USTR Fights Lumber Cos.' Suit Over $500M Deal In Fed. Circ.

Law360, Chicago (September 6, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT) -- U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reject domestic lumber companies' attempt to revive their suit alleging they were improperly cut out of a $500 million settlement with Canada over a duty dispute, saying the deals' terms were within the USTR's discretion.

Almond Bros. Lumber Co. and more than 30 other lumber producers sued the USTR and the federal government after they were cut out of the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006, under which only lumber companies that belonged to the...
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