Raytheon Sues Alaska Native Org. Over $2.7M Fire

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 6:25 PM EDT) -- Defense contractor Raytheon Co. sued an Alaskan Native corporation in Kentucky federal court, saying the company's field engineers negligently caused a lithium-ion battery fire that cost the contractor $2.7 million and tarnished its reputation with the federal government.

Raytheon laid at Ahtna Inc.'s feet the costs of a May 2020 fire that ignited when field engineers attempted to remove failed lithium-ion batteries from a storage vault without permission. Ahtna's alleged failure to ensure that the storage box was properly handled amounted to a breach of its contract to provide support services for the company's facilities across the U.S., Raytheon said Wednesday....

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