Lockheed Martin Learns that Justice Department to Partially Intervene in Two Qui Tam Lawsuits
BETHESDA, MD, 30-MAY-03 -- Lockheed Martin Corp. learned today that the Department of Justice elected to partially intervene in two qui tam lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court in Paducah, Ky. These suits relate to alleged environmental management concerns at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant during the period when the corporation managed the facility. We regret that the Department of Justice has decided to join in these lawsuits. We strongly believe that the allegations are without merit. We will vigorously defend these lawsuits and the facts of these cases will prove that Lockheed Martin was not involved in any wrongdoing. As previously reported in the corporation's Form 10-Q on March 19, 2003, the Department of Justice advised Lockheed Martin that a criminal federal grand jury investigation into whether hazardous waste was properly stored and handled at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant was closed. Today's decision by the Department of Justice to intervene involves a civil proceeding and does not involve any criminal allegations.