Aerospace & Defense

  • May 2, 2016

    $181M Navy Contract Lacks 'Meaningful Analysis,' GAO Says

    U.S. Navy contracting records show cursory technical analysis on a $181.5 million jet maintenance project, according to a Government Accountability Office bid protest decision made public Friday that criticized the military branch for sometimes using “word-for-word identical” reports to describe very different proposals.

  • April 29, 2016

    Missile Defense Agency Missed Testing Goals, GAO Says

    The Missile Defense Agency fell short of hitting its ballistic missile defense testing objectives last year and has yet to take recommended steps that could reduce the frequency of testing delays, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

  • April 29, 2016

    Former Fox News Commentator Cops To Defrauding Gov’t

    A former Fox News commentator on Friday pled guilty in Virginia federal court to defrauding the federal government by lying on overseas contractor job applications, admitting that there is no record he ever served in the CIA, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 29, 2016

    DOJ Floats Cape Canaveral Launch Site Cleanup Settlement

    The U.S. Department of Justice and a defunct government contractor have reached a tentative $331,566 settlement in Florida federal court over decades-old contamination at the Cape Canaveral site where Titan missiles were first launched.

  • April 29, 2016

    Law360's Cheat Sheet On WTO Aircraft Subsidies Fight

    As the World Trade Organization prepares to issue its latest decisions in the long-running civil aircraft subsidy battle between the U.S. and the European Union, Law360 looks back at the dispute's history and offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for the largest and most complex case in WTO history.

  • April 29, 2016

    Navy Unveils Wireless Service Contracts Worth Up To $994M

    A supply agency of the U.S. Navy is looking for contractors who can deliver a range of wireless services, from texting to voice calls to Wi-Fi, according to a request for proposals posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website Thursday, which specifies multiple contracts worth up to $993.5 million combined.

  • April 29, 2016

    Boeing Must Face ERISA Pension Benefits Suit

    A Washington state federal judge has said Boeing must face claims that recruiters and human resources staff members concealed future pension reductions before three employees agreed to transfer jobs within the company, rejecting the aerospace giant’s assertion that the case was time-barred.

  • April 29, 2016

    Groups Urge DOD Not To Base $17B Contract On Price Alone

    Two trade groups representing federal contractors continue to press the U.S. Department of Defense not to base the award of a $17.5 billion information technology project on the lowest price to the detriment of quality, according to a letter made public Thursday.

  • April 29, 2016

    Challenge To United's Role In $296M Transcom Deal Survives

    An air cargo company awarded part of a $296 million government shipping contract has a right to object to United Airlines’ award of a task order in the deal, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Thursday, though he declined to preliminarily block United’s involvement.

  • April 29, 2016

    Ex-Lockheed Worker Can’t DQ Judge In Girardi Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge refused Thursday to disqualify a fellow jurist accused by a former Lockheed Martin Corp. worker of having a conflict of interest in a lawsuit alleging Girardi Keese Law Firm pilfered from a $130 million class settlement for Lockheed employees.

  • April 28, 2016

    High Court OKs Rule Change Expanding FBI Hacking Powers

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow judges to issue FBI warrants to access computers located outside their districts, despite opposition from critics including Google Inc. that claim it would expand the government’s hacking and surveillance powers.

  • April 28, 2016

    Defense Contractor To Pay $2M For Alleged FCA Violations

    A company that contracted with the Department of Defense to repair and maintain an Army depot in Texas agreed to a settlement Tuesday in which it will pay the federal government $2 million to resolve numerous alleged violations of the False Claims Act stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit.

  • April 28, 2016

    Navy Contractor's $5M Trade Secrets Win Pared For Jury Error

    A Florida federal court Thursday denied an information technology consultant's request for a new trial after a jury found it misappropriated a security access IT system from a U.S. Navy contractor, but reduced the $5 million award by $250,000 because of juror error.

  • April 28, 2016

    House Panel OKs $610B 2017 Defense Authorization Act

    The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved its proposed $610.5 billion 2017 National Defense Authorization Act after adopting several amendments, including exemptions to contentious recent labor-related executive actions for defense contractors, and rejecting a move to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in the military.

  • April 28, 2016

    Vet Groups Sue VA Seeking Water Contamination Benefit Docs

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is dragging its feet on handing over records on a program that veterans groups say has been giving Marines and their families who lived on a military base with a contaminated water supply short shrift on their disability benefits, the groups said in a suit filed Wednesday.

