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November 29, 1990 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department on Wednesday joined a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Teledyne, alleging that a subsidiary of the Los Angeles-based defense contractor systematically inflated its cost estimates on defense contracts. The practice allegedly defrauded the government of more than $100 million in recent years, making it one of the largest whistle-blower suits on file, according to attorneys familiar with the case.
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November 29, 1990 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department on Wednesday joined a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Teledyne, alleging that a subsidiary of the Los Angeles-based defense contractor systematically inflated its cost estimates on defense contracts. The practice allegedly defrauded the government of more than $100 million in recent years, making it one of the largest whistle-blower suits on file, according to attorneys familiar with the case.
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May 30, 1985
Sprint, the long-distance subsidiary of General Telephone, was accused today in a class-action civil suit of overcharging its customers for calls made last Thanksgiving and Christmas days. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court simultaneously with a complaint filed with the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco on behalf of all of Sprint's estimated 2 million customers. John R.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Less than two weeks after the problem was cited in a lawsuit, Toyota USA announced Tuesday that it will repair at no cost to car owners a "brake pulsation" defect that surfaced on many of the 380,000 Camry models sold in the United States between 1983 and early 1987. The company also said that its dealers will compensate car owners for the cost of earlier repairs that did not solve the problem, which is caused by the unintended movement of brake pads as they pass over the brake disc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1986
President Reagan has signed into law new legislation that provides generous incentives to enlist citizens in a campaign against corruption by companies doing business with the federal government. Beyond the incentives, which can run into millions of dollars, the legislation protects the job status of the whistle-blowers. Among those sharing credit for this reform are John R. Phillips, co-director of the Center for Law in the Public Interest, and the congressional sponsors, Rep. Howard L.
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March 17, 1992 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department on Monday substantially expanded a major defense fraud case against General Electric Co., saying in new court documents that the company illegally diverted more than $40 million from U.S. military aid funds earmarked for Israel. The filing in a Cincinnati federal court was the latest revelation in a scandal that has rocked the Israeli Air Force and embarrassed GE, the nation's third-largest defense contractor. The Justice Department alleges that $7.
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July 23, 1992 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Electric Co. pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges and agreed to pay $69 million in criminal and civil penalties Wednesday in a massive fraud and bribery scandal involving the sale of military jet engines to Israel. In a federal court in Cincinnati, GE agreed to reimburse the U.S. Treasury $59.5 million to resolve a civil fraud suit, making it the largest settlement of a whistle-blower-initiated government fraud lawsuit in U.S. history. The company also agreed to a $9.
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April 21, 1988 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Charging that Toyota USA has failed to notify car owners of an alleged "brake pulsation" defect on its 1983-1986 Camry models, a Los Angeles public interest law firm announced Wednesday that it is suing the auto giant in a nationwide class-action lawsuit.
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April 9, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury on Monday awarded $1 apiece in punitive damages to two sisters who alleged that for 18 years they had repressed memories of their father's sexual abuse. The token amount caps a total of $1.15 million in compensatory damages awarded by the same jury on March 29 against the father, John R. Phillips, 60, of Rancho Santa Fe. That award has been called one of the largest jury verdicts involving a recovered-memory sexual abuse case in Southern California.
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July 15, 1992 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday approved the largest monetary settlement ever--$55.5 million--in a whistle-blower suit alleging fraud against the federal government. The settlement concludes a 1988 suit that alleged that two companies had overcharged the Defense Department $77 million for flight simulators from 1980 to 1988. The government will be reimbursed by Bicoastal Corp. of Tampa, Fla., the successor to Singer Corp., and CAE Industries Ltd.
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March 30, 1996 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two sisters who alleged that for 18 years they had repressed memories of their father's sexual abuse were awarded $1.15 million by an Orange County jury, attorneys said Friday. The jury reached the decision Thursday night against the father, John R. Phillips, 60, of Rancho Santa Fe, after deliberating less than three days in a trial that took about eight weeks. R.
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