Aerospace & Defense

  • June 29, 2015

    Fed Workers’ Union Sues OPM For Negligence After Breach

    The biggest federal employee union slapped the U.S. Office of Personnel Management with a proposed class action Monday in D.C. federal court after hackers compromised the personal information of millions of government workers.

  • June 29, 2015

    High Court Won't Hear Guardsman's USPS Back Pay Fee Claim

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a petition filed by a National Guardsman and U.S. Postal Service employee who was ordered reinstated to a job he lost for allegedly excessive use of military leave but was denied certain attorneys’ fees.

  • June 29, 2015

    USAID Finalizes Vetting System For Assistance Recipients

    The U.S. Agency for International Development on Friday finalized its vetting procedure to help ensure that assistance grants to partners in certain high-risk countries are not going to terrorists, with a five-country pilot program already planned.

  • June 29, 2015

    Twins Plead Guilty To Hacking State Dept., Private Co.

    Twin brothers who worked as contractors for federal departments pled guilty in Virginia federal court Friday to a host of charges related to hacking State Department and commercial Internet systems and stealing credit card, passport and other personal information.

  • June 29, 2015

    DOD Praised As Fed Gov't Improves Small Biz Contracting

    The U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday praised the Pentagon for its small business procurement efforts in 2014, saying it had substantially stepped up its performance to become a leader in the area, while noting government small business contracting had also improved overall.

  • June 29, 2015

    Corporate Attys Want More High Court Action After Slow Term

    With the U.S. Supreme Court closing the curtain Monday on a term that brought landmark decisions on same-sex marriage, health insurance subsidies and lethal injections, court watchers focused on corporate transactions and capital markets are feeling a little left out. Here, experts tell Law360 what has kept the justices away from business cases and the issues they'd like to see taken up in the future.

  • June 29, 2015

    Lockheed Wants Auditor's Clawback Fee Suit Tossed

    Lockheed Martin Corp. on Friday urged an Arizona federal court to toss an audit firm’s claim for a cut of $15 million in mistaken vendor payments the firm says it is owed, arguing the firm had been fully paid for the money actually recovered.

  • June 29, 2015

    Bombardier Asks 5th Circ. To Kill FCA Suit Over Plane Parts

    Bombardier Inc. asked the Fifth Circuit on Friday to deny a whistleblower’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling in a False Claims Act case, saying newly introduced evidence was insufficient to alter the ruling.

  • June 26, 2015

    Rolls-Royce Says Forum Spat Not Worth Supreme Court's Time

    Rolls-Royce Corp. has told the U.S. Supreme Court that there was no lower court controversy to justify reviewing a Fifth Circuit decision allowing Rolls-Royce to yank away from its co-defendants and into Indiana, Petroleum Helicopters Inc.'s suit over a helicopter crash.

  • June 26, 2015

    BNY Mellon Pushes To Dismiss Reservist's Foreclosure Suit

    A U.S. Army Reserve sergeant who filed a putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court against Bank of New York Mellon for allegedly foreclosing on her home while she was on duty was not actually on duty during the proceedings and failed to defend herself at the time, the bank said Thursday.

  • June 26, 2015

    KBR Ordered To Spill Investigation Docs At Heart Of FCA Case

    KBR Inc. took a hit in an ongoing False Claims Act suit from the federal government Thursday when a Texas federal judge ordered the company to hand over an internal investigation report on alleged kickbacks at the center of the case on the grounds it had waived attorney-client privilege of the document.

  • June 26, 2015

    Aeroflex Investors Vie For Atty Fees From $1.5B Deal

    In asking the Delaware Chancery Court to approve their settlement Thursday, the putative class of shareholders suing private equity-controlled Aeroflex Holding Corp. over a proposed $1.46 billion acquisition by British defense manufacturer Cobham PLC asked for $825,000 in attorneys’ fees.

  • June 26, 2015

    DHB Exec's Kids Appealing $18M Bail Forfeiture To 2nd Circ.

    The children of a convicted former CEO of body armor company DHB Industries Inc. will fight a judge's decision preventing them from reclaiming $17.7 million they contributed to his bail, according to a notice of appeal filed in New York federal court Thursday.

  • June 26, 2015

    Watchdog Criticizes Air Force Plan To Retire A-10

    A government watchdog on Thursday criticized the U.S. Air Force’s plan to retire its fleet of A-10 fighter aircraft, arguing the move may not have the benefits claimed by the Pentagon and potentially giving more ammunition to lawmakers who have strongly fought the plan.

