Whistleblower Suit Over Chinese Imports Settles for $15 Million
R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report
April 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has secured $15 million from a California-based furniture chain to resolve claims that it improperly evaded anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.
The settlement, in which Z Gallerie admitted no wrongdoing, stems from a whistleblower suit filed in federal court in Savannah by an Alabama merchant who sells furniture online, said Atlanta attorney Page Pate. He sued Z Gallerie in 2013 on behalf of the whistleblower, Huntsville merchant Kelly Wells.