Aerospace & Defense

  • March 5, 2015

    Texas Court Remands $38M Jet Dispute Over Harsh Sanction

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $38 million judgment in a dispute over the finish-out of luxury jets, holding that a trial judge erred by imposing "death penalty sanctions" that barred defendants from presenting affirmative defenses at trial.

  • March 5, 2015

    CACI Nabs $43M Night Vision Research Army Contract

    CACI International Inc. has scored a $43 million task order to conduct research for the U.S. Army on night vision and electronic sensors technology over the next year, the company said Thursday.

  • March 5, 2015

    NML Capital Loses Bid For Argentina Space Contracts

    Hedge fund NML Capital Ltd. is barred from seizing Argentina’s sovereign interest in two intergovernmental satellite launches, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, saying that making the launches fair game would require a “lexicographical distension.”

  • March 5, 2015

    Ex-Pratt & Whitney Engineer Denied Bail In Data Theft Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday denied bail to a former Pratt & Whitney engineer accused of stealing sensitive proprietary military aircraft information and unlawfully attempting to take that information to China, after prosecutors argued he was an "obvious" flight risk.

  • March 5, 2015

    VA Inspector General Says $92.5M Wrongly Diverted To IT

    Veterans Health Administration officials misappropriated $92.5 million in medical supply funds to finance the development of an automated health care claims processing system, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General said in a recent report.

  • March 5, 2015

    SpaceX Gets PTAB To Review Blue Origin Rocket Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review a rocket landing technology patent owned by Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos' aerospace company Blue Origin LLC, ruling that the company's rival Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, led by PayPal Inc. co-founder Elon Musk, has shown that the patent is likely invalid.

  • March 5, 2015

    Obama Nominates New Defense Deputy CFO, Deputy CMO

    President Barack Obama nominated two former Capitol Hill staffers for coordinating and developing business strategies and advising the chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement Tuesday.

  • March 5, 2015

    Key DOL And DOJ Officials Immigration Attys Need To Know

    Attorneys know the U.S. Department of Homeland Security isn't the only agency that makes waves in the immigration world, as top officials in the Labor and Justice departments also play critical roles. Here, Law360 highlights key immigration players at the DOJ and DOL, taking you a step beyond the agencies' head honchos.

  • March 5, 2015

    UK Calls For Limited Commercial Drone Regulations

    In a report released Thursday, the United Kingdom Parliament called for regulations proportionate to the risks presented by drones to keep from stifling an industry that could create more than 150,000 jobs in the European Union.

  • March 5, 2015

    Air Force Officials Defend C-130 Overhaul Strategy

    Top U.S. Air Force officials on Wednesday were forced to defend their plans to overhaul their fleet of C-130 transport aircraft after a lawmaker threatened them with a 15 percent funding cut for skirting legislative requirements, saying the proposal had the approval of Pentagon legal staff.

  • March 5, 2015

    9 Defense Cos. To Vie For $99M Navy Strike System Contracts

    Nine defense contractors, including units of BAE Systems Inc. and Raytheon Co., will compete for task orders on a $99 million contract to develop software for the U.S. Navy's Strike Planning and Execution Systems, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

  • March 4, 2015

    Navy Asks Judge To Toss Chaplains’ Religious Bias Suit

    The U.S. Navy urged a D.C. federal judge to dismiss a case accusing its Chaplain Corps of discriminating against certain Christian denominations and preventing their promotions, saying in a motion entered Tuesday the group failed to establish a redressable injury in the majority of its claims.

  • March 4, 2015

    Top White House And DHS Officials Attys Need To Know

    With the Obama administration working overtime to breathe life into the president’s immigration actions, Law360 takes a look at key officials inside the White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose moves will undoubtedly continue to impact the immigration landscape in the months to come.

  • March 4, 2015

    DOD Can Nix Subsidy For $200M Produce Contract: Judge

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims revealed on Tuesday it rejected a bid protest by Raymond Express International LLC over the terms of a $200 million contract to supply fresh produce to overseas military commissaries, ruling the Pentagon had justified its decision to drop a subsidy from the contract.

  • March 4, 2015

    DRS, Boeing Win $55M Contracts For Networking System

    The U.S. Navy awarded contracts worth up to $55 million to a DRS Technologies Inc. subsidiary and The Boeing Co. to outfit ethernet networking systems on certain ships, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday.

  • March 4, 2015

    Honeywell Settles Chemical Cleanup Suit Over Ohio Site

    An Ohio federal court on Wednesday granted a consent decree between the state and Honeywell International Inc. to settle a suit seeking coverage for cleanup costs associated with groundwater contamination allegedly caused by a 1987 chemical spill at an Urbana site used for manufacturing civil and military aerospace components.

