By Bryan Koenig (February 22, 2022, 7:03 PM EST) – Lobbying for Trump-era national security steel import tariffs doesn’t count as a group boycott, says a Texas federal judge who ruled dismissed an antitrust suit against the nation’s largest steelmakers from a finished steel producer that claims its initial price increases forced it to shut down a major plant overhaul.

Judge Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday gave JSW Steel USA Inc. no chance to amend its claims against Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Nucor Corp. and US Steel Corp., respectively the largest, second and third largest steel producers in the United States…

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