5th Circ. Knocks Out $1.5M Award In Navy Contract Fight

Law360, New York (May 16, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT) -- Determining that a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case, the Fifth Circuit has vacated a $1.46 million tort judgment against the federal government in a suit alleging the U.S. Navy disclosed trade secrets to a pair of ship-building contractors' competitors, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

In an unpublished ruling issued Friday, a three-judge panel determined that the so-called tort claims accusing the Navy of illegally disclosing the design for a high-speed military combat craft known as the Mark V were in fact a contract dispute...
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