AAEI Files New Amicus Brief in Trek Leather Case

April 2, 2015

AAEI filed an amicus curiae brief on March 16, 2015 in support of the petition for a writ of certiorari filed in the Trek Leather case, now known as Shadadpuri v. United States, S.Ct. No. 14-986.

The petition seeks review of the en banc decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which imposed personal liability for Customs civil penalties on Harish Shadadpuri, the president and sole shareholder of the corporate importer of record of men’s suits. AAEI’s brief says the court decision to hold Shadadpuri personally liable for negligent omissions on his entry documentation would put all import compliance manager at risk for massive penalties.

AAEI’s brief argues that the case’s implications warrant a Supreme Court review and that the Federal Circuit misconstrued 19 U.S.C. 1592 in a way that imposes personal liability on corporate importer personnel far beyond the language and intention of Congress in 19 U.S.C. 1592.

The Solicitor General obtained an extension of time to April 16, 2015 in which to file a response to the petition for certiorari.