A judge in Florida has rejected the federal government’s request for a temporary restraining order against the Chamber of Industry’s annual conference, which was postponed to March 29.
The conference, known as the Chamber’s National Conference, was held at a Florida resort in August.
The event, which draws over 1,000 corporate executives from all industries and organizations, was cancelled in November because of the Zika virus outbreak.
The postponement was one of the reasons why the government filed a lawsuit last year against the organization for $10 million, alleging that the conference violated the Clayton Act, a 1921 law that prohibits federal contractors from engaging in business activity with foreign corporations.
The Chamber has repeatedly denied that it engages in such business activities.
A court hearing for the case has been set for February 26, but it is unclear whether the ruling will result in a temporary injunction.
“The Chamber has not engaged in any trade or commercial activities in the United States in violation of the Clayton act,” U.A.G. Senior Counsel Matt Miller wrote in a court filing in the case.
“It is therefore beyond dispute that the Chamber is not a foreign company.”
The Chamber is one of more than a dozen companies that filed the lawsuit against the government, including the UAW and the AFL-CIO.
Miller wrote that the ruling would “reaffirm that the Clayton statute is a federal law, and therefore not subject to any exceptions to the statute.”