Ford Suit Over NAFTA Import-Duty Refunds Tossed

Law360, New York (January 12, 2010, 5:37 PM EST) -- Ford Motor Co. has lost its bid to recoup import duties the company paid on merchandise it said should have been exempt under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Judge Judith M. Barzilay of the U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday granted the U.S. government's motion to dismiss the case, which was originally filed in 2003, ruling that the CIT lacks jurisdiction over the dispute.

The suit concerns Ford's import of various automotive parts from Canada into the U.S. between January 1997 and January 1999,...
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