The former Abu Ghraib detainees who saw their case against Arlington-based CACI International dismissed earlier this year have filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that because the detainees claim they were abused while overseas, the U.S. District Court in Alexandria did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

In the appeal, the plaintiffs argue that the District Court incorrectly understood a Supreme Court decision that was the basis for the dismissal.

The appeal contends that the case is very local. The “atrocities were committed by U.S. actors, in a conspiracy with U.S. soldiers and via a contract with the U.S. government,” the appeal said. The “conduct of the corporation’s employees at Abu Ghraib was supported and facilitated by the corporation’s U.S.-based conduct.”

CACI is slated to file a response by the end of the month.

TechAmerica files suit against ITI, former employees

Industry group TechAmerica has filed a lawsuit against the Information Technology Industry Council and several former employees who jumped ship to the group.

ITI earlier this month announced it has established a public sector group that will be led by Trey Hodgkins, previously TechAmerica’s senior vice president for the global public sector.

In the suit, which also names Pamela Walker , TechAmerica’s former senior director for homeland security, and Carol Henton , TechAmerica’s former vice president for state and local government, as defendants, TechAmerica alleges that the defendants “conspired and agreed to tortiously interfere with TechAmerica’s prospective business advantage.”

In particular, the organization contends that Henton solicited Tech­America members to join ITI and misappropriated TechAmerica’s trade secrets.

The suit asks that the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issue injunctions preventing ITI from using TechAmerica trade secrets and award damages of at least $5 million.

Dennis Stolkey , chairman of Tech­America’s board of directors, said in a statement that the three individuals and ITI “have attempted to damage TechAmerica’s service to its members through unlawful means.”

Dean Garfield , chief executive of ITI, said in a statement that the group “will fully defend itself in this lawsuit.”

“Our goal is to meet and exceed our members’ needs — nothing more, nothing less,” he added.

ATK profit grows, buoyed by sporting group

Arlington-based Alliant Techsystems saw its sales and profit grow in its most recent quarter, boosted by its sporting group.

The company has found that diversifying into consumer guns, ammunition and gear has helped it fend off the decline in military sales reported by other contractors.

In the three-month period ended Sept. 29, ATK said its revenue grew nearly 7 percent to $1.1 billion. Profit shot up 42 percent to $92.7 million.

The company said its numbers were boosted by higher ammunition sales as well a price increase for ammunition. In the defense group, quarterly sales fell 9 percent, while sales grew 48 percent in the sporting group.

“We see this obviously as an ongoing growth engine for the company,” said Mark W. DeYoung , ATK’s chief executive, of the sporting group in a call with analysts earlier this month. “The market remains very strong. Our backlog position remains very healthy.”

GAO rejects STI protest

The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest filed by Rockville-based Strategic Technology Institute, which had challenged the cancellation of a solicitation released by the Coast Guard for analytical support services for its Surface Force Logistics Center.

STI had filed a protest earlier in the year when the agency issued an award to a company with a higher-rated and higher-priced proposal, but the Coast Guard promised to reevaluate. Instead, it eventually decided to cancel the procurement and start anew.

The GAO backed the agency, finding that it was not unreasonable to cancel the procurement.