Maersk Line Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Denmark-based A.P. Moller Maersk, has agreed to pay $31.9 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit initiated by whistleblower Jerry H. Brown II, a former industry insider, under the False Claims Act. A qui tam action is a whistleblower lawsuit brought by an individual as a “relator” on behalf of the federal government.
The whistleblower alleged that Maersk overcharged the United States in connection with contracts to transport cargo to support U.S. troops in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. The qui tam complaint alleged that Maersk knowingly billed in excess of the contractual rates for things such as late fees, maintaining the operation of refrigerated containers holding perishable cargo at a port in Pakistan, and failed to credit the U.S. government for rebates received by Maersk’s subcontractor at a Kuwaiti port.
The Department of Justice announced that the lawsuit settled for $31.9 million, including a $3.6 million reward for the whistleblower.
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