Firm agrees to $3M settlement for substandard Army helmets

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DALLAS (AP) — An Ohio-based company has agreed to pay $3 million to the federal government to settle a lawsuit over combat helmets it provided to the U.S. Army that were found to be substandard.

A Justice Department statement issued Monday says Hebron, Ohio-based ArmorSource LLC agreed to settle the lawsuit filed by the federal government in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, Texas.

The Justice Department alleged that from 2006 to 2009, ArmorSource delivered advanced combat helmets that were made and tested using methods that didn't meet contract requirements and failed to meet contract performance standards.

The lawsuit was filed by two whistleblowers who worked for Federal Prison Industries Inc., an ArmorSource subcontractor. The pair will receive $450,000 of the settlement.

Messages left with ArmorSource and its attorney weren't returned Monday.