Aerospace & Defense

  • July 28, 2016

    Dem Lawmakers Push Obama For DNC Hack Details

    A pair of Democratic lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama to release details related to a recent hack of the Democratic National Committee followed by the release of thousands of internal emails by WikiLeaks, and specifically on the investigation into alleged Russian involvement.

  • July 28, 2016

    Ex-Louis Berger Execs Hit With FCA Suit Over Billing Fraud

    The former CEO and chief financial officer of Louis Berger Group Inc. were hit with a False Claims Act suit in Maryland federal court Thursday, following earlier criminal convictions of the pair, alleging they conspired to overbill the federal government on Afghanistan and Iraq reconstruction contracts.

  • July 28, 2016

    New Defense Innovation Unit’s Future At Risk

    The U.S. Department of Defense has made meaningful efforts to address the concerns raised by the commercial technology industry amid a tech outreach effort, but factors such as internal resistance at the Pentagon make the viability of a related experimental innovation unit uncertain, experts said.

  • July 28, 2016

    Fla. Jury Clears Adhesive Maker In Vet's $11M Asbestos Suit

    Dexter Hysol Aerospace LLC and Henkel Corp. were cleared earlier this week of liability for the mesothelioma death of a former U.S. Navy mechanic who used their asbestos-containing adhesive products, with a Florida federal jury rejecting a request for more than $11 million in damages.

  • July 28, 2016

    House Panel Wants White House’s Cybersecurity Report

    House Oversight Committee leaders on Wednesday pressed the White House to explain cybersecurity implementation efforts within the Executive Office of the President, or alternatively explain why it believes it is exempt from a reporting requirement that applies to other federal agencies.

  • July 28, 2016

    Afghan Army Deal Flubs May Cost $1.3B, Watchdog Warns

    A government watchdog strongly criticized the Pentagon on Thursday for lax management of a vehicle maintenance contract for the Afghan National Army, saying problems with contract planning and contractor performance could ultimately cost more than $1.25 billion in unnecessary spending.

  • July 28, 2016

    DOD May 'Blow Up' Cyber Buying Process, Official Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense's chief information officer said the government could soon "blow up" the way it buys and certifies new cybersecurity technologies, arguing Thursday that the government needs new, more flexible ways to get the latest technology.

  • July 28, 2016

    NASA’s New Space Programs Risk Delays, Cost Overruns: GAO

    NASA’s deep-space launch vehicle and Orion spacecraft are facing a number of risks that could affect their launch readiness availability, including cost issues and schedule delays, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office reports released Wednesday.

  • July 27, 2016

    OIG Says Trillions In Changes To Army Accounts Unsupported

    The government agency that provides finance and accounting services to the U.S. Department of Defense has failed to support trillions of dollars in adjustments to financial transactions made to Army general fund data, according to an Office of Inspector General report released Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2016

    Gov't Workers Blast OPM's Effort To Toss Data Breach Suit

    Federal employees affected by last summer's sweeping hack of government personnel databases defended their class action against the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday, saying the office has downplayed the workers' constitutional rights.

  • July 27, 2016

    DOD Retaliated Over 'Zero Dark Thirty' Report, Official Says

    The official responsible for overseeing federal intelligence whistleblower claims has filed a complaint alleging he was retaliated against for efforts in his former role at a Pentagon watchdog to report improprieties by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta related to the film "Zero Dark Thirty," according to a media report Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2016

    OMB Updates 2000's Data Cybersecurity Circular

    The White House's Office of Management and Budget said Wednesday it released revisions to a document outlining policy on managing government data to reflect changes in law and advances in technology and to clarify the role of both privacy and security in the federal information life cycle.

  • July 27, 2016

    State Dept. Revises Export Controls For Toxic Agents, Lasers

    The U.S. Department of State published rule revisions on Wednesday that are meant to make the export control guidelines clearer and potentially less onerous for businesses that deal with materials that may have military applications.

