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FOIA News: BAE Systems seeks to intervene in State Dep't FOIA suit

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BAE Systems moves to enter State Department FOIA fight

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, Aug. 11, 2016

Two large defense contracting firms are seeking to enter a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit where the Associated Press is demanding details on a settlement the State Department reached with one of the companies over export control violations.

BAE Systems plc, a British company, and BAE Systems Inc., its U.S.-based affiliate, filed motions in federal court in Washington Thursday asking to intervene in the case.

The companies, successor firms to the former British Aerospace, told U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon that they're concerned the case could lead to the release of confidential information about the companies and could discourage businesses from entering into settlement talks in similar cases

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