The False Claims Act imposes liability on persons and companies who defraud the government of monies, whether it is by receiving monies based on false statements or material omissions, or avoiding the payment of monies through false statements or omissions. The statute permits both private parties (whistleblowers) and the government to bring actions against the perpetrators of such fraud in order for the government to collect damages, a portion of which will be paid to the whistleblower, if one is involved.
Orisia K. Gammell
Orisia Gammell is an associate in Arent Fox's International Trade group. Her practice focuses on issues concerning international trade and shipment of goods, with emphasis on import compliance. She represents US and foreign manufacturers, importers, and exporters before Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other government agencies whose jurisdictional reach includes imports and exports.
Orisia routinely advises clients in all areas of import compliance, including issues relating to valuation, tariff classification, country of origin determinations and country of origin marking requirements. She has worked with companies of all sizes in a variety of industries to develop and implement comprehensive, multi-faceted compliance programs that include reference materials, operating procedures and monitoring functions.
She has substantial experience with administrative proceedings before CBP, including prior disclosures, protests and ruling requests. She also represents clients in various CBP enforcement matters including civil penalty actions, liquidated damages cases, seizure cases and investigations. Her efforts have resulted in substantial savings for her clients in terms of duty savings and refunds, mitigated liquidated damages and penalties, and avoided penalties.
Orisia has extensive experience with a variety of free trade agreements and duty preference programs. She advises clients on initial product qualification, certification and maintaining compliance, and has repeatedly represented clients through verifications that have resulted in positive determinations.
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Why does it matter? This seemingly inconsequential distinction may mean the difference between being able to prominently display your embroidered brand trademark on your jeans and being required to place a large “Made in China” marking next to the embroidered brand trademark. This is exactly what US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) attempted to do to the jeans manufacturer JBLU, Inc., whose “C’est Toi Jeans USA” trademark had been in use, but not yet registered.
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