Los Angeles, California-based furniture seller Z Gallerie will pay the U.S. $15 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused the company of mislabeling shipments of wooden bedroom furniture made in the People’s Republic of China to avoid paying appropriate customs duties that protect domestic furniture makers. Federal prosecutors said that Z Gallerie, which sells upscale furniture and accessories in stores throughout the U.S. and online, misclassified and conspired with others to misclassify wooden bedroom furniture, which is subject to anti-dumping duties. These duties are assessed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to protect ... Read More
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