Judge Hints at Rejecting Bid to Limit Scope of Shipyard Cleanup Fraud
by NICHOLAS IOVINO
Courthouse News Service
June 13, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – In a case alleging widespread fraud in the $1 billion cleanup of a radiation-contaminated shipyard, a federal judge signaled Thursday he will likely reject a contractor’s bid to exclude claims related to two other major cleanup projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Why should the plaintiffs be foreclosed from pursuing that,” U.S. District Judge James Donato asked in court Thursday.
Accused of falsifying soil tests in the cleanup of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, U.S. Navy contractor Tetra Tech EC is fighting to exclude claims of fraud at two other U.S. Navy cleanup sites: Treasure Island and Alameda. Tetra Tech EC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tetra Tech Inc.
After seven whistleblowers sued Tetra Tech and its subcontractors for fraud in 2013 and 2016, the United States intervened last year to prosecute the civil case against the Pasadena, California-based contractor. However, the government chose not to pursue claims of fraud related to cleanup projects at Treasure Island and Alameda, both man-made islands in the San Francisco Bay where major redevelopment projects are planned.
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