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Boeing Chips a Nail in Suit Loss Against Electric Aircraft Startup

Small-Timer Gets a Win in Court, but the Battles Are Far From Over A lawsuit against Boeing from shuttered electric aircraft startup Zunum went against the big manufacturer, with the jury awarding the little upstart $81 million in damages. Zunum had pressed the case saying that Boeing’s investment during a seed round was actually a covert technology transfer, allowing the big dog to snatch its nascent technology and beat the smaller company to market. Zunum was working on a hybrid aircraft to tackle the small regional jet market, anticipating a shift in the travel market. The jury believed its case that Boeing’s actions were “willful and malicious”, which opens the door for even more damages to be awarded.

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