A San Francisco attorney is suing Home Depot for allegedly making purchases of Chinese-made product for government contract work, according to a report by Dow Jones Newswire. The whistle-blower lawsuit has drawn the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which has reportedly opened up an investigation into the matter.
The lawsuit originated when two former employees working for Actus Lend Lease, a developer that has built military housing for the U.S. armed forces, filed suit against Actus and several other companies (including Home Depot) for violations of the Buy American Act. Actus has since settled the lawsuit, but Home Depot remains as a defendant.
Home Depot confirmed to Dow Jones Newswires that the DOJ is taking a closer look at the whistleblower lawsuit. In a statement, the company said: "[We] would never knowingly sell prohibited goods under any circumstances, and we have been cooperating with the government to provide requested information. We believe the plaintiffs have an inaccurate view of the facts."