Tag Archives: International Trade

International Trade: A New Dawn for North American Trade

The business community, lawmakers and even workers across North America breathed a collective sigh of relief on October 1, 2018, after the renegotiated NAFTA agreement was unveiled. Following negotiations that had become acrimonious, and fears that Canada might be left out, the newly dubbed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) yielded significant but workable changes to cross-border trade … Continue reading this entry

European Union Posts September Car Sales Record, Asian Markets Continue to Grow

New car sales in Europe grew by 7.3% in September, marking a new record for September.  This growth continued despite concerns over Brexit.  In the first nine months of 2016, European Union passenger auto registrations grew by 8%. Italy, Spain, and Germany posted the largest growth, while France, and the UK also continued gains for … Continue reading this entry

Be Fully Compliant, and Avoid Lawsuits!

Who could dislike the title of this post? It promises to solve all your compliance problems and keep your business out of litigation. Were it only that simple. Of course, it is not. But, when it comes to compliance, there are ways to avoid recurring issues such as high-risk countries, whistleblowers, joint ventures and commercial bribery. For … Continue reading this entry

European Auto Sales Remain Strong, While Chinese Auto Sales Continue to Sink

As we posted earlier this year, car sales in the European auto industry have been on the upswing for nearly two years. This continued in July as sales rose in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Spain posted the biggest gain, with a 24 percent increase in car sales, marking 23 straight months of growth. Sales … Continue reading this entry

Enforcement Provides Important Update for Auto Industry

For the last several years, the global auto industry has been rocked by unprecedented investigations and prosecution. Numerous international cartels, involving scores of companies and individuals, have engaged in price-fixing. Most of these cartels operated in foreign countries, fixing prices for automotive components that were incorporated into vehicles and shipped to the United States. Many individuals … Continue reading this entry

U.S. Steel Producers File Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions: The Potential Impact

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers
U.S. steel producers Nucor, U.S. Steel, Steel Dynamics, California Steel, AK Steel and Acelor Mittal filed, on June 3, antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against some forms of corrosion resistant steel from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan.… Continue reading this entry

Peeking Behind the Curtain: Macroeconomic Insight into Manufacturing

Last week, Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), visited Foley & Lardner’s Chicago office and shared a macroeconomic update on the manufacturing industry. His comments and charts (he’s an economist, of course he had charts) provided great insight. While Dr. Moutray’s comments were focused on manufacturing as a whole, … Continue reading this entry

Protection Against Foreign Anticompetitive Automotive Supply Chain Practices Affecting U.S. Activities

Automotive industry participants may face increased costs and risk from wholly foreign anticompetitive activities far upstream in their global supply chain. Antitrust laws, like the Sherman Act, protect American markets from anticompetitive practices. But, under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”), American antitrust laws only reach foreign conduct in specific circumstances. For example, an … Continue reading this entry

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term.  While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to hear this term that merit attention from businesses in the automotive sector.  Below is … Continue reading this entry

Supreme Court to Consider General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Parent Based on U.S. Subsidiary

On Monday, April 22, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, which asks whether a foreign parent corporation can be subject to suit in the United States for wrongs allegedly committed by a foreign subsidiary, based on the foreign parent’s relationship with a separate, non-party U.S. subsidiary. The question presented to … Continue reading this entry

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of International Trade Secret Dispute

Even as the Obama administration is announcing an effort to crack down on international trade secret theft, the Fifth Circuit has released a ruling reminding companies just how difficult it can be to go to court on their own behalf to protect trade secrets from misappropriation taking place overseas. In Innovation First International, Inc. v. … Continue reading this entry

Administration Announces Strategy for Protecting U.S. Trade Secrets

Theft of trade secrets by persons acting on behalf of foreign governments and corporations is a major problem for U.S. manufacturers, including manufacturers in the automotive industries. Spurred by several high-profile instances of trade secret theft — including the convictions of Yu Xiang Dong for stealing trade secrets from Ford and of Shanshan Du and … Continue reading this entry