Champion requests refilings of whistle-blower lawsuit

Company looks to remove references to former employee who pleaded guilty for falsifying evidence and lying to the government

After the October sentencing of William Burch to two years in prison for falsifying evidence and lying to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Champion Laboratories Inc. seeks to erase mentions of its former employee-turned-enemy who triggered the U.S. antitrust probe.

The oil filter maker and other companies, including Honeywell International Inc., requested a judge in Chicago Tuesday to require more than 50 class-action lawsuits to be refiled for the whistle-blower suit.

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