Aerospace & Defense

  • July 16, 2007

    Nuclear Lab Faces $3.3M Fine Over Security Breach

    The University of California, owner of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab, may be facing a fine of $3.3 million from the Department of Energy, after the regulatory agency found classified documents from the facility in a completely unrelated trailer-park drug raid.

  • July 16, 2007

    Army Contractor Settles Whistleblower Claim

    One of the largest contract security providers in the United States will pay $18 million to settle whistleblower charges that it provided unqualified civilian security guards to protect eight U.S. Army bases.

  • July 11, 2007

    Ex-Boeing Employee Charged With Leaking Docs

    In the latest fallout over security breaches at Boeing Co., a former employee of the aerospace giant has been charged with 16 counts of computer trespass after he allegedly leaked sensitive internal documents to the media in May 2006.

  • July 11, 2007

    Exec Pleads Guilty In Military Bid-Rigging Case

    A former executive with a company that supplied products used by the U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to a jail sentence and a fine in order to quell allegations that he participated in two bid-rigging conspiracies and accepted a kickback from a subcontractor.

  • June 27, 2007

    DOJ Sues Fiber Maker For Faulty Body Armor

    A Japanese fiber maker has been hit with a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice accusing the company of knowingly selling a defective fiber used in bullet-proof vests that weakened when exposed to florescent lights, heat and humidity.

  • June 7, 2007

    Marine Products Exec Pleads To Bid-Rigging

    Donald Murray on Wednesday became the third marine products executive in recent months to plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to rig bids, the Department of Justice announced.

  • June 1, 2007

    Appeal Claims “Serious Errors” In ITC Toyota Ruling

    Engine maker Solomon Technologies Inc. is planning to appeal a federal trade agency's ruling that Toyota Motor Corp. did not infringe a patent for hybrid vehicle technology.

  • May 14, 2007

    DOJ Probes Brake Makers' Proposed Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has requested more information about British aerospace and defense firm Meggitt plc’s proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of airplane brake maker K&F Industries Holdings Inc., K&F said Monday.

  • April 9, 2007

    Pilots Sue FAA Over Mandatory Retirement Age

    In an effort to repeal a nearly 50-year-old-law that forces them to retire at age 60, three airline pilots have sued the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

  • March 27, 2007

    Supreme Court Thwarts Whistleblower's Payday

    In a ruling that clarifies the meaning of the term “original source” in cases brought under the False Claims Act, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a retired engineer who filed a qui tam suit over practices at the nuclear weapons plant where he worked is not eligible to share $4.2 million the government won after fraud at the plant came to light.

  • March 21, 2007

    E.U., U.S. Go Head To Head Over Subsidies

    Europe’s Airbus has unfairly cornered the civil aircraft market thanks to over $100 billion in subsidies, according to an argument made at a World Trade Organization hearing by United States officials.

  • March 20, 2007

    WTO To Air Boeing, Airbus Hearing

    The general public will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the long-running battle between the European Union and the United States over aircraft subsidies when the World Trade Organization airs a hearing on the matter.

  • March 13, 2007

    Cap Wireless Emerges Unscathed From Patent Row

    Cap Wireless, an amplifier subsystems designer, can breathe a sigh of relief now that a U.S. District Court has granted it summary judgment of noninfringement after an 18-month patent wrangling over communications technology with rival Wavestream Corp.

  • March 5, 2007

    Raytheon Files Suit Over Trade Secrets, Patents

    Military contractor Raytheon Corp. has filed a lawsuit against a rival, alleging the company hired away more than 30 Raytheon employees, who took trade secrets and patents with them.

  • February 28, 2007

    ITC Asked To Review Ruling In Toyota Hybrid Case

    A Florida-based engine maker has filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission to review a judge’s ruling that Toyota Motor Corp. did not infringe on its patent related to technology for powering hybrid cars.

  • February 23, 2007

    Execs Plead Guilty To Rigging Bids On Navy Contracts

    Two executives for a Pennsylvania defense contractor have pled guilty and agreed to serve jail time for conspiring to rig bids on contracts with the U.S. Navy.

  • February 13, 2007

    E.U. Adviser Shakes Head At Volkswagen Law

    A legal adviser to Europe's highest court said Tuesday that Germany could not shield Volkswagen AG, its largest auto maker, from foreign takeovers under a law deemed protectionist by European Union competition regulators.

  • February 12, 2007

    E.U. Court To Rule On Volkswagen Law

    A legal adviser to Europe's highest court is set to issue a ruling on Tuesday on whether Germany can shield Volkswagen AG, its largest auto maker, from a foreign takeover under a law that European Union competition regulators have called protectionist and sought to overturn.

  • February 9, 2007

    E.U. Filing Heats Up Airbus, Boeing Dispute

    The European Union has fired back in its long-running dispute with the United States over subsidies for Boeing Inc. and Airbus, filing a response to claims the U.S. made in an earlier complaint filed with the World Trade Organization.

  • February 7, 2007

    SEC Sues Former Execs Over Backdating

    Federal regulators have filed action against two former executives of defense contractor Engineered Support Systems, claiming the pair backdated stock options to the tune of $20 million.