Fired Mars Lander Whistleblower Awarded $1.5M

Law360 (March 4, 2019, 9:37 PM EST) -- A federal jury in Los Angeles has awarded $1.5 million to a former NASA Mars mission engineer who claimed he was fired by his employer, contractor ManTech, in retaliation for raising concerns about the use of Lockheed Martin-owned engineering files.

The jury awarded $1.5 million to David Lillie, a longtime employee of ManTech International Corp. who was helping design the Mars InSight lander in 2014 when he became concerned that ManTech might not have permission to access certain files belonging to co-contractor Lockheed Martin — files that Lillie had been relying on in his work. The award could increase under the...

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Qui Tam (31 U.S.C. § 3729(a))


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April 3, 2017

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