Eleventh Circuit Revives DynCorp Trade Secret Case against AAR Airlift Group
The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit returned to a lower court DynCorp International (DI)'s claim that AAR Airlift Group stole its secrets.
"After careful review of the record and the parties' briefs, we reverse the dismissal order and remand for further proceedings," the Appeals Court said.
The finding overrules a decision made earlier this year by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to dismiss DI's suit, which stated that three former employees who went to work at AAR shared its trade secrets with their new employer as it vied to wrestle away from DI the Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS) contract from the US Department of State.
"It is very unusual for the Appellate Court to reverse a District Court decision without holding an oral argument," said White & Case partner Raoul Cantero, who represented DI. "The favorable verdict gives DI the opportunity to protect its trade secrets and other confidential information, which it has developed to successfully meet the government's bid requirements and specifications."
The contract requires significant management resources to support operations, maintenance, and logistics on multiple continents.
DI has held the WASS contract for over 23 years, during which it has developed an efficient and effective combination of labor staffing, cost structures and pricing to successfully meet the State Department's requirements.
The White & Case team that represented DI included Cantero, Shamita Etienne-Cummings, David Draigh and Quin Landon.
Attached is the opinion from the 11th Circuit.
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