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U.S. Environmentalists Sue U.S. Administration over Softwood Lumber Agreement Payments

Don Whiteley has pointed me to an interesting article on the Seatlepi.com site entitled Environmentalists sue of Canadian timber agreement”.  In short, sometime this week, U.S.-based environmentalist organizations intend to file in the U.S. District Court in Seattle and the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York lawsuits against the U.S. Government because they disagree with the terms of the Softwood Lumber Agreement.  They are saying that the Softwood Lumber Agreement allowed the United States Government to keep $ 1 Billion of the duties illegally collected relating to imports of softwood lumber, which should have gone into the public treasury instead of being diverted to the U.S. timber industry.  U.S. attorney, Peter Goldman is reported to have said that "The U.S. cannot get around that legal duty by laundering the money through Canada". Ouch. Canadian softwood lumber companies and the Canadian Government should see the U.S. law suits as an opportunity to get the rest of the $1 Billion back.

Please call Lang Michener LLP to find out more.

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