Aerospace & Defense

  • January 30, 2015

    Chancery Trims Renco Suit In Humvee JV Row With MacAndrews

    A Delaware Chancery judge on Thursday allowed Renco Group Inc. to proceed with claims alleging that MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. violated the contract governing the private equity firms' joint venture to produce Humvee military vehicles, but tossed most of the other claims in Renco's suit.

  • January 30, 2015

    Senate To Weigh DHS Funding, Block Of Immigration Actions

    The U.S. Senate will consider a bill on Tuesday that would fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security while blocking funding for President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, although a high-ranking Senate Democrat said on Friday that it’s unlikely to pass.

  • January 30, 2015

    Fla. Logistics Firm Accuses Felon Arms Dealer Of Shakedown

    Florida logistics company J-Six Inc. has filed suit in Florida state court accusing a former arms dealer who served about five years in federal prison and his company of trying to usurp control as part of an “attempted shakedown.”

  • January 30, 2015

    Senate Panel Passes Iran Sanctions Over Obama Veto Threat

    A Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would toughen economic sanctions against Iran if ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear capabilities fail to secure a deal by July, despite President Barack Obama's vow to veto any new financial sanctions.

  • January 30, 2015

    DOJ Drops 9th Circ. Appeal In Patriot Act FOIA Dispute

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its Ninth Circuit appeal in a Freedom of Information Act dispute over a secret legal interpretation of a section of the Patriot Act, teeing up the release of an unpublished opinion on census data access by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. 

  • January 30, 2015

    KeyPoint Misclassified Investigators To Deny OT, Suit Says

    An investigator for KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc., which conducts background checks for the U.S. government, wants years of overtime back pay for himself and a proposed class of others who were allegedly misclassified as independent contractors, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court Thursday.

  • January 30, 2015

    L-3 Unit Scores $367M NSA Support Contracts

    L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. said Friday that its security unit scored two five-year National Security Agency contracts worth $367.3 million to provide systems engineering and other services for major NSA mission areas.

  • January 30, 2015

    Air Force Contractor Pays Up To Settle FCA Suit

    Computer Sciences Corp. agreed to pay the government $380,000 to settle a False Claims Act suit that contends the contractor billed the U.S. Air Force for maintenance it didn’t perform on hydraulic actuators in T-38 aircraft, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • January 29, 2015

    Sigmatech Slams DOD For Terminating Missile Contract

    Sigmatech Inc. asked a federal court on Thursday to hold the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Command division’s alleged improper termination of a blanket purchase agreement with the company after it outgrew its classification as a small business, and to bar the termination from going into effect.

  • January 29, 2015

    Obama Proposes Sequester-Smashing 2016 Budget

    President Barack Obama on Thursday drew back the curtain on a 2016 budget proposal that would pour $74 billion more into federal agencies he said are sapped dry from post-recession sequestration cuts, a move expected to stoke harsh reactions from a Republican-controlled Congress bent on curtailing the nation’s debt.

  • January 29, 2015

    Calif. Bill Would Keep Drones Out Of Neighbors' Yards

    California state legislator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, has introduced legislation that would ban trespassing on private property with unmanned aircraft systems as part of a flurry of recent state initiatives borne out of the federal government’s plan to integrate the vehicles into the national airspace later this year.

  • January 29, 2015

    Ex-DHS Heads Reject Funding Bill Tied To Immigration Actions

    Three former heads of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are urging Congress to pass a clean bill funding the department, arguing in recent letters that including measures in the bill against the president’s executive actions on immigration will increase the risk of a DHS shutdown.

  • January 29, 2015

    Boeing 747-8 Selected As Next Air Force One

    The Boeing Co.'s 747-8 will serve as the next-generation Air Force One, one of the most visible symbols of the American presidency, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement Wednesday.

  • January 29, 2015

    Air Force Amends Boeing-Lockheed Contract By $383M

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Air Force added three launches to a pre-existing contract awarded to a Boeing Co.-Lockheed Martin Corp. joint venture, increasing the value of the Launch Vehicle Production Services contract by $383 million to more than $4 billion.

  • January 29, 2015

    USAF Suspends FedBid After Scandal Over Improper VA Ties

    Reverse auction contractor FedBid Inc. said Wednesday that the U.S. Air Force has suspended and proposed the company's debarment following a damning report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over improper ties to a VA official.

  • January 28, 2015

    Trafficking Rule Raises Subcontractor Monitoring Concerns

    A final rule set to be published Thursday will tighten restrictions on human trafficking in government contracting, a move that puts some prime contractors in a tricky position of having to monitor their subcontractors for violations, according to attorneys.

