Antidumping — furniture importer on the hook for $15 million for duty evasion

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Last week, as reported in American Shipper, Texas-based University Furnishings agreed to pay $15 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit for evasion of import duties.  The United States alleged that University Furnishings knowingly classified dormitory bedroom furniture imported from China as office or other types of furniture not subject to duties.  Interestingly, the suit originated as a whistleblower lawsuit, under that provision of the False Claims Act, by University Loft Co., a manufacturer of student furniture.

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