Barnes Richardson Bungled Duty Claims: Orange Juice Co.

Law360, New York (July 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT) -- Barnes Richardson & Colburn is facing a suit in Florida federal court from Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corp., an ex-client that alleges the firm dropped the ball on $1.3 million in claims for import duty payments collected from Brazilian orange juice exporters.

The suit, which was removed Friday to federal court, alleges that Barnes Richardson and partner Matthew T. McGrath failed to notify Southern Gardens about certain filing deadlines, depriving the company of three years' worth of duty disbursements.

Federal trade regulators determined in 2006 that...
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