The 'Wolff' At Importers’ Doors — §1519

Law360, New York (November 9, 2010, 1:33 PM EST) -- U.S. importers have long been subject to civil penalties for violating U.S. trade law. However, with the recent indictment of 11 individuals and six corporations for allegedly conspiring to illegally import goods into the U.S., the U.S. government may be signaling a sea change in its enforcement strategy by subjecting trade law violators to severe criminal penalties as well.

In Sept. 2010, the U.S. government employed a fairly recent, but rarely used, criminal obstruction provision to indict corporate executives of foreign and domestic corporations for their...
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