International Trade

  • October 15, 2021

    Ex-FTC Chair To Aid Maryland AG With Privacy, Antitrust Work

    A former head of the Federal Trade Commission is joining the Maryland attorney general's office to help boost the enforcer's growing efforts to manage emerging data privacy, technology and antitrust issues, the office said Thursday.

  • October 15, 2021

    ITC Ends IP Fight Over Food Service Equipment Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission refused to block five Chinese companies' imports of food service equipment that Illinois Tool Works and three affiliates claim is built on intellectual property stolen by former senior employees.

  • October 15, 2021

    USTR Wants Study On Trade's Effect On Marginalized Workers

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai called on the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate trade policy's effects on workers, particularly those in underserved communities, her office announced Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Treasury Issues Sanctions Compliance Guide Aimed At Crypto

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control on Friday published a compliance guide for digital asset companies as part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on ransomware attacks and the use of cryptocurrencies to avoid sanctions.

  • October 15, 2021

    Calif. Court OKs Warrant For PetroSaudi Arbitral Win

    The U.S. Department of Justice finally secured a warrant for portions of a PetroSaudi unit's $380 million arbitration award that federal prosecutors say is linked to $1 billion allegedly stolen from Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund.

  • October 15, 2021

    Travel Trade Association Denied Tax-Exempt Status

    A trade association that promotes travel and tourism does not qualify for tax-exempt status because it isn't operated exclusively for tax-exempt purposes, the Internal Revenue Service said in a letter ruling released Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    New DOJ Tip Line Targets Central American Corruption

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday unveiled a new tip line for reports of possible bribery and money laundering tied to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the latest in President Joe Biden's global anti-corruption push and related efforts to control migration.

  • October 15, 2021

    Goodwin Snags Another Litigator From Manatt In SoCal

    Goodwin Procter LLP nabbed another litigation partner from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP to join its Santa Monica office, continuing to bolster its West Coast litigation offerings.

  • October 14, 2021

    Biden's 24/7 Plan To Unsnarl Supply Chain Not A Panacea

    The collective pledge by ports, railways and many private companies in the United States to operate 24/7 may remedy supply chain bottlenecks through the holidays, but experts warn that the agreement between the White House, labor unions and business isn't a panacea for worker shortages and logistical hurdles.

  • October 14, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Fight 'Jewish Stereotype' Claims

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright next week will hear an Israeli kitchen technology startup's allegations that lawyers for Amazon played on Jewish stereotypes to bias a Texas jury into finding that the retail giant didn't infringe patents on voice-ordering technology. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • October 14, 2021

    ITC Explains Finding Chamberlain Infringed Garage Door IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's initial determination that The Chamberlain Group's imports infringe five Overhead Door patents has been made public, outlining multiple forms of infringement and saying a cease-and-desist order is warranted.

  • October 14, 2021

    WTO Makes Some Progress On COVID IP Waiver Talks

    The World Trade Organization members made "encouraging" progress during a Thursday meeting on the proposed intellectual property waiver on COVID-19 vaccines, but reached no clear resolution ahead of a December deadline.

  • October 14, 2021

    US Solar Cos. Warn Of China Blowback If Anonymity Dashed

    U.S. solar companies urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate whether their Chinese rivals were bypassing steep solar tariffs, but also to shield their names from the public out of fear of potential blowback from Beijing.

  • October 14, 2021

    Tai Wants More Efficient, Accessible WTO Legal System

    U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Thursday that the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement wing must be reshaped to work more effectively and diplomatically, warning that the current system is too complicated and expensive.

  • October 14, 2021

    Barnes & Thornburg Snags IP Partner From Womble Bond

    Barnes & Thornburg lured a new partner away from Womble Bond Dickinson LP, with almost two decades of experience in practicing intellectual property law for its Atlanta office.

  • October 13, 2021

    Calif. Jury Hits NJ Waterworks Co. With $8M FCA Verdict

    A California federal jury has hit a New Jersey-based waterworks and fire protection company with an $8 million verdict in a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit alleging the company evaded a triple-digit tariff on Chinese-made pipe fittings.

  • October 13, 2021

    Trade Court Orders Commerce To Explain China Tire Levies

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to explain why information withheld by China about its credit program for international buyers was necessary for calculating countervailing duties on imports of Chinese tires.

  • October 13, 2021

    Trade Court Upholds Catfish Duties After 2nd Look

    The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese catfish Tuesday, finding that the government sufficiently explained its decision to hit foreign exporters with a high levy for failing to cooperate with the duty investigation.

