$9M Aerojet FCA Settlement Could Embolden Whistleblowers

By Ben Kochman (July 14, 2022, 9:24 PM EDT) — Aerojet Rocketdyne’s $9 million deal to end a False Claims Act suit alleging that it misled the government about its cybersecurity could spawn similar cases if the Justice Department is committed to backing up whistleblowers, industry attorneys say.

The settlement announced last week includes a $2.61 million payout for Brian Markus, a former Aerojet cybersecurity executive who accused the company of misrepresenting its digital defenses to win contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA.

The Justice Department did not throw its weight behind Markus’ suit by formally intervening when the case was initially filed. But in October, DOJ attorneys filed a 13-page “statement…

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