Corporate Compliance

Fired whistleblower’s suit seeks millions from HP

Compliance Monitor, March 2, 2005

Robert Hindin, a former Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) production manager and manufacturing engineer who was fired after blowing the whistle on the firm's subsidiary Agilent Technologies, Inc., filed a suit against the company in California Superior Court on February 24, alleging that the company tried to defraud customers by selling defective medical devices, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The suit, filed under the California False Claims Act, claims the computer giant "engaged in a scheme to defraud its customers by knowingly selling defective and potentially dangerous medical devices," the AP reported. Under the terms of the suit, damages could amount to "tens of millions of dollars."

Hindin reported "improper practices and repeated life-threatening failures" of products to company excutives in 1996; HP fired him in 1997 after he made reports of these failures to the Food and Drug Administration, the lawsuit claims.

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