  • October 13, 2021

    ITC Lifts Restrictions On LG Attys In Solar Safeguard Review

    The U.S. International Trade Commission granted LG Electronics lawyers full access to confidential materials in an ongoing solar safeguard review Wednesday, quietly resolving a legal dispute over restrictions placed on senior attorneys at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • October 13, 2021

    Ports, Retailers Pivot To 24/7 To Tackle Supply Chain Crunch

    The Biden administration said early Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles, mega-retailers such as Walmart, and delivery giants FedEx and UPS will soon pivot to operating 24/7, as part of a sprawling plan that enlists private sector companies and labor unions to help ease the global supply chain crunch.

  • October 12, 2021

    G-20 Trade Chiefs Still Committed To WTO But Seek Changes

    Trade ministers for the G-20 nations endorsed sweeping changes to the World Trade Organization, including reshaping its legal wing, while pledging their support for the Geneva-based institution.

  • October 12, 2021

    Ex-Braskem CEO Gets 20 Mos. Over Massive Bribery Scheme

    Former Braskem CEO Jose Carlos Grubisich on Tuesday was sentenced to 20 months in prison, following his guilty plea earlier this year to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations over a scheme to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from Braskem into a secret slush fund, which was used to bribe Brazilian government officials, political parties and others.

  • October 12, 2021

    Groups Say Feds Blew Deadline On Giraffe Protection Petition

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has failed to meet a legal deadline to respond to environmental and animal advocates' request to protect giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, groups allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • October 12, 2021

    CIT Freezes Final Duty Collection In Taiwan Tire Dispute

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday suspended the liquidation of a Taiwanese company's rubber tire imports while the importer fights to keep its spare tire out of an anti-dumping probe.

  • October 08, 2021

    Sharp Settles Patent Fight Before It Hits Chinese Court

    Sharp Corp. agreed on Friday to settle its intellectual property fight with a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer in a deal that comes months after China's top court affirmed that courts in the country had jurisdiction to set global licensing rates for 3G and 4G standard essential patents in the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Shippers Face Risk Even From Voluntary GHG Reductions

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    As the global shipping industry prepares for mandates to cut maritime greenhouse gas emissions, some shippers are touting voluntary GHG reductions that exceed international requirements — but these efforts are not without potential legal and compliance risks, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Behind The Curtain At Commerce's Operating Committee

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    Mi-Yong Kim at Bass Berry, former chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Administration Operating Committee, demystifies the obscure administrative body's decisions, which can make or break international transactions, and explains how the committee is poised to play a greater role as export controls become more complex.

  • Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege In Human Rights Audits

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    As investors and customers increasingly demand corporate plans to address human rights concerns, multinational companies conducting audits and other due diligence should consider four practical steps to maximize the protections of attorney-client privilege while still fostering effective engagement with stakeholders, say Katherine Pappas and Virginia Newman at Miller & Chevalier.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • Adapting To New Anti-Dumping And Countervailing Duty Rules

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    Recent changes to anti-dumping and countervailing duty rules comprise the most comprehensive overhaul of U.S. Department of Commerce regulations since 1997, broadly affecting importers as they relate to new shipper reviews, scope rulings, anti-circumvention proceedings, covered merchandise referrals and certifications, say Nithya Nagarajan and Jeffrey Neeley at Husch Blackwell.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • What 9th Circ. Privilege Test Means For Dual-Purpose Advice

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    While the Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in In re: Grand Jury confirms that courts should use the primary-purpose test to determine whether communications with both legal and business purposes are shielded by the attorney-client privilege, questions on the application of the test remain, says Scott Tenley at Michelman & Robinson.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

  • EU Carbon Border Fee Plan Could Spark Trade Wrangling

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    The Europe-wide carbon border adjustment mechanism that the European Commission recently proposed would affect industries and supply chains around the globe, posing financial and trade-related regulatory and contractual challenges for companies, and possibly leading to disputes at the World Trade Organization, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Opinion

    World Bank Should Add Sanctions To Curb Human Trafficking

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    In its mission to support impoverished states, the World Bank should take the easy, long-overdue step of sanctioning companies that engage in human trafficking, because it is blatantly unethical to award contracts to companies profiting from such acts and lets down the population it was designed to protect, say University of Colorado law student Benjamin Hepler and Perkins Coie attorney Paul Hirose.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: United Natural Foods GC Talks Bottom Line

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    In prioritizing environmental, social and governance initiatives as strategic value drivers, corporate general counsel can leverage meaningful ESG progress to benefit both the business's bottom line and the wider world, says Jill Sutton at United Natural Foods.

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