Brazilian government brings lawsuit against Skanska

Swedish global contractor Skanska has given notice that authorities in Brazil have involved its unit Skanska Brasil in investigations related to Petrobras.

A statement released by Skanska on 15 April said:

"In relation to these ongoing matters, Skanska has been notified that the Federal Government in Brazil has brought a civil lawsuit against seven companies, including Skanska Brasil, and seven individuals unrelated to Skanska.

"According to the lawsuit a joint venture partner of Skanska Brasil has colluded with Petrobras directors and Skanska Brasil is notified of having participated in, or benefited from, such acts.

"The lawsuit is for damages and penalties on a joint and several liability basis amongst the 14 defendants. At this stage it is not possible to determine if Skanska Brasil is liable and if found liable it is not possible to determine the amount of damages and penalties.

"The federal government has filed a request that the lawsuit remains confidential.

"In July 2014, Skanska announced that it would wind down its operations in Latin America to exit the market. As of March 3, 2016, Skanska has no remaining operations in Latin America."

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