International Trade

  • June 08, 2023

    Chilean Co. Asks Court To Stop Supplier's Sales To Rival

    A Chilean distributor has asked a Washington federal judge to block a maker of an aquatic anti-parasite treatment from selling its product to a competitor, saying the manufacturer's alleged breach of contract is costing it money daily.

  • June 08, 2023

    Trade Court Orders US To Justify Costly Proxy In Honey Duty

    The U.S. Court of International Trade sent back anti-dumping tariffs on Argentine honey, rejecting the U.S. Department of Commerce's explanations for why it substituted beekeepers' production costs with a figure up to three times that amount in its dumping calculations.

  • June 08, 2023

    Samsung Inks Deal To End Licensing Co.'s Patent Suits

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has agreed to let a patent licensing company drop its claims against Samsung Electronics over semiconductor and circuit technology initially held by Intel, greenlighting an agreement between the parties that ends infringement allegations against accused products like smartphones.

  • June 08, 2023

    DOD Proposes Including Allies In Domestic Preference Policy

    The U.S. Department of Defense proposed a rule Thursday implementing the Biden administration's increased domestic content requirements into its acquisition regulations, while adding DOD-specific requirements, including exceptions for 28 countries who have defense procurement agreements with the U.S.

  • June 08, 2023

    Another Judge Issues AI Order, Citing Confidentiality Risks

    Another U.S. judge has issued an order requiring attorneys to disclose the use of generative artificial intelligence tools in their brief writing, citing concerns about not being able to protect confidential or business proprietary information entered into these tools.

  • June 08, 2023

    Feds Broaden Scope Of Duty Evasion Case With New Suit

    The federal government filed another lawsuit against a Florida importer accused of routing steel wire hangers through third-party countries to avoid steep tariffs on Chinese hangers, arguing that one of his alleged companies avoided nearly $3.9 million in anti-dumping levies.

  • June 08, 2023

    Russian F1 Driver Loses Bid To Enter UK For Team Talks

    A London judge refused Thursday to pause sanctions against a Formula One driver so the son of a Russian oligarch could enter the U.K. for talks with potential teams, saying it would not be in the public interest to "water down" the regime.

  • June 07, 2023

    Ex-Vitol Oil Trader's FCPA Trial Set For January

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday set a January trial date in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against a former Vitol Group oil trader who's accused of funneling bribes to officials of state-backed Petroecuador to secure a $300 million fuel contract, days after tossing two counts on venue grounds.

  • June 07, 2023

    3M Beats Unauthorized Mask Distributor In Trademark Row

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday backed 3M's claims that a protective mask distributor lied to customers that it was authorized to sell 3M masks while chiding the distributor's numerous counterclaims against the mask maker as being wholly unsubstantiated.

  • June 07, 2023

    Feds Say Navarro's Speedy Trial Violations Is A 'Misreading'

    Federal prosecutors have urged a federal judge not to toss its suit against former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro, arguing he and his defense verbally waived the Speedy Trial Act violation that "he now asserts" at a January hearing.

  • June 07, 2023

    EU Backs Spain To Block Arbitral Awards Totaling €332M

    European authorities want the D.C. Circuit to stop two clean energy investors from having Spain satisfy a pair of arbitral judgments totaling €332 million, or $355 million, warning that the enforcement push could have "destabilizing consequences" for the entire continent.

  • June 07, 2023

    Bipartisan Senate Duo Pushes US Trade Power Expansion

    Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Todd Young, R-Ind., introduced legislation Wednesday that would broaden the ability of the U.S. to crack down on allegedly illegal dumping and subsidizing activities from China.

  • June 07, 2023

    Fla. Court Urged To Halt Controversial Chinese Property Ban

    A group of Chinese citizens living in Florida pressed a federal court for an emergency block of a law that severely limits the ownership of Florida property by Chinese and certain other foreign nationals, saying their suit challenging the law will prove it violates the U.S. Constitution.

