August 2013 NEWS BITTS

Bollinger says feds missed suit deadline 

Bollinger Shipyards Inc. wants to negate the federal government’s claim for $38.6 million in non-contract damages over the stretching of eight U.S. Coast Guard cutters. In seeking sanctions, Bollinger says the Justice Department missed a federal court-ordered June 1 deadline to provide documentation supporting its claims that could be tripled to total nearly $120 million. Shipyard officials contend that the yard is not liable for any damages and says the government may still try to pursue other claims in the project that stretched 110′ patrol boats (WPBs) to 123′ at a cost of $80 million. The cutters, which the government said were not seaworthy, were taken out of service. The government wants until July 17 to respond to Bollinger’s motion in the suit. In January, a U.S. district judge dismissed the original suit, saying the government needed to specify where the fraud occurred. — D.K. DuPont 


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