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Honeywell International Inc.
Defective Bulletproof Vest Material
Date: 06/05/2008 (Date of Complaint)
Misconduct Type: Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency: Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party: Multiple Agencies
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: The Justice Department is suing Honeywell International under the False Claims Act for allegedly selling defective bulletproof vest material. The lawsuit alleges Honeywell knowingly sold a defective ballistic vest material known as Zylon Shield, or Z Shield. (The vests were manufactured and sold by Armor Holdings, Inc.) The government alleges that Honeywell possessed scientific data showing Z Shield deteriorates quickly under hot and humid conditions, leaving the vests unfit for use by the law enforcement and military agencies that bought them.