US Can't Dodge Suit Over Ford Drawback Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (October 18, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Tuesday refused to toss Ford Motor Co.'s lawsuit against the federal government over drawback claims the carmaker allegedly paid, saying Ford need not wait for customs officials to liquidate the imports before lodging its complaint.

Judge Evan J. Wallach said Ford could seek declaratory judgment from the court before U.S. Customs and Border Protection liquidated the imports at issue. The government had argued that the court lacked jurisdiction under U.S. Code Title 28.

“When (Ford) commenced the instant...
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