Aerospace & Defense

  • March 27, 2015

    Ex-DHB Execs Must Pay $54M Restitution For Massive Fraud

    Former executives of body armor company DHB Industries Inc. who were convicted on a host of fraud and other charges were ordered to pay $53.9 million in restitution, according to an order filed in New York federal court Friday.

  • March 27, 2015

    RBC Bearings Rolls Into $500M Deal For Dover Subsidiary

    RBC Bearings Inc. inked a deal Friday for $500 million in cash and new debt to buy Sargent Aerospace & Defense from Dover Corp., expanding its already formidable precision manufacturing operations.

  • March 27, 2015

    Troll Bill Threatens To Weaken All Patents, GCs Say

    In-house counsel for IBM Corp., United Technologies Corp. Aerospace Systems, Juniper Networks Inc. and others said at a conference Friday that they are worried that a bill in Congress aimed at thwarting so-called patent trolls will actually weaken all patents and hurt their business.

  • March 27, 2015

    CBP Contractor Accused Of Breaching $1.2M Camera Contract

    California security camera manufacturer RVision Inc. on Thursday accused a government contractor of breaching a $1.2 million subcontract for camera mounting units for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol so the prime contractor could make the devices itself.

  • March 27, 2015

    Software Co. Owner's $5M Gov't Contract Suit Nixed

    A Court of Federal Claims judge said Friday that the co-founder of a software company does not have standing to bring a $5 million lawsuit against the government for allegedly sinking the value of his business through an Air Force contract dispute.

  • March 27, 2015

    DOD Will Turn Over Prisoner Abuse Photos To ACLU

    After an 11-year legal battle waged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. government will hand over photos relating to prisoner abuse in U.S. facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan following a New York federal judge’s order for their release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday.

  • March 27, 2015

    Lockheed Martin Pays $2M To Settle Fuel Overbilling Claims

    Lockheed Martin Corp. will pay the federal government $2 million to settle allegations it overbilled the U.S. Air Force for fuel while manufacturing C-130 aircraft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said Friday.

  • March 27, 2015

    9th Circ. Says Averted Plane Crash Doesn't Clear Honeywell

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived a suit from a former United Airlines pilot and his wife alleging Honeywell International Inc.’s malfunctioning flight management system nearly caused a crash and the pilot’s post-traumatic stress disorder, saying the pilot still experienced the threat of harm.

  • March 27, 2015

    Senate Passes 2016 Budget After Marathon Debate Session

    The U.S. Senate on Friday narrowly approved the chamber’s proposed 2016 budget plan after a marathon session that saw it back amendments to ease environmental and tax laws and provide paid sick leave, while rejecting bids to restore health care cuts and increase defense spending.

  • March 26, 2015

    SpaceX Can’t Jettison Mass Layoff Class Action

    A California judge on Thursday rejected Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s bid to end a putative class action alleging it laid off hundreds of workers last year without a state-mandated warning and shorted their final paychecks, ruling the plaintiffs had sufficiently pled their labor law claims.

  • March 26, 2015

    VA Exec Retires Amid Investigation Of $1.7B Hospital Cost

    The retirement of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs national construction chief on Wednesday did little to quell criticism from lawmakers over the ballooning $1.7 billion construction cost of a medical center in Colorado.

  • March 26, 2015

    Bill Would Require Confirmation Of Secret Service Directors

    Future directors of the Secret Service would have to go through Senate confirmation under a bipartisan bill put forward by members of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, along with requiring more training and reports to Congress.

  • March 26, 2015

    McGuireWoods Hires Ex-GC For Boeing, Other Defense Cos.

    McGuireWoods LLP’s newest addition to its rapidly expanding government contracts practice brings with him nearly 25 years of experience as in-house counsel for major federal contractors including ASRC Federal and The Boeing Co., the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 26, 2015

    Meggitt Slams Ex-Engineer's Docs Bid In Trade Secrets Suit

    British aerospace and defense engineering company Meggitt Inc. criticized an ex-engineer’s requests for documents from a third party in a Wednesday motion in California federal court, saying the requests aren’t relevant to the suit.

  • March 26, 2015

    Extradited Ex-Gov't Contractor Pleads Guilty To Bribing

    A former U.S. Department of Defense contractor pled guilty in Ohio federal court on Wednesday following a July 2014 extradition from Iraq over charges he tried to bribe department officials to win contracts, according to plea documents.

  • March 26, 2015

    DOD, Others Need Funding To Keep US Secure, Carter Says

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday the country needs to invest in its force readiness in the U.S. Defense Department and a fully funded national security apparatus across multiple agencies to combat fighters of the Islamic State, along with other emerging threats at home and abroad.

