Local Lawsuit Against GE Plant

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A former General Electric plant supervisor has filed a 50 million dollar lawsuit against the company.

James Gardner of Madisonville filed the suit in US District Court on Friday, claiming he was fired for testifying GE sent defective parts to military and commercial customers.

Gardner says he repeatedly pointed out to managers at the Madisonville plant that aircraft propeller blades were not meeting company and government specifications.

Gardner said the defective parts were shipped in order to meet production requirements.

Gardner alleges the plant concealed flaws on some propeller blades.

When he confronted managers about the flaws, they told him the blades were good if they were stamped.

Gardner was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in Bowling Green in June 2003.

After testifying, he says he was demoted before eventually being fired in April 2005.

GE representatives had no comment on the suit.