An El Segundo-based company took away another firm’s business opportunities to commercialize an X-ray technology with the Air Force in 2013, an attorney told a jury Thursday.
Lawyer Robyn Crowther addressed a Los Angeles Superior Court jury hearing trial of Positron System Inc.’s lawsuit against Wyle Laboratories Inc., which alleges breach of contract and that Wyle put its interests ahead of those of the plaintiff.
“Wyle pulled a sleight-of-hand and is responsible for Positron’s damages,” Crowther said.
A Wyle lawyer will present a final argument Friday.
Positron performs work in non-destructive testing, a group of analysis techniques used in science and technology industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. Wyle also does some of the same work and is a government contractor with expertise in engineering, scientific and technical services.
Together with Vanderbilt University, Boise, Idaho-based Positron pursued the development of an X-ray technique for detecting hidden corrosion in aluminum, according to Positron’s court papers. Positron subcontracted some of that work to Wyle, the plaintiff’s court papers state.
Positron and Wyle sought funding from the U.S. military to build a prototype that used the X-ray technology and the Air Force eventually awarded Wyle a contract to build the prototype, Positron’s court papers state.
The Air Force had an immediate need for aluminum corrosion detection in the bomb-bay area of the B-52 bomber, according to Positron’s court papers.
However, the Air Force eventually issued a “stop-work” order on the project in 2013, after which the prototype was never completed and the technology never commercialized, Positron’s court papers state.
Positron alleges Wyle misled them and took Positron’s opportunities to commercialize the X-ray technology.