Aerospace & Defense

  • May 27, 2015

    US Can't Nix Insurers’ $96M Suit Over Libyan Terrorist Attacks

    The U.S. government must face claims that it blocked certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London and other insurers from recovering $96 million from Libya for sponsoring two terrorist attacks in the 1980s, the Court of Federal Claims ruled Tuesday.

  • May 27, 2015

    Lynch Calls On Senate To Act On NSA Spying Overhaul

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday joined the chorus of officials calling on the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass legislation overhauling the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance tactics, saying that allowing the authorities to lapse would severely hinder the government’s ability to combat terrorism and crime.

  • May 27, 2015

    US Says Blackwater Guards Owe Iraqis Funeral Expenses

    Federal prosecutors asked a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to require four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards to pay for funeral costs and other expenses of victims in a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq.

  • May 27, 2015

    State Dept. To Release Clinton Emails Faster

    The U.S. Department of State has agreed to a faster, rolling timetable for releasing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails in compliance with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, according to a pair of rulings in Washington federal court Wednesday.

  • May 27, 2015

    DHS Offers $11M To Create Cyber Info-Sharing Standards

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday began work on a recent presidential directive to boost cyberthreat information-sharing efforts by announcing an $11 million grant it will award to an organization that will be put in charge of setting standards for information sharing and analysis organizations.

  • May 27, 2015

    Indictments In Helicopter Contract Fraud Case Dismissed

    A North Carolina federal judge tossed fraud indictments against the owners of a helicopter maintenance contractor and a U.S. Marine Corps contracting officer’s representative Tuesday, saying the government didn’t allege the three actually broke the law.

  • May 27, 2015

    SpaceX Certified For Air Force Satellite Launches

    The U.S. Air Force certified Space Exploration Technologies Corp. on Tuesday as eligible to launch national security satellites, opening up military satellite launches to competitive bidding for the first time in nearly a decade and closing out SpaceX's legal challenge to force open the process.

  • May 27, 2015

    5th Circ. Asked To Revive FCA Suit Against Bombardier

    A whistleblower in a False Claims Act suit accusing Bombardier Inc. of scheming to resell to the military parts from crashed planes asked the Fifth Circuit to revive his case Monday, saying the trial judge failed to consider important evidence.

  • May 26, 2015

    5 FCA Takeaways From High Court's KBR Ruling

    Targets of False Claims Act litigation beat back a grave threat on Tuesday as the U.S. Supreme Court balked at extending the law’s statute of limitations during wartime, but FCA whistleblowers also notched a rare high court victory as justices embraced copycat complaints in some circumstances. Here are five takeaways from KBR v. Carter.

  • May 26, 2015

    Attys React To Supreme Court's Wartime Limits To FCA Ruling

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overturned a Fourth Circuit decision and held that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act applies only to criminal fraud claims and not civil fraud cases, including False Claims Act suits. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision in Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. et al. v. U.S. ex rel. Carter is significant.

  • May 26, 2015

    Navy Awards Lockheed $69M Modification For Japanese Ships

    The U.S. Navy has awarded a Lockheed Martin Corp. unit a $69.7 million contract modification to develop and test upgraded computer programs and equipment for Japanese ships, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement Tuesday.

  • May 26, 2015

    Atty Sanctioned For Sneaking Evidence In Navy Asbestos Suit

    A California federal judge hit a Brayton Purcell LLP attorney with a sharply worded sanction Tuesday for trying to sneak witness testimony into a case alleging several government contractors contributed to the terminal mesothelioma of a former U.S. Navy officer.

  • May 26, 2015

    Women-Owned Cos. Nab $496M Army Advisory Contract

    A team of small, mostly women-owned engineering and information technology companies have scored a contract worth up to $496 million to provide advisory and assistance services to the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command over a five-year period, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • May 26, 2015

    FTC Settles With Ashworth College Over Misleading Marketing

    The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it resolved allegations against a for-profit educational institution charged with misrepresenting the training and credentials marketed to military service members and others.

  • May 26, 2015

    Obama Urges Senate To Pass NSA Spying Overhaul

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to put aside its differences and swiftly pass a bill overhauling the National Security Agency's bulk collection program for domestic telephone “metadata” and other domestic surveillance programs, saying it is vital for national security.

  • May 26, 2015

    L-3 Blasted For Saying Army Allowed Overbilling In FCA Row

    The whistleblower who launched a False Claims Act suit against an L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. unit slammed the company’s bid for summary judgment Monday, saying the evidence contradicted its claims the U.S. Army knew about its helicopter maintenance billing practices.

