Judge reprimands Commerce for “monitoring” false advertising

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By Alyssa Aquino (Nov 19, 2021, 4:44 PM EST) – A commercial court has reprimanded the U.S. Department of Commerce for “monitoring” illegal activity outside its jurisdiction, returning severe trade duties to a manufacturer of Chinese cabinets after finding that customers had been misled about basic materials.

The judge of the United States Tribunal of International Trade, Mr. Miller Baker, rejected the arguments of the Commerce Department that the false advertising of Dalian Meisen Woodworking Co. Ltd. had hampered its trade investigation and justified the imposition of an anti-dumping duty of 262.18%, the maximum possible levy. Meisen had not only cooperated with the trade investigation, but had handed over sales information showing that it was marketing birch wood products like maple more expensive …

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