Importer Sues For Share Of Duties On Chinese Furniture

Law360, New York (January 28, 2011, 5:22 PM EST) -- Furniture Brands International Inc. was unlawfully excluded from receiving distributed duties on Chinese wooden bedroom sets, the company has alleged in a First Amendment suit against the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The suit, lodged Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claims that a decision excluding the Missouri-based company — which had been a critic of the bedroom furniture duties — from receiving some $24.5 million in distributions violated its freedom to oppose collection of the...
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