  • May 26, 2015

    FBI Dragged Feet On Patriot Act Privacy Guards, DOJ Says

    The FBI took seven years after the Patriot Act's 2006 reauthorization to fully implement required privacy protections guarding against improper collection and dissemination of confidential information belonging to U.S. citizens, according to a new watchdog report.

  • May 26, 2015

    Army Sergeant Indicted For Fuel Theft At Afghan Base

    A federal grand jury has indicted the final U.S. Army service member involved in an alleged scheme to illegally pilfer and sell military jet fuel to an Afghan trucking company, the U.S. Department of Justice has said.

  • May 26, 2015

    Pentagon Scraps $475M Big-Ticket Cyber Contract

    The fledgling cybersecurity division of the U.S. Department of Defense has axed its first-ever indefinite delivery and quantity support services contract, worth up to $475 million over five years, less than a month after its publication, according to a recent notice from a federal contracting agency.

  • May 26, 2015

    5 Insights From CBRE General Counsel Laurence Midler

    We keep a close eye on issues regarding conflicts of interest, professional negligence, privacy and trade secrets, as well as specific areas of employment. These topics are all germane to how CBRE operates its business, says Laurence Midler, executive vice president and general counsel at CBRE Group Inc.

Expert Analysis

  • A New Compliance Challenge For Cos. Doing Business In UK

    T. Markus Funk

    On the heels of the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 — a close copy of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — the United Kingdom has now taken cues from another novel U.S. enactment, this time the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, and delivered its own disclosure regime on the doorsteps of the international business world, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • The More Important Part Of High Court's KBR Ruling

    R. Scott Oswald

    While defendants have grabbed media attention with a victory on the wartime rule question in KBR Inc. v. U.S., Justice Samuel Alito's common-sense interpretation of the False Claims Act “first-to-file” rule is the true headline, and will affect FCA practice across a large swath of the country, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • NIST Starts Filling The Gaps In Cybersecurity Compliance

    Keir Bancroft

    Government contractors who think cyber and information security applies only to classified or U.S. Department of Defense contracts, take note — a new set of standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology is on the horizon, say attorneys with Venable LLP.

  • Lobbying The EU: New Requirements For A 'Voluntary' Regime

    Charles Borden

    While parties that lobby in the United States are generally subject to mandatory lobbyist registration and reporting obligations at every level of government, parties that lobby European Union institutions traditionally have only been subject to a “voluntary” registration and disclosure regime. That gap now appears to be closing, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.

  • Consider 5 Things Before Choosing An E-Discovery Provider

    Barry O’Melia

    There has been a rapid and robust growth in the number of companies offering electronically stored information collection, management and processing services. But a recent survey indicated that not all service providers offer the level of expertise needed in today’s world of big data, the cloud and mobile devices, says Barry O’Melia, chief operations officer at Digital WarRoom.

  • This Week In Congress: Infrastructure, Privacy And Trade

    Richard A. Hertling

    This week, the heavy lifting on the Trade Promotion Authority bill is on the Senate's agenda. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised an open amendment process, and amendments are already pending. The legislation reflects bipartisan compromise of the kind that was in short supply in recent years in the Senate. But challenges for the bill remain in the House, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • FCA Threats Are Likely Greatest Outside The Fortune 100

    Joseph D. Jean

    While very large settlements involving Fortune 100 companies grab the most headlines, they tend to draw attention away from the significant number of False Claims Act suits brought against private and middle-market companies. Even though these smaller amounts are not nearly as eye-popping, they could represent a greater financial risk on a relative basis, say Jeffrey Kiburtz and Joseph Jean of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Lessons On Dueling 'Exclusive Remedy' Clauses In M&A

    Lisa R. Stark

    The Delaware Chancery Court's decision in Alliant Techsystems Inc. v. MidOcean Bushnell Holdings LP reinforces the need for practitioners to pay careful attention to the relationship between multiple “exclusive remedy” provisions in acquisition agreements, say Lisa Stark and Andrew Lloyd of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Court-Appointed Experts — A Powerful But Rarely Used Tool

    Philip Woo

    The Tessera Inc. patent case highlights a useful procedure seldom used in the federal court system — Federal Rule of Evidence 706, which allows for a court-appointed expert. But Rule 706 provides little guidance on when to use such an expert, how to select one or how to work with one. Here are some tips, say Philip Woo and Nathan Greenblatt of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 9th Circ. Eases Way For Toxic Tort Removal To Fed. Court

    Michael G. Romey

    The Ninth Circuit’s narrow interpretation of the local event exception in Allen v. The Boeing Company, if adopted nationwide, would allow many more toxic tort cases to be heard in federal courts. However, the decision conflicts with the Third Circuit's interpretation, making the issue ripe for Supreme Court review, say Michael Romey and Andrea Hogan of Latham & Watkins LLP.