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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.