J-M Deserves Penalties Over Bad Pipes, Municipalities Say

Law360 (August 31, 2020, 10:04 PM EDT) -- A group of municipalities told a California federal judge on Monday that J-M Manufacturing deserves civil penalties for a jury's finding that it violated the False Claims Act and said the company's arguments against them contradict the Seventh Amendment because they ask the judge to disregard the jury's findings.

During a hearing conducted over the telephone before U.S. District Judge George Wu, the municipalities said that after a jury found in a bellwether trial that J-M falsely represented that the pipes it sold them met industry strength standards, significant civil penalties should be levied.

The municipalities argued the penalties are called...

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