Laurence Lasoff Quoted in the Wall Street Journal on ITC Decision to Raise Chinese Trade Tariffs
May 17, 2004
Washington, DC – Laurence Lasoff, Member of the International Trade Practice at Kelley Drye, was quoted in the May 17th issue of the Wall Street Journal about his recent representation of the U.S. color television industry before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Lasoff and his colleagues demonstrated that Chinese color televisions were being sold below the fair market value and were injuring the U.S. color television industry. As a result, the U.S. government will impose tariffs of up to 26% on imports of color television sets from China. The ITC ruling affirmed a preliminary ruling made by the U.S. Department of Commerce in November 2003.

In the article, Mr. Lasoff explains that the recent ITC ruling sets an important precedent because it “vindicates the statutory rights of unions to bring these cases even if their management doesn't support them.” Mr. Lasoff represents Five Rivers Electronic Innovations LLC, a Tennessee color television manufacturer, and two unions, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the International Division of the Communications Workers of America, in the suit.

This case has been followed closely by the international trade community, the Chinese government, and financial media. The rulings have been featured on Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, in the Wall Street Journal, and throughout various trade and international media outlets.

At Kelley Drye, Mr. Lasoff focuses on International Trade, Trade Associations, and Government Relations. He has nearly 20 years of experience helping a broad spectrum of clients navigate the complex regulatory hurdles of international trade and customs. He has successfully represented importers in customs enforcement proceedings; U.S. firms seeking export licenses for complex international projects in the nuclear, space and aerospace sectors; industry trade associations seeking to improve their members' access to foreign markets; and coalitions of U.S. manufacturers attempting to protect U.S. markets from unfair import competition.

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