Feds Balk At Honeywell Defense In Bulletproof Vest Suit

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT) -- The federal government on Friday moved to strike one of Honeywell International Inc.'s defenses in a False Claims Act suit, balking at its claim that the government could not sue because it tacitly approved of the company selling defective material for bulletproof vests.

In a motion filed in D.C. federal court, the government attacked Honeywell's defense, known as “equitable estoppel,” which bars a plaintiff from making claims that contradict an earlier position. The government argued that FCA claims are immune to equitable defenses because the claims...
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