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Indiana says no thanks to JM Eagle lawsuit

Indiana is the latest state to join California, Florida, Massachusetts, and the Federal government in declining to intervene in a complaint filed earlier this year against JM Eagle, the world's largest pipe manufacturer, said the company in a statement. The so-called "whistleblower" lawsuit originally named 11 states and the District of Columbia in the plaintiff's lawsuit as "real parties in interest"-a listing that essentially invited those states and DC to join, or "intervene," in the lawsuit. Only four states have chosen to do so while three states and DC are still deciding.

The U.S. government conducted its own intensive three-year investigation of JM Eagle's products and quality-control processes and declined to join the case in February.

"We are gratified that Indiana was not persuaded by the dishonest pressure campaign directed at states by the plaintiff's contingency-fee law firm," says Neal Gordon, JM Eagle's VP of marketing. "We are confident that as more states and local governments learn about the facts of the case, they also will see no benefit in intervening in this baseless, frivolous lawsuit."

JM Eagle operates 22 manufacturing plants throughout North America, manufacturing a wide array of high-grade, high-performance PVC and HDPE pipe across a variety of industries and applications including utility, solvent weld, electrical conduit, natural gas, irrigation, potable water and sewage.—[email protected]

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