International Trade Law and Litigation
If you import or export goods, are a Customs Broker, or engage in the business of transporting goods in international trade, we can provide the legal assistance you need.
U.S. Customs Protests, Petitions, and Litigation
We can represent you in matters involving U.S. Customs, both administratively and before the Court of International Trade or another federal court. We have litigated cases before the Court of International Trade, including the following.
United States v. Yuchius Morality Co., Inc. and Intercargo Insurance Company - Court No. 96-02-00608, U.S. Court of International Trade, Slip Op. 02-124.
In this case, we successfully argued that our client, Intercargo Insurance Company, was entitled to reimbursement of amounts paid under its bond. The Court also noted that our cross-examination of the government's witnesses revealed a "systemic shortcoming" in the government's case against Intercargo on the bond. See Slip Op. 02-124 at p. 27-28.
United States v. So's USA Company, Inc. - Court No. 97-05-00922, U.S. Court of International Trade, 1999 Ct. Intl. Trade LEXIS 85.
In this lawsuit, we successfully argued that U.S. Customs' assessment of "liquidated damages" for failure to redeliver merchandise was unlawful because the Notice to Redeliver was issued more than 30 days after the goods had been conditionally released to the importer. This decision has led to the abandonment of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of liquidated damage cases by the government.
United States v. Rubinstein - Court No. 86-07-00935, U.S. Court of International Trade, 62 F. Supp. 2d 1139; 1999 Ct. Intl. Trade LEXIS 74; SLIP OP. 99-78, decided August 10, 1999
In this lawsuit, we successfully argued that the government's delay in prosecuting an action to recover lost duties was inexcusable, and that the action should therefore be dismissed.
We have also filed successful (and unsuccessful) administrative protests and petitions for relief with U.S. Customs. Keep in mind, of course, that each case must be evaluated on the facts and applicable law, and that we can never guarantee a favorable result.
If your business involves international trade, we can help. We have represented sureties, Customs brokers and foreign and domestic sellers of goods in cases involving U.S. Customs laws and regulations, the interpretation of international terms of trade, and other matters.
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