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Buyer Beware

By Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com After the 2009 special enforcement initiative, called Operation Mirage, CBP compiled statistical data proved that the undervaluation of imported goods from China had risen to the level of significant risk in some product categories. Supported by the Administration’s direction to level the trade playing field,

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Reasonable care: What the Heck Is It? (Part 2)

Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com A few weeks ago, I wrote about a case decided in the Court of International Trade, which determined that a U.S. Importer failed to exercise reasonable care when classifying a product. The Court found that merely consulting a customs broker did not constitute reasonable care. The

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Labuda on Trade: Reasonable Care: What the Heck Is It? (Part 1)

In a case decided July 17, 2017 (Slip op 17-85), the Court of International Trade (CIT) ordered the importer to pay $8,228.20 in unpaid duties plus prejudgment interest but said more information was needed before a penalty could be assessed.

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Vice President of Local Drywall Company Sentenced for Income Tax Fraud | Office of Inspector General, Department of Housing and Urban Development

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The Sherman Act is An Unconstitutional Criminal Statute (Part II)

The Sherman Act is An Unconstitutional Criminal Statute (Part II)Posted by Robert Connolly In Part 1 of this article (here), I argued that the Sherman Act was unconstitutional as a criminal statute because it is void for vagueness. A statute that criminalizes all restraints of trade cannot

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The Company You Keep

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Once when visiting a foreign factory, I stepped into the building in the midst of a major confrontation between a young sewing machine operator and a mid-level manager. The employee wanted her passport and the manager refused.  The confrontation escalated to the point that the manager

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Bowling for Compliance

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com I recently attended a conference where “leaders” in companies providing trade compliance services were discussing trusted trader program procedures. As always, there was a focus on the downstream benefits which would accrue across all regulatory agencies for those companies who excel in getting it right.

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Former Steel Valley Authority Financial Manager Indicted on Fraud Charges

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 29, 2017 Former Steel Valley Authority Financial Manager Indicted on Fraud Charges PITTSBURGH – A Westmoreland County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of bank

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Charges Against Individual For Defrauding Investors In Digital Media Company

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 30, 2017 William McFarland Made False Representations to Investors in Fyre Media LLC and the Fyre Festival Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New

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Former Quincy Man Indicted for $1.7 Million Real Estate Fraud Scheme and Ex-Wife Indicted for Lying

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 29, 2017 BOSTON – A man who had been a fugitive for more than 20 years before his arrest in Florida in April 2017, was indicted yesterday in connection with a $1.7 million

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