International Trade

  • June 6, 2019

    US Readies For G-20 As China Tariff Decision Looms

    President Donald Trump on Thursday said he won't make a decision on whether to set new tariffs on all Chinese imports until after he meets with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of this weekend's Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations summit in Japan.

  • June 5, 2019

    Mexico Must Do More On Immigration To Avoid Duties: Trump

    Talks between the U.S. and Mexican governments over immigration closed without a deal Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying Mexico had not yet done enough to avoid a 5% unilateral tariff slated to take effect on Monday.

  • June 5, 2019

    Korean Steel Cos. Hit With Tariffs On Pipe Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has handed down tariffs on steel pipes imported from South Korea after finding that Korean exporters sold the products in the U.S. at unfairly low prices, according to a notice to be published Thursday in the Federal Register.

  • June 5, 2019

    Canada Asks WTO To Reverse 'Inconsistent' Softwood Ruling

    The Canadian government has asked the World Trade Organization to take a second look at its “erroneous finding” that approved U.S. duties on softwood lumber, asking the panel to review the "inconsistent" decision that allows for zeroing in calculating anti-dumping duties.

  • June 5, 2019

    Iranian Bank Loses Bid For €89M In EU Sanctions Appeal

    The Council of the European Union’s error in putting the U.K. unit of Bank Saderat Iran on a sanctions list was not a “flagrant” breach of the bloc’s law and so it is not liable for €88.9 million ($99.8 million) damages claimed by the bank, an EU court ruled Wednesday.

  • June 5, 2019

    Key Democrats Outline NAFTA 2.0 Wish List

    A group of moderate Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday came out with their conditions for passing the revised North American Free Trade Agreement, calling for an improvement of the deal's labor and environmental rules as well as a deescalation of President Donald Trump's tariff threats against Mexico.

  • June 5, 2019

    Iranian Exported Aircraft Parts Despite Sanctions, Gov't Says

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday unsealed charges against an Iranian man who allegedly exported and sold U.S.-made aircraft parts to Iranian airlines, including one with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the Trump administration recently labeled a terrorist group.

  • June 4, 2019

    ITC Judge Finds Comcast X1 Platform Infringes TiVo Patent

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge found Tuesday that certain Comcast Corp. receivers infringe one of TiVo's patents, recommending an exclusion order, but found another of TiVo's patents to be invalid, marking the latest moves in a long-running patent war.

  • June 4, 2019

    Trump Urged To Secure 'Critical Minerals' Access Via Trade

    To reduce the risk of losing access to minerals deemed critical to U.S. economic prosperity and national defense, government agencies told President Donald Trump via an interagency report Tuesday that among their recommendations is to increase trade with partners and allies.

  • June 4, 2019

    WTO Forms Panel To Probe China's Objection To Trump Tariffs

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo has appointed a trio of panelists to hear China's complaint against the Trump administration's tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods, according to a Tuesday notice.

  • June 4, 2019

    CIT Says Commerce Needs To Rethink Plywood Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce must take another look at its tariff calculation of hardwood plywood imported from China, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Monday, finding that the department failed to show how a Chinese exporter had provided misleading information for its log volume.

  • June 4, 2019

    Rio Tinto Dodges Investor Suit Over Mozambique Coal Fraud

    Rio Tinto dodged an investor suit over a Mozambican mining project on Monday after a New York federal judge found that all of the mining giant's allegedly misleading statements were either made more than five years before the suit was filed or were insufficient to prove malfeasance.

  • June 4, 2019

    Trump Holds Firm To Tariff Threat As Mexico Talks Continue

    President Donald Trump did not waver from his threat to impose a 5% levy on all imports from Mexico if the country does not take help stem the flow of immigrants across the southern border, vowing to move ahead with the duty next week as Mexican officials press the administration to change course.

  • June 4, 2019

    Trump Squeezes Cuba With New Travel Restrictions

    The White House rolled out a new set of restrictions against Cuba on Tuesday by effectively outlawing most educational travel to the island as part of its broader effort to reverse the Obama administration's policy of loosening sanctions on Havana.

  • June 3, 2019

    NAFTA Partners Settle WTO Squabbles After Metal Tariff Ax

    The United States and Mexico have officially dropped their respective World Trade Organization challenges stemming from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum duties in light of the White House's agreement to lift the tariffs last month.

  • June 3, 2019

    China's Securities Chief Says Trade War Won't Derail Market

    The head of China’s securities watchdog said Sunday that the impact of the country’s trade war with the United States on its capital markets is “controllable” and will not impede broader reforms, including China’s efforts to open its markets to more international investors.

  • June 3, 2019

    India Booted From Duty-Free Program For Developing Nations

    The Trump administration has kicked India out of a program for developing countries that allows duty-free access to the U.S. market, a move that critics say could cost U.S. businesses millions in tariffs.

  • June 3, 2019

    J&J Unit Urges ITC To Investigate Intuitive Surgical's Imports

    Ethicon LLC has asked the International Trade Commission to stop Intuitive Surgical Inc. from importing robotic surgical staplers from Mexico, claiming the products infringe five of the Johnson & Johnson unit’s patents.

  • June 3, 2019

    Chinese Ceramic Tile Imports May Harm US Producers: ITC

    The International Trade Commission has preliminarily found a reasonable indication that ceramic tile imports from China are damaging U.S. industry, according to a Federal Register notice published Monday.

  • May 31, 2019

    Sanctions Enforcer OFAC Shows Compliance Gets Mercy

    After warning banks about the pitfalls of disjointed sanctions compliance programs, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said it declined to fine a banking unit of State Street Corp. that violated Iranian sanctions but self-reported and quickly streamlined similar red flags under one review process. Attorneys say the case shows compliance is having a moment at the agency that enforces U.S. sanctions.

