Background

The Department of Justice reports that a U.S. corporation that imports, manufactures, and distributes products used in residential and commercial construction has agreed to pay $160,933 to resolve allegations that it violated U.S. customs laws by importing roofing underlayment products manufactured in China without country of origin markings. 

According to the DOJ, this settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which permits a private individual to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. In this case the individual will receive approximately 20 percent of the settlement. 

For more information on country of origin marking requirements and how to avoid violations, please contact Mark Tallo at (202) 730-4968.

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