January 10, 1997 General Electric
The General Electric Company, a major manufacturer of aircraft engines, has agreed to pay $950,000 to settle claims asserted in a qui tam action filed by one of its employees. The allegations of the case were that General Electric misrepresented to the government that it had conducted certain test procedures on circuit boards for hundreds of aircraft engine controls, when in fact such tests had not been conducted. The case concerned hundreds of aircraft engines which General Electric had sold to the government, which had engine control boards that had not undergone required ionic cleanliness, electrostatic discharge and solder purity procedures.
The employee to filed the qui tam action may receive up to 30% of the $950,000 settlement, for having filed the case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 1/10/97