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Trump Trade War - SC Declines To Hear Challenge To Section 232 Steel Tariffs

Steel News - Published on Tue, 25 Jun 2019

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US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel for national security reasons. The court’s decision not to consider the case means that Court of International Trade’s ruling will remain.

The case was filed by the American Institute for International Steel and two of its member companies: Texas-based Sim-Tex, a wholesaler of oil and gas pipe, and Kurt Orban Partners, an international steel trader based in California. American steel importers asked in April for the Supreme Court to review a March ruling from the US Court of International Trade that upheld the constitutionality of Trump’s use of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose tariffs. The plaintiffs originally argued that Section 232 was far too open-ended and allowed the president to make a decision without any check from Congress or a requirement for judicial review.

The American Institute for International Steel said that it is disappointed that the Supreme Court did not agree to hear this case at this time. AIIS said “It is rare for the Supreme Court to agree to hear a case before a ruling by the Court of Appeals, and our appeal will now heard by the US Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit. We continue to believe that we have a strong legal case that section 232 is unconstitutional. Once the Federal Circuit has spoken, we expect that the losing party will ask the Supreme Court to review that decision.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 25 Jun 2019
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