Aerospace & Defense

  • July 31, 2015

    OIG Warns Of Continuing Struggles In FBI Cyberstrategy

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General warned Thursday that while the FBI's Next Generation Cyber Initiative has made important progress, the agency is still struggling to recruit qualified candidates and work with outside people and entities.

  • July 31, 2015

    2 Iranian Oil Cos. Removed From EU Sanctions List

    Two Iranian oil companies are no longer being sanctioned by the European Union, the United Kingdom's treasury department announced Friday, just weeks after a historic nuclear deal was reached with the country. 

  • July 31, 2015

    Lawmakers Question If SpaceX Should Lead Blast Probe

    U.S. lawmakers questioned Thursday whether it was appropriate for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to personally head up the investigation into the June 28 explosion that destroyed SpaceX's unmanned Falcon 9 resupply rocket bound for the International Space Station.

  • July 31, 2015

    Defense Agency's $49M Contract Award Flawed, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office sided with a group of contractors in a decision posted Thursday that found a Pentagon agency unreasonably and inconsistently evaluated bids on a $48.9 million contract it awarded, a decision that has already sparked at least one lawsuit in federal claims court.

  • July 31, 2015

    6th Circ. Won't Revive Goodyear's $2M Cleanup Fee Bid

    The Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday that Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. cannot recoup approximately $2 million in legal expenses related to defending an environmental cleanup suit brought by Lockheed Martin Corp., saying they’re outside the scope of an indemnification agreement.

  • July 31, 2015

    Xerox Wins Suit Over Navy Office's Early Contract Termination

    The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals ruled Thursday a U.S. Navy medical office must pay Xerox Corp. early termination charges on an equipment rental contract, saying it did not meet the conditions for a fee-free opt-out in the agreement with the company.

  • July 30, 2015

    Senate Warned Not To Impose Unilateral Sanctions On Iran

    Two experts cautioned the U.S. Senate against going at it alone on renewed Iran sanctions on Thursday, delivering testimony as Congress takes stock of American sanctions efforts and a landmark agreement to stem the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear capabilities.

  • July 30, 2015

    Senate OKs Highway Bill, Emergency VA Funding

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a long-term highway funding bill, alongside a three-month patch also including emergency veterans’ health care funding, buying time to negotiate a bicameral compromise bill that could be funded through proposed corporate tax reforms.

  • July 30, 2015

    OSC Says VA Still Unwilling To Acknowledge Patient Danger

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs in a new report Tuesday that found that while corrective action was taken after scheduling improprieties were found at a Wyoming medical center, the department still refuses to acknowledge the potential harm to patients.

  • July 30, 2015

    OMB Mulling Cybersecurity Guidelines For Contractors

    The White House Office of Management and Budget announced on Thursday that it will soon release draft guidance on data security measures for federal contractors.

  • July 30, 2015

    Honeywell Gets Army Subcontractor Suit Pared Back

    A Missouri federal magistrate on Thursday largely sided with Honeywell International Inc.'s argument that it never committed in writing to bringing a process plating company onto a $61 million U.S. Army facility contract, tossing an important chunk of the would-be subcontractor's suit.

  • July 30, 2015

    US Pushes For Consolidation Of OPM Data Breach Suits

    The federal government requested on Wednesday that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidate three lawsuits against the Office of Personnel Management stemming from massive data breaches affecting more than 20 million current, former and prospective government employees and their spouses.

  • July 30, 2015

    Gov't Not Liable For Cleanup Costs At Defense Superfund Site

    A California federal judge on Wednesday let the government off the hook for cleanup costs at a site in San Diego where defense products were built for 60 years, holding that TDY Industries Inc. would have to fully cover the costs of clearing harmful chemicals out of the soil.

  • July 30, 2015

    Ex-Im's End May Move Boeing Operations Abroad: Chairman

    Boeing Co.'s chairman on Wednesday slammed Republican lawmakers for continuing to stymie the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and said his company will consider moving certain parts of its business abroad if the embattled export credit agency continues to languish.

  • July 30, 2015

    9/11 Families Win Default Judgment Against Iran

    Families of 9/11 terrorist attack victims scored a symbolic victory in multidistrict litigation over the attacks Wednesday with a default judgment in New York federal court against Iran after the Islamic republic failed to respond to allegations that it sponsored al-Qaida.

  • July 30, 2015

    Defense Contractor Loses 3rd GAO Protest On DLA-Energy Bid

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has struck down Onesimus Defense LLC's third challenge of a Defense Logistics Agency-Energy request for proposals, finding in a decision published Wednesday that the agency was well within its rights when it amended the bid parameter's travel costs pricing provisions.

