International Corporate, Importation & Immigration
Arent Fox has one of the largest international trade practices in the United States and has assisted its clients across the full range of trade enforcement and compliance matters. Of particular relevance to fashion clients is our background in focused assessments, importer self-assessments, investigations, and penalty proceedings involving Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We have represented fashion houses on all aspects of these proceedings and in working within the very complex rules relating to country of origin and valuation (including the so-called “first sale rule”). Arent Fox also has significant worldwide experience in drafting international corporate documents to minimize the risks on the foreign corporate parent, including related to issues of transfer pricing.
The California Attorney General recently filed two lawsuits in state court against Chinese and Indian apparel manufacturers, accusing the companies of obtaining an unfair competitive advantage over US firms through the use of pirated software. See People of the State of California v. Ningbo Beyond Home Textile Co., Ltd., No. BC499771 (Cal. Super. Ct. Jan. 24, 2013); People of the State of California v. Pratibha Syntex Ltd., No. BC499751 (Cal. Super. Ct. Jan. 24, 2013).
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Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 350 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.