Aerospace & Defense

  • August 23, 2016

    FAA Sued Over Lack Of Privacy Controls In Final Drone Rule

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center is challenging the Federal Aviation Administration's final rule covering the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, in the D.C. Circuit, it announced Tuesday, saying the rule doesn't include adequate safeguards for privacy.

  • August 23, 2016

    Virgin Galactic, Rocket Scientist Blasted In Secrets Battle

    A California judge criticized Virgin Galactic and a former Virgin rocket scientist for creating “quite a confusing situation” in their ongoing arbitration battle over claims the scientist stole Virgin trade secrets, calling the scientist’s motion to halt arbitration “unusual” and Virgin’s response procedurally improper.

  • August 23, 2016

    Soldiers Say KBR Violating Discovery Rules In Burn Pit MDL

    Military personnel urged a Maryland federal judge Monday to force KBR Inc. to adhere to its deposition schedule in multidistrict litigation alleging service members were exposed to toxic fumes from a burn pit the defense contractor purportedly operated in Iraq, saying KBR is flouting discovery rules by seeking declarations.

  • August 23, 2016

    Contractors' Group Wants Tweaks To Strategic Sourcing Rule

    The Professional Services Council has weighed in on a rule floated by three regulators to prod contracting officers into using the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, while a number of other commenters expressed concern with the rule’s potential impact on small businesses.

  • August 23, 2016

    Ex-Contractor Officials Get 13 To 18 Months For Gunrunning

    Four ex-employees of defense contractor Sabre Defence Industries LLC were sentenced Friday to between 13 and 18 months in prison for their role in a scheme to smuggle gun parts into England, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee said Monday.

  • August 23, 2016

    France, Germany Urge Encryption Access In EU

    French and German officials on Tuesday announced a joint push to increase government access to encrypted messaging services through new laws in the European Union aimed at giving law enforcement better tools to investigate possible terror attacks.

  • August 23, 2016

    GSA Proposes GHG Reporting Requirement For $50B IT Deal

    The U.S. General Services Administration on Tuesday asked for feedback on a proposal to require greenhouse gas emissions information from successful bidders on its $50 billion Alliant 2 information technology contract, one of the largest federal contracts currently pending.

  • August 23, 2016

    Boeing Blasts Sanctions Bid In $1.2B Contract Dispute

    The Boeing Co. slammed Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc.'s sanctions bid alleging it had deliberately destroyed information critical to the bankrupt company's suit accusing it of reneging on a deal to jointly bid on a nearly $1.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract, telling an Alabama federal judge on Monday that the motion has no basis.

  • August 23, 2016

    Kuwait Food Co. Wants Out Of FCA Suit Over Army Rations

    A Kuwaiti food supplier has urged a Georgia federal court to cut it loose from a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit alleging it conspired to inflate prices of U.S. Army troop rations in the Middle East, saying the claims simply rehash those made by the government.

  • August 23, 2016

    Pa. State Rep. Calls For Suit Over Navy Base Contamination

    A Pennsylvania state lawmaker called Monday for the government to bring suit against the U.S. Navy over purported drinking water contamination in neighborhoods near a shuttered base outside Philadelphia.

  • August 22, 2016

    GOP Senator Calls For Iran Payment Hearing

    Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Sunday pledged to investigate the $400 million the Obama administration paid to Iran in January, which coincided with the release of three American prisoners.

  • August 22, 2016

    Renco Suit Trimmed Again In Humvee Contract Royalty Fight

    A Delaware Chancery judge blocked Renco Group Inc. on Monday from seeking damages on claims that MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. violated a contract governing the private equity firms' joint venture to produce Humvee military vehicles, granting a partial victory to MacAndrews in his finding that damages are time-barred.

  • August 22, 2016

    Fed. Claims Judge Denies TRO In $27M Army Award Dispute

    A Federal Claims judge on Monday denied a contractor's bid for a temporary restraining order tied to its protest of the General Service Administration's decision to award a U.S. Army support services project, priced at $27 million, to a rival bidder.

  • August 22, 2016

    F-35 Woes Offer Lessons For Future DOD Programs

    The high-profile cost and schedule issues associated with the Pentagon's massive F-35 acquisition program offer several lessons that could help avoid similar issues in major future procurements, from the need for consistent leadership to ensuring a program is scoped correctly.

  • August 22, 2016

    4th Circ. Tosses DynCorp Accounting Whistleblower Suit

    The Fourth Circuit rejected a former DynCorp International LLC employee’s retaliation claims under the False Claims Act, ruling Monday that a lower court rightly tossed the suit for failing to state how the defense contractor could have defrauded the government.

