Toyo Ink in U.S. falsification suit


The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday it has intervened in a lawsuit that accuses Japan’s Toyo Ink Co. of knowingly falsifying the country of origin for its pigment exports to the United States to avoid paying duties.

The suit alleges that the unit of Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co. misrepresented Japan and Mexico as the countries of origin, aiming to evade paying antidumping duties imposed on products from China and India.

Toyo Ink’s pigments from China and India underwent a finishing process in Japan and Mexico, but the complaint alleges that the process was insufficient to change the country of origin, according to the department.

The lawsuit, initially filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina by a whistle-blower, will be taken over by the U.S. government.