Aerospace & Defense

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    5 Ways For Contractors To Mitigate A Gov't Shutdown

    There is a growing perception that complications with this year’s federal budgeting process may lead to the first government shutdown since 2013, but experts say there are a number of steps federal contractors can take to help lessen the potential impact of any pause in government funding.

  • August 18, 2017

    Excessive FCA Damages Claim Justifies Fee Award: 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday granted a federal construction contractor’s bid for reimbursement of around $469,000 in legal fees incurred fighting a False Claims Act suit, ruling that the government had acted unreasonably through its “excessive” proposed damages for the underpayment of wages by a subcontractor.

  • August 18, 2017

    Honeywell Wants Ex-Exec's Bias Suit Moved To Federal Court

    Honeywell International Inc. wants a lawsuit alleging it fired a vice president because of her gender and in retaliation for her challenging bias in executive promotions to be moved from New Jersey state court to federal court, according to a notice filed Wednesday.

  • August 18, 2017

    Navy Relieves USS Fitzgerald Leadership Over Deadly Crash

    The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the USS Fitzgerald have been relieved of duty after a review of the destroyer’s June 17 collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship that cost the lives of seven American sailors, the U.S. Navy announced late Thursday night.

  • August 18, 2017

    Execs Can Be Subpoenaed In $31M Award Row, Judge Rules

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday granted a request from a security contractor to issue subpoenas for two executives of a United Arab Emirates-based food supplier for the U.S. Department of Defense, whose testimony could show whether the court has jurisdiction to enforce a $31 million arbitral award.

  • August 18, 2017

    EPA Superfund Cleanup Order Paused Over CERCLA Violation

    A Rhode Island federal judge Thursday found the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made decisions that violated the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act in developing a plan to mitigate health and environmental risks at a Superfund site, saying the remedial action can’t move forward until those decisions are addressed.

  • August 18, 2017

    Trump Elevates Status Of DOD Cyber Command

    President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he will elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a top-level military command focused on cyberspace operations, with U.S. Department of Defense brass also considering whether to separate Cybercom from the National Security Agency.

  • August 18, 2017

    Judge OKs $9M Attys Fees From L3 Investor Settlement

    A Manhattan federal judge Thursday awarded more than $9.1 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to counsel for a class of L3 Technologies Inc. shareholders who accused the communications company of securities fraud, to be taken from the $34 million settlement agreed to by the parties in March.

  • August 17, 2017

    Sirius XM Host Hits Neo-Nazi Site With Defamation Suit

    A comedian and Sirius XM radio host filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the company behind the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer in Ohio federal court over an article that accused him of being the mastermind of the Manchester bombings at the Ariana Grande concert in May.

  • August 17, 2017

    4th Circ. Won't Revive HR Worker's DOD Contractor Bias Row

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday shut down a human resources director’s retaliation and sex discrimination case against government contractor Sciences and Engineering Services LLC, finding she hadn’t proven she was fired for trying to end discriminatory practices at the company.

  • August 17, 2017

    OMB Lays Out R&D Priorities For 2019 Agency Spending

    The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to executive agencies Thursday outlining the administration’s research and development priorities for fiscal year 2019, naming “military superiority,” security, “American prosperity,” “energy dominance” and health care as areas of “special focus” for agencies as they craft their budget submissions.

  • August 17, 2017

    GAO Denies Jacobs Tech Protest Of $208M Air Force Award

    The Government Accountability Office has rejected a bid protest from Jacobs Technology Inc. over a $208 million research and operations services contract for a West Coast Air Force base, saying the service branch was not prohibited from changing the standards of the bid solicitation after Jacobs' previous successful challenge of the contract award.

  • August 17, 2017

    Manhattan Project Cleanup Contractor Owes $12.7M: 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld a $12.7 million award for extra work carried out by a subcontractor that cleaned up the hazardous waste left behind from the Manhattan Project, but remanded the case to recalculate interest.

  • August 17, 2017

    Authors Of CIA Interrogation Program Settle Torture Suit

    Two psychologists accused of creating and implementing a controversial torture program for the Central Intelligence Agency agreed Thursday to settle the suit in Washington federal court for an undisclosed amount.

  • August 17, 2017

    Navy, Contractors Shake Suit Over Puerto Rico Base Killing

    A Puerto Rico federal judge Wednesday tossed a suit alleging a security guard was shot and killed at a U.S. naval base because the government and a management company failed to provide adequate security, saying claims against the company were time-barred and the government was immune from the suit.

  • August 17, 2017

    Gov't Wins Denial Of Former Wesco Exec's Tax Refund

    A retired Wesco Aircraft executive lost out on a bid to get a refund tied to his sale of more than $1 million of the company’s shares Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled he could not deduct the underwriter’s commissions.

Expert Analysis

  • CERCLA’s Jurisdictional Bar To Medical Monitoring Claims

    Thomas Manakides

    Medical monitoring claims against the U.S. Navy have recently foundered on the shoals of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act’s jurisdictional rules. If affirmed, Giovanni v. U.S. Department of the Navy, a case currently pending appeal to the Third Circuit, will set the Third Circuit on course to split with the Ninth Circuit, say Thomas Manakides and Alexander Swanson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Time To Lift The Ban On Foreign Control Of US Reactors

    John Matthews

    An outdated legal restriction prohibits foreign ownership or control of U.S. commercial nuclear reactor licenses. Foreign companies nonetheless invest in U.S. reactors, but must partner with U.S. firms, which distorts the marketplace. Properly vetted foreign companies owning U.S. reactor licenses would promote the country's economic interests without endangering security, says John Matthews of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • FAA Regs Still Apply To 'Commercial' Drone Use

    Tod Northman

    The Federal Aviation Administration has promulgated rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems. A recent D.C. Circuit case struck down the application of the rules to recreational use, but they remain in force for commercial use. And that raises the thorny issue of what constitutes commercial use, says Tod Northman of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • When Are Appellate Time Limits Jurisdictional?

    Eric Miller

    During its upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court will examine Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(5), which limits a district court's authority to extend the time for filing appeals. The court’s decision should further clarify the distinction between jurisdictional and nonjurisdictional time limits, says Eric Miller, chairman of the appellate practice at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • 4 Cases That Could Affect Gov't Contracts For Tech

    Kristen Ittig

    The intersection of federal procurement and intellectual property law is a strange place, occupied by far more questions than answers. It is unusual that the past few months have brought so many decisions relevant to this area of law, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.