  • March 4, 2015

    Jury Convicts Military Workers, Contractor In $37M Scheme

    A federal jury in Georgia on Tuesday convicted two civilian military employees and a trucking contractor in a fraud and bribery scheme prosecutors said grossed the trucking company more than $37 million.

  • March 4, 2015

    State Farm Settles 'Machine Gun Fire' Suit With Army

    State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. has agreed to drop its claims against the U.S. government in litigation over $1.4 million worth of property damage caused by a 2010 wildfire sparked outside Salt Lake City during a military training exercise, according to documents filed Tuesday in federal court.

  • March 4, 2015

    DOD Taps New Head For Defense Procurement Policy

    The U.S. Department of Defense named a rear admiral to an interim post as head of defense procurement and acquisition policy, a position that was left vacant last month, the agency announced recently.

  • March 4, 2015

    Dem. Lawmakers Float Drone Privacy Bill

    Two congressional Democrats introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require commercial and recreational drone operators to register their drone use in a public database and require police to secure a warrant before using drones for surveillance.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Tensions Mount In Africa — What Does It Mean?

    Steve Blundell

    Tensions are perhaps inevitable in a fast-growing market such as Africa where international law firms are gearing up for a greater level of market entry, and where the independent firms remain highly reliant on referrals from these same firms. But the questions facing both types of firms go to the heart of short-term expedient versus long-term strategy, says Steve Blundell of Redstone Consultants.

  • Refusal Of Fokker DPA Provides 3 Lessons For Counsel

    Thomas Zeno

    As shown by the D.C. federal court's recent refusal of a deferred prosecution agreement in U.S. v. Fokker Services BV, the government’s blessing is not the last hurdle to resolution of an international corruption investigation, even when a company provides self-disclosure of its conduct, say Thomas Zeno and Rebecca Worthington of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Report Highlights Continued Need For CFIUS Planning

    Farhad Jalinous

    The recently published annual report from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States shows a decline in reviewed transactions for 2013, an increase in cases taken to the 45-day investigation phase and some notable developments regarding the countries most active in CFIUS reviews, say attorneys with Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Netanyahu's Controversial Visit

    Richard A. Hertling

    As predicted, Congress managed to avoid a Department of Homeland Security shutdown, but the continuing resolution was shorter than expected. Both chambers will need to spend time this week trying to resolve the funding issue. Meanwhile, other issues remain up in the air as attention turns to Iranian nuclear development, with the Israeli prime minister scheduled to address Congress on Tuesday, say members of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How DOD Is Streamlining National Interest Determinations

    Chris Griner

    Historically, national interest determinations have been so time-consuming that some companies prefer to forgo the advantages of special security agreements and pursue proxy agreements. A new U.S. Department of Defense policy gives the Defense Security Service more control of the NID process and appears to be a move in the right direction, say attorneys with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Bridging The Discovery Gap In International Arbitration

    Joseph Cheriathundam

    Forensic analytics reduces time and costs to process information and provides tangible findings for counsel to support various theories. These techniques offer significant opportunities to narrow the gaps in international arbitration matters in which evidence is often unavailable or not easy to obtain, say members of StoneTurn Group LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Avoiding A DHS Funding Showdown

    Richard A. Hertling

    One major change in the debate over U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding — which expires this Friday — is that a Texas federal district judge has issued an injunction against the Obama administration’s immigration policy, essentially putting it on hold. This may be an opportunity for the Senate to avoid the policy riders and pass a clean funding bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • In-House Counsel's Dirty 'Little' Secret: Data Leakage

    Jennifer Topper

    Not every data breach is a massive headline-grabbing theft of consumer credit card information. As significant as these events may seem, the more dangerous and prevalent threats are the least visible — occurring through "data leakage." Put simply, this is raw meat awaiting a strike by the plaintiff’s bar, says legal industry adviser Jennifer Topper.

  • Cyberthreat Spawns New Era Of Public-Private Collaboration

    Judith Germano

    The government and private sector already are innovating in the forms of collaboration necessary to address the cybersecurity threat. The challenge moving forward will be to institutionalize and expand these means of working together, says Judith Germano, a professor at NYU School of Law.

  • When Gov't Is Compelled To File Complaint In ASBCA Appeal

    Justin Ganderson

    Although the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has previously required the government to file a complaint in certain circumstances, within the last year and most recently last month, the ASBCA has provided new and critical guidance on this topic in four notable decisions, say Justin Ganderson and John Horan of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.