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Company Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Government to Settle False Claims Allegations

On June 7, 2013, Hanson Pipe & Precast, LLC (HPP), a subsidiary of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., an international building products company, entered into a settlement agreement with the United States in connection with a civil false claims investigation pertaining to allegations that HPP submitted false claims for products that did not meet required specifications. These products included concrete end walls and catch basins that are typically used in and adjacent to roadway construction. HPP has agreed to pay the United States $500,000 to settle these allegations.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) performed destructive testing of several precast concrete units manufactured by HPP for use in highway projects and several were found that did not conform to TDOT specifications as they related to the strength and placement of rebar within the products. HPP previously reimbursed TDOT $270,468.82 for damages related to the non-conforming units.