5th Circ. Urged To Reset FCA Suit Against Lockheed, Northrop

By Natalie Olivo (March 16, 2017, 2:08 PM EDT) -- A whistleblower asked the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to revive his False Claims Act suit accusing Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman of concealing the true costs of the U.S. military's Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, arguing that his past employment with Northrop shouldn't cancel out his claims.

A Texas federal judge in December granted summary judgment to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. in a suit lodged by former Northrop employee Paul J. Solomon, who had alleged that the contractors were mismanaging aspects of the budget for the JSF program to conceal cost overruns. In his order, U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater found...

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