Co. Behind Largest US Beef Recall Pays $3M To End FCA Suit

Law360, New York (November 27, 2013, 6:22 PM EST) -- The owners of a California slaughterhouse agreed Wednesday to pay $3.1 million to settle claims that they defrauded the government by selling beef from mistreated cattle, ending a long-running lawsuit that previously served up an eye-popping, if symbolic, $500 million liability judgment.

The lawsuit, initially filed by the Humane Society of the United States, accused Hallmark Meat Packing and its sibling company Westland Meat Co. of breaching their contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture requiring the animals be handled humanely, and defrauding the government by...
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