International Trade

  • September 23, 2019

    Apple Says Tariff Relief Cleared Way For US-Made Mac Pro

    Apple Inc. said Monday that it will keep making its "most powerful computer ever," the Mac Pro, in the United States, a move the tech giant attributes to the Trump administration's decision to give it relief from tariffs on several component parts made in China.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ignorance Of 3rd-Party Sales Irrelevant For Duties, CIT Says

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld the government's decision that a Turkish steel maker's lack of knowledge of its products being shipped to the U.S. by a foreign third party is irrelevant to the determination of countervailing duties.

  • September 23, 2019

    Commerce Preps Levies On Steel Rod From 3 Asian Countries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has called for tariffs as high as nearly 60% on shipments of metal rods from China, India and Taiwan, finding that the Asian imports have been sold too cheaply in the U.S.

  • September 23, 2019

    Conspiracy Claims Cut From Odebrecht Bribery Suit

    A New York federal court on Monday tossed conspiracy claims against Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht in a suit that ties the plummeting value of its bonds to a $3.3 billion bribery scheme, finding that alleged financial misrepresentations weren't the result of a formal agreement between the company and its subsidiary.

  • September 23, 2019

    Commerce Can't Punish Chinese Co. For Upload Error: CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Monday that the U.S. Department of Commerce was wrong to impose a higher duty rate on a Chinese diamond saw blades exporter after the company had trouble uploading one of its submissions to the agency’s filing system.

  • September 23, 2019

    TechnipFMC Settles SEC's Bribery Claims For $5M

    French oil and gas company TechnipFMC PLC agreed to pay more than $5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims the business bribed Iraqi government officials, according to an administrative proceeding filed by the regulator Monday.

  • September 20, 2019

    US Hits Iran With New Sanctions, OKs Troops To Aid Saudis

    The Trump administration lobbed fresh sanctions on Iran on Friday, while greenlighting troops to defend Saudi Arabia, following the recent attacks on Saudi oil fields.

  • September 20, 2019

    FERC's Lone Dem Warns Of Climate Whitewashing On Orders

    The lone Democrat serving on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has suggested the agency is writing climate change out of its gas infrastructure project decisions, with the commission split along party lines in approving a Colorado gas pipeline and Florida liquefied natural gas project.

  • September 20, 2019

    Brewer Asks 7th Circ. To Revive Rest Of Ontario Beer Case

    A Wisconsin brewery has asked the Seventh Circuit for a rehearing after the court refused to revive pieces of its suit claiming Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors Brewing Co. conspired to restrict the flow of American beer exports to Ontario, Canada.

  • September 20, 2019

    Commerce To Rethink Sparing Chinese Cupwheels From Duty

    The U.S. Department of Commerce improperly spared Chinese cupwheels from an anti-dumping duty order on diamond sawblades, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Thursday, sending the case back to the agency for a more thorough examination of the order's scope.

  • September 20, 2019

    What Attorneys Must Know About The Draft CFIUS Rules

    The draft rules for the overhaul of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States are finally out, providing more detail about the changes coming to the process for reviewing inbound transactions for potential national security concerns. Here, Law360 outlines the key clarifications provided by the proposed regulations.

  • September 20, 2019

    Loma Negra Says No Wrongdoing In $1B IPO Disclosures

    Argentine cement maker Loma Negra told a New York federal court Thursday that shareholders' allegations that the company misled them should be tossed, as the plaintiffs haven’t been able to point to any false statements in the disclosures surrounding its $1 billion initial public offering.

  • September 20, 2019

    Trump Not Feeling Pressure For Quick China Trade Truce

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will not settle for a partial agreement to knock down Chinese trade barriers and that he is not in a rush to wrap up talks with Beijing before next year's election.

  • September 20, 2019

    Pillsbury Adds Former Clyde & Co. Int'l Arbitration Pro

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has gained a former Clyde & Co international arbitration partner who specializes in representing and advising clients in relation to complex cross-border disputes across a variety of industries, with a primary focus on Asia.

  • September 20, 2019

    Top Commerce Trade Official Kaplan Resigns Post

    The Trump administration has lost one of its top trade enforcement officials with the resignation of Gilbert Kaplan, who headed up the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the agency said Friday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Japanese Tire Co. Wins $16.7M In No-Show IP Row

    Hong Kong Tri-Ace Tire Co. Ltd. must pay a Japanese tire company nearly $17 million after refusing to participate in litigation accusing it of breaking the terms of a trade dress infringement settlement, a California federal judge has ruled.

