Saturday, July 26, 2008
Professor Steven D. Schwinn of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago won a case on behalf of Washington state grape growers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the U.S. Court of International Trade.
Schwinn's clients applied for trade adjustment assistance, arguing that increased grape imports led to a decline in their net income.
The USDA denied TAA benefits, failing to consider the distorting effects of an extraordinary deduction on the growers' net income.
The U.S. Court of International Trade in a significant decision reversed and ordered the Department to change the way it calculates net income under the TAA program.