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Government Finds No Fault with MAN Roland Pricing, Goss Withdraws Appeal

Press release from the issuing company

Westmont, IL — In its preliminary findings, the Department of Commerce has again determined that MAN Roland followed fair trade practices in the pricing of its newspaper presses. This announcement by the Department of Commerce comes after reviewing the company’s 1999-2000 sales to U.S. newspapers. In related news, the U.S. Court of International Trade agreed to dismiss an appeal by Goss Graphic Systems, which had challenged the Department’s previous findings covering a 1998-1999 review period. The initial administrative dumping order was entered in 1996 against MAN Roland, as well as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd., and Koenig & Bauer based on allegations by Goss Graphics Systems. With respect to MAN Roland, the order was based on a comparison of MAN Roland’s U.S. prices with projected estimates of the costs of presses that had not yet been built. However, when the Commerce Department examined the actual costs in the actual reviews of newspaper sales from 1998-2000, it confirmed that MAN Roland was not dumping As a result of the dismissal of Goss’ appeal, the deposits required to be posted by MAN Roland for newspaper sales in 1998-99 will be released. In addition, no duties will be withheld by the Commerce Department for future orders. Despite the recent rulings and findings, Goss continues to pursue a civil action against MAN Roland and other manufacturers for alleged price dumping.

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