International Trade

  • June 08, 2020

    Commerce Retracts Anti-Dumping Duty On German Steel Kegs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is revoking an anti-dumping duty on German kegs after an American keg manufacturer informed the department that it received an investment that will triple its production within three years, according to a Federal Register notice to be published Tuesday.

  • June 08, 2020

    World Bank Predicts 5.2% Virus-Related Economic Decline

    The World Bank Group is projecting a 5.2% contraction in global GDP in 2020 as a result of measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the United States' economy expected to shrink by 6.1%, according to data released Monday.

  • June 08, 2020

    Tech Giants Warn Trump On Security Controls Backfiring

    A trade group representing technology giants such as Apple, Microsoft and Google called on the Trump administration Monday to rethink national security-related trade restrictions, warning that tighter export controls may backfire on the domestic tech sector.

  • June 08, 2020

    Mexico Nominates Top Trade Official To Take WTO's Reins

    The Mexican government nominated Jesús Seade, who spearheaded negotiations with the U.S. and Canada, to head up the World Trade Organization on Monday, becoming the first nation to put forward a candidate to replace Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.

  • June 05, 2020

    Feds Say Chinese Co. Sold Defective Masks Amid Pandemic

    A Chinese manufacturing company produced and exported nearly half a million misbranded and defective masks to the United States as the country scrambled to equip its medical workers with personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • June 05, 2020

    Business Group Angles To Revive WTO Appeals Panel

    The World Trade Organization should clarify that decisions from its Appellate Body are not binding precedents, according to a U.S. business advocacy group pushing for reform of the legal wing disabled by the Trump administration.

  • June 05, 2020

    Trade Court Orders US To Rethink Plastic Resin Dumping

    The U.S. International Trade Commission must reevaluate its determination that plastic resin imports from five countries aren't being dumped and hurting domestic producers, the Court of International Trade ruled, finding that the agency's conclusion wasn't supported by substantial evidence.

  • June 05, 2020

    Crackdown On Chinese Cos. Could Be A Double-Edged Sword

    More Chinese public companies are considering listing their shares abroad as they mull alternatives before a looming crackdown by U.S. policymakers concerned that Chinese issuers have long dodged transparency requirements governing U.S.-listed companies.

  • June 05, 2020

    2nd Circ. Tosses EPA Mercury Reporting Exemption

    The Second Circuit on Friday vacated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to exempt importers of products that have mercury-containing components from reporting requirements, saying there's no other way for the agency to obtain the information.

  • June 05, 2020

    Trump Lifts Obama's Fishing Restrictions In Marine Monument

    President Donald Trump on Friday rescinded a fishing ban in a New England marine monument established by former President Barack Obama and also threatened to put a tariff on cars imported from Europe and other goods from China if they don't drop tariffs on U.S. lobsters.

  • June 05, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Shut Down Friday Amid White House Protests

    The Federal Circuit canceled three teleconference hearings set for Friday because the building that houses the appeals court has been completely closed to court staffers and the public.

  • June 05, 2020

    Europe Accuses UK Of Straying From Brexit Promises

    The European Union said Friday that Brexit trade negotiations remain stalled after four rounds of talks because the U.K. has strayed from pledges agreed to in 2019 that set out general terms for future relations.

  • June 04, 2020

    Japanese Co.'s US Ties Can't Keep Navy Sailors' Suit Afloat

    A Japanese shipping company's operations and investments in the U.S. are not enough to give a Louisiana federal court jurisdiction over accusations that it is responsible for a collision that killed seven Navy sailors, according to a Thursday opinion.

  • June 04, 2020

    Ousted Watchdog Says Top Aides Knew Of Pompeo Probes

    Top State Department officials knew of investigations into Secretary Mike Pompeo's role in an $8.1 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia and alleged misuse of government resources, congressional Democrats revealed Thursday after hearing testimony from fired Inspector General Steve Linick.

  • June 04, 2020

    FCC Tells 5th Circ. It Can Restrict Subsidies To Huawei

    The Federal Communications Commission has told the Fifth Circuit it was well within its rights to restrict federal subsidies to telecommunications companies that buy equipment from Huawei, pushing back on the Chinese telecom giant's claims that the move violates the U.S. Constitution.

  • June 04, 2020

    Ex-Pfizer Global Trade Counsel Joins StoneTurn As NY Partner

    Advisory firm StoneTurn has announced that Pfizer's former chief counsel for global trade has joined as a partner in its New York office, where he's focusing on trade controls and incorporating new technology into compliance.

  • June 04, 2020

    Automakers Put New Trade Deal Rules Under Microscope

    U.S. carmakers have begun peppering the administration with questions about how best to comply with new rules under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will force them to source more of their parts from within North America and may drastically alter existing supply chains.