  • January 28, 2015

    DOD Moves To Safeguard Privacy With New Rules

    The U.S. Department of Defense finalized updates to its Privacy Program in Tuesday's Federal Register, introducing a series of rules aimed at balancing individual privacy with the DOD's need to collect and use personally identifiable information.

  • January 28, 2015

    Democratic Sens. Call For Vote On Clean DHS Funding Bill

    A letter signed by 45 Democratic senators was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday, asking for a clean spending bill that funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year and includes funding for President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

  • January 28, 2015

    Anti-Trafficking Rule Sets New Contractor Compliance Regs

    A long-awaited rule to address human trafficking in federal contracts is set to be published by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. General Services Administration and NASA in Thursday's Federal Register, introducing new compliance and enforcement policies for contractors and subcontractors.

  • January 28, 2015

    DOD Accused Of Infringing Humvee Patent

    An automotive designer sued the government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday, alleging that the U.S. infringed his patent for Humvee frame rail assembly by contracting to buy Humvees from an infringing manufacturer, AM General LLC.

Expert Analysis

  • Size-Status Lessons From JGB V. Beta

    Tammy Hopkins

    At first blush, the New York federal case JGB Enterprises Inc. v. Beta Fluid Systems Inc. presents a cautionary tale of what happens to the size status of a small business concern when it is acquired by a large business — it becomes large. However, imagine that JGB never intended to use Beta to perform work under the set-aside contract for which it was competing, say Ken Weckstein and Tammy Hopkins of Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Top 10 Tips On Calif. Wage-And-Hour Law

    Francis M. Drelling

    California is a great place to live, but it can be a challenging place to do business, with one of the biggest challenges being the multitude of wage-and-hour class actions filed each day. I never had a "starter kit" when I first began my in-house practice, but I certainly wish someone had given me one, says Francis Drelling, general counsel with Specialty Restaurants Corp.

  • The Day Government Contractor Compliance Changed

    Markus Funk

    It is no overstatement that the Federal Acquisition Regulation provisions on human trafficking that were published on Thursday will have an immediate and significant impact on the 300,000 or so prime contractors, as well as the quite literally countless subcontractors and lower-tier subcontractors, for the world’s largest consumer of goods and services — the U.S. government, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Key Questions When Selecting E-Discovery Vendors

    David Houlihan

    While e-discovery remains a critical pain point in litigation, the "solutions" supporting its processes continue to evolve. In order to help organizations navigate the sea of options, we conducted research with 21 organizations across e-discovery market segments to understand the factors involved in successful e-discovery investments, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • 4th Circ. Endorses FCA 'Implied Certification' Theory

    Anthony Anikeeff

    The recent decision in United States v. Triple Canopy Inc. makes government contracting in the Fourth Circuit a riskier business, say John S. Davis and Anthony Anikeeff of Williams Mullen.

  • Guidance On Statistical FCA Damages Model From Gosselin

    Drew Harker

    A Virginia federal court's recent decision to set aside a $101 million False Claims Act jury verdict against Gosselin World Wide Moving NV may support arguments to defeat broad interpretations of FCA liability advanced by the government or private relators. The ruling is also notable for its treatment of statistical modeling used to extrapolate damages under the FCA, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • A Data Security Checklist For Companies Hiring Law Firms

    Jenn Topper

    We trust our law firms with huge amounts of data, whether in or out of discovery, investigations or litigation. All too often, we have relied on privilege, confidentiality and attorney ethics as a proxy for data protection and information security. But in fact, law firms ought to be held to a much more stringent standard — and in-house counsel would be wise to begin with a number of specific inquiries, says legal industry consultan... (continued)

  • DOD Credit Rule May Limit Lending To Service Members

    Leonard N. Chanin

    With the U.S. Department of Defense's comment period regarding proposed changes to the way it intends to apply the Military Lending Act to new types of creditors and credit products now closed, harsh results from violating the MLA are likely to give lenders pause when providing credit to covered persons and could result in a negative impact on lending to service members and their families, say Leonard Chanin and Ryan Rogers of Morr... (continued)

  • FCPA Trends From The Last 6 Months

    Greg Deis

    After a relatively quiet third quarter in which there was only one corporate settlement of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action, 2014 ended with a flurry of activity, including the largest criminal penalty ever levied under the FCPA. Resolutions in the second half of the year highlight the value the agencies place on timely self-disclosure, full cooperation and remediation, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • State Of The Union Sets Stage For Privacy Legislation

    Mauricio Paez

    President Obama used the powerful State of the Union platform to advocate for new privacy legislation previously outlined during the days leading up to the address. The speech may have marked a new phase in the political discourse concerning privacy and cybersecurity, say attorneys with Jones Day.