CHICAGO, IL (August 5, 2009) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP successfully secured summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in favor of Firm client, Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin). The dispute involved a multimillion dollar international contract, funded by the U.S. Government, to sell 40 F-16 fighters. Ending six years of active litigation, the Court found that the Company’s conduct and billing practices were legal and in keeping with the terms of the contract, and therefore did not subject Lockheed Martin to False Claims Act liability.
In 1996, a whistleblower brought suit against Lockheed Martin under the False Claims Act, alleging improper billing related to the contract and a failure by Lockheed Martin to return disputed funds. McDermott’s representation of Lockheed Martin required the Firm to present and respond to complex legal arguments based on a sophisticated array of financial and technological data, including a comprehensive understanding of the design and installation of military equipment and the recently-amended Reverse False Claim Act provision of the False Claims Act.
The McDermott team responsible for the litigation victory was led by Joshua T. Buchman, a partner based in the Chicago office and a member of the Trial Department, and Peter M. Schutzel, an associate who is also a member of the Trial Department.
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