A federal court dismissed much of a whistle-blower lawsuit against the Boeing Co. yesterday, but kept the suit alive on allegations that Boeing retaliated against those who filed the suit. According to the Associated Press, the 2002 lawsuit claimed that commercial and military planes built by Boeing contain inferior parts and should be grounded. Filed by three former Boeing employees, the suit alleged that a California-based supplier falsified records and supplied the defective parts that were eventually used in Boeing aircraft.
In dismissing this part of the case, a U.S. District Court said the plaintiffs were not specific enough in their allegations that Boeing defrauded the federal government. The case will continue to probe charges that Boeing retaliated against the employees, two of whom were laid off within a year of filing the original case.