$175 Million Verdict in Guardrail Whistleblower Case

A federal jury decided that a Texas manufacturer should pay $175 million in a case brought by a whistleblower who questioned the safety of thousands of highway guardrail end caps on the nation’s roads. After deliberating for several hours Monday in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas, a jury sided with whistleblower Josh Harman, finding Trinity Industries Inc. made false claims to federal regulators when it changed the guardrail end’s design system in 2005.

For nearly 150 years, the civil False Claims Act (“FCA”) has been a valuable instrument in the government’s efforts to combat fraud and protect the public treasury.

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