Hawker Beechcraft/L-3 Communications Lawsuit

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Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft is suing L-3 Communications in a lawsuit that arguably might directly involve neither company. Hawker Beechcraft alleges its predecessor, Raytheon Aircraft, mistakenly credited former Raytheon-owned Vertex Aerospace, which is now part of L-3, some $4.79 million, according to the Wichita Eagle. Vertex then used that credit in 2005 and 2006 to buy $2.76 million in parts from former sister company and then ignored demands by Raytheon Aircraft and its predecessor, Hawker Beechcraft, to pay for those parts, according to the lawsuit. Hawker Beechcraft is now suing for that $2.76 million, which it claims was lost to Vertex due to a bookkeeping error. Vertex was a sister company of Raytheon Aircraft until 20 01 and offers maintenance, repair and training services, but is now owned by L-3 Communications. The lawsuit states that Raytheon and Vertex maintained as part of typical operations a relationship that offered Vertex credit for services and debits for purchased parts.