Podcast – Let’s Talk FCA

Customs Fraud

In this episode, hosts Mana Lombardo and Jason Crawford speak with Crowell & Moring attorneys Frances Hadfield and Allegra Flamm about the steady rise in the number of False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits alleging that U.S. importers have concealed obligations to pay duties to U.S. Customs and

On August 13, 2019, the FAR Council will publish in the Federal Register an interim rule, FAR Subpart 4.21, effective immediately, which implements a portion of section 889 of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, specifically, the ban on government procurement of any equipment, system or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or

In ruling NY N305266, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of Ridge® wallet credit card/money holders. The holders are imported and sold in five styles. Each wallet features two anodized aluminum inner plates, an aluminum screwdriver with a base metal working edge, and four extra steel screws. The holders will have two outer

In ruling NY N304774, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of “avocadomilk.” The subject merchandise, is described as a plant-based dairy-free milk sold under the brand name “avacadomilk”. It contains Water, Oat Milk Powder, Honeydew Honey, Freeze-Dried Avocado, Cocoa Powder, Salt, Gellan Gum (Stabil 101) and Natural Sweet Spot Flavour #1413124. “avacadomilk” is

In ruling NY N305076, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of the Four Layer Vertical Aeroponic Plant Growth System, the Single Layer Aeroponic Plant Growth System and the Two Layer Aeroponic Plant Growth System. All three systems operate in the same manner with the main differences being the number of layers and the

Effective August 3, 2019, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will require all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to a trademark proceeding to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States. This requirement will apply to any entity with a principal place of business outside of

In Ruling NY N304525, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of the “Calming Comfort Cooling Knee Pillow”. The item is an hourglass shaped pillow for side sleepers, that when positioned between the thighs or knees it maintains the knees separated, altering the user’s posture.  Its structure is imparted by a charcoal infused polyurethane

Importers of battery chargers or external power supplies (EPSs), and manufacturers or sellers of consumer products that include battery chargers or EPSs, are likely subject to strict energy conservation standards. By virtue of Department of Energy (DOE) regulations that took effect in February 2016 and June 2018 for EPSs and battery chargers, respectively, manufacturers and

In ruling NY N304661, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of an alarm clock for the hearing impaired. The Futuristic Alarm Clock is a digital alarm clock with an opto-electronic display that exhibits the hour, minute, AM/PM indicator and snooze button.  The Futuristic Alarm Clock features a dimmable clock display, dimmable light emitting

In Ruling NY N304567, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of a storm glass weather forecaster. This item uses a liquid mixture of distilled water, potassium nitrate, ammonium chloride, ethanol, and camphor to predict atmospheric change. The liquid in the glass appears cloudy when precipitation is approaching; when crystals are visible in the