Sony Seeks Lower Duty Rate In Camera Import Spat

Law360, New York (September 14, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT) -- Sony Electronics Inc. has sued the federal government, arguing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection improperly classified one of the company's digital camera models as a digital video recorder subject to a higher duty rate.

The complaint — filed Thursday in the U.S. Court for International Trade — alleges that the model of Sony's digital Network Sharing Camera falls under a duty-free import order rather than the 2.1 percent tax rate applied to the video recorders.

Sony wants the government to reclassify the items, refund any...
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