DENVER - A confusing array of companies is involved in the lawsuit over groundwater pollution at the La Plata County jail.
La Plata County has sued four firms about the pollution - Brown Group Retail Inc., Plummer Precision Optics Co., Plummer Precision Optics Western Division Inc. and Blue Jaunte Co. Inc. So far, only Brown has actively engaged in the lawsuit.
Outdoor Sports Industries Inc. started making rifle scopes in Bodo Industrial Park in 1975. OSI merged with the Pennsylvania-based Brown Group in 1979, and from 1979 to 1982, Brown leased the property to Plummer Precision Optics Co., which made the lenses that Brown fitted into rifle scopes at its Denver factory.
Brown sold the property to La Plata County in 1983.
The Plummer companies have since become Blue Jaunte.
No one from Blue Jaunte has answered the county's lawsuit, and the federal court clerk entered a default judgment in favor of the county for Blue Jaunte's part of the case.
In a separate case, Blue Jaunte was fined $3.25 million in 2000 for illegally exporting military optics to Sweden and selling defective equipment to the U.S. Army for its M1 tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Two of Blue Jaunte's executives also pleaded guilty to making false statements to military investigators.
Blue Jaunte now appears to be unreachable.
La Plata County's summonses to the firm have gone unanswered, and the court's notice of default judgment was returned as undeliverable.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State's office has an active listing for the company at a downtown address in West Chester, Pa., but the building hardly looks like a manufacturing plant. Several law firms and professional offices share space in the colonial-style brick building, which is visible on a Google Street View search.