On June 27, 2018, the American Institute for International Steel and two steel importers filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of International Trade against the 25 percent tariff imposed on imported steel by U.S. President Donald Trump. Lawyer Monthly sought insights about the lawsuit from Jackson Walker partner Robert L. Soza, Jr., who spoke on behalf of Globalaw.
“The Steel Importers argued that Section 232 is an unconstitutional delegation to the President of Congressional taxing authority. However, looking at Supreme Court precedent in cases where delegation challenges have been asserted, and one case involving Section 232, indicates that the Steel Importers will face significant obstacles to winning their case,” Robert said.
Based on precedent, Robert noted that the United States government will likely seek an early dismissal of the case. For more information, read Lawyer Monthly’s article “Your Thoughts: Lawsuit Against Trump’s US Steel Tariffs.”
Robert L. Soza, Jr. is a skilled litigator and international trade attorney with sophisticated experience assisting clients with anti-corruption, U.S. export control, U.S. Customs, and CFIUS compliance. A licensed U.S. Customs Broker, Robert has conducted reviews and audits of transactions, counseled on enforcement issues, prepared voluntary disclosures, and represented clients in administrative, criminal, and civil enforcement proceedings initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Recognized by San Antonio Scene as a 2018 Best S.A. Lawyer in the areas of International Law, Business Litigation, and Environmental Litigation, Robert has instituted anti-corruption policies and provided training in Europe, Canada, and Mexico and has advised companies with projects in the Middle East, Asia, and throughout Latin America.