Attorneys for two Indonesian fishermen say their human trafficking lawsuit against an American fishing boat owner has been settled.

Attorneys for Sorihin, who uses just one name, and Abdul Fatah told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they settled their lawsuit against Thoai Van Nguyen, owner and captain of the California-based Sea Queen II.

Nguyen's lawyer says his client denies the allegations and that he was following U.S. law.

The federal suit filed in San Francisco claims the men were trafficked through the Hawaii longline fishing fleet and forced to work on the boat.

The suit was being prepared as a 2016 Associated Press investigation revealed that the Hawaii fleet operates under a loophole in federal law that allows owners to use foreign laborers with no work visas.

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