Deckers Goes Toe-To-Toe With Customs Over Uggs Duties

Law360, Washington (February 5, 2013, 4:09 PM EST) -- Deckers Outdoor Corp. on Tuesday blasted U.S. Customs and Border Protection's decision to levy "slip-on" duties on the company's popular Ugg boots, telling the Federal Circuit that the footwear could never fall under the classification despite the government's selective statute interpretations.

Although the Ugg Classic Crochet boots are slipped onto wearers' feet rather than being laced or zipped up, Deckers told the three-judge panel during oral arguments that the industry didn't categorize boots as shoes, and that the federal government had used flawed definitions and statutory...
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