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Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - Novermeber 2017

U.S. Census Seeks Comments On Routed Export Transactions – On October 6, 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau published a Federal Register notice inviting public comment on the regulations for routed export transactions. Routed...more

Federal Government To Revamp The Continuous Diagnostics And Mitigation Program

The Federal Government is reportedly upgrading its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (“CDM”) program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the General Services Administration. The redesigned...more

U.S. House Of Representatives To Continue Legislative Push To Regulate The Internet Of Things

Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the Information Technology Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is planning on introducing legislation to bolster cybersecurity...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - October 2017

NAFTA Renegotiation Status Update: Third Round Of Talks Conclude In Ottawa, Fourth Round Begins In Washington On October 11 The third round of talks on “renegotiation and modernization” of the North American Free Trade...more

President Trump Issues Order Prohibiting Chinese Company Acquisition Of U.S. Semiconductor Business

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the acquisition of U.S. company Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice) by a group of companies, including Canyon Bridge Fund I, LP (CBFI);...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - September 2017

USTR Initiates 2017 Annual Review Of Generalized System Of Preferences Product And Country Practices – On August 11, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice (the Notice)...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - September 2017

Trump Administration Commences China Section 301 Investigation - On August 14, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum instructing United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to determine...more

GAO Connected Vehicles Data Privacy Report Highlights Auto Industry Progress, Issues Directive to NHTSA

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, entitled “Vehicle Data Privacy: Industry...more

9/7/2017  /  Automotive Industry , Data Privacy , FTC , GAO , NHTSA

Venezuela Sanctions Update: U.S. Government Sanctions PdVSA

On August 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13808 (“E.O. 13808” or the “Executive Order”) titled “Imposing Additional Sanctions With Respect to the Situation in Venezuela.” The Executive Order prohibits certain...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - August 2017

USTR Issues NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives - On July 17, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer released the Trump Administration’s objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - August 2017

Progress Continues Toward Additive Manufacturing Standards - In late July, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (America Makes), the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - July 2017

Ambassador Lighthizer Visits Congress To Discuss The President’s Trade Policy Agenda - In June, the Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives held hearings on the new...more

Senate Passes Russia Sanctions Bill

On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed by vote of 97-2 a measure to codify, strengthen, and expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its activities in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, interference in the U.S....more

Proposed EU Legislation Seeks Increased Access to Cloud Data

On June 7, 2017 the European Commission (“EC”) confirmed that it intends to introduce legislation to enhance law enforcement officials’ abilities to gather cloud-based data from major technology companies across the European...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2017

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway - On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2017

President Trump Issues Two Additional Trade-Related Executive Orders - On April 29, 2017, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders (EOs) on issues related to international trade: (1) a Presidential Executive...more

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway

On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan support as a nominee, Mr. Lighthizer’s confirmation was delayed for months in order to...more

6/20/2017  /  NAFTA , Trump Administration , USTR

New Russia Sanctions Legislation

The U.S. Senate passed this week a measure to codify, strengthen and expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its activities in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, interference in the U.S. Presidential election, and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2017

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficits - On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International...more

Australia And China Establish Cybersecurity Agreement

On April 21, 2017, Australia and China forged an agreement to expand their cybersecurity cooperation. This agreement emerged as part of the Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue held in Sydney. ...more

OMB Publishes Report On Cybersecurity In 2016

On March 10, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) released its annual report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. The report compiles fiscal year 2016 information from...more

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ of Certiorari Over Sino Legend’s Trade Secret Theft Challenge

On January 9, 2017, the Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari submitted by Sino Legend Chemical Co., Ltd. (Sino) in litigation stemming from SI Group, Inc.’s (SI) Section 337 complaint. In a Section 337...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2017

Commission Reverses ALJ’s Dismissal Of U.S. Steel’s False Designation Of Origin Claim And Sets Hearing On U.S. Steel’s Antitrust Claim In Certain Carbon Steel; U.S. Steel Withdraws Trade Secret Theft Claim – 2017 has produced...more

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