Sikorsky Says U.S. Claims of Navy Overcharges Unfounded

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., said that a U.S. lawsuit claiming the company overcharged the Defense Department is unfounded.

The U.S. filed a lawsuit against Sikorsky, its parent company United Technologies Corp. and two subsidiaries yesterday in federal court in Wisconsin.

“We continue to believe that the allegations regarding this matter have no merit, and we intend to defend this lawsuit vigorously,” Paul Jackson, a spokesman for Sikorsky, said in an e-mailed note.

The Justice Department claimed United Technologies and three units used a prohibited type of contract to inflate costs of parts and maintenance for Navy aircraft, joining a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in June 2011.

The case is U.S. ex. rel Patzer v. United Technologies Corp., 11-cv-00560, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (Milwaukee).

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