  • June 07, 2023

    CIT Says Commerce's Aluminum Duties Struck Right Balance

    The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld 23.62% anti-dumping tariffs on a Chinese aluminum foil company, ruling Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Commerce struck a reasonable balance when trying to assess dumping margins off an "imperfect" record. 

  • June 07, 2023

    GOP Rep. Wants To Remove Arms Sales Restrictions For UK

    A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced legislation that would loosen restrictions on U.S. arms exports to the United Kingdom to strengthen the bond between the allied countries.

  • June 07, 2023

    Political Crisis Doesn't Save Venezuelan Cos. From $23M Debt

    Two Venezuelan oil companies must pay a Florida-based chemical distributor $23 million to cover unpaid chemical-shipment invoices after a Florida federal judge on Tuesday rejected their contention that Venezuela's ongoing political crisis had prevented them from getting needed evidence and information.

  • June 07, 2023

    Venezuela Bribe Charges Tossed Over 'Intentional' Trial Delays

    A Portuguese man indicted in relation to the U.S. government's investigation into alleged bribery at the Venezuelan state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA oil company had his charges dismissed with prejudice by a Texas federal judge who agreed that prosecutors had intentionally caused delays in his case.

  • June 06, 2023

    US Issues Sanctions Over Deals Supporting Iranian Missiles

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned Iran's China-based defense attaché and 12 China- and Hong Kong-based people and entities for facilitating Iran's ballistic missile program, as the Iranian government announced it had developed a hypersonic missile.

  • June 06, 2023

    TRIPS Vaccine Waiver Was A Bad Call, GOP Reps. Say

    Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives' intellectual property subcommittee on Tuesday took issue with the Biden administration's endorsement of a deal two years ago at the World Trade Organization that created an emergency COVID-19-related carve-out for patent rights, raising complaints that China would eventually take advantage of it.

  • June 06, 2023

    Fla. Man Admits Trafficking Counterfeit Cisco Devices

    A Florida man charged with selling $1 billion worth of counterfeit and broken Cisco networking equipment pled guilty in New Jersey federal court Monday to fraud and trafficking conspiracy charges.

  • June 06, 2023

    Special Master Eyes Sept. Launch Date For Citgo Auction

    The special master overseeing an impending auction for energy giant Citgo wants a federal judge to kick-start the sale process in late September, accusing Venezuela and its state-owned oil regime of voicing objections that "are all recycled and have long been addressed by the court."

  • June 06, 2023

    Vape Cos.' Fight Over 'Elf' Brand Heats Up In Ga.

    Georgia vape shop companies have intensified a trademark infringement dispute over the "Elf" brand of e-cigarette products, asking a Georgia federal court to cancel the registered mark at issue and award damages against a Chinese manufacturer and New York distributor.

  • June 06, 2023

    Ex-FTX Boss Rips Late Evidence As Clock Ticks Toward Trial

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried told a Manhattan federal judge that the government has missed discovery deadlines for several pieces of evidence needed to mount a defense to a litany of fraud charges.

  • June 06, 2023

    Biden Admin. Seeks Enviro Audit Of Steel, Aluminum Sectors

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai directed trade officials on Tuesday to investigate the U.S. steel and aluminum sector's carbon footprint, as the country pushes toward finalizing a transatlantic trade agreement that seeks to discourage trading dirty aluminum and steel.

  • June 05, 2023

    Newman Kept Off Cases As Probe Narrows To Misconduct

    The council that sets Federal Circuit policy declined on Monday to let Judge Pauline Newman continue hearing cases amid a probe of concerns about her mental fitness, while the investigators decided to focus on whether her responses to their orders constitute misconduct.

Expert Analysis

  • Environmental Justice Takes Center Stage At FERC

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's forthcoming policy statement on addressing environmental justice community impacts could play a key role in informing how developers and affected communities approach energy projects for years to come, say Emily Mallen, Ben Reiter and Angelica Gonzalez at Akin Gump.

