A total of 25 large, medium and small companies have already joined an information coalition around a Brussels-based lawyer for the repayment of anti-dumping duties that they paid to the European Commission on leather shoes imported from China and Vietnam between 2006 and 2011. The lawyer, Edwin Vermulst, who belongs to the VVGB law firm, says that the coalition now has sufficient critical mass to proceed with the preparation for a major court case. The door is still open for other companies to join, but they will have to decide relatively quickly, he says. The planned action follows a decision made at the beginning of this year by the European Court of Justice in favor of four Chinese shoe exporters because they were not given the chance to prove that they had not engaged in dumping. Another group of exporters, which includes Aokang, is expecting a similar ruling in the next few months.