Island Industries, Inc., et al v. Sigma Corporation, et al

  1. July 13, 2023

    NJ Importer Tells 9th Circ. To Kick $26M Case Over Tripling

    A pipe importer is calling on the Ninth Circuit to toss a $26 million fraud verdict, arguing that the Tariff Act of 1930 — and specifically its provisions about duty liquidation and penalty caps — leave no room to invoke the False Claims Act.

  2. July 11, 2023

    9th Circ. Told SuperValu Ruling Supports $26M Duties Penalty

    The federal government and a whistleblower have renewed calls for a Ninth Circuit panel to affirm $26 million in damages and penalties a California federal judge awarded against a pipe manufacturer for skirting customs duties.

  3. July 05, 2023

    FCA Defense Bar Tries Flipping Script On High Court Ruling

    After the U.S. Supreme Court recently fortified barriers to escaping False Claims Act suits, defense counsel have started trying to turn the stumbling blocks into stepping stones, insisting the justices actually made matters harder for FCA plaintiffs alleging fraud and retaliation.

  4. June 12, 2023

    DOJ Sees Far-Reaching Victory In High Court's FCA Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that faulty yet reasonable compliance views can trigger False Claims Act liability is undermining defense bar positions in wide-ranging contexts, including a new circuit split over FCA cases involving kickbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  5. February 23, 2023

    Unexpected 9th Circ. Inquiry May Curb Customs Fraud Cases

    A Ninth Circuit judge's unexpected query into whether district courts can hear False Claims Act cases alleging customs fraud threatens the ability of whistleblowers to pursue allegations involving billions of dollars of imports brought into some of the country's busiest harbors.

  6. February 22, 2023

    Feds Tell 9th Circ. Trade Court No Place For FCA Duties Case

    The federal government and a relator have both urged the Ninth Circuit to rule that a district court could decide a False Claims Act case finding an importer wrongly skirted duties on pipe fittings, after the court asked for extra briefing on jurisdiction.

  7. June 10, 2022

    Chamber Of Commerce Backs Sigma In $24M Duty Suit Appeal

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court's $24 million judgment against a New Jersey-based waterworks and fire protection company, saying the judgment will harm businesses and ultimately increase the costs of goods and services.