Lockheed Underbid Air Force Contract, Jury In FCA Suit Told

Law360, Los Angeles (March 18, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT) -- A former Lockheed Martin Co. engineer's attorney told a California federal jury Tuesday during opening statements in a False Claims Act suit that the defense contractor illegally lowballed its $432 million estimate for a U.S. Air Force contract that ended up costing over $900 million, then fired the engineer for investigating.

Daniel Cohen of The Cullen Law Firm PLLC, representing former Lockheed engineer Nyle Hooper, told the jury that the company submitted fraudulently underestimated proposals to the Air Force then fired Hooper in retaliation for his...
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