CIT Review Can't Stall FCA Suit Over Chinese Pipe Duties

Law360 (July 22, 2020, 6:51 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that importers must face a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit alleging they evaded a triple-digit tariff on pipe fittings, rejecting their arguments that the case can't be adjudicated while the U.S. Court of International Trade reviews whether the fittings are subject to the duties.

In a four-page minute order, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner held that the litigation concerns "concrete, non-hypothetical allegations" against three importers — Vandewater International Inc., Smith-Cooper International Inc. and Sigma Corp. — who are accused of making false statements to the government about the pipe fitting imports, causing the government...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!