  • March 26, 2015

    AgustaWestland Wins $860M Royal Navy Helicopter Contract

    AgustaWestland SpA, a unit of Italian defense group Finmeccanica SpA, has snagged a five-year, £580 million ($860 million) contract to support a portion of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy Merlin helicopter fleet, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • March 25, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Hands Win To Army In Contract Row With Engineer

    A Federal Circuit panel sided with the U.S. Army Tuesday in its dispute with a Wisconsin environmental engineer who claimed he was retaliated against for raising issues with a $109 million contract to auditors.

  • March 25, 2015

    House Passes FY16 Budget As Senate Continues Debate

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday adopted amendments on Medicare funding and a contentious U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule amid debate over its proposed 2016 budget resolution, and the House of Representatives passed its own budget plan with a single amendment, adding $2 billion in defense spending.

  • March 25, 2015

    BAE Settles Ex-Worker's FCA Suit Over Weapon Sights Testing

    A BAE Systems Inc. subsidiary on Wednesday settled the remaining claims from a former employee who accused it of failing to adhere to guidelines for testing thermal weapons sights in a False Claims Act suit in Massachusetts federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • What Experts Can Say About Inadmissible Facts During Trial

    Jason McDonell

    For reliance material that is not admitted on the stand, consider bolstering the testimony by having the expert describe the evidence generally, but in a way that signals to the jury that the expert has a strong foundation of supporting facts and data. If done well, such testimony can open the door to admitting the evidence, say Jason McDonell and Heather Fugitt of Jones Day.

  • Unmanned But Not Unarmed: State Dept.'s New Drone Policy

    Brandon Bodnar

    While the U.S. State Department's new export policy places significant conditions on the sale or transfer of military drones, it also for the first time provides explicit guidance regarding under what circumstances the United States will approve the sale of armed drones to the U.S. allies and coalition partners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • High Court May Take On Corporate 5th Amendment Privilege

    Ramzi Abadou

    A festering but virtually unnoticed circuit split over a legal doctrine the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized early last century may provide the Roberts court with the opportunity to grant corporate persons privilege against self-incrimination for the first time in U.S. history, says Ramzi Abadou of Kahn Swick & Foti LLP.

  • A Texas Court’s Broad Reading Of FCA Public Disclosure Bar

    Allyson Singel Aldous

    A Texas federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Solvay SA curtails whistleblowers’ ability to bring successful False Claims Act claims by expanding the scope of the public disclosure bar and the parameters of voluntary disclosure, says Allyson Singel Aldous of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • This Week In Congress: Bicameral Coincidence, Vote-A-Rama

    Richard A. Hertling

    This week both chambers begin the annual congressional budget debate, a process that will set the budget rules and spending limits for the congressional appropriations committees in funding federal agencies for fiscal year 2016. And on Thursday, the Senate will begin its famed “Vote-a-rama,” say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 3 Ways To Curb Insider Threats Without Alienating Employees

    Thom Ottoson

    Insider threats may be the most grievous of threats companies face because they always come from a trusted individual. But not all trusted individuals should be subject to scrutiny all the time. Instead of creating a culture of security, it causes a culture of fear, say Thomas Ottoson and Nicholas Metzgar, founders of LemonFish Technologies LLC and former technical directors in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

  • NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Expert Testimony Rule

    Timothy Freeman

    Practitioners should take note of the New Jersey Supreme Court's recent decision in Townsend v. Pierre when seeking to exclude expert testimony that is based on factual scenarios that have no support in the record, says Timothy Freeman of Sedgwick LLP.

  • OPINION: Not All That Is Public Should Be Publicized

    Adam C. Sherman

    Although court decisions are public records, that doesn’t mean they should be publicized by the courts on search engines, such as Google. Access alone isn’t the problem. The issue is that these decisions appear prominently atop search results — even when browsing parties are not looking for them. Courts have opened their doors, but they need not remove them entirely, says Adam Sherman of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Sequestration's Devastating Impact On National Defense

    Jeff Bozman

    The news from Capitol Hill suggests that disagreement over sequestration will continue to divide Republicans and Democrats, and defense hawks and deficit hawks. The news from Tehran, Moscow, Raqqa and Damascus demonstrates the importance of reaching a solution, say Roger Zakheim and Jeff Bozman of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Navigating Joint CFIUS And DSS Jurisdiction

    Stewart Baker

    Even though the year-old U.S. Department of Defense rule aims to reduce delays in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and the Defense Security Service evaluations of foreign ownership, control or influence, there are still multiple potential snags that can create acute timing problems, say Stewart Baker and Stephen Heifetz of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.