States" under the U.S. Patent Act has led to much confusion and little predictability, and for foreign supply companies selling directly to U.S. buyers, or selling into U.S. companies' international supply chains, the issue's importance is pronounced, says Georg Reitboeck at Haug Partners.

  • How To Effectively Prepare A Witness For Remote Testimony

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    Many of the lessons taught in an introductory theater performance class can provide foundational guidelines for virtual witness preparation, including the importance of props, proper lighting and wardrobe decisions, and of acknowledging that the star of your show is not a Zoom expert, say Hailey Drescher at Trask Consulting and Michael Thomas at Foley & Lardner.

  • Writing Contracts That Address Subsequent Russia Sanctions

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    Past litigation illustrates how escalating sanctions against Russia amid the war in Ukraine make it prudent for affected contracting parties to negotiate force majeure provisions that directly address participants' respective rights and obligations in the event of subsequent actions, say John McIntyre and Cara Brack at Porter Wright.

  • As Cyber Risks Surge, Remember Attorneys' Ethical Duties

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    The prevalence of remote work and a greater threat of Russian cyberattacks should serve as a stark reminder of a lawyer's professional obligations to guard against unauthorized disclosure of client information and to protect client interests in the event of a cyberattack, says Alvin Mathews at Ulmer & Berne.

  • Rethinking E-Discovery Readiness Amid Rise Of Collab Tools

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    Online collaboration platforms and instant messaging tools are quickly becoming the primary mode of internal business communications, leading to disputes around discoverability of data on these platforms and underscoring the need for new preservation processes to ensure compliance with discovery obligations, say Jay Carle and Ryan Tilot at Seyfarth.

  • Peppa Pig Ruling A Cautionary Tale On Sanctions And IP

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    A Russian court's recent ruling that the "Peppa Pig" and "Daddy Pig" trademarks belonging to a U.K. unit of Hasbro can be used without payment or permission has broad implications for intellectual property protections in sanctioned countries, say Nora Titus and Philip Albert at Haynes and Boone.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Uber Counsel Talks Safety Standards

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    Katie Waitzman at Uber discusses how in-house counsel can use environmental, social and corporate governance principles to bridge risk and innovation, as exemplified by the company’s recent women’s safety initiatives.

  • Opinion

    Prospectively Appointing Jackson To High Court Is Unlawful

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    President Joe Biden should rescind his prospective appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court as the decision contradicts the court's reasoning in Marbury v. Madison, raises gravely troubling issues regarding presidential discretion and brings a serious question about her legitimacy as a justice, says attorney John Reeves.

  • What FERC Flip-Flop Says About Politics And Energy Projects

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's about-face on its policies for considering the environmental impacts of natural gas infrastructure shows that the agency is not immune to political pressure — so energy sector investors should stay mindful of broader politics when planning projects, say Martha Kammoun and Rachael Marsh at Bracewell.

  • Perspectives

    Time To Fix Legal Industry's Environmental Pro Bono Problem

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    As we observe Earth Month, it's sobering to note that pro bono environmental law work lags behind other practice areas — but the good news is that there are numerous organizations that can help lawyers get connected with environment-related pro bono projects, says Matthew Karmel at Riker Danzig.

  • Changes To Watch In China's Human Genetic Resources Regs

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    While China’s recently published draft implementation rules on the administration of human genetic resources ease certain requirements, multinational pharmaceutical companies should adjust their compliance for reporting and law enforcement provisions that may present greater challenges, say attorneys at Tian Yuan.

  • Remembering An Underappreciated Legal Skill — Listening

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    Education around listening skills is often neglected amid the dominance of visual media and written communication, and failed lawyering often comes down to an inability to listen accurately, so educators and law firms must prioritize the skill in their training programs, says James Flynn at Epstein Becker.

  • M&A Takeaways From ABA Antitrust Meeting

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    The American Bar Association's recent Antitrust Law Spring Meeting highlighted current and proposed progressive merger enforcement reforms — some of which could raise due process concerns and jeopardize the legitimacy of future enforcement actions, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

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