Fed. Circ. Personal Liability Ruling Has Importers On Edge

By Alex Lawson (September 18, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit's decision to hold an importing company's president personally liable for submitting false information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection may expand the agency's enforcement efforts, experts say, warning importers to be on high alert in their compliance efforts.

A unanimous en banc panel on Tuesday affirmed a U.S. Court of International Trade decision holding Trek Leather Inc. President Harish Shadadpuri liable for penalties for submitting false documentation to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, rejecting the earlier panel's contention that only the importer of record could be on the hook for penalties.

Attorneys told Law360 that the Federal Circuit's...

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