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Fish Cases

Airframe Systems, Inc. v. L-3 Communications Corp. Trade Secret Litigation

Trade Secret Litigation, Trademark, Copyright, and Media Litigation

Fish Cases

Airframe Systems, Inc. v. L-3 Communications Corp. Trade Secret Litigation

Trade Secret Litigation, Trademark, Copyright, and Media Litigation

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Fish defended L-3 Communications, a major defense contractor, in a complex commercial dispute against Airframe Systems Inc., which accused L-3 of various misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright claims. Fish won summary judgment in the District of Massachusetts and successfully defended its client in the Court of Federal Claims, as well as in multiple appeals to the First Circuit.

"Fish defended L-3 Communications against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright claims and won summary judgment in the District of Massachusetts, which counted among the largest defense wins for a software dispute in 2010."

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Fish defended L-3 Communications, a major defense contractor, in a complex commercial dispute regarding software licensing and ownership that spanned three judicial fora and three federal appeals. A former software vendor, Airframe Systems Inc., accused L-3 of various misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright claims involving computer source code relating to aircraft maintenance tracking after L-3 decided to replace the vendor’s software with its own system developed in-house. Airframe claimed damages of $132 million. Fish won summary judgment in the District of Massachusetts, which counted among the largest defense wins for a software dispute in 2010. Fish also successfully defended its client and assisted its client’s government customer in the Court of Federal Claims, as well as in multiple appeals to the First Circuit, all resolving in favor of Fish’s client.