Army Contractor Can't Duck Whistleblower Suit Over Billing

Law360, Los Angeles (August 27, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge refused to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing DRS Technologies Inc. of deploying a telecommunications specialist to life-threatening areas in Afghanistan after he complained about the military contractor's alleged over-billing practices, ruling Tuesday that the whistleblower plausibly claimed retaliation.

The judge decided that Mike Elder provided sufficient evidence that DRS punished him for raising concerns over the contractor allegedly requiring employees who worked five-hour days and took off Fridays to bill the U.S. Army for 12-hour days.

The defendant said the...
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