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A First Time for Everything
Goss International Corp., the last remaining U.S. manufacturer of large newspaper printing presses, was losing market share to German and Japanese companies. Goss was convinced that its foreign competitors were dumping presses on the U.S. market at unfairly low prices.
Administrative antidumping remedies had not adequately protected Goss from the unfair conduct, so Goss turned to us. Our search for an effective remedy for Goss led us to an 80-year-old statute that had never been tested – the Antidumping Act of 1916. Although commentators had called the statute a “dead letter,” we were determined to prove them wrong.
We filed suit for Goss under the Antidumping Act against four foreign printing press manufacturers. During the litigation, three defendants settled on terms highly favorable to our client. The fourth defendant chose to go to trial. After three weeks of testimony, the jury deliberated just three and a half hours before returning a verdict for Goss that resulted in entry of a $35 million judgment. We successfully defended the judgment through the appeals process While the appeal was pending, Congress repealed the 1916 Act, but declined to do so retroactively. Thus, Goss International Corp. v. Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd., et al., became the only case that was or ever will be tried under the Antidumping Act of 1916.