Itochu Settles False Claims Suit Over Faulty Body Armor

Law360, Los Angeles (September 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday approved Itochu International Inc.'s settlement of allegations the company violated the California False Claims Act by selling faulty materials used in bulletproof vests that failed to perform as promised, putting profits ahead of police officers' safety.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph W. Dau signed off on an a deal to pay qui tam plaintiff Dr. Aaron J. Westrick, state agencies, and attorneys $825,000 to settle claims that the Itochu knew Zylon thread it sold for bulletproof vests degraded before the vests' five-year warranties were up.

The approval marked Itochu's exit from a long-running and intensely...

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