International Trade

  • June 11, 2021

    White House Issues Waiver Plan For 'Made In America' Order

    The White House unveiled new guidance for federal agencies Friday on President Joe Biden's "Made in America" executive order, in particular outlining a waiver review process for the order's exemptions.

  • June 11, 2021

    EDTX Jury Clears LED Maker And Axes Patents

    An Eastern District of Texas jury on Friday found that LED maker Absen Inc. did not infringe a Texas lighting manufacturer's patents for modular light-emitting diode technology, while striking down parts of the patents as well.

  • June 11, 2021

    WTO Ends Trump's Case Over China's Patent Rules

    The World Trade Organization quietly ended its investigation into China over its patent licensing rules on Friday, two years after the Trump administration put the case on ice in lieu of intellectual property negotiations with Beijing.

  • June 11, 2021

    CIT Judge Rejects Tardy Challenges To China Duty Refunds

    The U.S. Court of International Trade Friday tossed suits brought by importers looking to claw back tariffs they paid on Chinese goods after the tariffs were rescinded, finding the companies "regrettably dropped the ball" and waited too long to protest the duties they paid.

  • June 11, 2021

    US-EU Trade Feuds Likely To Get Soft Touch During Summit

    President Joe Biden's weeklong swing through Europe will focus in large part on resolving a series of bitter trade feuds, but there is still serious policy legwork that must be done before the allies can reset their commercial relationship.

  • June 11, 2021

    BakerHostetler Nabs Wilson Sonsini Trade Pro

    BakerHostetler nabbed a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorney who is a deft hand at export controls, economic sanctions and foreign investment issues and has significant government experience with trade enforcement actions, according to a firm announcement.

  • June 10, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Face A Texas Jury Over Voice IP

    Amazon is set to be the next tech titan to appear in front of the busiest patent judge in the country as U.S. District Judge Alan Albright is scheduled to kick off a jury trial over claims Alexa infringes voice technology patents owned by an Israeli kitchen technology startup. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • June 10, 2021

    Trade Court Again Rebukes Gov't For Expanded Steel Tariffs

    The U.S. Court of International Trade handed a victory to steel fastener importers Thursday, doubling down on its earlier ruling that erased an illegal expansion of national security tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

  • June 10, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Duty Cut For Chinese Tire Co.

    A Federal Circuit panel reversed the outcome of a hard-fought tariff battle Thursday, kicking an anti-dumping duty order back to the U.S. Court of International Trade with orders to reinstate the Department of Commerce's initial duty determination on Chinese tire exports.

  • June 10, 2021

    USTR, AFL-CIO Head Bash WTO For Neglecting Worker Rights

    The U.S. Trade Representative and the president of the country's largest labor organization rebuked the World Trade Organization and other international groups at a roundtable on Thursday for enabling a global "race to the bottom" in workers' rights.

  • June 10, 2021

    Biden Admin. Walks Foreign Investment Tightrope With TikTok

    The Biden administration hasn't yet said whether TikTok's Chinese owner will need to sell the video-sharing platform's U.S. operations, but the move to rework Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban the app hints at an effort to strike a balance between an open investment environment and the protection of sensitive personal data.

  • June 09, 2021

    USTR Advances Union-Led Mexico Labor Complaint

    The Biden administration found that workers at a Mexican auto parts facility are being denied basic labor rights Wednesday, advancing a union-led complaint filed last month that will test the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement's enforcement tools.

  • June 09, 2021

    COVID Vaccine IP Waiver Talks Heat Up At The WTO

    World Trade Organization members agreed Wednesday to speed up talks over competing proposals to boost global COVID-19 vaccine access, including a hotly contested temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for vaccines.

  • June 09, 2021

    In Global First, El Salvador Deems Bitcoin Legal Tender

    El Salvador on Wednesday became the first country in the world to recognize Bitcoin as legal tender, a move that comes just days after the country's President Nayib Bukele publicly announced the plan.

  • June 09, 2021

    Nixon Peabody Adds Top DOJ Enforcer To White Collar Group

    Nixon Peabody LLP said Wednesday it is adding a veteran prosecutor from the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division to its government investigations and white collar defense practice.

  • June 09, 2021

    EU Court Tosses Sanctions On Ex-Ukrainian President

    A European Union court on Wednesday scrubbed the bloc's 2019 decision to extend sanctions that froze the assets of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr Yanukovych over the alleged embezzlement of state funds.

  • June 09, 2021

    Biden Axes Trump TikTok Curbs Amid Broader Data Review

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat and other apps from the U.S. market and issued his own order to review multiple foreign-controlled apps that could pose a security risk to the data of users in America.

