This Post at a Glance:
- Company made false statements related to import duty charges
- Investigation initiated by whistleblower complaint from company’s competitor
- Trump Administration likely to impose more anti-dumping duties
On February 6, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Home Furnishings Resource Group Inc. (HFRG), of Hermitage, Tennessee, agreed to a $500,000 settlement to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act (FCA). The DOJ contended that HFRG made false statements on customs declarations to avoid paying anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture that HFRG imported from China between 2009 and 2014.