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Customs Fraud

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February 13, 2018

British Knitwear Retailer Pure Collection Ltd. and its CEO Samantha Harrison agreed to pay $908,100 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by avoiding U.S. customs duties owed on merchandise shipped from the United Kingdom to U.S. customers, including many customers in Maine. According to the government, they did so by breaking up single shipments into multiple shipments of lesser value in order to avoid the applicable duties. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Andrew Patrick. He will receive a yet-to-be determined award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (D. ME)

February 6, 2018

Tennessee-based Home Furnishings Resource Group Inc. (which also operates under the name Function Furniture First) agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by making false statements on customs declarations to avoid paying antidumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Home Furnishings competitor University Loft Company. University Loft will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $75,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ

Blowing the Whistle on Tariff Dodgers

Posted  04/23/18
By Anne Hayes Hartman
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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

Posted  02/14/18
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

Posted  01/24/18
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!

January 16, 2018

Virginia-based home furnishings company Bassett Mirror Company agreed to pay $10.5 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly making false statements on customs declarations to avoid paying antidumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China. According to the government, Bassett Mirror evaded antidumping duties owed on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China by misclassifying the furniture as non-bedroom furniture which at the time of the alleged conduct was not subject to an antidumping duty. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Kelly Wells, an Alabama merchant who sells furniture on line. Ms. Wells will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $1.9 million from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ

Pure Collection – Customs Fraud ($908,100)

Constantine Cannon represented whistleblower Andrew Patrick, who worked for Pure Collection from 2010 to 2014, first as a sales representative in its U.K. call center and then in its U.K. packaging department. Mr. Patrick’s qui tam, or whistleblower, lawsuit alleged that since 2007 the defendants fraudulently and systematically avoided paying U.S. customs duties on its goods shipped from the United Kingdom to customers in the United States. Pure Collection and the e-retailer’s acting CEO, Samantha Harrison, have collectively agreed to a settlement of $908,100 to the U.S. Government. This lawsuit was one of the first to be brought by a U.K. whistleblower in which the U.S. Government intervened and successfully resolved the whistleblower’s False Claims Act allegations. Mr. Patrick will be awarded 18 percent of the total settlement.

January 11, 2018

Textile importer American Dawn, Inc. and its executives Habib Rawjee, Mahmud Rawjee, and Adnan Rawjee, agreed to pay roughly $2.3 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act by intentionally misclassifying certain textiles such as bath and shop towels imported into the United States in order to pay lower tariff rates. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by a former employee of American Dawn. The whistleblower will receive an award of roughly $400,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ (NDGA)

Bassett Mirror Company Will Pay $10.5M to Settle Whistleblower’s Customs Duties FCA Allegations

Posted  01/17/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Bassett Mirror Company, a Virginia-based home furnishings company, has agreed to pay the United States $10.5 million to resolve allegations it evaded antidumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from the People’s Republic of China over a five year period. Antidumping duties level the playing field for U.S. companies by protecting against foreign companies...

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