The U.S. government paid $45 million to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. over claims that federal agencies misappropriated trade secrets related to a polar satellite program, The National Law Journal learned through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The payment, which was made in 2014 and has not been previously reported, was authorized by the U.S. Department of Commerce on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Air Force and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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