Aerospace & Defense

  • October 24, 2016

    Jones Day Adds Former Staples GC To Boston Privacy Group

    A former Staples associate general counsel joined Jones Day's Boston office on Monday to serve as partner in the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection and government regulation practices. 

  • October 24, 2016

    VA Unveils New Medical Supply Purchasing Program

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday announced a new and updated purchasing program for its medical and surgical supplie, which the troubled agency says will help streamline the process.

  • October 24, 2016

    GAO Denies Protest Over Navy Satellite Facility In Italy

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office rejected a bid dispute from an Italian company that missed out on a $7.7 million U.S. Navy contract to design and build a new satellite communications facility, according to an opinion released by the GAO on Friday.

  • October 24, 2016

    Rockwell Collins To Acquire B/E Aerospace For $8.3B

    Aerospace company Rockwell Collins Inc. announced on Friday that it has entered into a deal to purchase B/E Aerospace Inc., a manufacturer of airplane interior fixtures, for $6.4 billion in cash and stock and the assumption of $1.9 billion in debt.

  • October 24, 2016

    2nd Circ. Pauses Iran-Linked Tower Battle Pending Review

    The Second Circuit agreed Friday to pause a suit from federal prosecutors and terrorism victims trying to seize a New York City office tower owned by the Iran-backed Alavi Foundation and 650 Fifth Avenue Co., keeping it from returning to the district court pending a U.S. Supreme Court appeal.

  • October 24, 2016

    Copter Contractor Says $8.4M Suit Has No DC Connection

    A Jordanian company urged a D.C. federal judge Friday to reject an ammunition supplier’s request for discovery looking for jurisdictional ties to the district, arguing there’s no chance of such a connection to keep intact the contract breach lawsuit alleging an $8.4 million shortfall on an Iraqi helicopter project.

  • October 24, 2016

    Pentagon Acquisition Chief Touts Progress In New Report

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s top acquisition official said in a report on Monday that the Pentagon is making continued progress on improving its procurement processes, bringing acquisition cost growth to a 30-year low, and urged Congress not to undo that progress with unneeded legislative changes.

  • October 24, 2016

    Brazil's Embraer To Pay US Feds $205M To End Bribery Claims

    Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer SA will pay $205 million to settle allegations by U.S. authorities that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying millions of dollars in bribes to officials in three countries and falsifying accounting records.

  • October 21, 2016

    4th Circ. Revives Abu Ghraib Torture Suit Against Contractor

    The Fourth Circuit revived a suit brought by four Iraqi men claiming they were tortured by interrogators employed by CACI Premier Technology Inc. at Abu Ghraib prison, finding Friday that the defense contractor's ties to U.S. military operations do not automatically shield it from the allegations.

  • October 21, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: Kushner, Jeff Bezos, Madison Capital

    Kushner Cos. has reportedly landed a $370 million loan from SL Green and Deutsche Bank for the retail portion of a New York property, Jeff Bezos' outer space firm Blue Origin is said to have dropped $12.4 million on a Seattle-area warehouse, and Madison Capital has reportedly bought Miami Beach retail space for $57.3 million.

  • October 21, 2016

    Ex-Army Officer Can't Nix Guilty Plea At 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday refused to toss the guilty plea of a former U.S. Army officer in an alleged bribery scheme to win $54 million in government contracts in Afghanistan, calling it "a clear case of buyer’s remorse.”

  • October 21, 2016

    Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty In $1.5M DOD Contracting Scheme

    A man from Lagos, Nigeria, pled guilty in Virginia federal court on Friday to charges that he impersonated U.S. Department of Defense officials in order to defraud government contractors out of $1.5 million.

  • October 21, 2016

    San Diegans To High Court: $1.3B Project Needs Terror Review

    A group of San Diego residents has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit’s finding that the U.S. military properly weighed the risks of terrorist attacks in an environmental study required for the approval of a $1.3 billion waterfront development project.

  • October 21, 2016

    DOD Contractors Appoint 4,000 Insider Threat Officials

    U.S. Department of Defense contractors have so far appointed nearly 4,000 senior officials to oversee insider threat programs like preventing leaks, according to an update Thursday from the Pentagon agency responsible for the industry insider threat program.

