International Trade

  • July 30, 2021

    Biden Targets Cuban Police Force With New Sanctions

    The Biden administration piled new sanctions on Cuba Friday, targeting Havana's high-level police force and its leaders for enabling the "violent repression" of protesters across the island.

  • July 30, 2021

    Experts Tapped To Hear Malaysia Palm Oil Fight Against EU

    Three trade law experts were tapped by the World Trade Organization's director-general to fill a panel that will hear Malaysia's challenge to a European Union plan phasing out palm oil-based biofuels, according to a notice published Friday.

  • July 30, 2021

    Judge Says Iraq Can't Ditch $53M Mineral Contract Fight

    A Jordanian company's efforts to enforce a $53 million foreign judgment against the Iraqi government over a mineral contract should proceed, a D.C. federal magistrate judge said, finding the country hasn't disproved claims it waived its sovereign immunity. 

  • July 29, 2021

    Biden Pulls Back Veil On Trump-Era Trade Security Probes

    The Biden administration formally closed the book on a series of Trump-era trade probes Thursday, publishing months-old reports that outlined the U.S. Department of Commerce's assessments on the national security threats posed by various imports.

  • July 29, 2021

    Samsung, LG Settle DivX Patent Fights Over Smart TVs

    DivX on Thursday said it has reached settlements with LG and Samsung, resolving international litigation claiming they infringe the video software company's streaming patents with their smart televisions.

  • July 29, 2021

    House Gives SEC $73M Boost, Blocks Trump-Era Proxy Rules

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a bill Thursday giving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a $73 million funding boost over fiscal year 2021, while blocking the agency from using the funds to implement controversial Trump-era proxy voting rules.

  • July 29, 2021

    ITC Vote Upholds New Silicon Metal Levies On Malaysia

    The U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously held that silicon metal imports from Malaysia have injured the domestic industry, paving the way for duty orders on a fourth foreign producer following a vote Wednesday.

  • July 29, 2021

    Clothing Importers To Pay $6M For False Invoice Scheme

    A businessman and two apparel companies agreed to pay a total $6 million for using false invoices to underpay duties for clothing imported from China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • July 29, 2021

    Feds Seek $25M Penalty For Alleged Steel Tariff Fraud

    The federal government sued a Pennsylvania metal lid company seeking $25 million, saying the company had passed off steel lids from Europe as duty-free products for years, but then refused to pay the penalties.

  • July 29, 2021

    WTO Sees Trade Rebound Hinging On Vaccine Rollout

    The World Trade Organization on Thursday applauded its members for showing "restraint" in maintaining trade restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but stressed that a full economic recovery will only come if vaccines can be evenly distributed across the globe.

  • July 28, 2021

    Biden To Create Cybersecurity 'Goals' For Critical Sectors

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered federal agencies to create cybersecurity "performance goals" for the energy, water and chemical industries in a bid to boost defense standards within critical infrastructure months after a cyberattack hit one of the nation's largest fuel pipelines.

  • July 28, 2021

    Senate Votes To Debate $1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

    The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to move forward with debate on an estimated $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal after a bipartisan group of senators reached a deal earlier in the day on major outstanding issues in a scramble to finalize legislation comprising key parts of President Joe Biden's economic agenda.

  • July 28, 2021

    Watchdog Raps USTR For Opaque China Tariff Exclusions

    A government watchdog on Wednesday called on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to better document its process for exempting certain products from tariffs on Chinese goods, finding that the agency's handling of exclusion requests was opaque.

  • July 28, 2021

    Trade Court Still Unconvinced By Solar Cell Duty Calculations

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Wednesday shredded the government's attempt to justify its use of nitrogen price data from Thailand to value the product in Chinese solar cells, remanding the agency's determination for a fourth time.

  • July 28, 2021

    Converse Fights Skechers' Bid To Kick Sneaker Suit Claims

    Converse has hit back at Skechers' attempt to escape a trademark lawsuit over the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, telling a New York federal judge that certain claims against its rival were not barred due to an earlier U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • July 28, 2021

    Gas Pipeline Owner Tells DC Circ. To Ditch Permit Challenge

    The owner of a natural gas pipeline stretching from the Appalachian Basin to Ohio and Michigan wants to put to bed the latest challenge to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals for the project, saying the project approvals were adequately considered.

  • July 28, 2021

    White House Unveils New Proposed Buy American Rule

    The Biden administration issued its new proposed Buy American rule Wednesday, with plans to raise domestic content requirements for federal purchases and to provide price preferences for certain products deemed critical within the domestic supply chain.

  • July 28, 2021

    Judge O'Malley To Retire, Giving Biden 2nd Fed. Circ. Seat

    Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley will be retiring in March, according to a federal judiciary posting, giving President Joe Biden a chance to name a second judge to the appeals court.

