FedEx vows to fight government lawsuit - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

FedEx vows to fight government lawsuit

(AP) - The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis is suing FedEx over the company's use of battery-powered, refrigerated cargo containers.

A statement from the U.S. attorney's office for West Tennessee says the government is seeking to recover $1.55 million in civil penalties related to alleged violations of Federal Aviation Administration rules for the containers.

The lawsuit states that the FAA notified Memphis-based FedEx in a March 20, 2008, letter that it was using the containers without approved maintenance and operation procedures, including proper specifications and documentation for the overhaul, replacement, periodic inspection and routine checks of the containers.

The suit claims FedEx continued using the containers, which can be loaded with cargo and then placed on airplanes for transport, on 124 flights after receiving the letter.

FedEx spokesman Chris Stanley said there were no safety issues with the containers and the company plans to defend itself from the allegations in the suit. He said the company had the proper documentation processes in place and FedEx believes its inspection program exceeded the FAA's standards.


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