By Paul Emanuelli

In its April 2017 decision in United States of America v. Mercer Transportation Co., Inc., the United States District Court upheld a number of damages claims arising out of a bribery scheme involving government contracts. The case dealt with a series of alleged bribes given to Department of Defense officials in exchange for transportation services contracts. The government sought damages in civil proceedings as compensation. The defendant sought to strike out the claims; however, the court upheld the governments claims, which included claims for inducing breach of fiduciary duty, as well as claims under the federal False Claims Act and under Georgia’s fraud law.