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Covington Wins Landmark Decision for European Steel Pipe Industry

October 7, 2009

BRUSSELS, October 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP successfully represented the European steel pipe industry in the anti-dumping investigation against Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes into the EU.

On September 24, the Council of the European Union adopted a regulation imposing final anti-dumping duties of up to 39.2%. The Covington team succeeded in convincing the European Commission and Member States that the imposition of the measures was necessary to protect Community manufacturers against unfairly low-priced imports.

Georg Berrisch, partner and head of Covington’s European International Trade practice, who led the case, commented: "This is a landmark case because it was not built on the argument that the dumped imports caused injury to the European industry, but rather that these imports were imminently threatening to cause injury. In the past, the Commission had refrained from accepting a mere threat of injury as the basis for pursuing a case. However, Chinese exports to the EU had grown from 1% of the market in 2005 to more than 17% by mid-2008. Covington successfully argued that a continuation of this export strategy could deal the European steel pipe industry a blow from which it might never recover. The case shows an industry does not necessarily need to wait for injury to occur – a point at which it may already be too late to take effective measures.”

Covington’s international trade practice is widely recognized for its excellence and is recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500.

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