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Defense Contractor ArmorSource LLC Agrees to Pay $3 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

United States Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs Press Release

ArmorSource LLC has agreed to pay three million ($3,000,000.00) dollars to settle a qui tam case alleging that it delivered military helmets to the military, which were manufactured using methods that did not conform to contract requirements. In May 2010, the Army began recalling the helmets after several lots failed ballistic safety tests. Attorney Andrew J. Campanelli represented the relators together with co-counsel. Mr. Campanelli’s clients will receive four hundred fifty thousand ($450,000.00) dollars, a portion of which will be paid as attorneys fees.

Defense Comes Out Swinging in Highly Publicized Long Island Dumping Trial

CBS News New York

At a criminal dumping trial within which his clients were charged with nearly a dozen felony counts for having allegedly released tons of hazardous contamination within a public park, attorney Andrew J. Campanelli began his opening statement before the jury with a line from the movie My Cousin Vinny. “Everything that guy just said was bull****.

‘In twenty-five years of litigation and trials, I have never uttered anything like that in any federal or state court anywhere within the Country. But in this case, it was the right opening statement to make.” – Andrew J. Campanelli

All charges against Mr. Campanelli’s clients were dismissed before the defense began the presentation of their case.

Mistrial Declared in Islip Town Fraud Case

Newsday

During a trial within which his clients were charged with over four hundred (400) counts of fraud and the alleged filing of false instruments, defense attorney Andrew J. Campanelli uncovered the fact that falsified evidence had been presented to the grand jury, which then returned the indictments against his clients based, in part, upon that falsified evidence.

After Mr. Campanelli’s discovery was presented to the Court, the Court granted the defense attorneys’ joint motion for a mistrial.

Lawyers for Datres Call for Mistrial

Newsday

Prosecutors admit papers altered

During the jury selection process in a trial upon a four hundred and ninety-two (492) count indictment, attorney for the defendants, Andrew J. Campanelli, disclosed to the Court his discovery that evidence, which had been submitted to the grand jury, had been materially altered before it was presented to the jury.

Upon being confronted with Mr. Campanelli’s discovery, prosecutors admitted that the lead prosecutor had altered records before she presented them to the grand jury, but the prosecutors proffered to the Court that such alterations amounted to nothing more than “making certain notations” on the documents, in pencil.

In response, Mr. Campanelli pointed out that, in actuality, the lead prosecutor crossed out dates on documents and wrote in different dates, and crossed out work order numbers, to thereafter write in different order numbers. Of greatest import of all, Mr. Campanelli asserted, was the fact that the charges against his client were for having allegedly offered false instruments for filing when, ironically, it was the lead prosecutor in the case who was the person who falsified the very instruments upon which she was basing such criminal prosecution.

After Mr. Campanelli’s discovery was presented to the Court, the Court granted the defense attorneys’ joint motion for a mistrial.

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