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Feds file civil suit against FedEx over containers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 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 the proper specifications 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 did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the lawsuit.