False Claims Act - Taking a bite of the customs duties apple?

In a decision that highlights the overlap of international trade obligations and False Claims Act (FCA) jurisprudence, a federal judge recently dismissed an FCA suit because the whistleblower’s claims, against an importer of steel pipe manufactured in China, were already the subject of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) administrative proceeding to recover penalties for the same conduct.

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