• Fighting Title 31 Currency Seizures issued by CBP

      This article is going to cover a specific subsection of Title 31 currency seizures. These seizures are typically initiated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to travelers who fail to declare currency they are traveling with in excess of $10,000. Additionally, CBP may seize currency when travelers conspire to defeat reporting requirements by structuring the carrying of ...

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    • New executive order on anti-dumping and countervailing duties

      In keeping with President Trump’s theme of protecting American industry and tightening potential trade abuses, on March 31, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order titled: “Establishing Enhanced Collection And Enforcement Of Antidumping And Countervailing Duties And Violations Of Trade And Customs Laws.” Here is a link to the full order.

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    • Roberts v. DHS – A pro se challenge to the Global Entry Program

      Below is a 2011 DC federal case wherein a plaintiff unsuccessfully tried to challenge his Global Entry membership denial. It provides a good overview of the legal frameworks potentially available for challenge, and their limits. It also is a good indicator of the large amount of discretion given to DHS/CBP in administration of t ...

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  • Q & A with a Merit Systems Protection Board Representative

    Today we’re going to be doing a question and answer session with a Merit Systems Protection Board,(MSPB) attorney/representative. Q: So, for starters, what is the Merit Systems Protection Board or MSPB? The Merit Systems Protection Board (wiki) is a little-known administrative judicial agency in the federal government that is responsible for primarily adjudicating the discipli ...

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  • Fighting a Failure to Declare Penalty (19 USC 1497) issued by CBP

    The basics of a 19 USC § 1497 enforcement action (penalty and/or seizure) Individuals are most commonly issued failure to declare penalties pursuant to 19 USC § 1497 when they return to the United States from an international trip and fail to declare their purchase of valuable merchandise abroad. During a baggage inspection U.S.

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  • Global Entry Program Overview, including Denial and Revocation Appeals

    Today we are going to discuss U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Global Entry program. We will cover the advantages of the program, its cost, and how you can apply. We will also address potential avenues of redress for travelers that have their membership in Global Entry program denied or revoked, including the various avenues individuals can take related to Global En ...

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  • Fast Legal Answers: Advice for federal employees dealing with workplace issues

    In today’s Fast Legal Answers series I will talking about what to do if you are a federal employee that is facing removal, a suspension, or a demotion at work. Additionally, this article covers other topics such as discrimination and EEOC claims, the processes that need to be followed, and common mistakes federal employees make when handling these kind of cases.

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  • Fast Legal Answers: What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

    In today’s Fast Legal Answers series I will talking about “qui tam” cases. In short, a qui tam lawsuit is a claim brought by a private individual on behalf of the government. Most often, qui tam cases arise under the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733). What does qui tam mean? Qui tam is shorthand for the Latin phrase “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte ...

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  • How hard is it to fire a federal employee: Statistics from the MSPB

    My practice focuses on the representation of federal employees, specifically, I help federal employees appeal adverse actions which include removals (terminations) and long suspensions (15-days or more). Most commonly, these cases are litigated before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Formerly, I worked as federal agency counsel, where my job was to try and uphold the ...

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  • What kind of damages can I get in my discrimination case?

    Introduction – Recovering Damages in a Discrimination Case This article will explain the common forms of damages that an employee can recover when they prevail in their discrimination case. At the outset it is important to note that damages are extremely fact and case dependent, so what a complainant was awarded in one case is rarely predictive of what a complainant will recover in another case.

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  • What is a hostile work environment?

    In today’s Fast Legal Answers series, I’ll be defining and explaining what a “hostile work environment” is. I hear this phrase thrown around so much that I think many people don’t actually know what a hostile work environment is. After reading this article you will know the legal definition of a hostile work environment, and have a better idea of what could is, and what is not, ...

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  • Fast Legal Answers: What is at-will employment?

    In today’s Fast Legal Answers series I am addressing a core employment law topic: at-will employment. The rules related to at-will employment control the bulk of private sector employment arrangements, yet many employees have no idea what at-will employment is. At-will employment in California defined At-will employment is what it sounds like, you serve at your own will, and th ...

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  • Fast Legal Answers – 19 USC 1592 Customs Penalties

    In today’s Fast Legal Answers series I am going to be talking about Trade & Customs Law, specifically 19 U.S.C. 1592 penalties. These penalties, that are issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), can be so high that they can force a company to file for a bankruptcy and shutter their operations.

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