January 25, 2016

December 9, 2015

Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards agreed to pay $8.5 million and release the government from contract claims to settle False Claims Act charges it misrepresented the longitudinal strength of patrol boats it delivered to the Coast Guard that resulted in the boats buckling and failing once they were put into service.  Bollinger was the subcontractor that performed design and conversion work on the Coast Guard’s existing fleet of 110-foot patrol boats.  According to the government, Bollinger provided the Coast Guard with engineering calculations that falsely represented the longitudinal strength of the boats and was two times greater than their actual longitudinal strength. The government further alleged Bollinger failed to follow the quality control procedures that were mandated by the contract that would have ensured against such engineering miscalculations.  DOJ

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