  • April 28, 2016

    K&L Gates Adds IP, Cyber Partner From Blank Rome In Del.

    K&L Gates LLP has added the former leader of Blank Rome LLP’s cybersecurity and data privacy group, with experience representing clients ranging from the maker of “Candy Crush” to Chiquita Brands International Inc., as a litigation partner in its Wilmington, Delaware, office.

  • April 28, 2016

    GAO Says SEC Still Lagging On Cybersecurity

    The Government Accountability Office on Thursday released a report finding that, while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has fixed some flaws in information security, the agency still faces weaknesses that could threaten financial and personal information of companies and investors.

  • April 28, 2016

    GAO Sides With NASA On $451M IT Contract

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration adequately assessed potential risks in awarding a $451 million information technology contract to Science Applications International Corp. Inc. based on an “aggressive” approach to reducing staff, the Government Accountability Office said in a bid protest decision published Thursday.

  • April 28, 2016

    Senate Dems Continue Filibuster On $37B Spending Bill

    Senate Democrats on Thursday refused for the second day in a row to let a $37.5 billion bill funding federal energy, water development and certain weapons programs for 2017 move forward, amid continued concern over a proposed amendment aimed at the administration’s recent nuclear deal with Iran.

  • April 28, 2016

    KBR Can't Contest State Law Chosen For Soldier Death Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Wednesday to let KBR Inc. challenge her determination of which state's liability laws applied to a wrongful death suit over a soldier electrocuted at a Baghdad military base, calling the contractor's move “procedurally improper.”

Expert Analysis

  • Planning Defense M&A After Recent Gov't Guidance: Part 1

    Jeffrey P. Bialos

    A series of unusual statements issued by the U.S government in recent months on consolidation in the defense industry has senior executives talking. This two-part analysis by Jeffrey Bialos, a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and former deputy undersecretary of defense for industrial affairs, evaluates the recent statements and their implications for defense firms.

  • OPINION: Engaging The Media May Help Your Client

    Liz Mair

    While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.

  • Dentons: A New Kind Of Network?

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    Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • What To Know About Trade Secret Law In Saudi Arabia

    Paul B. Keller

    As Saudi Arabia's market continues to expand and with its stock market becoming increasingly opening to foreign investors, many U.S. companies and banks are expanding operations in and to the kingdom. These expansions pose a great opportunity for many technology and life science companies — and the potential for the theft or misappropriation of a company’s trade secrets by an employee or business partner, say Paul Keller and Jihad ... (continued)

  • In Congress: Trade, Privacy, Fiscal Year 2017

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    Before both chambers adjourn at the end of this week, the Senate will continue working its way through fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills, with final consideration of the Energy and Water bill expected Tuesday. The House will tackle a number of legislative items, including several related to trade and business practices. Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP share the weekly congressional snapshot.

  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Researching Attorneys In PACER

    Brian Howard

    While PACER is a powerful tool for gaining information, practitioners should keep in mind that certain flaws often cause lawyers to be omitted from cases they’ve worked on or to show up associated with the wrong firm. These errors build up across aggregate records, tainting any conclusions drawn from such data — often to a surprising extent, according to Brian Howard, a legal data scientist at Lex Machina.

  • Inside Proposed Amendments To GAO Bid Protest Regulations

    Aron C. Beezley

    Although the Government Accountability Office's introduction of “an electronic filing and document dissemination system” undoubtedly will garner much attention, the other newly announced “administrative changes” to the GAO’s bid protest regulations also are very significant, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Another Take On Reed Smith, Pepper Hamilton Merger Talks

    Mark A. Cohen

    It is no accident that last year was a record year for law firm mergers. And while most of them involved smaller firms, there were some big tie-ups too. Thank Dentons for contributing more than its fair share to the latter category. This year, projections are that a new record for law firm mergers/acquisitions will be established. That again begs the “why?” question, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • In Congress: IRS, FAA, Puerto Rico

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    The Senate is aiming to wrap up consideration of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill this week and conclude work on the long-stalled comprehensive energy reform bill, while the House will be zeroing in on legislation to provide more oversight of the IRS. Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP share a snapshot of the week ahead.

  • FAA Reauthorization Bill Attempts National Drone Policy

    Mark Connot

    The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, specifically addresses federal preemption in the area of drone operations. It is a bold and important proposal because only two other instances of express preemption exist regarding aviation, say Mark Connot and Jason Zummo of Fox Rothschild LLP.