International Trade

  • April 08, 2020

    South Korea Co. Will Pay $2M Under DOJ Antitrust Deal

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a civil settlement Wednesday with Seoul-based Jier Shin Korea Co. Ltd., the last of several with South Korean companies who were accused of rigging bids and fixing prices on U.S. military fuel supply contracts in the country.

  • April 08, 2020

    ITC Judge Says Inequitable Conduct Dooms LilleBaby Patent

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has cleared several baby carrier makers of infringing a patent owned by rival LilleBaby, ruling that the patent is unenforceable due to "egregious" inequitable conduct by LilleBaby's founder and her husband.

  • April 08, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Questions Commerce's Steel Duty Tie-Up Of 3 Cos.

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday appeared skeptical of the legality of the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to tie three Taiwanese steel manufacturers into a single entity to calculate a combined anti-dumping duty margin.

  • April 08, 2020

    GM, Philips Getting $1.1B For Coronavirus Ventilators

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced $1.1 billion in contracts under a wartime production law for GM and Philips to build more than 70,000 ventilators, a vital medical device for the most seriously ill coronavirus patients.

  • April 08, 2020

    WTO Says COVID-19 Trade Dip May Be Biggest Since WWII

    Global trade could drop as much as 32% as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, creating the greatest dip in international commerce since World War II, according to a World Trade Organization analysis released Wednesday.

  • April 08, 2020

    Firms Say Atty Misconduct Dooms Malpractice Suit

    Law firms accused of malpractice in underlying multidistrict litigation against Syngenta AG have urged a Kansas federal court to dismiss the suit, saying that the attorney for the farmers bringing the case has continued to defy a court order to participate in planning conferences and in submitting reports.

  • April 08, 2020

    Coal Magnate Can't Escape Fraud Claims In $48M Award Fight

    A coal magnate failed to convince a New York federal judge to drop fraudulent transfer claims made by Brazilian oil companies seeking to enforce a $48 million arbitral award stemming from soured iron contracts.

  • April 08, 2020

    Trump Fleshes Out Export Restrictions On Medical Equipment

    The Trump administration late Tuesday issued new restrictions on exports of safety masks and gloves to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, marking its latest use of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to exert control over the medical supply chain.

  • April 07, 2020

    Cahill Gordon Suspends 2020 Summer Associate Program

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has decided to suspend its summer associate program for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm announced Tuesday though it says it will pay the associates who had been selected and will offer them full-time positions after graduation.

  • April 07, 2020

    ITC Won't Bar SK Hynix Imports In Essential Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Tuesday that SK Hynix Inc. does not infringe Netlist Inc.’s memory module patents, rejecting Netlist’s bid for what would have been the second ever ITC exclusion order involving a standard-essential patent.

  • April 07, 2020

    Commerce Says Chinese Refrigerant Importer Dodged Duties

    Imports of refrigerants used in home air-conditioning units have been escaping anti-dumping tariffs because they are being sent to India first to be processed with other materials before being shipped to the U.S., according to the federal government.

  • April 07, 2020

    K&L Gates Nabs DOJ And Senate Judiciary Alum

    K&L Gates has announced the arrival of a partner in its investigations, enforcement and white collar practice whose career includes stints with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • April 07, 2020

    Trade Court Won't Hike Duties On Chinese Chlorine

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday declined to raise countervailing duties on chlorine exported from China even though the Chinese government failed to fully cooperate with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s CVD investigation.

  • April 07, 2020

    US Report Projects Historic Drop In Oil Production

    The combined effects of the novel coronavirus and a Saudi Arabia-Russia price war will cause annual U.S. oil production to decrease for the first time since 2016 and once again make the nation a crude oil and petroleum product importer, the government said in a report Tuesday.

  • April 07, 2020

    CIT Backs Duty On Aluminum Oven Handles From China

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge has approved a U.S. Department of Commerce redetermination that a type of aluminum oven door handle imported from China falls within the scope of tariffs on similar products, saying the companies contesting the tariffs waived their right to object to the redetermination.

  • April 07, 2020

    Grassley, Neal Seek Tariff Info On Coronavirus Supply Imports

    The chairs of the congressional committees that oversee trade policy have urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to review tariffs on products needed to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in an effort to help address shortages in the domestic medical supply chain.

  • April 06, 2020

    Trump Unveils Deal With 3M To End Mask Production 'Saga'

    President Donald Trump announced Monday the end of a "saga" involving his administration and 3M Co., which had pushed back against White House requests to stop exporting medical grade masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 06, 2020

    Helms-Burton Suit Against Airlines Paused For COVID-19

    A Florida federal judge agreed with American Airlines on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak warrants pausing a suit accusing the carrier and Chile's LATAM Airlines of illegally profiting from Cuba's main international airport, rejecting the plaintiff's objections to a stay.