  • September 19, 2019

    Brazil, Russia, Others Confront Competition In Digital Markets

    Four of the five emerging economic powers known as the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa — see themselves as generally well-positioned to deal with the challenges of antitrust enforcement in the digital age, but challenges remain, according to a new report from their competition enforcers.

  • September 19, 2019

    US Makes First Environmental Claim Under Korean Trade Deal

    The U.S. government on Thursday filed the first-ever environmental claim under its trade agreement with South Korea by accusing Seoul of not doing enough to crack down on illegal fishing operations.

  • September 19, 2019

    Mexican Cos. Ink Tomato Deal Despite Inspection Worries

    Mexican tomato growers on Thursday signed a deal with the U.S. government that will spare their goods from new duties but also subject them to increased border inspections, a provision that had given the growers "serious misgivings" after the deal was announced.

  • September 19, 2019

    Gov't Goes To Bat For Trump's Security Tariff Powers

    President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to impose national security-based tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and challengers to the underlying law can’t get around a high court ruling supporting that authority, the government told the Federal Circuit.

  • September 19, 2019

    Huawei Seeks To Minimize Links To China At FCC

    Chinese technology giant Huawei is stepping up efforts to convince U.S. officials it has no direct ties to the Chinese government, telling the Federal Communications Commission this week that many telecom companies have dealings with the superpower without being viewed as national security concerns to the U.S.

  • September 19, 2019

    US Keeping Close Eye On WTO Battle Over Indian Tech Duties

    The U.S. government has once again asked to observe a World Trade Organization dispute over India’s duties on information technology products, according to a WTO document circulated Thursday, citing its nearly $500 million worth of tech exports to India last year.

  • September 18, 2019

    Bahamian Advisers Stole $35M From Investors, SEC Says

    Mediatrix Capital Inc. lied to investors about its "highly profitable" trading strategy while it raked in $125 million through unregistered offerings, and its principals spent $35 million of those funds on luxury items, according to a regulatory action unsealed in Colorado federal court Wednesday.

  • September 18, 2019

    House Leaders 'Optimistic' On USMCA Ratification

    Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives say they’re optimistic about progress toward ratification of President Donald Trump’s renegotiated North American trade pact, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

  • September 18, 2019

    Professor’s Case Draws Hard Line On Foreign Conflicts

    Corruption charges against a University of Kansas researcher show the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a hard line against U.S.-based researchers suspected of having undisclosed foreign conflicts, even where they aren't accused of espionage or trade secret theft.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • CFIUS Risk Review Rules May Draw Attention To US Biotech

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    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' critical technologies pilot program has had relatively minor impact on the U.S. biotech industry in the last year, but proposed rules unleashed by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act will soon reshape the relationship between the government and the biotech industry, says Richard Matheny of Goodwin.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • 8 Takeaways From CFIUS' Proposed Risk Review Rules

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    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ draft regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act seem to focus on specific national security concerns, as opposed to taking a broader approach, which means they are significantly more complex than the pre-FIRRMA regime, say Christian Davis and Thor Petersen of Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • 2 Fed. Circ. Decisions May Signal Pro-Patentee Swing

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    The Federal Circuit's recent patent decisions in Ajinomoto v. U.S. International Trade Commission and Eli Lilly v. Hospira — on the tangential relation exception to the doctrine of equivalents — indicate that prosecution history estoppel may be becoming more favorable to patentees, says Sarah Kagan of Banner Witcoff.

  • Commerce Move Affects Exports To Chinese Nuclear Co.

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    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent addition of China's largest nuclear power company, the China General Nuclear Power Group, to its entity list dramatically increases the scope of U.S. export restrictions on CGN, even prohibiting the export of low-technology consumer goods and software, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • Adapting To Gov't Contractor Rules Banning Chinese Telecom

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    The U.S. government's revised Federal Acquisition Regulation, which prohibits federal agencies from acquiring telecommunications equipment and services produced by certain Chinese companies, applies across a strikingly broad range of contract values and types, say David Fletcher and Julia Fox at Perkins Coie.

  • How The Wayback Machine Can Strengthen Your Case

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    The Wayback Machine, which archives screenshots of websites at particular points in time, can be an invaluable tool in litigation, but attorneys need to follow a few simple steps early in the discovery process to increase the odds of being able to use materials obtained from the archive, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale.