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Duty Evasion Charges Yield $10.5 Million Settlement

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice reports that a home furnishings company has agreed to pay $10.5 million to resolve allegations that over a five-year period it knowingly misclassified wooden bedroom furniture to avoid paying 216 percent antidumping duties on such goods imported from China. 

According to the DOJ, the settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to file suit on behalf of the U.S. for false claims. The FCA also allows whistleblowers to receive a share of any funds recovered, which in this case will be $1.9 million.

This is at least the third FCA case involving imports of wooden bedroom furniture to result in a penalty in the last two years.

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