$175 Million Verdict Based On Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails

$175 Million Verdict Based On Alleged Defective and Dangerous Highway Guardrails

On October 19, 2014, a federal jury in Texas found that Trinity Industries defrauded the U.S. government of $175 million by not reporting its new highway guardrail design changes to the Federal Highway Administration as required by law. As noted by the New York Times, the Texas jury awarded $525 million (the $175 million tripled under federal law) to the United States Treasury, making the verdict the third largest jury award in the U.S. this year.

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Highway Guardrail Lawsuits Charge Unsafe Design Maiming Drivers

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This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries defrauded the government. The Wall Street Journal reports court records remain inaccessible.

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