BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vision Technologies, Inc. (VTI), a certified small business that develops and markets highly specialized and technical camera systems, announced the filing of a lawsuit in federal court against L-3 Communications and its subsidiary L-3 MAPPS Canada for breach of contract and unauthorized disclosure of confidential and proprietary trade secrets and product information to a foreign entity and direct market competitor. L-3 is a multinational defense contractor. The Complaint is filed in federal court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The complaint states that L-3 MAPPS, a solely owned subsidiary of L3 Communications provided the engineering drawings and technical information of Vision Technologies to Kongsberg Maritime, a Norwegian Company. This information gave Kongsberg, a foreign company, 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 dollar contract from L-3. The contract was for the Canadian Navy Halifax Frigate program, which L-3 MAPPS had previously committed to Vision Technologies.
VTI 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.
Lee Thompson, CEO of Vision Technologies stated in reference to the lawsuit: "There is nothing more important to a technology business than its technical data and trade secrets. The loss of this confidential information costs Vision Technology millions of dollars in sales and the goal of this suit is to recover our damages and to protect our proprietary information."
Vision Technologies is represented by Asa Hutchinson, Senior Partner of the AH Law Group PLC in Rogers, Arkansas.
SOURCE Vision Technologies, Inc.