JM Eagle — Government Contracting Fraud/Noncompliance with Industry Standards ($22.5 million).
Two of our whistleblower attorneys led the representation of whistleblower John Hendrix, a former engineer at JM Eagle, as well as dozens of public agencies, in a two-month jury trial in Los Angeles against JM Eagle, the largest PVC pipe maker in the world. The jury returned a 50-page verdict finding that, over a ten-year period, JM Eagle had falsely represented its compliance with industry standards related to long term strength and durability of its PVC pipe. The pipe is buried deep underground in hundreds of municipalities around the nation. The damages phase of the case has not yet been held. However, a co-defendant in the case, Formosa Plastics
, paid $22.5 million
to settle its own potential liability, and Mr. Hendrix received a whistleblower reward from that settlement. See NY Times
and Corporate Crime Reporter