  • August 22, 2016

    Ex-Navy Worker, Contractor Plead To Kickback Scheme

    A U.S. Navy employee in charge of awarding construction contracts and the head of a fencing company he hired to do work on military bases have pled guilty to charges they defrauded the Navy, admitting the contractor paid kickbacks in return for work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • August 22, 2016

    Triple Canopy, Gov't Joust Over Escobar In 4th Circ. Case

    Defense contractor Triple Canopy Inc. and the federal government filed dueling briefs Friday in a Fourth Circuit appeal over False Claims Act allegations against the company, with both claiming that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision supports their arguments.

  • August 22, 2016

    GAO Suspends Frequent, 'Vexatious' Bid Protester

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday suspended Latvian Connection LLC from filing bid protests for a year, following a protest against a Pentagon engineering services contract, saying the bulk of the company's 150 protests filed this year were frivolous and usually abusive.

  • August 22, 2016

    KBR Whistleblower Tells DC Circ. Escobar Saves FCA Suit

    A whistleblower hoping to revive a False Claims Act suit against KBR over allegedly low staffing levels at military facilities in Iraq told the D.C. Circuit that the defense contractor’s behavior amounts to a breach of contract that the Supreme Court in its recent Escobar decision said could sustain an FCA claim.

  • August 22, 2016

    Arms Export Scheme Gets Calif. Woman 50 Months In Prison

    A Florida federal judge sentenced a California woman to 50 months in prison on Friday for her role in the exportation of fighter jet engines and drones to China in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.

Expert Analysis

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • The Emerging Use Of Drones In Illinois

    Kelly M. Greco

    Within the next decade, the commercial drone industry alone is expected to generate more than $82 billion and could provide 100,000 new jobs. Illinois has taken its first steps to lay the groundwork for regulation of unmanned aerial systems and the future use of drones in the state, says Kelly Greco of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 4 Communications Fundamentals For High-Stakes Litigation

    Michael J. Gross

    The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.

  • Food Equity Act Would Add USDA To CFIUS

    Christopher R. Brewster

    Recently introduced legislation proposes to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a full member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It is fair to say that the prospects for the bill are good, but if nothing else, it is certain to revive the debate over the nexus between national security and food supply, say attorneys at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Risk Management Tips For Attys Serving As Local Counsel

    Patrick S. (Sean) Ginty

    Often, the lead counsel in a case maintains sole contact with the client and makes substantive decisions, relying upon the local counsel only to serve in the requisite capacity to satisfy jurisdictional procedures. Therein lies the problem — absent appropriate precautionary measures, the local attorney faces equal malpractice exposure for the substantive, strategic decisions of the lead counsel, say Patrick (Sean) Ginty of CNA Glob... (continued)

  • What To Know About New White House GHG Guidance

    Elizabeth A. Lake

    The White House Council on Environmental Quality's final guidance created to help agencies consider greenhouse gas and climate change impacts in National Environmental Policy Act reviews provides some clarity regarding the overall approach to the process, but it also leaves fundamental questions for individual agencies to answer, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Beware The 'Standard' Mediation Confidentiality Agreement

    Jeff Kichaven

    There are several risks involved with signing a "standard" mediation confidentiality agreement, both to your clients and to yourself. Once you recognize these risks, you will never sign a standard MCA again, at least not without a lot of thought and a lot of disclosures to your client, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Inside The New SBA Mentor-Protege Past Performance Rules

    Adam K. Lasky

    One of the changes in the Small Business Administration's expansion of its mentor-protege program is that agencies must consider projects performed by the individual members of a mentor-protege joint venture offeror when evaluating experience/past performance. While this is clearly an attempt to help mentor-protege joint ventures, arguably this change does more harm than good, says Adam Lasky of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Law Libraries

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    As advances in technology continue to push law libraries in a more complex direction, many law firms are still making structural mistakes. Fahad Zaidi, senior consultant at HBR Consulting, notes five common pitfalls that law firms should be wary of when developing their libraries.

  • Law Students Should Explore BigLaw Pro Bono Options

    Michael Scudder

    I worry too many law students see the priorities of BigLaw in tension with a meaningful commitment to pro bono work, making them reluctant to ask questions in interviews about pro bono opportunities and a firm’s commitment to its community. This needs to change, says Skadden partner and former White House legal adviser Michael Scudder.