Fans of Bill Murray’s star turn as Tripper in Meatballs (1979) will recall that "CIT" stands for counselor-in-training. 

Not so at the Federal Circuit.  The acronym there signifies the U.S. Court of International Trade.  Except that the circuit court doesn’t use the acronym in its opinions.  Go figure.

Today, the court did issue two opinions regarding the work of the CIT.  One concerned "safeguard duties" on imports of certain steel products.  Wheatland Tube Co. v. United States, Nos. 06-1524 & 05-1525 (Fed. Cir. July 25, 2007).  The other dealt with antidumping and countervailing duties on "grain-oriented silicon electrical steel".  Nippon Steel Corp. v. United States Int’l Trade Comm’n, No. 06-1502 (Fed. Cir. July 25, 2007).

Tripper might say that it just doesn’t matter.  We know better, don’t we?

Barry Barnett

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