Aerospace & Defense

  • August 31, 2007

    NASA Scientists Sue Over Security Checks

    A group of scientists working for NASA have filed a suit challenging new government rules regarding background checks, saying the requirements are unconstitutional and intrusive.

  • August 31, 2007

    Bechtel Wins Dismissal Of California OSHA Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed a suit brought by a former Bechtel Corp. employee who worked on a military base and alleged that the engineering company violated California’s occupational safety laws, finding that the state claim was inapplicable on a federal enclave.

  • August 28, 2007

    Alix Still Hasn't Curbed Overcharging: Trustee

    Just two months after she objected to AlixPartners' first fee application in its work for Dura, U.S. Trustee Kelly Beaudin Stapleton has again balked at the restructuring firm's eight-figure fees and thirty-odd staff members for the case, calling the numbers "significantly out of line."

  • August 28, 2007

    9/11 Families Want Cockpit Recording Released

    The families of airplane passengers who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have once again asked the federal court to release a cockpit voice recording that chronicled the last 30 minutes on United Airlines flight 93.

  • August 13, 2007

    NASA Sued For Interfering In Union Contract Deals

    A union representing aerospace workers sued National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Monday, accusing the government-run space agency of illegally interfering in its negotiations for a new contract for over 500 employees.

  • August 8, 2007

    Marine Products Antitrust Probe Nets Another Exec

    A fourth top executive of a Virgina-based marine products company has pled guilty to bid-rigging for Department of Defense contracts, among others, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.

  • 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.