A Whistle Blower Gets His Reward

IN THE END, IAN JOHNSON didn't keep his job. But the young engineer did walk away from his whistle-blower's suit against General Electric $1.7 million wealthier. GE agreed on Aug. 10 to pay that amount--part of a $7.18 million payment to the U.S.--to resolve the suit filed by Johnson in December, 1993, and later joined by the Justice Dept. Johnson had charged the company with selling jet engines to the military that didn't comply with contract terms. Johnson's attorney, Jim Helmer, says the case forced needed testing of a key engine and also required GE to fix one part. GE notes that Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration tests showed the engines were safe and believes it was vindicated by the settlement.

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