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Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

China Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue On July 9-10, Secretary of...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2014

Yemen Becomes the 160th Member of the WTO - Yemen became the 160th and newest member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on June 26 – 30 days after depositing its "Instrument of Acceptance." WTO Members approved...more

Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination Finding Chinese Solar Producers Receive Countervailable Subsidies

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determined on June 3 that the Chinese government subsidizes the production and export of crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells (solar cells), as well as modules,...more

Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings: Recent Chapter 15 Filings in the United States

It is not surprising that the amount of Chapter 15 bankruptcy filings is growing in the global economy. Chapter 15 was added to the Bankruptcy Code by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. It is...more

Exporters Pushing Back On Threats of Further Sanctions on Russia

Until recently, American trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have made their opposition to the imposition of further sanctions on Russia known to the...more

Capital Thinking: International

Iraq/Syria Crisis - Early last week, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 275 U.S. military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in...more

Solar Installer Alert: New Countervailing Duties on Imports of Chinese Solar Products Take Effect June 10, 2014

The U.S. International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) made the preliminary countervailing duty (“CVD”) rates announced last week effective today, June 10, in a published notice, 79 Fed. Reg....more

Proposed Legislation Seeks to Limit Patent Trolls’ Access to ITC Investigations

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, U.S. Congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the ability of patent trolls to initiate ITC investigations....more

US China Trade War Newsletter

Dear Friends, There have been major developments in the trade, solar cells, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. REASON FOR THIS NEWSLETTER - Some readers have commented that this newsletter is...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014 (#2)

In This Issue: - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...more

Do the USPTO 101 Guidelines Violate International Trade Agreements?

One advantage of being a blogger in the relatively small world of patents is that I have gotten to know practitioners in other countries who also have a keen interest in patent law. One such person is Australian Registered...more

The Trade Muddle: A Primer

Which comes first, TPP (the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”) or TPA (“Trade Promotion Authority”)? Alphabetically, and logically, TPA. Strategically, TPP. Politically, neither is likely to come at all. Nor, then, is TTIP the...more

US China Trade War – Default Dangers, Trans Pacific Partnership In Jeopardy, Trade, Customs Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in litigation, including dangers of default judgments, trade, Solar Cells, Chinese Antidumping, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. January was a very important...more

Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Could Have Significant Impact on U.S. Trade Agenda

On January 9, 2014, congressional leaders for the key committees responsible for trade legislation introduced a bill to renew expedited procedures for obtaining passage of trade agreement implementing legislation. The United...more

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Iran - As of last Friday, January 10, the bipartisan Senate bill (S. 1881) to increase sanctions on Iran had reportedly garnered a filibuster-proof majority – at least 60...more

When China Met Africa

The arrival of President Obama in Africa in the summer of 2013 brought into focus a number of trends affecting the continent. Economic growth, democratic reforms and environmental sustainability were all on the agenda. And...more

Executive Summary - Business Across Borders

Pilfering on the docks of New York City was once so rife that, so one story goes, an Italian shoemaker shipped his goods in two separate consignments – left and right shoes – to prevent them from being stolen. Today,...more

Interim Deal on Iran Sanctions Policy Involves Limited Changes

Despite some confusing media reports, the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1 on November 24, 2013 would change very little in U.S. and multilateral sanctions policy. These limited changes are still pending...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement & Sanctions Suspension

The November 23 "Joint Plan of Action" regarding Iran's nuclear program (the "Agreement") contemplates that the United States and the European Union ("EU") will suspend some sanctions measures regarding Iran. This advisory...more

Global Connection - November 2013

In today’s global marketplace, companies need to be informed about foreign laws and practices that impact, or may potentially impact, their businesses in the various regions they serve. This edition of Global Connection...more

Risks and Benefits to Using Escrow Services in International Trade

In the 2012 edition of its Trade Finance Guide, the International Trade Administration for the first time discussed escrow service as a variation on cash in advance and a payment method available to U.S. exporters. The ITA’s...more

Capital Thinking: International

National Security Agency - The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a closed door meeting this week on competing National Security Agency (NSA)-related bills that might be considered in that panel. Senate Judiciary...more

TPP, TTIP, And Congress: The Elephant In The Room

The Washington trade policy community is buzzing over the two largest international trade negotiations since the effective collapse of the Doha multilateral trade round. The buzz may be even louder in foreign capitals....more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY - UCC developments *TARIFFS - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - EU Market Access Regulation – exclusions - GSP – Burma/Myanmar - FTA...more

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