By  on July 8, 2008

The U.S. Court of International Trade last week dismissed a lawsuit brought by Totes-Isotoner Corp. alleging that U.S. tariffs discriminate based on gender.

The court concluded that the company failed to show it is entitled to relief, but allowed Totes-Isotoner to continue with the suit if it amends the complaint. The company said it hasn't decided its next step. Totes-Isotoner filed the suit, which focuses on the disparity in U.S. customs-duty rates charged for men's and women's leather gloves, in the New York-based court in January 2007. The customs-duty rate for men's gloves is 14 percent compared with 12.6 percent for women's.

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