Peco Dodges False Claims Suit Over Naval Vessels

By Dan Packel (August 19, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday threw out a qui tam suit accusing Exelon Co. subsidiary Peco Energy of submitting false claims to the government for powering two U.S. Navy vessels at a Philadelphia shipyard.

U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick said the owner of an engineering firm that provided services at the shipyard failed to demonstrate that Peco knowingly overbilled the. U.S. Navy for electricity.

The judge pointed to evidence supplied by Peco, which included communications and contracts with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the agency that subcontracted the work to the electricity supplier.

"The evidence … demonstrates that neither PRPA...

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