  • October 21, 2016

    Defense Agency Rightly Excluded IT Contract Bid, GAO Says

    The Pentagon's logistics agency was justified in excluding a company's bid for an IT contract from the range of competitive offers, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Friday, agreeing that the proposal lacked sufficient detail.

  • October 21, 2016

    DC Circ. Urged To Revive FCA Allegations Against KBR

    A whistleblower pushed the D.C. Circuit to bring back False Claims Act allegations that KBR inflated military recreational facility usage in billing for staff levels, arguing Friday that the lower court overrated evidence that the Pentagon was indifferent to the usage when deciding to pay the contractor.

  • October 21, 2016

    Slashed FCA Award Doesn’t Justify Fees, 6th Circ. Told

    A company found to have underpaid employees on a military base services contract has no claim to $468,704 in legal fees, despite the Sixth Circuit's drastic reduction to the U.S. government's award for False Claims Act violations, the feds recently told the appeals court.

  • October 21, 2016

    Pomerantz To Lead Investor Suit Over Embraer Bribery

    A New York federal judge on Thursday appointed Pomerantz LLP as lead counsel in a proposed class action alleging that Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA hid from investors a scheme to bribe Dominican Republic officials to win aircraft contracts.

  • October 21, 2016

    Yahoo Urges Gov't To Declassify Email Scan Order, If It Exists

    Yahoo’s general counsel told the U.S. director of national intelligence on Wednesday that the company is hobbled in its response to reports that it has scanned users’ email, and urged intelligence authorities to clarify matters for the public.

  • October 20, 2016

    DC Circ. Ignored Racial Preferences In SBA, Contractor Says

    A D.C. Circuit panel’s decision upholding a Small Business Administration program that grants contracts to disadvantaged businesses conflicts with prior circuit precedent and ignores mandatory racial preferences in the Small Business Act, a contractor claimed Wednesday in a request for en banc review.

Expert Analysis

  • The Latest On Tort Liability In Abu Ghraib Torture Case

    Lawrence S. Ebner

    The Fourth Circuit decision last week in Al Shimari v. CACI is probably the most refined and nuanced opinion of any federal court on whether the political question doctrine bars adjudication of suits seeking to impose tort liability on civilian contractors that assist the U.S. military carry out war-zone operations, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Inside New DDTC Definitions Of Export, Re-Export, Retransfer

    Jack Hayes

    A new Directorate of Defense Trade Controls final rule represents a significant change in a long-standing view of DDTC policy that theoretical access by a foreign person to International Traffic in Arms Regulations-controlled technical data is to be treated as an export, re-export or retransfer, and that the burden was on the data owner to show that no release actually occurred, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President


    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.

  • DTSA's Reach Extended To Continuing Misappropriation

    Casey Griffith

    Recent federal court decisions in Adams Arms and TriZetto support the interpretation that any post-Defend Trade Secrets Act misappropriation — including continued misappropriation commenced prior to DTSA enactment — is subject to the DTSA. Consequently, trade secret claimants may have even easier access to federal court than previously thought, say Casey Griffith and Michael Barbee of Griffith Bates Champion Harper LLP.

  • Tips For Increasing The Chances Of CFIUS Approval

    Daniel (DJ) Rosenthal

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States remains a powerful regulatory body. The lesson from recent trends is not, as some have suggested, to retrench from engaging in inbound investment opportunities or to opt not to file a notice of a proposed transaction with CFIUS. Instead, companies should embrace the CFIUS process, says Daniel Rosenthal of Kroll.

  • Aerotec Likely To Guide 9th Circ. On Aftermarket Issues

    Shylah R. Alfonso

    A self-described “primer for aftermarket issues,” the Ninth Circuit's recent analysis and guidance in Aerotec v. Honeywell will apply to cases involving other portions of the airplane parts and services aftermarket as well as to the numerous aftermarkets in other industries, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • OPINION: 3rd-Party Litigation Funding Needs Transparency

    Lisa A. Rickard

    The practice of third-party litigation funding, in which funders front money to plaintiffs law firms in exchange for a cut of any settlement or money judgment, is growing increasingly popular. Currently, litigators are not required to disclose the involvement of third-party funders, but transparency will improve justice in courts, say Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, and Mark Behrens, a partne... (continued)