2014 -October

               Robert J. Becerra of Becerra Law, P.A.  settled a civil forfeiture case in federal court in the Middle District of Florida which resulted in the federal government returning to Becerra Law’s client, an automobile exporter, 21 BMW vehicles worth over one million dollars, without the exporter having to pay any funds or storage costs to the  federal government.

               The exporter’s vehicles were seized by the federal government from ports in New Jersey and California prior to their export to China due to allegations by the federal government that the vehicles had been acquired by auto brokers from BMW dealerships through a fraudulent scheme, although the dealerships were paid sticker price for the vehicles.  A civil forfeiture lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fort Myers, Florida in order to forfeit the vehicles for these alleged violations of federal law. Becerra Law attorney Robert J. Becerra, representing the exporter, filed a claim to the vehicles and motions challenging the government’s case for forfeiture.  After negotiations, it was agreed by the parties that the case would be dismissed, no monies would be paid, and all 21 vehicles would be returned to the exporter. The Court dismissed the forfeiture case against the vehicles on October 7, 2014.

Robert J. Becerra Authors Article in  International Law Quarterly

Article Examines Adequate Forum Factor of Forum Non Conveniens Analysis in Florida’s State and Federal Courts

 2014 -July 

  Robert J. Becerra of Becerra Law, P.A., Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in International Law, authored “A Review of the Adequate Forum Factor in Forum Non Conveniens Analysis in Florida’s State and Federal Courts”, published in the Summer 2014 issue of the Florida Bar International Law Section’s magazine “International Law Quarterly”. The article examines the doctrine of forum non conveniens’ requirement that the proponent demonstrate the adequacy of the foreign forum in favor of which it is advocated a local case be dismissed. The article includes an examination and analysis of recent case law construing the Adequate Forum Factor, contrasting cases which were dismissed in favor of a foreign forum with those which were not.  The International Law Quarterly is the official publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section. The International Law Quarterly may be accessed online at http://internationallawsection.org.

Mr. Becerra’s practice concentrates on civil and white collar criminal litigation in state and federal courts involving international trade matters, including exports, imports, Customs seizures, FDA detentions, cargo losses and trade based money laundering.