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    Successfully Reduced a Civil Penalty for an Electronics Distributor by Nearly 95 Percent

    December 30, 2013

    An electronics distributor faced significant civil and criminal penalties for alleged undervaluation of imported merchandise.  Arent Fox attorneys successfully reduced the assessed civil penalty by nearly 95 percent and worked collaboratively with white collar counsel to help the importer avoid significant criminal sanctions.  Of particular note, we developed and advanced a novel theory in interpreting the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which was accepted by the district court.