  • July 27, 2016

    Vets Get $3.9M Fee Award After Previous PTSD Benefit Deal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday awarded nearly $3.9 million in attorneys’ fees to a class of more than 2,000 veterans who had previously settled with the Pentagon over allegations it wrongly downplayed their post-traumatic stress disorder-related disabilities.

  • July 27, 2016

    Enviros Challenge Navy Plans For Live-Fire Sites In Marianas

    Local environmental groups challenged the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps' plans for live-fire testing sites in the Northern Mariana Islands on Wednesday, arguing to the U.S. district court there that the plans ignored substantial impacts from basically taking over two islands.

  • July 27, 2016

    DynCorp Wage Suit Belongs In Kuwait, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a former DynCorp employee’s attempt to revive a putative class action accusing the company of cheating him and others of overtime pay and benefits earned on a Kuwaiti logistics contract for the U.S. Army, ruling that his employment agreement called on any such litigation to happen in Kuwait.

  • July 26, 2016

    4 Traits Of The Top Litigation Firms

    All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.

  • July 26, 2016

    5 Small(er) But Mighty Litigation Shops

    Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.

  • July 26, 2016

    Law360 Names Top 50 Firms For Litigation

    Historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation. Jaw-dropping jury verdicts in courts across the country. Victories in the smartphone wars. Dramatic upsets on appeal. Law360's Litigation Powerhouses leveraged their deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year, landing them a spot on our inaugural ranking of the top firms for litigation.

  • July 26, 2016

    GAO Says Army Corps, FEMA Need To Work On Levee Safety

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency have made very little progress on a levee-safety program mandated by Congress in 2014, missing deadlines and leaving open the possibility of safety and financial risks.

Expert Analysis

  • Preventing Litigation From Becoming A Threat To Data Security

    Dante Stella

    Recent headline-grabbing data security incidents have shed light both on direct and collateral impacts to companies and their employees. Attorneys should take steps to ensure that their role in the conduct of litigation does not in itself lead to similarly damaging disclosures of sensitive information, say Dante Stella and Sherrie Farrell of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Justice For Servicemembers Act: A Look At The Big Picture

    David C. Henderson

    If recently introduced bills providing for a so-called Justice for Servicemembers Act are enacted into law, the decades-long evolution of service members’ rights could take another significant, evolutionary step. Whether that step would be advisable will be subject to debate, says David Henderson at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Weighing The Pros And Cons Of GSA Transactional Data Rule

    Jonathan S. Aronie

    The U.S. General Services Administration’s new transactional data reporting rule reflects a trade. In exchange for your willingness to accept the increased burden of tracking and reporting detailed transaction-level federal sales data, the GSA will eliminate two much-maligned provisions from your contract. So what’s not to like? Well, quite a bit, says Jonathan Aronie of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • Carelessness Is Not Criminal: The Impact Of FBI Chief's Theory

    Brian E. Finch

    Buried deep in the transcript of FBI Director James Comey’s fiery hearing with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was an interesting nugget — Comey stated that he has worked hard “to stop the criminalization of negligence in the United States.” It’s a fascinating position to take and could alter attitudes about who should be held accountable following cyberattacks, says Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Aveta And The Use Of Confidential Info In FCA Cases

    James M. Koukios

    A recent case in the District of Puerto Rico — U.S. v. Aveta — highlights several issues surrounding the use of privileged and confidential information by both plaintiffs and the government in False Claims Act suits. Much to the dismay of contractors like Aveta, the government and relators may be able to utilize confidential or privileged information in the course of investigating and prosecuting false claims, say James Koukios and... (continued)

  • Materiality Matters: The First Post-Escobar Decisions

    John Ruskusky

    As recent opinions in the Eastern District of Washington and the Northern District of Alabama show, the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision yields fertile ground for defenses based on the materiality requirement of the False Claims Act, including at the pleading stage, say John Ruskusky and Emily Harlan of Nixon Peabody LLP.