Gene Richards Obtains Substantial Mitigation of Penalty Assessed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Norman “Gene” Richards, a partner in our Livonia office, recently obtained substantial mitigation of a penalty assessed against a client by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Plaintiff was issued a penalty of over $280,000 for an alleged wood packaging material violation. CBP states that all wood packaging material imported into the United States must have been treated at the place of origin and contain the appropriate marking upon importation.
Mr. Richards promptly submitted a petition on behalf of his client to CBP. The Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings in Washington D.C. reviewed the petition and ruled that the penalty be reduced from $282,751 to $8,482. Mr. Richards obtained substantial reduction of the penalty by presenting numerous mitigating factors.
Although Mr. Richards focuses the majority of his practice on elder law and estate planning, he has handled a significant number of CBP violation matters throughout his legal career. He may be reached at (734) 261-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.