International Trade

  • 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.

  • April 03, 2020

    WTO Charts Lofty Tariffs On Essential COVID-19 Supplies

    Personal protective equipment crucial to fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak faces global tariffs averaging 11.5%, according to a World Trade Organization analysis released Friday, with certain nations collecting duties as high as 65% on items like hand sanitizer.

  • April 03, 2020

    3M Hits Back After Trump's Call To Stop Exporting N95 Masks

    Under fire from the White House, 3M Company sounded the alarm Friday over the Trump administration’s request that the company stop exporting medical grade masks to Canada and Latin America. 

  • April 03, 2020

    UK Expands Exporter Insurance Over COVID-19 Outbreak

    The U.K.’s export credit agency said Friday that it is expanding its protections against nonpayment for exporters to include the EU, the U.S., Canada, Australia and other major markets to help companies that are worried the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their customers’ ability to pay.

  • April 03, 2020

    US And China Bump Another Deadline In WTO Food Fight

    For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. has given China more time to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling faulting Beijing’s agricultural trade rules, according to a WTO document published Friday.

  • April 02, 2020

    Trump Admin Escapes States' Suit Over '2-For-1' Order

    The Trump administration on Thursday won a bid to nix a suit in D.C. federal court brought by three state attorneys general over a 2017 executive order requiring federal agencies to repeal at least two existing regulations for every new regulation that agency issues.

  • April 02, 2020

    Nintendo Hit With Game Controller Patent Suit At ITC

    A California technology company has accused Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s popular Switch handheld video game system of infringing a game controller patent it owns, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Nintendo from importing the device to the U.S.

  • April 02, 2020

    3 COVID-19 Changes IP Attys Want To Keep & 1 That Must Go

    To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Federal Circuit and other patent-heavy courts have adjusted some of their long-standing requirements. For the most part, intellectual property attorneys want the changes to stick around after the threat has passed, but there's one adjustment they think may take things too far. 

  • April 02, 2020

    US Uses Wartime Law To Get Ventilator Materials, Masks

    President Donald Trump invoked the wartime Defense Production Act twice Thursday, both to bolster private manufacturers' ventilator production and to force 3M Co. to supply an undetermined number of N95 respirators.

  • April 02, 2020

    Record UK Sanctions Fine Ushers In More Aggressive Era

    Britain's fledgling sanctions watchdog took a big swing with its £20.5 million ($25.5 million) fine on Standard Chartered PLC over loans that violated Ukraine sanctions, its most aggressive move yet that could usher in a new era of U.S.-style enforcement in the U.K.

  • April 01, 2020

    2nd Circ. Told DEA Testimony Dooms Iran Missile Dealing Trial

    A former electrical engineer convicted of trying to sell surface-to-air missiles and military aircraft parts to the Iranian government on Wednesday asked the Second Circuit to vacate his conviction and order a new trial, saying the lower court erred in allowing government agents to comment on the defendant's credibility.

  • April 01, 2020

    DOJ Concerned Port Joint Venture May Skip Antitrust Review

    The U.S. Department of Justice wants to know whether the Federal Maritime Commission has jurisdiction to stand in the way of a proposal to essentially merge two companies' San Juan, Puerto Rico, terminal operations, because the deal might be beyond antitrust scrutiny.

  • April 01, 2020

    After Record Win, Mattress Cos. Seek Tariffs Against 7 Others

    After winning a record 1,700% anti-dumping duty on Chinese mattresses with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. mattress producers are pushing for steep tariffs against the seven countries where China has allegedly shifted its mattress production to dodge tariffs.

  • April 01, 2020

    Iranian Co. Loses Bid To Lift Sanctions Despite EU Precedent

    A D.C. federal judge has tossed a challenge to the Office of Foreign Assets Control's decision to leave sanctions in place against an Iranian electronics company, ruling that OFAC's decision was well-explained and based on solid evidence about the company's dealings with other sanctioned companies.

