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J-M Fights ‘Unjust’ Civil Penalties In Bad Pipes Case

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J-M Fights ‘Unjust’ Civil Penalties In Bad Pipes Case

Law360 (July 28, 2020, 9:35 PM EDT) — J-M Manufacturing urged a California federal judge Monday not to impose civil penalties in a bellwether False Claims Act suit that found the company falsely represented that the pipes it sold to a group of municipalities met industry strength standards, arguing that the buyers didn’t actually suffer damages.

J-M told the court it would be “deeply unjust” to impose civil penalties because the three municipal utilities and two cities serving as “exemplar” plaintiffs against the nation’s No. 1 PVC water pipe maker haven’t shown they suffered any damages, while the municipalities argued in their own brief Monday that penalties are mandatory…

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