McGrigors set for group claim against Customs

Harris, Joanne
February 2005
Lawyer;2/21/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 7, p4
Trade Publication
This article reports that the company McGrigors is gearing up to lead a group action against Customs & Excise on behalf of traders who believe that an opinion delivered in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week means they are owed damages. The Advocate-General of the ECJ delivered an opinion that ensures Customs cannot pursue all traders for the repayment of that VAT, but only those who have played a part in the fraud. McGrigors' tax litigation team, led by partner James Bullock, is now preparing to launch claims in Great Britain on behalf of at least five clients, including the U.S. trader Dragon Futures, which believes that Customs is liable to it for damages.


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