Belgian Co. Avoids Up To $100M In FCA Bid-Rigging Fines

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 8:03 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday refused to impose proposed civil penalties of up to $100 million on a Belgian transport company that a jury said rigged bids for U.S. Department of Defense contracts, ruling the penalties would be unconstitutionally excessive.

In August, a jury in the qui tam False Claims Act action found that Gosselin Worldwide Moving NV and one of its executives, Marc Smet, knowingly submitted about 9,100 false claims under a contract to transport the household goods of DOD and military personnel within...
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