CORRECTION: L-3 sued for trade-secret, product-info disclosure

CORRECTION: This article has been updated. It originally identified the plaintiff as a Glen Burnie, Md., company. The actual plaintiff is a company in Bentonville, Ark.

Government contractor L-3 Communications Corp. and subsidiary L-3 MAPPS Canada are being sued for breach of contract and unauthorized disclosure of confidential and proprietary trade secrets and product information to a foreign entity and direct market competitor.

Vision Technologies Inc., a Bentonville, Ark., a certified small business that develops and markets highly specialized and technical camera systems, filed the complaint in federal court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fayetteville, according to a June 7 announcement.

The complaint states that L-3 MAPPS provided Vision Technologies’ engineering drawings and technical information to Kongsberg Maritime, a Norwegian company, which allegedly gave Kongsberg a competitive advantage and violated the terms of the confidential agreements between L-3 MAPPS and Vision Technologies.

Ultimately, Kongsberg sold its camera systems to L-3 MAPPS.

Vision Technologies alleges that the transfer of its technical drawings allowed Kongsberg to win a $1.2 million contract from L-3 for the Canadian Navy Halifax Frigate program, which L-3 MAPPS had previously committed to Vision Technologies.

Vision Technologies is seeking damages in excess of $2 million for lost profits as a result of the unauthorized release of its confidential information and the loss of the Halifax program contracts.

The complaint also seeks an injunction against L-3 Communications for any future use or release of the confidential information.

L-3 Communications Corp., of McLean, Va., ranks No. 8 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
 Top 100 Slideshow
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts