International Trade

  • July 3, 2019

    Despite Progress, Firms Still Slow To Track LGBT Data

    Many law firms are hesitant to ask about attorneys’ sexual orientation, but by not giving lawyers an opportunity to share this information, diversity experts say, firms are selling themselves short.

  • July 3, 2019

    Commerce Sets 456% Duty For Some Vietnam-Routed Steel

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has leveraged up to a 456.23% duty on companies circumventing anti-dumping and countervailing duties in South Korea and Taiwan by routing their steel products through Vietnam.

  • July 3, 2019

    Commerce Lines Up Stiff Duties On Chinese Steel Wheels

    The U.S. Department of Commerce finalized duties on Chinese steel trailer wheels ranging upward of 388% Wednesday after determining the goods were unfairly subsidized and dumped on the U.S. market at artificially low prices.

  • July 3, 2019

    ITC Blocks Caterpillar Rival's Construction Machine Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has blocked German machinery manufacturer Wirtgen from importing certain road construction machines that the agency said infringe a patent owned by Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc., according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

  • July 3, 2019

    Target's Halloween Lights Are Not Christmas Lights, CIT Says

    A Target subsidiary's imported string lights can escape tariffs on Christmas tree lights after the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Tuesday that the imported lights were primarily used for Halloween and general decorations.

  • July 2, 2019

    Engineer Convicted In China Semiconductor Export Case

    A former electrical engineering professor was convicted over a scheme to export high-power semiconductor chips to China without a license — chips he designed and had manufactured by U.S.-based semiconductor company Cree Inc., the government announced on Tuesday.

  • July 2, 2019

    Chatting With The CCO: Kraft Heinz's Jennifer Hogan

    In her first year at Kraft Heinz, chief compliance officer Jennifer Hogan has strengthened her line of communication with the board of directors and augmented written procedures amid at least one government investigation at the conglomerate known for its ketchup and cheesy macaroni.

  • July 2, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Duties On Chinese Grape Vine Stakes

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld anti-dumping duties on agricultural stakes used for grapevine training, rejecting arguments from an importer that the goods should not be covered by a duty order on Chinese steel reinforcing bars.

  • July 2, 2019

    King & Spalding Bolsters Trade Practice With Ex-EU Official

    King & Spalding LLP has added a former European Commission senior official with more than 30 years of experience to the firm's international trade practice, the firm has announced.

  • July 2, 2019

    ITC To Investigate Intuitive Surgical's Cartridge Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating a complaint by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon that rival Intuitive Surgical Inc. is importing surgical stapler cartridges from Mexico that infringe its patents, the commission said Monday.

  • July 2, 2019

    Creditors Clear To Recover $170M On Azeri Bank Bonds

    International Bank of Azerbaijan bondholders can recover $170 million from the country's largest commercial bank after the U.K. Supreme Court refused to review a ruling preventing the bank from permanently stopping English creditors from pursuing their claims.

  • July 2, 2019

    US Targets $4B Of EU Goods With New Duties In Aircraft Fight

    The Trump administration has proposed setting duties on an additional $4 billion worth of imports from the European Union as retaliation for the government’s illegal subsidies to Airbus, adding to the nearly $21 billion in potential tariff targets it has already put on the table.

  • July 1, 2019

    Enviros Launch New Suit To Block Keystone XL Pipeline

    Environmental groups on Monday launched a fresh bid to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, this time targeting the Army Corps of Engineers' issuance of a nationwide Clean Water Act permit for the controversial project.

  • July 1, 2019

    CIT Ropes Shipping Pallets Into Chinese Aluminum Duties

    Aluminum shipping pallets imported by Perfectus Aluminum Inc., a U.S.-based company reportedly founded by the son of Chinese aluminum magnate Liu Zhongtian, can't escape hefty tariffs on aluminum extrusions from China, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Monday.

  • July 1, 2019

    Adviser Can’t Nix Laundering Claim In Ecuador Bribery Case

    A financial adviser must face a money laundering charge in the U.S. government’s case accusing him of funneling $3.2 million in bribes to Ecuadorian oil officials in exchange for state contracts, a Florida federal court recommended Friday.

  • July 1, 2019

    Trade Lawyers Square Off Over Currency CVD Proposal

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s proposal to set duties on imports benefiting from undervalued foreign currency has touched off fierce debate among the trade bar with attorneys for U.S. producers advocating for the rule change and respondent-side counsel warning of its perils.

  • July 1, 2019

    Haynes And Boone Snags 2 IP Partners From Brinks Gilson

    Haynes and Boone LLP lured two partners from Brinks Gilson & Lione last week to boost its intellectual property practice in Chicago, where the pair will offer more than 60 combined years of experience litigating high-profile intellectual property cases.

  • July 1, 2019

    International Trade In 2019: What's Happened, What's Next

    At the midway point of 2019, much of the Trump administration's trade policy remains in flux. Tensions with China remain unresolved; a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada is still without full congressional support; and the future of the World Trade Organization is more uncertain than ever.

