Monday, April 13, 2009
Suit Filed Against Sureties
This is too interesting to wait for me to digest it. On April 10, an 82 page complaint was filed in an attempt to start a class action in the Court of International Trade. The complaint alleges that several sureties negligently issued bonds in antidumping new shipper reviews to companies that were thinly capitalized and otherwise not likely to pay. Those importers defaulted and Customs and Border Protection has not moved to collect the antidumping duties from the sureties. As a result, interested parties in the U.S. have been injured be the lack of meaningful remedial antidumping duty collection and by the loss of available funds under the Byrd Amendment. According to the complaint, the amount involved is in excess of $700 million.
To an extent, I am inclined to think I hallucinated this whole thing. I am currently in the wrong time zone and it is late even at home. I'll read it over thoroughly when I can and will provide more detail. In the meantime, those of you with CM/ECF access, should look at the complaint in Court No. 09-00141.