  • Firm Tips For Helping New Lawyers Succeed Post-Pandemic

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    Ten steps can help firms significantly enhance the experience of attorneys who started their careers in the coronavirus pandemic era, including facilitating opportunities for cross-firm connection, which can ultimately help build momentum for business development, says Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners.

  • Fla. Foreign Real Estate Law Brings Broad Investment Risks

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    Last month, Florida became the latest state to enact legislation prohibiting Chinese investors from acquiring certain interests in real property, introducing significant legal uncertainty and consequences for real estate stakeholders and the private equity industry, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • Tackling Judge-Shopping Concerns While Honoring Localism

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    As the debate continues over judge-shopping and case assignments in federal court, policymakers should look to a hybrid model that preserves the benefits of localism for those cases that warrant it, while preventing the appearance of judge-shopping for cases of a more national or widespread character, says Joshua Sohn at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Perspectives

    How Attorneys Can Help Combat Anti-Asian Hate

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    Amid an exponential increase in violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, unique obstacles stand in the way of accountability and justice — but lawyers can effect powerful change by raising awareness, offering legal representation, advocating for victims’ rights and more, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Opinion

    Congress Needs To Enact A Federal Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    Although many states have passed statutes meant to prevent individuals or entities from filing strategic lawsuits against public participation, other states have not, so it's time for Congress to enact a federal statute to ensure that free speech and petitioning rights are uniformly protected nationwide in federal court, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • 3 Developments That May Usher In A Nuclear Energy Revival

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    A recent advancement in nuclear energy technology, targeted provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act and a new G7 agreement on nuclear fuel supply chains may give nuclear power a seat at the table as a viable, zero-carbon energy source, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • Sanctions Compliance In Era Of Record Enforcement Action

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    The recent record-breaking penalties in separate actions against British American Tobacco and Seagate amid a sanctions violation crackdown are a reminder to prioritize factors emphasized by the National Security Division and other enforcement agencies, say attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • 5 Insider-Threat Reminders After Recent DOJ Prosecutions

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    Three recent U.S. Department of Justice actions may well lead to much greater scrutiny of companies in which insiders engage in a variety of corporate misconduct, including conducting or enabling cybercrimes, which will likely fall not just on government contractors, but across industries and geographies, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • What Tax-Exempt Orgs. Need From Energy Credit Guidance

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    Guidance clarifying the Inflation Reduction Act’s credit regime, expected from the U.S. Department of the Treasury this summer, should help tax-exempt organizations determine the benefits of clean energy projects and integrate alternative energy investments into their activities, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • FCA Can Be An Effective Tool For Fighting Customs Fraud

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    Appeals pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit may affect the scienter and jurisdictional aspects of False Claims Act cases alleging customs fraud, which can provide an avenue to alert U.S. Customs and Border Protection and potentially help clients to recover losses from unfair competitors, say Ellen London at London & Stout and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Li Yu.

  • Some Client Speculations On AI And The Law Firm Biz Model

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    Generative artificial intelligence technologies will put pressure on the business of law as it is structured currently, but clients may end up with more price certainty for legal services, and lawyers may spend more time being lawyers, says Jonathan Cole at Melody Capital.

  • Would Congress' Proposed ITC Reforms Thwart NPEs?

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    The recently reintroduced Advancing America's Interests Act intends to curb the growth of nonpracticing entity activity at the U.S. International Trade Commission, and a closer examination of three provisions shows where it may be successful and where pitfalls could exist, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Why Ericsson DPA Breach Is Precedent-Setting

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    Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson recently faced several penalties for breaching a deferred prosecution agreement, revealing a sobering new precedent for when the U.S. Department of Justice will find an entity in noncompliance, so companies should be prepared to revisit pre-resolution disclosures, say James Koukios and Sarah Maneval at MoFo.

  • A Deep Dive Into EU Unified Patent Court Policy

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    Robert Sterne at Sterne Kessler offers a detailed analysis of the EU's Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent, which go live on June 1, discussing what U.S. practitioners need to know from an enforcement and freedom-to-operate perspective.

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