Whistleblower Complaint Leads to Investigation of Home Depot

The Department of Justice is investigating claims that Home Depot provided Chinese-made products to the U.S. Government in violation of the Buy American Act. Two employees of another government contractor, Actus Lend Lease, filed suit alleging that their company supplied products used in several military housing projects that were made in China and other “non-designated” countries. Before Actus Lend Lease settled its claims, attorneys discovered that its corporate partner Home Depot also was in violation of the Buy American Act.

In April, a federal judge denied Home Depot’s motion to dismiss the qui tam suit. Although the suit has been unsealed, the Department of Justice has not yet decided whether to intervene in the case. Trial is scheduled for early next year.

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