Staples, Target, OfficeMax Accused Of Skirting Pencil Duties

Law360, New York (May 2, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT) -- Staples Inc., Target Corp. and OfficeMax Inc. imported Chinese-produced pencils into the U.S. that had been transshipped through other countries to avoid paying high anti-dumping duties, according to a complaint unsealed Tuesday in Washington federal court.

A California resident identified only as John Doe lodged the suit in May 2008, accusing the three retailers and the Industries for the Blind Inc. — a retailer selling office products produced by visually impaired workers — of violating the False Claims Act by fraudulently declaring imports of pencils came...
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