  • April 06, 2020

    Firm Cost-Cutting Has GCs Watchful But Not Worried — Yet

    Most general counsel aren't yet scared about potential disruptions to their outside counsel services, even as law firms cut staff and pay to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19. But some say their feelings could change if their key lawyers become unavailable.

  • April 06, 2020

    CIT Remands Pipe Duty Dispute Over Misunderstanding

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to evaluate for a third time whether anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders cover a Chinese company’s pipe imports, saying the department’s “cursory” review didn’t address its concerns.

  • April 06, 2020

    New Import Rule For Natural Materials May Create Headaches

    The Trump administration’s recent expansion of imports subject to an environmental law aimed at fighting the trafficking of unlawfully obtained wildlife and plants poses new challenges for importers who cannot easily determine the source of natural materials in their products.

  • April 06, 2020

    Commerce Secretary Urged To Veto Ore. LNG Project Denial

    Developers of a $10 billion liquefied natural gas export project in Oregon have pressed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to override a rejection of the project by state regulators, arguing that national interest in energy development trumps state concerns over the project's coastal impacts.

  • April 06, 2020

    Trump Formalizes 'Team Telecom' Reviews Of Foreign Deals

    President Donald Trump has officially recognized an ad hoc group of federal agencies known as “Team Telecom” that helps the Federal Communications Commission assess national security risks inherent in deals that give foreign telecom companies access to U.S. communications networks, applying new review timelines that FCC leaders say will be effective.

  • April 06, 2020

    International Orgs Rally To Preserve COVID-19 Supply Chain

    The World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization on Monday issued a call for government leaders to refrain from overly burdensome restrictions on trade in medical supplies in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

  • April 03, 2020

    Judge OKs $4.7M Atty Award, Citing Opponent's Legal Bill

    A California federal judge on Friday reduced a $50.4 million antitrust judgment against a Chinese telescope maker by $3.1 million, but awarded the rival plaintiff's counsel $4.7 million in fees and costs, pointing to the fact that Sheppard Mullin's defense bill was roughly twice the amount.

Expert Analysis

  • Conducting Court Hearings Remotely: 12 Considerations

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    As more courts begin to explore remote hearings during the COVID-19 crisis, attorneys and courts should be aware of some of the common concerns accompanying video- and teleconferencing technology and make allowances to avoid these issues, say Attison Barnes III and Krystal Swendsboe at Wiley Rein.

  • $1M Settlement Shows FTC's Growing Focus On Origin Claims

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    Given the Federal Trade Commission's recent $1 million settlement with Williams-Sonoma over deceptive product origin allegations, as well as other indications of the FTC's interest in increased enforcement, companies should be prepared to substantiate product origins before launching any new "Made in USA" marketing campaign, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Asserting RAND Defenses At The ITC: 3 Common Pitfalls

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    As a recent shift in policy at the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office casts doubt on the future of reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent defenses before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the missteps of past respondents provide a road map of what not to do, says Brian Johnson at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • The Era Of Video Mediation Is Here — Or Is It?

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    Mediator Jeff Kichaven has heard from several first-chair trial lawyers and senior claims executives that they are reluctant to adopt online video mediation even during the COVID-19 crisis, and says this reluctance is grounded in reality.

  • COVID-19 Highlights BigLaw Need For Emotional Intelligence

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    The formula for making decisions at BigLaw firms has historically been rooted in IQ-based factors, but with the ongoing pandemic, lawyers and firm leaders are increasingly dealing with issues that require emotional intelligence — from establishing effective virtual offices to retaining firm morale and client confidence, say Jolie Balido and Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.

  • The Pandemic's Early Effects On Foreign Trade, Investment

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    Though the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States continues to function despite worldwide disruptions due to the coronavirus, dealmakers should stay mindful of several considerations in this rapidly changing investment environment, say Michael Leiter and Daniel Gerkin at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Latest UK Sanctions Breach Fine May Signal New Era

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    The £20.47 million penalty that the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation imposed on Standard Chartered Bank on Tuesday is unprecedented, and this case could represent the start of a new era of sanctions enforcement in the United Kingdom, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Tips For Cos. Confronting Pandemic Impact On Global Trade

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    Companies can best weather the effects of the pandemic on international trade by taking certain steps related to supply chains, tariff modifications, and export controls and sanctions, while also remaining mindful of the expanding jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

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