Kollsman Agrees To $17 Million Settlement with IS&S

 - September 9, 2008, 11:25 AM

Elbit Systems U.S. subsidiary Kollsman of Merrimack, N.H., has agreed to pay Innovative Solutions & Support $17 million in damages to settle a lawsuit over stolen air-data computer technology. IS&S filed the lawsuit last year against Kollsman and other parties, including J2 Aviation and Zachary Technologies, accusing the defendants of “misappropriating” IS&S’s air-data technology. According to the suit, Joseph Caesar, a former IS&S vice president who cofounded J2 Aviation, and James Zachary, a former IS&S sales representative and principal of J2 and Zachary Technologies, “breached contractual and other obligations owed to Innovative Solutions & Support” by supplying the air-data computer technology to Kollsman. A jury late last year awarded IS&S damages of $4.4 million in lost profits and $1.6 million to compensate for the defendants’ net profits. Kollsman did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement with IS&S, with both sides saying the companies are free to “explore opportunities for future business collaboration.”