Cos. Can't Escape Whistleblower Suit Over Aluminum Duties

Law360, New York (May 16, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday refused to let two shower enclosure manufacturers off the hook in a whistleblower suit accusing them of dodging countervailing duties on aluminum products from China, ruling that the government had alleged enough facts to keep its claims alive.

U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis denied dismissal bids from C.R. Laurence Company Inc. and Southeastern Aluminum Products Inc., which had argued that the government failed to sufficiently allege that they knowingly submitted false statements to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to avoid paying duties on imports of aluminum extrusions.

“These facts, accepted as true, provided a...

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