Complete Logistics Company Settlement
Complete Logistics Company Settles For $2,377,775
Complete Logistics Company (CLC), an Ontario, California-based customized freight shipping logistics provider, resolved the breach of contract and False Claims Act claims against the company with the Attorney General of the State of California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in July 2021. The case resulted from an earlier Truck and Bus Regulation emissions violation case that CLC settled with CARB in 2018 for $600,375. That investigation revealed allegations that CLC violated the terms of Proposition 1B grant agreements under which CLC received $2.2 million of public funding for truck purchases by falsely reporting compliance with emissions regulations to qualify for the funding.
The breach of contract and false claims allegations affected $2.2 million of Proposition 1B clean truck purchase grants made to CLC in 2014; specifically, a grant agreement for a total of $2.0 million by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and a grant agreement for a total of $200,000 by San Diego Air Pollution Control District. By settling these allegations, CLC avoids possible treble damages for the alleged false claims it made to secure State grant funding and disbarment from future State grants. CLC brought their truck fleet into emission regulation compliance as of the 2021 settlement date, and with this agreement, CLC retains eligibility to apply for future State grant opportunities.