August 10, 1995 General Electric
The General Electric Company of Fairfield Connecticut has agreed to pay over $7 Million Dollars to settle claims asserted in a qui tam action filed by Ian Johnson, an engineer at GE’s aircraft engines plant in Evandale. The allegations of the case were that GE delivered jet engines to the Air Force, Navy and Army, even though the company knew that certain controls and accessories in the engines did not meet electrical bonding requirements as required under contracts with the government. Electrical bonding refers to the level of electrical resistance between different components of an aircraft engine. Low-resistance electrical bonding protects aircraft from the effects of electromagnetic interference which could interrupt or degrade the performance of electronic equipment.
As part of the settlement Mr. Johnson will receive more than $1.7 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 8/10/95