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The court stands by Whirlpool, against LG and Samsung

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Whirlpool Corporation won a key decision in its appeal of a case intended to stop what the company calls unlawful refrigerator dumping by LG and Samsung in the U.S. market.

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"Today's decision is part of a series of important strides by the government in response to our actions to ensure a balanced competitive marketplace for U.S. manufacturers, their employees and customers," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer, Whirlpool Corp.

The U.S. Court of International Trade agreed with Whirlpool Corporation that the U.S. International Trade Commission made significant errors in a decision involving dumped and subsidized refrigerators from LG and Samsung. As a result of the ruling, the court ordered the Trade Commission to reconsider whether the refrigerators, dumped at margins up to 15 percent, caused material injury to U.S. manufacturing.

"We feel vindicated by the court's decision affirming our appeal. This ruling is particularly important, following on the heels of last year's unanimous decision that LG and Samsung were dumping large residential washers and injuring the U.S. market. Whirlpool is fully committed to our U.S. manufacturing operations and American workers, and we remain focused on producing forward-thinking refrigeration innovation inspired by our consumers," said Mr. Fettig.

In evaluating Whirlpool's core claim that the Commission's decision erroneously "double counted" key data, the court agreed that there was a "potentially significant difference" that warranted reconsideration. In remanding the case, the court expressed "sufficient doubt that the ITC would have reached the same conclusion," and instructed it to revisit both its volume and price analysis.

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