The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has allowed textile company Auburn Manufacturing Inc. to proceed with its case against Chinese exporters of a high-performance fabric after a unanimous preliminary decision in favor of Auburn by the ITC. Drinker Biddle partner Doug Heffner and counsel Richard Ferrin represent Auburn.
Auburn is a frequent supplier of the U.S. Navy and is looking to impose duties on imports of amorphous silica fabric from China that it claims have been illegally dumped and subsidized by the Chinese government. The U.S. Department of Commerce will conduct an investigation on imports of these products with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on April, 14 and its preliminary anti-dumping duty determinations due on June 28, according to the ITC.
Doug told Law360 that “Auburn is very happy about the outcome of the case.”
“Auburn believes that they have lost a lot of business to Chinese imports and that there has been significant underpricing and lost sales due to the dumped and subsidized imports,” he added.