  • June 26, 2015

    Military Major Fished For Bribes Then Retaliated, Suit Says

    A military major solicited a Pennsylvania-based technology company for bribes pertaining to its U.S. Navy research contract and retaliated when the contractor refused — and later reported — his offer, the company said recently in a nearly $2.5 million suit.

  • June 25, 2015

    Senate Committee Approves CBP Veteran Jobs Bill

    The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that would facilitate the hiring of outgoing military service members for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer positions at U.S. ports of entry.

  • June 25, 2015

    Leidos, Ex-Workers Spar Over Injunction Bid In IP Battle

    Leidos Inc. and four former employees it has accused of stealing trade secrets traded barbs this week in the company's emergency bid to prevent them from bidding on a potentially $75 million Department of Transportation contract as a deadline for proposals for the work lies just three weeks away.

  • June 25, 2015

    Feds Say KBR Waived Privilege For Investigation Docs

    The United States blasted Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. for hiding behind attorney-client privilege after using an internal investigation as a defense during a False Claims Act bench trial, according to a midtrial motion Thursday in a Texas federal court.

  • June 25, 2015

    OPM Head Grilled By Senators Again Over Data Breach

    The head of the Office of Personnel Management was questioned by lawmakers on Thursday for the second time in as many days over cyberattacks that compromised the personal data of potentially 18 million people, as she continued to refuse to state how many people were ultimately affected.

  • June 25, 2015

    Northrop Settles Environmental Cleanup Fight With Insurers

    Northrop Grumman Corp. told a New York federal judge Wednesday that it had settled the current phase of its case with Travelers Indemnity Co. and Century Indemnity Co. over coverage for costs at environmental cleanup sites.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside New ITAR Rules For US Defense Service Providers

    Tamer A. Soliman

    The U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has released a proposed rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations with respect to the provision of defense services by U.S. persons working for non-U.S. entities. U.S. employees of unaffiliated non-U.S. companies are disproportionately impacted by this proposed rule, but the rule does not provide a practical path to compliance for such companies, s... (continued)

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • ASBCA Opens Door To New Approach To Collective Bargaining

    Nichole Atallah

    When negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, government contractors are often restrained by their contractual obligations to the government customer. A recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision provides contractors with an additional tool to use in formulating proposals during the negotiating process, says Nichole Atallah of PilieroMazza PLLC.

  • Your Future Tech Clients Would Like A Word With You

    Andrew E. Samuels

    Greetings from the future! Ninety-five percent of Earth’s nourishment is supplied by food trucks, the Cincinnati Bengals just won their third consecutive Super Bowl, and the latest social media craze is the “reverse selfie” (taking pictures of other people). Also, my engineering law students from the Spring 2015 semester at Ohio State are now your tech clients. Their answers to two questions back in 2015 should help you serve them ... (continued)

  • Attorney As FCA Whistleblower Remains Treacherous Ground

    Scott Stein

    In 2013, the Second Circuit dismissed a False Claims Act case brought against a company by its former general counsel, finding that the FCA does not preempt a lawyer’s ethical obligations. A Mississippi federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Northrup Grumman Corp. extends this holding, say Scott Stein and Emily Van Wyck of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Is Your Customer Diverting Sensitive Goods To Russia?

    Christoper R. Brewster

    U.S. trade sanctions against Russia have been an area of rapid and constant change in the past year. Following four key due diligence steps can help determine whether a risk of diversion of goods to Russia is present, say Christoper Brewster and Amelia Schmidt of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: Trade And Transportation

    Richard A. Hertling

    The House and Senate will end this month on a high note, as they are expected to send Trade Promotion Authority legislation to the president this week for signature, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Cyberattacks Could Strike Gold In Mining Industry Data

    Evan D. Wolff

    Hacking activists. Nation states. Disgruntled employees. The ever-evolving threat of cyberattack that the mining industry faces has prompted the federal government to consider legislation, develop voluntary standards and encourage cyberinformation sharing between agencies and companies, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP, including a former adviser to senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Why Lateral Candidacies Fail

    Adam S. Weiss

    According to The American Lawyer, over 2,700 AmLaw 200 law firm partners switched firms last year, representing between 4 and 5 percent of all partners on the AmLaw list. But what about the thousands of other partners who tried — but failed — to switch firms? While no statistics are available on this number, I have a secret to share: Many, if not most, lateral partner candidacies fail, says Adam Weiss of the Lateral Lawyer Group.

  • A Look At The New Export Control Rules For Cloud Computing

    Mario Mancuso

    Many of the recently proposed changes to key definitions in the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations are just structural or semantic, but the cloud computing rule could be an export control reform that benefits a great number of exporters, say Mario Mancuso and Michael Gershberg of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.