  • July 1, 2019

    FERC Outlines Enviro Harms From $45B Alaska LNG Project

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff said a proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas project that could carry a minimum price tag of $45 billion would have significant long-term and permanent effects on the state's environment and wildlife, though many of those environmental impacts could be mitigated.

  • June 28, 2019

    U.S., China Return To Negotiating Table As Tariffs Halted

    Following a high-stakes meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday agreed to refrain from imposing new tariffs on one another’s goods and return to the negotiating table to secure a sweeping trade deal.

  • June 28, 2019

    High Court Census Ruling Could Escalate Rule Challenges

    When a slim U.S. Supreme Court majority blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the census because the government hadn't been forthcoming, the justices gave litigants an irresistible precedent to cite in future policy fights with federal agencies, experts said.

  • June 28, 2019

    EU Strikes Deal With S. American Bloc After 20 Years Of Talks

    After two decades at the negotiating table, the European Union and the South American trading bloc known as Mercosur struck a sweeping new trade agreement Friday that each side quickly trumpeted as a windfall for their respective governments.

  • June 28, 2019

    Conservative Justices Cross Over To Create Unusual Lineups

    Members of the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court had some surprises for court watchers this term, with one of the newer — and generally most conservative — justices becoming a particularly strange bedfellow to liberals.

  • June 28, 2019

    The Sharpest Dissents Of The Supreme Court Term

    The dozens of dissents the U.S. Supreme Court issued this term outpaced those in the prior term, and their tone is growing harsher as justices vie for control of a court that is still reeling from the retirement of swing Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • June 28, 2019

    Yes, Deals Are Getting Harder To Close

    If you're a deal maker who thinks it's been more difficult to get a signed transaction done lately, you're not alone. Mergers and acquisitions have been facing a heightened regulatory environment and vocal shareholder opposition, leading to a tougher road to the finish line.

Expert Analysis

  • Reports On USMCA Offer Industry-Specific Guidance For Cos.

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    Recent reports from the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative have assessed the likely impacts of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the U.S. economy. By reviewing the reports' predictions for their industries, companies can be better prepared in case the USMCA is ratified, say Francesca Guerrero and Kayla Toney of Winston & Strawn.

  • Despite Amarin, ITC May Be Right Prescription For Pharma

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    While the Federal Circuit recently concluded that Amarin Pharma’s Lanham Act claims at the U.S. International Trade Commission were precluded by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, this is a narrow exception to the ITC's broad jurisdiction, say Kecia Reynolds and Alton Hare of Pillsbury.

  • Dehumidifier Case Offers Guidance On CPSA Compliance

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    In a first-of-its-kind criminal prosecution under the Consumer Product Safety Act, the U.S. Department of Justice recently charged corporate executives for failure to report defective dehumidifiers to regulators. The possibility of criminal charges should ratchet up executives' vigilance regarding CPSA reporting requirements, say Holly Drumheller Butler and Dwight Stone of Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Japan's Whaling Plans Risk Int'l Trade Pushback

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    After a decade of international litigation, Japan recently announced it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling in its own waters. But the legal wrangling may not be over, and Japan's move could have consequences for international trade, says Timothy Nelson of Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Huawei Ban Creates Challenge For Int'l Antitrust Enforcement

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    As illustrated by Google's decision to suspend all business with Huawei, recent White House trade restrictions may have opened a Pandora's box that threatens to shake the foundations of effective competition and consumer welfare well beyond the United States' borders, says Christian Peeters at DWF.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

  • Key Takeaways From OFAC’s Compliance Program Guidance

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    Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control represents the agency's most complete articulation to date of the elements of an effective sanctions compliance program, and is likely to be viewed as a key benchmark for such programs going forward, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

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    What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

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    There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Creates Circuit Split On ITC Preclusion

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    While the recent decision in Swagway v. U.S. International Trade Commission is the first time the Federal Circuit considered the potential preclusive effect of the ITC’s trademark decisions, other circuit courts have addressed it — and come to the opposite conclusion, say Matt Rizzolo and Jim Gaylord of Ropes & Gray.

  • Challenges To Trump's '2 For 1' Order Face Difficult Road

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    Shortly after President Donald Trump took office, he issued an executive order directing agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation adopted. Multiple lawsuits challenging this order are ongoing, but federal courts are poorly equipped to adjudicate claims that involve an agency’s failure to regulate, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight.

  • Keys To Communicating A Law Firm's Mission

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    Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.

  • Foreign Investors Are Watching For CFIUS 'Good' Or 'Bad' List

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    As the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States drafts the implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, investors are closely watching whether the agency will create a “negative” list of countries whose transactions require CFIUS review — or a “positive” list of exempt nations, says David Hanke of Arent Fox.

  • Tips For Using DOJ Guidance In A Compliance Program

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's new corporate compliance guidance includes useful questions but should not be used simply as a checklist in assessing a compliance program — the real key is understanding the purpose behind the questions, say Hui Chen, author of the DOJ's 2017 compliance guidance, and Pam Davis, a former DOJ corporate monitor.

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