If Rossi did not get the permits as he claims in his suit, that will be easily proven as a blatant lie, and would greatly hurt his case going forward. I think it was David French who said in his review of Rossi's filing, that you just do not make stuff up in your suit that can not be proven. That is a big no-no, and if caught doing so (and you will be caught) you will pay a big price. It sounds like a sure fire way to lose the case out of hand
Again, some are not reading carefully. Rossi did not claim to actually get any permits. Rather, he claims that IH didn't get permits in North Carolina, or something like that, so he decided to make the test happen. Maybe he or someone read the code in Florida and decided it didn't apply, and they might have been correct, or not. There is no blatant lie there, on this point, because, in fact, Rossi was just talking about his intentions. Can it be proven that he did not intend that? And the fact of whether he did actually get approvals or not is irrelevant. Rossi's possible failure to comply with boiler safety regulations in Florida is moot for the lawsuit.
Keep in mind too, that IH signed off on the test, and they obviously have been very lawyered up since the beginning. Doubt they would have exposed themselves to some regulatory action by signing onto a rogue boiler operation.
Regulatory action would not be the big issue. That was their boiler. Supposedly they were selling power from it. If it exploded, there could be major damage, even loss of life. That is far more an issue than regulatory violation, which happens all the time and is easily fixed.
However, as to regulatory violation, from the Boiler Safety statute in Florida: "Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by fine as provided in s. 775.083." And then that provides for a $500 fine.
There must be something more to this than meets the eye.
The Illuminati! I knew it!