Hawaiian cargo container shipping company, Matson Navigation Co., has agreed to pay the United States $9 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act (FCA).
The lawsuit, filed in 2010 by a freight consultant, alleged that Matson violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing the Government for ocean transport fuel charges when in fact the transportation was by rail. The relator and his attorneys brought about the settlement by litigating the case after the Government had declined to intervene.
As a result of the settlement, the relator will receive an award of approximately $2.5 million.
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