Aerospace & Defense

  • October 30, 2014

    ACLU Blasts Gov't Attempt To Block Docs In Spying Suit

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday hit back at the federal government’s bid to shield documents in a New York federal suit that may shed light on the controversial National Security Agency bulk telephone data collection program, arguing a recent brief attempted to relitigate issues already decided.

  • October 30, 2014

    Whistleblower Pushes For KBR Docs Given Only To Gov't

    A whistleblower asked a D.C. federal court Thursday to make KBR Inc. hand over nearly 70,000 pages of documents it produced in response to a 2007 government subpoena related to his claims that KBR overbilled and accepted kickbacks during the Iraq War.

  • October 30, 2014

    Raytheon Wins $205M Japan Naval Weapon Upgrade Contract

    Raytheon Co. has signed a $205 million contract to provide upgrade kits, support equipment and hardware spares for the computer-controlled radar and gun maritime defense systems known as Phalanx to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the company announced Thursday.

  • October 30, 2014

    Sikorsky Warns It May Pull Out $3B Polish Helicopter Bid

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. warned the Polish government on Thursday that it may have to pull out of the competition for a $3 billion military helicopter contract, claiming that it wouldn't be able to meet the government's current tender requirements for the deal.

  • October 30, 2014

    GAO Denies Aerospace Co.'s Protest Of $210M NASA Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed Thursday that it had rejected Sigma Space Corp.'s bid protest of a $210 million NASA satellite contract, ruling that the contract winner didn’t improperly contact the head of the board evaluating the companies’ proposals.

  • October 30, 2014

    DLA Defends Depo Refusal, Wants Contractor's Suit Tossed

    The U.S. Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency on Wednesday asked a Washington, D.C., federal court to terminate a suit brought against them by a Kuwaiti logistics company, saying they were well within their rights not to grant deposition requests related to a rival contractor's defamation suit.

  • October 30, 2014

    Bias Claim Over SAIC Marines Contract Warrants Discovery

    The Court of Federal Claims has ordered the federal government and Science Applications International Corp. to engage in discovery to determine whether a evaluator showed bias in steering a U.S. Marine Corps contract to SAIC over InfoReliance Corp.

  • October 29, 2014

    North Florida Shipyards To Pay $1M To Settle FCA Charges

    North Florida Shipyards Inc. and its president will pay $1 million to the U.S. government to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit charging they created a front company to win U.S. Coast Guard contracts under a disabled veterans program, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    Orbital Seeks ISS Launch Equipment In Injunction

    Hours before its shuttle launch failure on Tuesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. asked a Virginia federal court to make its subcontractor deliver key equipment that Orbital believed was being held “hostage” to prevent Orbital from cutting off the subcontractor from future work.

  • October 29, 2014

    Federal Claims Court Clarifies Murky Procurement Definition

    The government is not required to request bids from private contractors before using software it already owns, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said in an opinion unsealed Wednesday, providing fresh precedent on what constitutes procurement.

  • October 29, 2014

    Orbital Sciences Assists NASA Probe Of Antares Rocket Blast

    Orbital Sciences Corp. said Wednesday afternoon that it is working with NASA and other government agencies to investigate the Antares rocket launch failure off the coast of Virginia on Tuesday night, but warned against blaming its 1970s first-stage propulsion system.

  • October 29, 2014

    Tepco Can't Escape Sailors' $1B Fukushima Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday preserved a $1 billion class action against Tokyo Electric Power Co. brought by a group of U.S. Navy rescue personnel alleging exposure to nuclear radiation from the Fukushima power plant, ruling the court has subject-matter jurisdiction over the case.

  • October 29, 2014

    NJ Approves First Application Under Enviro Waiver Program

    New Jersey has granted its first application under a controversial program allowing exceptions to environmental regulations, finding that strictly enforcing state recycling rules when it comes to defense contractor Exelis Inc.'s shredding of hard drives that contain classified information would be unduly burdensome.

  • October 29, 2014

    Gov't Contractor Indicted For Alleged $116M Drug Return Plot

    A company tasked with returning expired drugs for health care providers and the U.S. government stole $116 million worth of refunds from pharmaceutical manufacturers and then obstructed a subsequent investigation into the scheme, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    NZ Jetpack Maker Looks For $22M In Australian IPO

    Looking to expand its distribution of jetpacks for recreational and commercial uses, New Zealand jetpack maker Martin Aircraft Co. Ltd. is planning to raise up to AU$25 million (US$22 million) in an initial public offering in Australia, the company said Monday.

