June 27, 2000
For 14 months, Mr. Reinert fought against a proposed 100% tariff increase in the main product he was importing (herbal foambaths). The tariff increase was a retaliatory action the U.S. took against the European Union after the EU refused to implement a World Trade Organization ruling against its banana import regime. After the tariff was increased, Mr. Reinert was forced to close the business and liquidate inventories.
Mr. Reinert received his B/Sc degree from the University of New York, Albany.