  • July 29, 2015

    State Dept. Must Give AP More Answers In FOIA Suit: Judge

    The U.S. State Department will have to provide the Associated Press with more answers about thousands of pages of documents related to the tenure of Secretary Hillary Clinton, after an agency official’s responses didn’t satisfy a D.C. federal judge at a Wednesday hearing.

  • July 29, 2015

    Judge Urges Colt Bondholders To Make Peace With Landlord

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday told gunmaker Colt Defense LLC’s creditors and the landlord of its main manufacturing plant to consider extending the company’s lease, refusing a request by bondholders to order an inquiry into the landlord ahead of a planned September auction.

  • July 29, 2015

    Leidos Wins $9B Deal To Revamp DOD Health Records System

    A group of bidders led by Leidos Inc. have been awarded a massive contract worth up to $9 billion to overhaul the U.S. Department of Defense’s electronic health record system, beating out several rival bidders, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

  • July 29, 2015

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Bombardier, ConAgra, Huntsman

    Siemens AG has held early talks to combine its rail unit with Bombardier Inc.’s train business, while ConAgra Foods Inc.'s sale of its private-label food packaging unit has already attracted interest from other packaged foods companies and private equity firms, and Texas chemical company Huntsman Corp. considers selling a stake in its pigment unit through an initial public offering.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside Sweeping Changes To DOD's Military Lending Act Rules

    Obrea Poindexter

    While few, if any, would question the need to ensure that servicemembers are protected from predatory lending practices, the U.S. Department of Defense's final rule implementing the Military Lending Act goes far beyond such practices and may ultimately restrict servicemember access to traditional credit products, say Leonard Chanin and Obrea Poindexter of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 3 Class Actions Before The Supreme Court

    Fred T. Isquith

    Perhaps the case potentially most consequential is Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, which raises intriguing procedural issues and would affect any class action where the defendant offers to the plaintiff full damages and any feasible fees and costs, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • 7 Keys To Improving Your Direct Examination

    James Murray

    Trial lawyers should approach direct examination with the same excitement as cross-examination. If you do not, the jury will notice and your case will suffer. An effective direct examination backs the lawyer out of the action and puts the witness front and center to tell the story in a conversational, comforting, interesting fashion, says James Murray of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Continuing Resolution Looms

    Richard A. Hertling

    Highway funding remains at an impasse this week, as House and Senate debates continue. Iran also remains a major focus, with only 60 days for Congress to review the nuclear agreement reached earlier this month. Meanwhile congressional leaders have finally acknowledged what has been clear all along — efforts to fund the government past Sept. 30 have failed, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Congress Continues To Threaten Contracting By Inverted Cos.

    Ron Oleynik

    Recent congressional proposals expand the definition of "inverted domestic corporation" considerably and may lead to further limitations on the ability of IDCs to contract with the federal government, say Ron Oleynik and Sam Tatevosyan of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Low Levels Of FCPA Enforcement Continued In Q2

    Marc Bohn

    Unless the pace of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement picks up considerably, as it did last year, 2015 is on track to be the lowest year in terms of resolved dispositions since 2005, say Marc Alain Bohn and Michael Skopets of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • This Week In Congress: Highway Ramp-Up, Iran Deal Review

    Richard A. Hertling

    Congress will be focusing on two major deadlines this week, as members stare down the July 31 expiration of the current highway program and start the clock — set by bipartisan legislation approved earlier this year — on review of the multilateral nuclear deal reached last week with Iran, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Business Bottom Line On The Iran Agreement

    Hamilton Loeb

    With the release on Tuesday of the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran nuclear negotiations, compliance attorneys have some answers to the thorny questions raised by clients looking to do business with Iran — though they may not be particularly reassuring to businesses in the U.S., say Hamilton Loeb and Scott Flicker at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Contractor Donation Ban Ruling Is Not A Precedent-Setter

    James Tyrrell

    In its haste to seize upon Wagner v. Federal Election Commission as a touchstone for future campaign finance rulings, the reform community disclaims the narrowness of the D.C. Circuit’s holding, say James Tyrrell and Allison Davis of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Texas High Court Boosts Corporate Confidentiality Protection

    Laurens Wilkes

    The Texas Supreme Court's recent opinion in Boeing Co. v. Paxton may provide private companies with a greater ability to protect their confidential information in Texas even when dealing with public entities, say attorneys with Jones Day.