October 2, 1995 Lucas Industries PLC
A British industrial corporation, Lucas Industries PLC, and two of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to pay $88 Million Dollars to settle claims asserted in a qui tam action filed by Frederick C. Copeland, a former machinist for one of the companies. The allegations of the case were that the company failed to properly test military airplane parts and knowingly shipped defective parts to the Navy, Army and Air Force under contracts with the Department of Defense. The allegations included a claim that an inspection of 80 gearboxes which the government had purchased from the defendants revealed that 100% of them contained parts with major defects.
As part of the settlement, Mr. Copeland will receive over $19 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam action.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 10/2/95