Northrop Wins Arbitration In Laser System FCA Suit

Law360, New York (May 9, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Tuesday ordered a former Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. engineer to arbitrate claims the company fired him for raising concerns about a laser-guided smart weapons system, and tossed the remaining count in the False Claims Act suit.

Relator Steve Hepburn says in the suit he uncovered safety problems with a system used to mark targets for laser-guided missiles while leading a qualification team. The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to intervene in the litigation.

U.S. District Judge John Antoon II threw...
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