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Vol. I: Issue 16 - October 19, 2006

U.S. TRADE REMEDY INVESTIGATIONS
Since the late 1970's, U.S. industry has relied on the antidumping law to guard against imports sold at less than fair value and the countervailing law to guard against imports bolstered by certain government subsidies. The popularity of these petitions proved so great that the United States consistently ranked as one of the top trade remedy proponents for about 25 years. More…

EU ANTI-DUMPING INVESTIGATIONS
With more than two and a half months still remaining before the end of the calendar year, the European Union is on track to establish a seven year high for new anti-dumping investigations.
Despite recent statements by EU Commissioner Peter Mandelson calling for the refinement of the EU anti-dumping system to reduce levels of protection granted in this form, the number of new cases started against the EU's trading partners remains extremely high. More…


The United States, the European Union and Japan express serious concerns over China's IPR protection activities prior to upcoming WTO review. China's implementation of its WTO Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (“TRIPS”) obligations to provide adequate and effective protection of IPR will be reviewed during an upcoming meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council on October 25. More…



The upcoming elections may spell trouble for the Bush administration's free trade agenda. More…



United States sets up Cuba Sanctions Enforcement Task Force to crack down on Cuba sanctions infringements and violations. U.S. sanctions against Cuba are longstanding and broad, reaching U.S. subsidiaries incorporated outside the U.S. as well as U.S.-based companies and individual U.S. citizens. More…



U.S. extends its long jurisdictional arm to enforce the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act abroad. Friday the 13th is considered unlucky in the United States, something Norway's state-controlled oil company, Statoil ASA, will not soon forget after settling charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for US$ 21 million. More…



After Doha: Practical Approaches for Cutting the Costs of Trade. Over the last few editions of the ITB, the discussion has been about the steps that companies can take to scrub their supply chains, enhance export sales, and cut import duties. More…



India's outsourcing industry has come under fire for a number of security breaches involving bank and other confidential information which highlights some of the dangers of outsourcing.  More…


EU and U.S. authorities finally reach an interim agreement bringing closure (at least for now) to the stand-off on EU-US Passenger Name Record (PNR) data transfers. The agreement ends uncertainty for European airlines that arose after the May 2006 European Court of Justice judgment annulled the 2004 U.S.-EU data sharing agreement. More…



European Commission, DG-Trade, adopts Crowell & Moring Report on the EU's Market Access Database. Earlier this year, Crowell & Moring was selected by the European Commission to carry out an Evaluation Study of one of the key internet-based tools made available to EU industries and enterprises to improve their export performance. More...

EVENT: October 26, 2006
Crowell & Moring LLP with AeA and CCIT present Globalization's New Road Map: Best Practices and Policies for Growing and Protecting Your International Business. More...

THREE PILLARS TO FORM FUTURE FOCUS OF EU TRADE POLICY
The European Union has announced that bilateral trade agreements, protection of intellectual, property rights in third countries and a reinforced market access strategy are to be the building blocks of future EU trade policy. More…

ALLOCATION OF EU TOP LEVEL DOMAIN NAMES UNDER ATTACK
EURID, the European authority for .eu domain names, has announced that it has released 74,000 domain names that it had previously decided to withhold on the grounds that the names were not rightfully registered.
The announcement of the domain name release followed an injunction issued by a Belgian court which decided that the organisation did not have authority to withhold these names. It is expected that in the future, EURID will be facing many more domain name litigations before the Belgian courts. More…

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