Orbital Accuses Boeing/Lockheed Space JV Of Colluding

Law360, New York (June 24, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT) -- Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. hit a joint venture of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed-Martin on Thursday with $515 million in anti-competitive claims that it blocked the NASA contractor’s access to certain rocket engines by extending its exclusivity agreement with the engine’s only manufacturer.

The suit closely follows news that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an antitrust investigation of the joint venture, United Launch Alliance LLC, surrounding its agreements to purchase RD-180 rocket engines. Now, Orbital alleges that ULA is monopolizing the liquid propulsion engines to...
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