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