C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Customs & Border Protection in a False Claims Act action in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The Government’s complaint in intervention in that litigation alleged that defendants, including CRL, wrongfully evaded antidumping, countervailing and other duties owed in connection with certain imports of aluminum extrusions.

According to a release from the company, CRL maintains that it did not engage in any wrongdoing and is not liable for the alleged conduct. The aluminum extrusions at issue were purchased on “Free In Store” terms, according to the company, making the seller, not C.R. Laurence, responsible for importing the goods into the U.S., including the payment of appropriate duties.

“While we deny engaging in any of the alleged wrongful conduct, we are happy to have reached this settlement agreement so that we can ensure that our resources and focus remain on best serving our customers’ needs without further cost or distraction,” says CRL president Lloyd Talbert.