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NEW YORK – A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a portion of the quartz-surface tariffs placed on U.S. imports from India. Judge Leo M. Gordon of the Court of International Trade ruled against Pokarna Engineered Stone Ltd. The company argued that the U.S. Commerce Department should have completed a sales analysis of paid sample sales and then excluded them from the general sales totals used in the investigation. The judge ruled there’s no mandate in federal law requiring a sales analysis.

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OBERLIN, Ohio – The National Building Granite Quarriers Association (NBGQA) is merging with the Natural Stone Institute. Founded in 1916, the five members of the NBGQA – all major building granite quarriers – are already institurte members. As part of the merger, the institute will acquire ownership of the NBGQA granite specification. The NBGQA’s assets will be earmarked to assist with several initiatives of the newly formed North American Quarry Advocacy Group. The NBGQA will remain incorporated for the next two years.