International Trade

  • September 27, 2013

    Foley & Lardner Says Conflict Suit Fails 'Laugh Test'

    Foley & Lardner LLP asked a Washington, D.C., superior court judge last week to toss a suit seeking to disqualify one of its attorneys from a U.S. Department of Commerce case, saying the company that filed the suit harbored unreasonable fears that the lawyer would leak its confidential information to competitors.

  • September 27, 2013

    UN Climate Report Gives Ammo To Greenhouse Gas Hawks

    A United Nations panel issued a report Friday saying industrial activity was almost certainly to blame for “unequivocal” changes in the global climate, as national leaders mull an elusive cross-border greenhouse gas abatement agreement.

  • September 27, 2013

    WTO Panel Will Examine US Changes To Meat Labeling Rules

    The World Trade Organization said Wednesday that a dispute settlement panel would determine whether the U.S. has complied with an earlier ruling that found the country's meat labeling requirements treated foreign producers unfairly.

  • September 27, 2013

    Samsung Seeks White House Veto Of ITC Smartphone Ban

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has asked the Obama administration to veto an import ban instated by the U.S. International Trade Commission on some models of its smartphones found to infringe two Apple Inc. patents, with a decision expected by Oct. 8.

  • September 27, 2013

    Anchors Outside Scope Of Chinese Nail Duties, Importer Says

    Cobra Anchors Co. Ltd. filed suit Thursday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, saying the U.S. Department of Commerce wrongly found that the company's zinc drive nail anchors were covered under a duty order on certain steel nails from China.

  • September 27, 2013

    Sens. Push ITC To OK Duties Against Chinese Wood Products

    Five Democratic senators urged the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday to approve duties on imports of Chinese hardwood and decorative plywood, saying unfair competition from those products was hurting U.S. companies that are vital sources of employment for working class communities.

  • September 27, 2013

    FERC Urged To Review Dominion's $3.4B LNG Export Project

    Environmental groups including the Sierra Club renewed demands on Thursday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conduct a full-scale environmental review of Dominion Cove Point LNG LP's $3.4 billion liquefied natural gas facility expansion, after an alleged lackluster response to FERC environmental and safety inquiries.

  • September 27, 2013

    Authorities Raid Lumber Liquidators Over Wood Imports

    Federal authorities raided two of Lumber Liquidators Inc.'s Virginia offices on Thursday in connection with certain imported wood-flooring products that may be linked to the habitat of an endangered tiger species.

  • September 27, 2013

    Calif. Issues Toxic Chemical List In Push For Safe Products

    As part of its landmark Green Chemistry Initiative, California on Thursday named hundreds of toxic chemicals that manufacturers may eventually need to replace in their consumer products, including bisphenol A and formaldehyde.

  • September 27, 2013

    Victoria's Secret Says CIT Misclassified Bra-Shirt Hybrid

    Victoria's Secret Direct LLC recently told the Federal Circuit that a lower court ruling incorrectly classified its “bra tops” for tariff purposes, saying the garment should have been labeled under a tariff category that includes brassieres and similar products.

  • September 26, 2013

    Arms Treaty May Spell Changes In US Export Controls

    Despite assurances from the U.S. State Department that the signing this week of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty won't lead to new U.S. export controls, attorneys say exporters should watch for potential changes to reporting requirements and procedures at the agencies that oversee the U.S. export control system.

  • September 26, 2013

    EU Court Clears 8 Countries Over Travel Tax Scheme

    The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that a special value-added tax scheme that governs travel agents' sales to travelers applies to all kinds of travel customers, like tour operators, squashing challenges that the European Commission brought against eight EU countries, including Spain.

  • September 26, 2013

    CIT Approves Lower Duties On Korean Steel Pipe Supplier

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday backed the federal government's decision to reduce the anti-dumping margin applied to shipments of steel pipe from South Korean-based SeAH Steel Corp. between 2008 and 2009.

  • September 26, 2013

    Treasury Says Turkish Trading Co. Violated Iran Sanctions

    The U.S. Treasury Department slapped a Turkish securities trading company with a $750,000 fine for violating the U.S. sanctions against Iran by trying to process multiple monetary transfers through U.S. financial institutions for clients in the Middle Eastern nation, the department said Thursday.

  • September 26, 2013

    ITC Begins Probe Of Electrical Steel From Asia, Europe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it will look into allegations from domestic steelmakers that seven countries in Asia and Europe harmed their business interests by dumping and subsidizing imports of grain-oriented electrical steel.

  • September 26, 2013

    US, Japan Reach Deal On Organic Food Exports

    The U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement meant to expand trade of organic food by allowing products certified as organic in either the U.S. or Japan to be sold as certified organic in both countries, the U.S. government said Thursday.

  • September 26, 2013

    Pacific Countries Look To Boost Financial Products Trade

    Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore have agreed to work toward a long-awaited agreement designed to remove barriers to the trade of financial instruments and enhance investment across the South Pacific, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation said Tuesday.

  • September 25, 2013

    China's New Trademark Law A Boost To Brand Protection

    China beefed up infringement penalties and passed other major revisions to its trademark laws last month, and while their effect remains to be seen, experts say the changes are a mark of progress for a country with a less-than-stellar IP system.

  • September 25, 2013

    Aerospace Co. Failed To Disclose Illegal Exports, Suit Says

    Aerospace technology company Valley Forge Composite Technologies Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Wednesday by an investor who claims Valley Forge shareholders suffered losses when it was revealed that the company's primary source of revenue was its allegedly illegal exports of military semiconductors to Hong Kong.

  • September 25, 2013

    WTO Body Affirms US Win In China Chicken Duty Dispute

    The World Trade Organization on Wednesday formally adopted findings that China broke with its international trade obligations when it imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties on U.S. chicken products, according to the U.S. Trade Representative.