Sikorsky, DOD Get 9th Circ. Reversal Of FOIA Document Bid

Law360, New York (January 9, 2017, 2:35 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed a Freedom of Information Act order requiring Sikorsky to hand over defense contracting documents to the American Small Business League, finding that certain information involving the aircraft manufacturer is protected from disclosure to competitors.

In an unpublished opinion, a three-judge panel overturned U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s November 2014 order requiring the U.S. Department of Defense to cough up Sikorsky’s never-seen subcontracting plan, which the ASBL says will reveal whether small businesses are receiving subcontracts as required by law.

The panel found that the lower court erred in holding that none of the currently redacted...

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