Staples Says Pencil Duties Suit Unsupported By Facts

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT) -- Staples Inc. pressed a Washington federal judge Monday to erase the company from a suit alleging it and others imported Chinese-produced pencils through other countries to avoid paying duties, arguing the complaint doesn't claim any facts showing Staples’ pencils were manufactured in China.

A California resident identified only as John Doe lodged the suit in May 2008, accusing Staples, Target Corp., OfficeMax Inc. and the Industries for the Blind Inc. — a retailer selling office products produced by visually impaired workers — of violating the False...
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