  • May 31, 2019

    Trump Wants Unrealistic Immigration Changes From Mexico

    President Donald Trump's demands that Mexico secure its own southern border, combat border crimes and approve a "safe third country" agreement for asylum seekers are neither achievable in a matter of months nor effective in stemming migration flows in the long term, policy analysts and attorneys said.

  • May 31, 2019

    Trump's Tariff Power Under Microscope After Mexico Threat

    President Donald Trump has not been shy about using national security laws to advance an aggressive trade agenda, but his threat of unilateral tariffs on Mexico to stem undocumented immigration will steer the White House into uncharted legal waters regarding the limits of its trade authority.

  • May 31, 2019

    NJ Plaintiffs Denied Cert. In Chiquita Terror-Funding Case

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday refused to certify a class of New Jersey plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation who claim that Chiquita Brands International funneled $1.7 million to Colombian paramilitaries, ruling the plaintiffs failed to prove a feasible way to accurately define the class.

  • May 31, 2019

    Chinese Garment Co. Fights Fraud Claims In $20M Row

    A Hong Kong garment wholesaler for a who's who of international retail stores is hitting back against claims it owes a California logistics company millions under a pair of contracts, the latest barb between the two business partners over $20 million worth of goods that have been allegedly held "hostage" in warehouses.

  • May 30, 2019

    Trump Threatens Mexico With 25% Tariff To Stem Immigration

    The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it would impose an escalating tariff of up to 25% on all goods imported from Mexico unless the country does more to reduce the flow of migrants across the U.S. southern border.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Writing A Killer Brief

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    These days, the legal profession offers meager opportunity for oral argument, so we need to focus on being better, brighter, tighter writers. And the key to writing a better brief is grabbing your judge's attention with a persuasive, well-crafted story, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Is Your Chinese Supplier Using North Korean Materials?

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    E.l.f. Cosmetics recently settled with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for importing Chinese-made eyelash kits containing materials from North Korea. This case highlights the risks of sourcing goods from China — and the need for a robust supply chain compliance program, say Kara Bombach and Danielle Garno of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Potential New FCPA Enforcement Targets Come Into Focus

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    Recent revelations of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into Major League Baseball, as well as statements from FCPA enforcement authorities, indicate an increasing focus on industries that have not traditionally emphasized FCPA and anti-corruption compliance, say David Chaiken and Kurt Wolfe of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Finding Sovereign Assets Through US Banks

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    A creditor with a judgment against a sovereign debtor may be able to obtain information on the debtor's assets and behavior, but there is often confusion regarding the ways in which investigative firms can examine the finances of a sovereign debtor, says Brian Asher of Asher Research.

  • 3 Lessons From A Crypto Mock Trial

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    We recently hatched a plan to test whether litigators could get blockchain ledger entries into evidence under the existing Federal Rules of Evidence, and we found a federal judge willing to help us, say attorneys Justin Steffen, Andrew Hinkes, Lisa Braganca, Christopher Veatch, Kashan Pathan and Jimmie Zhang.

  • New 'Buy American' Challenges For Suppliers, Contractors

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    Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order expanding the types of infrastructure projects subject to Buy American requirements. Keeping in mind that the order must be interpreted consistent with current law, it raises several issues worthy of note, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With McDermott COO John Yoshimura

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature John Yoshimura, chief operating officer at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • China's Blocking Statute Creates New Challenges For Cos.

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    China's recently enacted International Criminal Judicial Assistance Law requires governmental approval before any entity in China — including a multinational corporation — can provide evidence or assistance in any other countries’ criminal proceedings. Balancing the expectations of foreign regulators with Chinese legal requirements will be complex, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Problem With 'Optimal' Diversity

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    Organizations should seek to avoid discrimination, but they should also be wary of the idea that diverse teams function better than nondiverse teams, because this reasoning lacks evidence and can lead to a slippery slope, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research LLC.

  • How Newly Broadened Venezuela Sanctions Affect Securities

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    The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control recently amended the general licenses that authorize dealings in bonds and securities otherwise prohibited by U.S. sanctions on Venezuela — apparently to target parties that would facilitate transactions between Petróleos de Venezuela SA securities holders and blocked individuals, say attorneys at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Fresh Takes On Seeking Costs And Fees Under Rule 45

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    Recent case law reveals that courts vary widely in their approaches to shifting the costs and fees incurred in responding to a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 subpoena. Nonparties responding to such requests should consider certain district court trends, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Brexit International Arbitration Clause Is Misunderstood

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    Much of the criticism aimed at the international arbitration clause in the recent Brexit withdrawal agreement unfairly identifies a perceived lack of transparency and appears to be based on a lack of understanding about the process, says Margarita Michael of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Defending False Claims Act Matters During The Trade War

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    In the politically charged trade landscape created by President Donald Trump's policies, companies operating within cross-border supply chains must redouble buy-American compliance efforts and understand how to defend trade-related False Claims Act suits, say Michael Theis and Karla Aghedo at Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Smith Camp Reviews 'Echo Of Its Time'

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    "Echo of Its Time" is the story of Nebraska’s federal district court from statehood in 1867 to the demise of Prohibition in 1933. Professors John Wunder and Mark Scherer have written an objective, unsentimental and insightful history, layered with context and rich in character study, says U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the District of Nebraska.

  • Guest Feature

    'The Mooch' Talks Mayhem, Con Law, Lessons From Harvard

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    Anthony Scaramucci is probably best known for the 11 days he spent as White House director of communications in 2017. But when White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff sat down to chat with "the Mooch," he was interested in hearing a different story.

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