Lockheed fires legal broadside at Boeing

Lockheed Martin has filed a suit against Boeing and three of its former employees. The suit alleges that Boeing used Lockheed proprietary information to win a $1.88 billion US Air Force rocket contract.

Lockheed Martin has filed a suit against Boeing and three of its former employees in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The 23-count complaint alleges that Boeing used Lockheed proprietary information to win launch contract awards under the US Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The information is said to have included extremely sensitive and detailed cost and technical data regarding Lockheed’s EELV proposal.

The contracts were divided between the two companies in 1999, with Boeing winning 21 rocket launches, while Lockheed was awarded seven.

Lockheed alleges that acts committed by Boeing and three of its former employees constituted violations of the Federal and Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, Federal and Florida antitrust law, the Procurement Integrity Act and Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The complaint seeks compensatory damages, including triple and punitive damages, consequential damages, costs, return of all proprietary information, and injunctive relief against all defendants.

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