Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

Never Flunk the Attitude Test!

Proving yet again that if you flaunt the law in an egregious enough manner, the federal government will come after you full force, Thomas George, the former CEO of Sterling Seafood Corp., was sentenced to 22 months in prison for importing falsely labeled fish from Vietnam thereby evading over $60 million in antidumping duties. The antidumping rate during the relevant periods was 63.88%. George admitted that from 2004 to 2006, he agreed with the Vietnamese distributor to falsely identify and declare the catfish instructing the distributor to label is "grouper" which was not subject to antidumping duties. George also admitted to purchasing over $500,000 of similarly misbranded catfish from a Virginia-based importer and selling that catfish in the U.S. George was ordered to pay restitution of $64,173,839.16 and a $50,000 community service payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which will be expressly earmarked for research into the identification of fish and other marine organisms. Civil penalties may be imposed on top of these criminal consequences.

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