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Potential Opportunity Remains to Protect the Right to Seek a Refund of List 3 and List 4a Section 301 China Tariffs 

by Ivan W. Bilaniuk, David A. Zulandt

Published: October, 2021

Submission: October, 2021

 




Companies that have imports from China subject to List 3 and List 4a Section 301 tariffs may still have an opportunity to protect their right to seek a refund from the U.S. Government. To do so, a company would need to file a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade (CIT) challenging the List 3 and/or List 4a tariffs as unauthorized under the Trade Act of 1974 and implemented in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Approximately 4,000 such cases have been filed to date since September 2020.  If test case plaintiffs prevail in their lawsuit currently being litigated on the merits in the CIT, then the plaintiffs, who have filed complaints and whose cases are stayed pending resolution of the test case, would be eligible to obtain refunds of the List 3 and List 4a Section 301 tariff amounts they have paid.


Such an action must be filed within two years after the cause of action first accrues. There are different theories about how the two-year statute of limitations is to be determined, including the theory that would allow a plaintiff to file a complaint now and recover List 3 and/or List 4a Section 301 tariffs paid to date going back two years from the date of filing. 


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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP continues to work with its clients to evaluate options and develop strategies to mitigate the effects of Section 301 tariffs in trade with China, including by filing lawsuits against the U.S. government in the above-discussed Court of International Trade Section 301 tariff litigation.  For assistance in filing such a CIT lawsuit or for additional information, contact Ivan W. Bilaniuk or your Dinsmore attorney.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



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