Aerospace & Defense

  • September 5, 2008

    Marine Sues Boeing Over V-22 Osprey Fire

    A young U.S. Marine who was injured in a fire on board a V-22 Osprey aircraft has filed suit against The Boeing Co. and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., claiming that design flaws in the aircraft made it unsafe to operate.

  • September 4, 2008

    Colo. Sues Military Over Leaky Chemical Weapons

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has sued the U.S. Department of Defense for violating hazardous waste laws by storing obsolete chemical weapons at a facility in Pueblo, Colo.

  • August 29, 2008

    Davor Corp. Settles Neb. Superfund Claims

    The former owner of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning plant on a Superfund site in Nebraska has agreed to pay $1.161 million to the federal government to cover costs of the cleanup.

  • August 28, 2008

    6 Face Bribery Charges For Afghanistan Contracts

    Six people, including two military officers and four U.S. Department of Defense contractors, have been charged with bribery and conspiracy involving contracts at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced Wednesday.

  • August 20, 2008

    6th Circ. Backs Army Reservist In Job Fight

    A U.S. appeals court has ordered a Nashville, Tenn., police department to reinstate a soldier's job that he left for active duty in Kuwait, in a case affirming the re-employment rights of veterans.

  • August 20, 2008

    Maryland AG Plans Suit Over Fort Meade Cleanup

    Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has announced plans to sue the U.S. Army for allegedly failing to comply with a cleanup order for groundwater and soil contamination at Fort George G. Meade.

  • August 15, 2008

    U.S. Army Privatizes $100M Superfund Cleanup

    The U.S. Army has transferred 3,300 acres of a Monterey, Calif., former training base to a local community group that will develop the land and dispose of its unexploded munitions and explosives, as part of the nation's largest privatized cleanup of a Superfund site.

  • August 14, 2008

    Ford, Severstal Sue MichCon Gas For Cleanup Costs

    Ford Motor Co. and steel manufacturer Severstal North America Inc. have sued Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. to collect cleanup costs for a swath of land near Michigan's Rouge River that a MichCon predecessor allegedly dumped toxic tars and oils on over seven decades ago.

  • August 11, 2008

    Honeywell Sues Raytheon Over Navy Contract

    Honeywell International Inc. has filed suit against defense and aerospace supplier Raytheon Co. and aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins Inc., claiming they conspired to restrain trade during the sale of advanced GPS units to the U.S. Navy.

  • August 8, 2008

    Faulty Maintenance Caused Crash In Iraq: Suit

    Family members of 14 U.S. military servicemen who died in a helicopter accident in Iraq are accusing the contractor that maintained the aircraft of gross negligence for leaving a “foreign object” in the helicopter, causing it to crash.

  • August 27, 2008

    High Court To Tackle Clean Water Act, Sonar Disputes

    Four environmental cases are up for review by the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming term, including a case that seeks to exempt the U.S. Navy’s sonar activities from federal law in the name of national security and another that could have broad implications on environmental groups’ standing to file suits.

  • July 30, 2008

    Defense Contractors Plead Guilty In Bid-Rigging Probe

    Two contractors pled guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy, admitting they attempted to use inside information to underbid a global competitor as a federal investigation into bid-rigging in military fuel contracts gained steam.

  • July 21, 2008

    Judge Approves Latest American Airlines 9/11 Deal

    A federal judge has approved a settlement between American Airlines Inc. and the family of one of the victims of the hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • July 21, 2008

    Freight Companies Settle Bid-Rigging Claims

    Five freight-forwarding companies that have contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to transport the household goods of military and civilian personnel members between the U.S. and Europe have agreed to pay about $666,250 to resolve allegations that they rigged bids.

  • July 21, 2008

    AmEx Sued Over Navy-Developed IT Security Patent

    The exclusive licensee of a patent owned by the U.S. Navy has sued American Express Co., accusing the credit card company of infringing the patent, which relates to a way to send sensitive information over the Internet securely.

  • July 17, 2008

    Judge Denies Raytheon's Stay Bid In Fla. Toxin Case

    A U.S. district judge in Florida has denied military contractor Raytheon Co.'s requests to delay two class actions alleging the company released toxins into the groundwater near its plants and hid the contamination from St. Petersburg, Fla., residents.

  • July 11, 2008

    ATA Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Extension

    Grounded carrier ATA Airlines has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana for more time to file its Chapter 11 plan, citing unexpected complexities including five lawsuits filed by employees and unions.

  • June 30, 2008

    Judge OKs Wornick Plan Over Group's Objections

    The judge overseeing The Wornick Co.'s Chapter 11 case confirmed the military meal supplier's reorganization plan Friday, acknowledging its success with the significant majority of voting creditors and overruling a minority of noteholders who claim it is unfair.

  • June 26, 2008

    Body Armor Co. Settles Securities Suits For $35M

    A federal judge has approved a $34.9 million settlement reached with body armor company Point Blank Solutions Inc. in a securities class action as well as related shareholder derivative action.

  • June 24, 2008

    9th Circ. Again Bars NASA Worker Background Checks

    A federal appeals court has reaffirmed its earlier decision to grant a preliminary injunction to a group of scientists working under contract to NASA who claim that NASA's mandatory background checks violate the group's right to privacy.