  • June 04, 2020

    Ex-Goldman Exec's 1MDB Trial Reset For 2021

    A New York federal judge on Thursday set a January trial date for former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng on charges stemming from a purported $2.7 billion fraud on Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

  • June 04, 2020

    China Eases Foreign Flight Limits After US Threatens Ban

    China will relax flight restrictions on foreign airlines starting Monday after the Trump administration vowed to bar China-based airlines from flying to the U.S. in retaliation for China impeding U.S. airlines' efforts to restart flights that were paused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 04, 2020

    Wireless Group Calls For Huawei, ZTE Replacement Funding

    An association of rural wireless carriers has asked lawmakers for funding to help scrub Huawei and ZTE equipment from U.S. telecom networks, after components from the Chinese telecom manufacturers were deemed to be a national security risk.

  • June 03, 2020

    Apple Must Face Claims Over CEO's Comments To Analysts

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Apple Inc. will have to face shareholder claims over CEO Tim Cook's 2018 comments to analysts about iPhone sales and operations in China, but dismissed a slew of other claims.

  • June 03, 2020

    COVID-19 May Usher In Digital Taxes Despite US Tariff Threat

    As digital taxes gain momentum around the world, the U.S. is preparing to levy more tariffs in retaliation — but many wonder whether the administration is prepared to escalate trade wars in a global economy hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 03, 2020

    US To Block Passenger Flights From Chinese Airlines

    China-based airlines are barred from flying to and from the U.S. starting mid-June, the Trump administration said Wednesday, in response to China's refusal to allow U.S. airlines to restart flights that had been halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • June 03, 2020

    Trump Admin Proposes Extending More China Tariff Waivers

    The Trump administration is considering extending additional tariff exclusions that are set to expire this fall on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and wants companies' input on the idea, according to Wednesday notices in the Federal Register.

  • June 03, 2020

    Foreign Shippers Sanctioned For Transporting Venezuelan Oil

    The U.S. Department of Treasury slapped sanctions on foreign shippers for moving oil from Venezuelan ports, marking the latest development in the Trump administration's push to cut the "illegitimate" Maduro government off from the global economy.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Opinion

    Global Economic Recovery Calls For Trade Policy Overhaul

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    To chart a sustainable path for the decade or more that will be required for full economic recovery from the global pandemic, the U.S. and other G-20 nations need a course correction in trade policy, say Robert Holleyman and Himamauli Das at C&M International.

  • Gov't, Amazon Programs Offer IP Protection During Pandemic

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    In light of an increase in counterfeit goods exacerbated by the pandemic, retailers should consider Amazon programs and a government registry to safeguard their trademarks and patented products, say Jake Neu and Timothy Capria at Bradley Arant.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • Lessons From SEC's Bribery Claim Against Ex-Goldman Exec

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent charge against a former Goldman Sachs U.K. executive over his role in a bribery scheme illustrates the importance of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act diligence that goes beyond representations of employees and others with an interest in a transaction, say John Murray and Shrutih Tewarie at Foley Hoag.

  • Fewer Fed. Circ. Oral Arguments Diminish Judicial Process

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    Due to COVID-19, the frequency of oral arguments in the Federal Circuit has significantly decreased, which may affect the number and content of the court's written opinions, with a consequent loss of depth to the judicial process, say Patrick Coyne and Benjamin Saidman at Finnegan.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Opinion

    ITC Comcast Patent Ruling Shouldn't Be Overturned

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    Following the U.S. International Trade Commission's carefully determined ruling that Comcast stole TiVo intellectual property, Comcast may be hoping for a public interest exception from the ITC or an overruling from President Donald Trump — but the company is unlikely to succeed on either front, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • 4 Exceptions To Termination Of Intra-EU Investor Arbitration

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    An agreement for the termination of intra-European Union bilateral investment treaties signed last week was intended to eliminate arbitration claims brought outside of the member states' court systems, but may have left certain avenues for such claims, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Mo. COVID-19 Suit May Not Bypass China's FSIA Protections

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    Missouri’s lawsuit against the Chinese government alleging that the COVID-19 pandemic is a result of misinformation likely faces an uphill battle because the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act's commercial and tortious activity exceptions may not apply, say Oksana Wright and Philip Langer at Fox Rothschild.

  • Minimizing Damages In Gov't Procurement Antitrust Cases

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    The U.S. Department of Justice has been employing an underutilized statute to seek treble civil damages in antitrust prosecutions involving government procurement, but there are ways companies can minimize the damages, says Juan Arteaga at Crowell & Moring.

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

  • Comparing Force Majeure In New York And Italy

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    Luca Pescatore and Andrew Riccio at Baker McKenzie compare force majeure and other defenses that may excuse performance of contractual obligations under New York and Italian law, likely to be invoked in cross-border commercial disputes arising from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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