  • June 08, 2021

    Sens. Want Answers Over Lack Of Hong Kong Bank Sanctions

    The bipartisan pair of senators behind the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 called for an immediate briefing with the Secretary of the Treasury on Tuesday, raising concerns about the department's lack of action against foreign banks working with China.

  • June 08, 2021

    US Must Strategize On China-Taiwan Affairs, Experts Say

    A potential showdown over China's efforts to integrate Taiwan more closely with the mainland could cost the U.S. dearly in terms of military advantage and international alliances, experts told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

  • June 08, 2021

    Senate Passes Massive Tech, Trade Bill Aimed At China

    The Senate on Tuesday approved a major bipartisan bill meant to fuel technological and economic competition with China with trade provisions and around $200 billion in funding for semiconductors, telecom equipment and scientific research.

  • June 08, 2021

    Crocs Hits Skechers, Others With ITC Trademark Complaint

    Crocs Inc. is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation of products sold by Skechers and a slew of other companies, arguing they infringe its trademark rights to the popular plastic clog.

  • June 08, 2021

    Colonial CEO Defends $4.4M Ransomware Payment

    At a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday, the head of Colonial Pipeline Co. defended the company's recent $4.4 million ransomware payment, while acknowledging that the attackers cracked a key password that was not protected by a basic security practice.

  • June 08, 2021

    Biden Aims To Jolt Lagging Supply Chains

    The White House on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping plan to resolve supply chain difficulties that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a bevy of investments in domestic production and a new "strike force" that will consider trade enforcement moves.

  • June 07, 2021

    Cozen Adds Former KMA Transportation Partner To DC Office

    Cozen O'Connor has snagged a leading aviation attorney from KMA Zuckert LLC, the latest addition to the firm's transportation and trade practice in Washington, D.C., according to an announcement from the firm.

  • June 07, 2021

    Hemp Shipment Was Actually Drug Smuggling, Gov't Says

    An Oregon hemp processor now suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection over several thousand pounds of seized plants was actually attempting to smuggle a large quantity of marijuana across the U.S. border, the government said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Gov't Contractor's Road Map To Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    Following President Joe Biden's recent executive order to improve U.S. cybersecurity, Justin Chiarodo and Sharon Klein at Blank Rome highlight how four key elements will particularly affect government contractors and their suppliers, and what contractors should expect as they prepare to operate in a new compliance environment.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • El Salvador's Use Of Bitcoin Complicates US Commercial Law

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    El Salvador recently became the first country to recognize Bitcoin as currency, presenting significant implications for U.S. commercial law as the development will likely trigger the cryptocurrency to now fall within the definition of "money" under the Uniform Commercial Code, say Joe Carlasare and Eric Fogel at SmithAmundsen.

  • Why Legacy Insurance May Not Protect Adopters Of Bitcoin

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    Evidenced by El Salvador's adoption of the Bitcoin standard this week, there is an emerging need for insurance products to cover the risk of owning and holding the digital asset, as it may not fall into the protected categories in legacy insurance products, say attorneys at Mound Cotton.

  • How Curbs On Russia And Belarus Trade Will Affect Tech Cos.

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    Attorneys at Kirkland examine how the Biden administration's newly authorized Russian sanctions, restrictions on dealings with companies in Belarus and other likely measures will affect the technology sector and how companies should respond to the changes.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • China Trade Secret Developments Bring Certainty For US Cos.

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    U.S. companies should welcome recent reforms to Chinese trade secret legislation and case law that make the litigation landscape more plaintiff-friendly and provide clarity on what business information is protectable and what confidentiality measures the law requires, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • Warnings And Guideposts From EU Sanctions Blocking Case

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    An advocate general's recent opinion in Bank Melli Iran v. Telekom Deutschland, a European Union sanctions blocking case, highlights serious new international regulatory compliance risks but also presents helpful guidance for navigating conflicting EU and U.S. rules, say Thomas Grant at Cambridge University and Scott Kieff at George Washington University.

  • CBP Rulings Offer Lessons On Overcoming Import Detentions

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    Two recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings over allegations a U.S. apparel importer violated forced labor restrictions provide importers with insight for documenting supply chain compliance to obtain release of detained merchandise, say Dana Watts and Manuel Levitt at Miller & Chevalier.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • Collaborative Contracting Can Help Combat Bias In AI

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    To mitigate bias in artificial intelligence technology amid pending EU and U.S. regulations, contracting companies should consider each party's role in controlling for bias, rather than applying binary liability allocations, say Boris Segalis and Joshua Fattal at Goodwin and independent attorney Neal Dittersdorf.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

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