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FEDERAL CIRCUIT DISMISSES TARIFF GENDER-DISCRIMINATION CASES

FEDERAL CIRCUIT DISMISSES TARIFF GENDER-DISCRIMINATION CASES

On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Court”) affirmed the decision of the Court of International Trade (“CIT”) to dismiss challenges to alleged gender discrimination in certain tariff subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS”). The Court issued its unanimous decision in Rack Room Shoes v. United States, which also consolidated the appeals of Skiz Imports, LLC (“Skiz”) and Forever 21.

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Heightened Enforcement Problems for Automobile Exporters

As widely reported in the media, in a recently unsealed criminal plea agreement, two individuals plead guilty to mail fraud and criminal misuse of the Automated Export System in connection with the attempted export of new vehicles to China. United States v. Ku, no. 12-CR-119-01-JL.  According to court documents, the defendants purchased new vehicles from dealerships through straw purchasers to disguise their intent to resell the vehicles for export, and made false statements to obtain New Hampshire drivers licenses and register the vehicles in New Hampshire.  The vehicles were declared as “used” vehicles on the export declaration filed in the Automated Export System (“AES”).

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CPSC Proposes Rule to Amend the Existing Regulation on Certificates of Compliance

In a Federal Register notice dated May 13, 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to amend and update the requirements for Certificates of Compliance. 

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Prepare for the October 2013 Customs House Broker License Exam Online!

Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, is offering a course in preparation for the October 2013 Custom House Broker License Exam. 

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