Bulletproof Vest Co. Ducks Conspiracy Claim In FCA Suit

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Friday trimmed the government's False Claims Act case over ineffective bulletproof vests against Toyobo Co. Ltd., tossing allegations of a conspiracy between the manufacturer of synthetic fibers and companies that made and sold faulty Zylon vests.

U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts ruled that prosecutors could not prove that Toyobo and 10 body armor makers conspired to continue to sell the vests to the government even after internal tests showed Zylon weakened dramatically under heat, light and humidity.

“The complaint is devoid of factual allegations that...
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