  • July 27, 2021

    9th Circ. OKs USDA Win In Clash Over Ads To Eat More Beef

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summary judgment win against independent ranchers challenging assessments on cattle sales that fund industry groups' pro-beef consumption advertisements, holding in a published opinion Tuesday the advertisements are government speech exempt from First Amendment scrutiny.

  • July 27, 2021

    Commerce Slaps Early Duties On Chinese Lifts

    The U.S. Department of Commerce set preliminary duties of up to 435% Tuesday on Chinese firms that declined to participate in its investigation into claims of unfair subsidies for makers and exporters of electric lifts.

  • July 27, 2021

    Spanish Wind Towers Hit With 73% Duties By ITC

    Wind towers imported from Spain will soon face a new 73% duty after a U.S. International Trade Commission vote Tuesday affirming that the underpriced clean energy components are unfairly hurting American industry.

  • July 27, 2021

    ITC Narrowly Affirms Duties On Lockers From China

    The U.S. International Trade Commission held that metal locker imports from China have harmed the domestic industry in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, paving the way for duties topping 310% on the school hallway staples.

  • July 27, 2021

    Look To Canada For Cheaper Drugs, Sens. Urge Biden Admin.

    A bipartisan group of senators has called on the Biden administration to implement policies that would make it easier for Americans to personally buy certain prescription drugs from Canada to spur competition and drive down prices.

  • July 26, 2021

    Trump Adviser Barrack Denies Illegal Lobbying Charges

    Former Donald Trump adviser Thomas Barrack on Monday denied criminal charges that he illicitly lobbied the Trump campaign and White House on behalf of the United Arab Emirates and lied to the FBI.

  • July 26, 2021

    Feds Say Latham PowerPoints Are Off-Limits To Huawei

    Federal prosecutors are fighting Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s bid to unveil a trove of evidence, including PowerPoint presentations given by Latham & Watkins LLP to the government, that could help the Chinese telecommunications giant defend itself in a case accusing it of dodging U.S. sanctions and scheming to steal trade secrets.

Expert Analysis

  • How SEP Holders Can Mitigate The Effects Of Holdout

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    Faced with systemic holdout, which causes marketplace distortions and disincentivizes innovation, standard-essential patent holders can adjust their fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory license terms and conditions to mitigate the negative effects by using payment schedules, say economists at Competition Dynamics.

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • How Anti-Corruption Push Affects US Cos. Operating Abroad

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    A recent Biden administration memo, and an anticipated increase in enforcement related to transnational fraud, money laundering and corruption, means that U.S. companies and financial institutions with operations abroad should take concrete steps to stave off U.S. Department of Justice scrutiny, says Andrey Spektor at Bryan Cave.

  • Why Bypass Continuation Is Best For Nat'l Phase Patent Entry

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    In view of statistics revealing multiple advantages to bypass continuation filings for U.S. national phase examination of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications — including higher issuance rates, lower restriction rates and delayed fee payment — applicants should consider altering their filing strategies, says Karam Saab at Kilpatrick Townsend.

  • 6 Ways To Excise Xinjiang Forced Labor From Supply Chains

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    As the U.S. increases scrutiny of China's Xinjiang province and considers legislation to bar all goods produced, mined or manufactured there unless the importer can prove the absence of forced labor, importers can take steps to ensure supply chain compliance, say Rachel Alpert and Grace Signorelli-Cassady at Jenner & Block.

  • Green Investments Are Not Immune To ESG Scrutiny

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    As investment informed and motivated by environmental, social and governance considerations accelerates, companies and investors in the green technology sector must keep in mind that regulators, consumers and communities will not grant them free passes on the full range of ESG concerns, say Michael Murphy and Kyle Guest at Gibson Dunn.

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    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • How Tech Cos. Can Guard Against DOJ Gag Orders

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    In light of recent criticism technology companies have faced over compliance with Stored Communications Act nondisclosure orders from the U.S. Department of Justice, companies can protect themselves and their customers through formal policies, contractual provisions and First Amendment challenges, say Kellen Dwyer and Kim Peretti at Alston & Bird.

  • Recent SPAC Settlement Signals SEC Enforcement Wave

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent settlement with special purpose acquisition company Stable Road — and its sponsor, CEO and proposed merger target — over false representations to investors illustrates the agency's heightened focus on policing SPAC transactions and should prompt participants to ensure adequate due diligence, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • First 2021 Corporate FCPA Case Offers Compliance Reminders

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    Foster Wheeler's recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement — the first corporate enforcement action since President Joe Biden took office — highlights the FCPA risks related to public contracting and tenders, the use of third-party agents, successor liability following M&A activity, and the U.S. authorities' aggressive assertion of jurisdiction in international corruption cases, says Robert Johnston Jr. at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Biden Competition Order May Shift Ocean Carriers' Course

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    President Joe Biden's recent executive order on promoting competition in the American economy has the potential to reshape the shipping business and could mark the beginning of a significant move to increase regulation against unfair, unreasonable and anti-competitive practices by ocean carriers, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

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