OtterBox Pays $4.3M To Settle Customs Whistleblower Suit
Law360, Los Angeles (April 21, 2014, 8:17 PM EDT) -- Protective electronics case maker Otter Products LLC has paid $4.3 million to settle a former employee's allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Tariff Act of 1930 by knowingly underpaying customs duties owed to the government, according to documents filed in Colorado federal court on Monday.
The United States alleged that from Jan. 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2011, the company knowingly omitted the value of customs duties owed on products manufactured oversees and imported for distribution and sales. The company, which operates as OtterBox and sells protective cases for smartphones and tablets, says the civil settlement marks...
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