Judge Strikes Honeywell Defense In Bulletproof Vest Fight

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 1:26 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge on Wednesday jettisoned one of Honeywell International Inc.'s defenses in a False Claims Act suit, rejecting arguments that the U.S. could not sue because it tacitly approved of the company selling it defective material for bulletproof vests.

U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts granted the government's motion to strike one of Honeywell's defenses, known as “equitable estoppel,” which bars a plaintiff from making claims that contradict an earlier position. The judge concluded that Honeywell had not met the circuit's high standards for invoking...
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