  • October 29, 2014

    Lockheed Nabs $392M F-35 Air Systems Contract

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has scored a $391.6 million contract to provide maintenance and support for the U.S. Navy's F-35 Lightning II program air systems, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    DLA Chastised By OIG For $2.5B Payment System Missteps

    The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has spent more than $2.5 billion fumbling the implementation of a procure-to-pay system that generates inaccurate financial information and could lead to audit discrepancies for the next three years, according to an Inspector General report published Tuesday.

  • October 28, 2014

    Shutts & Bowen Adds Ex-Navy Atty To Gov't Contracts Team

    Shutts & Bowen LLP has picked up a former U.S. Navy associate counsel as a partner in its Tampa office for the firm's newly created government contracts practice group, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • October 28, 2014

    Engility Closes $1.1B Deal To Acquire PE-Backed TASC

    Government contractor Engility Holdings Inc. will acquire private-equity backed professional services provider TASC in an all-stock deal valued at $1.1 billion including debt that combines forces in defense, national security and intelligence circles, it said Tuesday.

  • October 28, 2014

    EEOC Seeks Injunction To Stop Honeywell Biometric Testing

    The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission petitioned a Minnesota federal judge on Tuesday to block Honeywell International Inc. from forcing employees to undergo biometric testing or risk facing penalties and reduced company contributions to an employer-sponsored health plan. 

Expert Analysis

  • How Russian Sanctions Impact Energy And Financial Cos.

    The U.S. Treasury and European Union have continued to expand the scope of economic sanctions in response to Russian activities and the political unrest in Ukraine. In this brief video, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partner Mark Herlach discusses recent key developments and what the latest round of sanctions mean for energy and financial services companies.

  • Use Social Media For Legal Service Only As A Last Resort

    Steven Richard

    Courts remain largely skeptical about allowing litigants to serve and notify evasive parties of legal proceedings through their social media accounts. A recent split ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court shows the competing considerations, say Steven Richard and Britt Killian of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Why You Should Start Thinking About Upcoming Drone Regs

    William O'Connor

    Companies and trade associations interested in obtaining the benefits of small unmanned aircraft systems should start formulating plans now to help shape the Federal Aviation Administration's much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking — likely to issue in mid-December — and the regulations that will come out of it. They need not wait for the notice, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Offset Deals Can Pose High FCPA Risks For Defense Industry

    Howard Weissman

    Based on almost 30 years of experience in the defense industry, I do not believe that offset transactions are inherently or frequently corrupt. But with a potentially high Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance risk, these projects require thorough risk-based due diligence on the parties involved in them, says Howard Weissman, of counsel with Baker & McKenzie LLP and former associate general counsel at Lockheed Martin Corp.

  • A Large Loophole In The Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

    Bryan King

    As shown by recent Small Business Administration decisions, the current SBA regulations generally prevent the filing of an ostensible subcontractor size protest at the task order level, creating a situation where a large business could possibly take advantage, says Bryan King of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • A Look At DOD's Proposed Changes To FOIA Program

    Donald Carney

    The U.S. Department of Defense's proposed rule updating its policies and procedures implementing the Freedom of Information Act is a positive development in terms of clarifying how the DOD will apply the exemption for records that contain the trade secrets and confidential commercial or financial information of a private party, say Donald Carney and Richard Oehler of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • A Possible Disagreement Between GAO And Fed. Claims Court

    Tammy Hopkins

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims agree that exchanges that permit an offeror to modify its proposal amount to discussions. But the two forums do not appear to be aligned on how to decide whether exchanges in “the context of informational infirmities in proposals” amount to discussions or clarifications, say Ken Weckstein and Tammy Hopkins of Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • Information Governance: A Missed Opportunity For Lawyers

    Ann Snyder

    Today, information intersects every practice area, making all lawyers effectively information governance practitioners in one way or another. The issue is whether you will consciously embrace this emerging discipline — and capitalize on it to the benefit of your clients and your practice, says Ann Snyder of the Information Governance Initiative.