By  on January 3, 2005

WASHINGTON — A New York federal district court judge, in a stunning ruling on the eve of global quota elimination, ordered the Bush administration to temporarily stop reviewing several safeguard petitions seeking to curb Chinese apparel and textile imports early this year.

Senior Judge Richard W. Goldberg, of the U.S. Court of International Trade, issued a preliminary injunction late Thursday and handed a procedural victory to the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, which filed a lawsuit against five government agencies on Dec.1 to strike down further review and acceptance of China safeguard petitions based on the threat of market disruption. Goldberg’s ruling temporarily bars the Bush administration from accepting new threat-based petitions or from further reviewing the pending threat-based petitions filed by a coalition of U.S. textile, apparel and fiber producers and UNITE HERE.

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