Judge dismisses federal lawsuit against Bollinger in cutter probe

(HOUMA, La.) — A judge has dismissing a federal lawsuit against Bollinger Shipyards, which had been accused of making false statements about work on Coast Guard cutters, the Houma Today newspaper reported. The Justice Department had accused Bollinger of lying about the structural strength of the cutters' hulls before it performed work to extend the length of the vessels, which had to be taken out of service after numerous post-project failures. A U.S. judge dismissed the lawsuit this week, finding that the government failed to provide specifics to back up a claim that the shipbuilder tried to mislead the Coast Guard.

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By Professional Mariner Staff