Sixteen Countries Face Anti-Dumping Duties for Aluminum Sheet

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) unanimously determined that unfairly traded imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from 16 countries have materially injured U.S. producers. The USITC’s determination concludes investigations that were initiated following the filing of petitions requesting relief by an Aluminum Association’s working group in March 2020.

“We are delighted by [the] unanimous determination. This decision provides vitally needed relief from a second wave of unfairly-traded imports from 16 countries that hammered domestic producers just as they were beginning to recover from an onslaught of imports from China,” said Aluminum Association president and CEO Tom Dobbins. “This decision will help ensure that domestic producers can make full use of the more than $1 billion in capital investments made in recent years, based on the expectation that healthy market conditions would follow the tariffs on unfair imports from China in early 2019.”

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Law Group Challenges Ordinance for Bird-Friendly Glass

Less than a year after the Madison Common Council unanimously adopted Wisconsin’s first bird-friendly building ordinance, one local law group is now seeking to undermine that decision. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed a Notice of Claim alleging that the city’s bird-safe glass ordinance is in conflict with state law.

The claim was filed in March on behalf of four real estate, development and building associations, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, Commercial Association of Realtors of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Builders Association, and NAIOP Wisconsin, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

The city’s ordinance took effect October 1, 2020, and requires all buildings over 10,000 square feet, skyways and other glass features to incorporate bird-visible safety features of dots or lines into the glass treatment. The WILL’s notice says the ordinance is “illegal and violates the settled expectations of builders, contractors, developers, and property owners,” and says if enforced, it will lessen the number of jobs, and increase housing and rent costs.

“Wisconsin’s Uniform Commercial Building Code passed with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans because it simplified and streamlined building regulations, keeping costs reasonable without affecting safety or quality. Madison’s Bird-Glass
ordinance, no matter how well-intentioned, is the first slippery step toward creating a confusing patchwork of local red tape and higher building costs,” says John Mielke, president of ABC of Wisconsin, one of the groups represented by WILL.

The groups intends to file a suit in court if the ordinance is not modified by early July.

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