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.
Teresa M. Polino
Terry Polino is a partner in the firm's International Trade group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of import compliance, including the various import preference programs, classification and PGA (“Participating Government Agencies”) requirements, country of origin marking and labeling, and supply chain security requirements. She works with clients ranging from small producers to large multinationals regarding the import requirements of both the United States and other countries.
Terry represents US and foreign manufacturers, importers, and exporters before various regulatory agencies and committees, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Fish and Wildlife, and the Committee for the Implementation of the Textile Agreements, on both administrative and enforcement matters relating to imports; before the International Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce in unfair trade actions, such as countervailing and antidumping duty cases; and before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Earlier in her career, Terry served as senior attorney in the General Counsel's Office at the US Department of the Treasury where she concentrated on customs and international trade matters. She began her career in the Office of Regulations and Rulings of the US Customs Service (CBP's predecessor agency) and also served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, US Customs Service. Terry received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
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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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