Landmark Steptoe victory in EU court trumped by amended legislation


Alandmark EU court anti-dumping ruling favouring a Chinese footwear exporter after six years of litigation was swiftly circumvented with amended EU legislation to block producers’ claims for market economy treatment (MET), but the lawyer for Zhejiang Aokang Shoes said there is yet room for further legal challenges.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), the EU’s supreme court on all matters of EU law, ruled in favour of Steptoe & Johnson’s client on 15 November, fully overruling a March 2010 Court of First Instance judgment that had rejected all seven pleas of Aokang.

Jim Searles
Jim Searles

Steptoe’s Brussels partner Jim Searles led the litigation throughout after representing a number of exporting producers in the underlying EU anti-dumping investigation of footwear imports from China and Vietnam.

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