A Japanese manufacturer continues to face allegations that it knowingly helped produce thousands of defective bulletproof vests, after a federal judge refused to dismiss a False Claims Act suit against the company by the Justice Department.

Toyobo Co., represented by a team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges including partner Michael Lyle, produced ballistic Zylon fibers used in the vests, which were sold to law enforcement agencies across the United States by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Second Chance Body Armor. It is accused of hiding research showing that light, heat and humidity could cause the fibers to wear out faster than expected. At least one police officer was shot and killed after two bullets passed through a Second Chance vest, according to the Justice Department.

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