The federal court in Honolulu has set for early next year the trial the lawsuit by a Hawaii shipyard against the American Samoa government.
Marisco Incorporated, based in Honolulu, alleges that it is owed more than 800,000 US dollars in unpaid debts incurred the territorial government, who failed to make payments despite repeated request.
The unpaid debts stems from repairs and renovation Marisco carried out last year to a tug boat purchased by the American Samoa.
The lawsuit, filed last month in Honolulu, resulted in the arrest of the tugboat which has since been released.
According to court records the case will be a bench trial set for January 11, 2011.