  • April 01, 2020

    Commerce Hits Chinese Tile Cos. With Duties Up To 358%

    The U.S. Department of Commerce will impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese tile imports up to 358.81%, after finding in the final stages of its investigations that the products are being government-subsidized and sold at unfairly low prices.

  • March 31, 2020

    Commerce Dept. Opens 18-Nation Aluminum Trade Probe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that it has opened a probe in response to petitions from U.S.-based metal producers that alleged potentially unfair practices in the aluminum trade involving 18 countries from across the globe.

  • March 31, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Finds Garlic Farmer's Motive Suspect In Duty Row

    A New Mexico garlic farm can't get the U.S. Department of Commerce to review anti-dumping duties on a Chinese exporter after the Federal Circuit ruled that its interests were influenced by other competing Chinese companies.

  • March 31, 2020

    Trump Puts Digital Trade Barriers In Policy Crosshairs

    The Trump administration issued its annual assessment of all global trade barriers hampering U.S. businesses Tuesday, focusing much of its attention on a raft of data localization rules and other digital trade hurdles imposed by China and other U.S. trading partners.

  • March 31, 2020

    Hogan Lovells Adds Former White House Trade Adviser

    A former adviser to President Donald Trump on international trade and the global economy has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in its international trade and investment practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 31, 2020

    Israeli Firearm Co. Founders Want Out Of Libel Dispute

    Two brothers who founded the Israeli firearm accessories maker CAA Industries Ltd. told a Florida federal court on Tuesday that Florida company ME Technology Inc. didn't properly serve them in its libel suit alleging that CAA sent a damaging letter to ME Technology's customers.

  • March 31, 2020

    Law Firm Pay Cuts, Layoffs Will Likely Multiply

    As Cadwalader pauses partner distributions and cuts staff pay and Pryor Cashman furloughs associates, a slew of other firms are likely to follow suit as the legal industry goes into crisis mode to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.

  • March 31, 2020

    Essential Oils, Musical Instruments Face New Import Rules

    Manufacturers of certain musical instruments, essential oils and suitcases will be required to declare that the plants used for their products have not been illegally harvested starting in October, according to a Federal Register notice Tuesday.

  • March 31, 2020

    Williams & Connolly Enters Halkbank Case For 'Fresh Start'

    Halkbank denied U.S. criminal money laundering, fraud and sanctions-evasion charges in Manhattan federal court Tuesday as its newly hired legal team from Williams & Connolly LLP said the Turkish bank wants a "fresh start" with new representation.

  • March 31, 2020

    Standard Chartered Fined £20.5M For Violating Sanctions

    The U.K.'s sanctions enforcer imposed its first substantial penalty on Tuesday by fining Standard Chartered Bank £20.5 million ($25.3 million) for violating European Union sanction rules over Ukraine transactions.  

  • March 30, 2020

    Williams-Sonoma To Pay FTC $1M Over 'Made In US' Claims

    Williams-Sonoma Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million to end claims from the Federal Trade Commission that some of its subsidiary brands like Pottery Barn made bogus claims that their products were made in the United States, the FTC announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • COVID-19 Raises Unique Issues For Health, Life Sciences Cos.

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    Health care and life sciences companies are in the difficult position of being unable to suspend operations amid the coronavirus crisis, and must face new patient privacy, contract obligation and federal regulation challenges, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Tackling Uncertainty In Pandemic-Related Int'l Disputes

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    Parties to cross-border transactions must consider that legal concepts with varying meanings across diverse jurisdictions may be applicable in contract disputes stemming from the coronavirus — and boilerplate force majeure language will not be enough, say Luis Perez and Alejandro Chevalier at Akerman.

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • Beware Pervasive Trademark Scams During COVID-19

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    Trademark scams related to COVID-19 are certain to persist for the foreseeable future, but brand owners can mitigate their consequences by proactively registering marks, employing watch services, sending cease-and-desist letters, and staying on top of the latest high-tech scams, say Ann Fort and Cameron Murphy at Eversheds Sutherland.

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