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Whistleblowers can proceed with Utah highway suit

A federal district court judge has ruled that two whistleblowers have alleged sufficient facts to go forward with their suit against Wasatch Constructors. The suit claims that the consortium of construction companies violated the False Claims Act by providing substandard materials and workmanship on a 17-mile corridor of I-15 in Utah.

The whistleblowers provided facts regarding compromised concrete, bridge construction defects and inadequate compaction of fill materials in the $1.59 billion project.

The judge did dismiss some claims, including allegations that contractors failed to properly weigh trucks carrying the material and that Wasatch diverted materials from an ongoing railroad project to the freeway construction.

The story was reported in the May 28, 2005 edition of the Deseret Morning News.

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