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Whistleblower Trial Finds Trinity Guilty of Defrauding Federal Government

Testimony from Trinity’s president at trial established that Trinity did not report to the states that it had changed the design and indeed had falsely represented to various states that the design was identical to the original version that had been approved by federal regulators.

FHWA Calls for Guardrail Maker to Conduct New Crash Tests

In the wake of a jury finding that a leading guardrail maker, Trinity Industries, defrauded the federal government by failing to report design changes to a widely used guardrail system, the Federal Highway Administration demanded that Trinity perform new crash tests on guardrails. Trinity has until the end of October to provide a crash testing plan or the eligibility of the guardrail system, called the ET-Plus system, could be suspended or revoked.

President of Guardrail Company Admits Trinity Did Not Provide Notice of Design Changes

The president of Trinity Highway Products testified at trial that his company did not tell a single state about design changes made in 2005 to its ET-Plus guardrail system. Evidence revealed that Trinity reduced the width of a piece of metal from five inches to four in 2005, but did not inform states of that design change.

ET-Plus Manufacturer Found Guilty of Fraud

The manufacturer of the ET-Plus guardrail system that has been under much scrunity was found guilty Monday by a Texas jury of defrauding the federal government. The $175 million verdict which under federal law will triple to $525 million was the result of a whistleblower lawsuit brough under the False Claims Act.

National Consumer Law Center Issues Online Petitition Regarding Forced Arbitration

An online petition hopes to broaden the awareness of banks' use of forced arbitration clauses that block consumers from being able to go to court and protect their legal rights in a dispute.


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