International Trade

  • April 18, 2014

    The 25 Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Bucking a nationwide trend among law firms of subpar female representation at the partner level, Law360's inaugural class of Ceiling Smashers have shown a commitment to gender equality.

  • April 18, 2014

    Proview Can't Bring Federal Antitrust Claims In LCD Case

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed Proview Technology Inc.’s federal claim against Chi Mei Corp. in multidistrict litigation alleging that Chi Mei and others sold price-fixed liquid crystal display panels, ruling that PTI was an indirect purchaser that does not have standing to sue.

  • April 18, 2014

    4th Circ. Chills Challenges To Sham CPSC Database Reports

    Under a recent Fourth Circuit ruling, manufacturers looking to stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission from falsely disparaging their products on the Saferproducts.gov database must launch a public broadside against the agency, and attorneys say most will decide that the payoff isn’t worth the publicity.

  • April 18, 2014

    DirecTV Hit With Patent Suit Over Set-Top Boxes

    ViXS Systems Inc. is accusing several technology companies, including Entropic Communications Inc. and DirecTV LLC, of importing set-top boxes and other products that infringe four of its patents, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • April 18, 2014

    86 Countries Endorse VAT Cross-Border Framework

    Eighty-six countries have endorsed a new international framework that will make it easier to apply national value-added tax rules to cross-border transactions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday.

  • April 18, 2014

    Commerce Launches Duty Probe Of Mexican Sugar Imports

    At the behest of the domestic sugar industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday opened a pair of investigations aimed at determining whether Mexican sugar producers are benefiting from unruly government subsidies and selling their product in the U.S. at unfairly low prices.

  • April 18, 2014

    CORRECTED: ITC Bars Imports Of Infringing Optoelectronic Devices

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday upheld a finding that three fiber optic companies had infringed on a patent owned by Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. by importing certain optoelectronic devices, placing a limited exclusion order on some of the products. Correction: An earlier version of this story said that two patents held by Avago were found to be infringed. That error has been corrected.

  • April 18, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Nicolaides' Monica Sullivan

    While times are changing as more women become the important firm clients, business is still done on the golf course, often to the exclusion of women, says Monica Sullivan, a founding partner at Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP.

  • April 18, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Sutherland's Cynthia Shoss

    One hiring partner — with his feet propped on his desk so I could contemplate the soles of his shoes — told me, "My clients aren’t ready for women lawyers, but you might try the oil companies," says Cynthia Shoss, co-leader of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's insurance transactions and products practice.

  • April 17, 2014

    US Sanctions Likely Safe From Russia's WTO Threat

    Russia's threat of using the World Trade Organization to challenge recently imposed U.S. economic sanctions would enter into largely uncharted territory for a WTO dispute, but experts say the U.S., if it entertains a dispute at all, would have a strong defense under national security exceptions in the WTO's treaties.

  • April 17, 2014

    5 Energy Projects That Could Help Wean EU Off Russian Gas

    Although the European Union has talked about reducing its heavy reliance on Russian-produced gas for years, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has injected new urgency into the effort. But it won't be easy. Here, project finance experts identify five types of energy projects that must be tackled in order to decrease the EU's dependence on Russian gas.

  • April 17, 2014

    ITC Launches Probes Into Environmental Goods Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday said it was launching two investigations into the economic effects of removing duties on environmental goods, as well as trade information and estimates for some of those products.

  • April 17, 2014

    US, EU May Expand Russian Sanctions

    As U.S. and European Union officials meet with their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts to ease the region's ongoing tension this week, momentum is building on both sides of the Atlantic to again expand sanctions on Russia, with EU lawmakers putting the nation's energy sector in their crosshairs.

  • April 17, 2014

    China Contests WTO Findings In US Rare Earth Dispute

    China on Thursday appealed the World Trade Organization's finding against the country's restrictions on the export of rare earth elements, a move that follows a preemptive, conditional appeal from the U.S., which initially brought the dispute.

  • April 17, 2014

    ITC Won't Impose Duties On Steel Rod Imports From Thailand

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday declined to impose anti-dumping duties on steel threaded rod imports from Thailand, despite a finding from the U.S. Department of Commerce that the products are being sold at less than fair value.

  • April 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Jenner's Barbara Steiner

    Figure out what you want to be “famous” for and figure out a game plan to get yourself there. Don’t assume the assignments you want will fall into your lap, and don’t assume that when you do good work or achieve some success, people will know about it, says Barbara Steiner, co-chairwoman of Jenner & Block LLP's complex commercial litigation practice.

  • April 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Dorsey's Annette Jarvis

    A woman associate asked how I was able to get the men in my firm to listen to me and to be deferential. I laughed and informed her that I had mentored and trained them all, says Annette Jarvis, head of Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Salt Lake City office and a member of the firm's management committee.

  • April 17, 2014

    K&L Gates Snags MoFo IP Litigator For Palo Alto Office

    K&L Gates has strengthened its intellectual property team in its Palo Alto, Calif., office with the addition of a former Morrison & Foerster LLP partner with extensive experience in complex technology patent litigation in courts and at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2014

    China's Challenge To Vitamin C Price-Fixing Ruling On Point

    The Chinese government went into the Second Circuit on Monday with guns blazing, accusing a U.S. judge of implying that Chinese officials covered up price-fixing by vitamin C companies and blatantly ignoring China's explanation of its own laws in violation of U.S. Supreme Court precedent. And while that may sound extreme, attorneys say the country appears to have gotten it right.

  • April 16, 2014

    If Russia Sanctions Expand, So Will Legwork For US Cos.

    A month after the U.S. issued sanctions in response to the unrest in Ukraine, American companies are struggling to determine whether their dealings in Russia are affected, and with additional targets potentially on the horizon, attorneys say the situation could get trickier for businesses.