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Suing Chinese Companies for Product Liability

In the last few years, my law firm’s international dispute resolution team (of which I am a part) has seen a tremendous increase in cases involving individuals and companies and lawyers wanting to sue Chinese companies for a Chinese manufactured product that injured someone. The cases coming to our law firm typically involve one of

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New AD/CVD Petition: Twist Ties from China

On June 26, 2020, Bedford Industries Inc. (Petitioner) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against Twist Ties from China. Yes – twist ties – the thin bendable ties used to close garbage bags, bundle broccoli and other vegetables, and tie up all sorts of other stuff.  The petition does not publicly disclose the

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How to Get FREE Product from China

Every day for the last week I have gotten at least one email from a foreign company that paid money to a company in China and got literally nothing in return. The term for this is theft. This sort of thing is a given by Chinese companies and for why this is so prevalent lately

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China Employee Lawsuits for Late Salary Payments

China presumes employers are more powerful than their employees and so it explicitly favors employees. For example, not only does the law permit employees to unilaterally terminate their employment contracts by giving notice of leaving (unless one of the very limited exception applies), employees also may terminate their employment contract and demand statutory severance for

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Foreign Company International Arbitration

Last fall, in U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Important International Arbitration Issue, I wrote about an important international arbitration matter pending before the United States Supreme Court on whether foreign companies doing business in the United States can arbitrate a dispute with an American company. The specific issue was: Whether the New York Convention

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New AD CVD Petitions – Push Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam

On May 26, 2020, MTD Products Inc. (Petitioner) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against Certain Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam.  MTD produces lawn mowers that are sold under the Troy-Bilt, Bolens, Cub Cadet and Craftsman brands. Under U.S. trade laws, a domestic industry can petition the U.S. Department of Commerce

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China Supreme Court Guidance on COVID-19 Civil Cases

China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) recently released its Guidance on the Proper Handling of Civil Cases Involving the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Accordance with the Law (No.1). The Guidance aims to clarify various recurring issues that have arisen in handling civil disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some highlights of this Guidance. Application of

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New AD CVD Petitions – Mattresses from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

On March 31, 2020, a group of U.S. mattress producers, Brooklyn Bedding, Corsican Mattress Company, Elite Comfort Solutions, FXI, Inc., Innocor, Inc., Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc., Leggett & Platt, Inc., and union workers (Petitioners) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against Mattresses from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Under U.S. trade

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The China Bank Switch Scam: The Coronavirus Edition

The China bank switch scam has been a constant for about a decade. This scam involves criminals breaking into email accounts and changing bank-account information to capture payments intended for Chinese suppliers. The criminals are sometimes from outside the Chinese company (oftentimes outside China as well), from inside the Chinese company (like an employee) or