AAR Airlift Group announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed the amended complaint filed against it by DynCorp International LLC.
The amended complaint was part of an effort by DynCorp to disqualify Airlift and disrupt the competitive process to award a federal government contract (the “INL/A contract”) in support of the Department of State’s Worldwide Aviation Support Services program. The Court’s decision followed prior Court orders denying DynCorp’s motion for a preliminary injunction and its motion for expedited discovery.
The Court dismissed all eight counts of DynCorp’s amended complaint, stating that it “is nearly as devoid of details” as the original complaint, and its claims that Airlift stole DynCorp’s trade secrets relating to the INL/A contract are, among other things, “extremely vague” and legally insufficient.
Steven Harrison, President of AAR Airlift, said:
“We are tremendously pleased the Court has thrown out this complaint”
“We have always maintained that DynCorp’s lawsuit had no merit, and we believe that the Court’s order yesterday confirms our view.” Mr. Harrison continued,
“Our Airlift team has acted with the utmost integrity throughout the entire INL/A bidding process. We were and remain undeterred by this lawsuit, the three bid protests and other delaying tactics used by DynCorp to protect its incumbent status on the INL/A program.”
AAR provides airlift services using eitherits own fleet or customer’s planes and helicopters, helping government and defense customers transport personnel, supplies and mail in austere and harsh environments around the world. It also offers Search & Rescue operations that serve the UK Ministry of Defense in the Falkland Islands. It also currently flies in the Middle East and Africa, and in the Western Pacific, where it provides support for Navy ships. In 2014, AAR pilots conducted more than 26,000 flights, transporting approximately 443,000 passengers and delivering 56 million pounds of mail and cargo.