Putting a Stop to Illegal Imports from Forced Uyghur Labor
The world has watched in horror as, starting in 2018, up to two million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been arrested, relocated, or otherwise forced into internment centers in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. The government of the People’s Republic of China has separated thousands of Uyghur children from parents, forced methods of control on women, and inflicted physical and psychological...
Constantine Cannon Client Slams the Brakes on Customs Fraud in $8 Million Settlement Against Auto Parts Distributor Centric Parts
Steve Hughes, a whistleblower represented by Constantine Cannon, slammed the brakes on a long-running scheme by his former employer to evade customs duties, resulting in an $8 million settlement of the whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit against CWD, LLC. The Carson, CA-based company, which does business as Centric Parts, is one of the largest aftermarket brake and chassis parts distributors in North America....
How Businesses Can Use Whistleblower Reward Laws to Stop Unfair Competition
Most anyone can be a whistleblower. The role is not limited to the corporate insider or company employee at the meeting, on the conference call or in receipt of the email or text message where the “smoking-gun” evidence of fraud or misconduct is disclosed. Whistleblowers can be any person, or an entity, with non-public information about fraudulent conduct giving rise to a whistleblower claim. Often, businesses...
Question of the Week -- Will New Tariffs Result in More Fraudulent Tariff Dodging?
On May 31, the White House announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. Steel from those countries and the European Union will be subject to a 25% tariff, and aluminum will be subject to a 10% tariff.
While the steel and aluminum tariffs were originally proposed to apply to imports from a larger number of countries, the White House announcement...
British Whistleblowers can Make “Millions” under US Laws if they “Shop” UK Companies, American Lawyers Say
The Telegraph reported this weekend on Andrew Patrick, the first British whistleblower to expose a UK company for evading U.S. import duties and only the second British whistleblower to receive an award under the False Claims Act. Mr. Patrick brought a qui tam lawsuit in 2016 against Pure Collection Ltd (“Pure”). The U.S. government intervened in the lawsuit and it ultimately resulted in a settlement of over...
Faced with higher tariffs, some importers seek unlawful means to avoid those costs. As tariff evasion schemes multiply and become more valuable, whistleblowers can play a critical role in exposing these schemes, and can receive a financial reward for doing so.
In an article titled Tariff Dodgers Stand to Profit Off U.S.-China Trade Dispute, the New York Times described the schemes that companies importing goods...
Constantine Cannon Announces a $900,000 Whistleblower Settlement With Luxury UK e-Retailer
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team
Constantine Cannon LLP is pleased to announce a more than $900,000 settlement on behalf of its whistleblower client in a lawsuit against Pure Collection Ltd. Pure Collection is a Harrogate, England-based e-retailer of luxury cashmere and apparel goods. The United States Government announced the settlement agreement yesterday with Pure Collection and the e-retailer's acting...
Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Will Be a Guest Speaker for the Federal Bar Association's 2018 Fashion Law Conference
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team
On Friday, February 9, at 1:30 PM Eastern, Partner Mary Inman will be speaking as a special guest at the Federal Bar Association’s Fashion Law Conference in New York City. Ms. Inman will speak about how whistleblowers have exposed retailers' schemes to evade customs duties and other financial frauds. Click the here for more and to register for the event!