Aerospace & Defense

  • March 27, 2017

    Chopper Mechanic Micro-Unit Gets Green Light For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has determined that seven helicopter mechanics for government contractor L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace at a Maryland army base can form a mini-bargaining unit and hold an election to determine if they will be represented by an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

  • March 27, 2017

    Senate Moves Forward With Montenegro NATO Treaty

    The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly agreed Monday to move forward with a treaty allowing Montenegro to join NATO, putting the treaty one step away from final passage, days after France’s military chief called for his nation to significantly increase defense spending to meet NATO’s spending target.

  • March 27, 2017

    Privacy Group Denied CBP Passenger Screening Info

    A District of Columbia judge on Friday rejected a consumer rights group’s bid to force U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reveal more details on a controversial passenger screening program that uses algorithms to vet travelers the U.S. might view as security risks.

  • March 27, 2017

    Nonprofit Sues Over Docs On Device Searches At US Border

    A First Amendment protections nonprofit based out of New York’s Columbia University filed a lawsuit Monday asking a D.C. federal court to force the U.S. government’s border patrol agencies to turn over requested documents about how many electronic devices they search or confiscate at the country’s borders.

  • March 27, 2017

    Sitting In Deportees' Feces Not A Real Break, Workers Say

    A group of security officers for government contractor Akal Security Inc. asked a Florida federal court to hand them a win in their wage-and-hour suit Monday, saying a few hastily downed bites in a filthy airplane full of deportees’ feces and vomit doesn’t count as a real meal period.

  • March 27, 2017

    UK Judge Won't Pause Brazil Defense Contract Over IP Fight

    An English High Court justice Monday denied Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ request to continue restraining a former partner from working on a Brazilian Air Force contract pending an arbitration decision, finding no evidence the partner company intends to break a nondisclosure agreement by using Rafael’s proprietary technology to complete the work.

  • March 27, 2017

    Trump Son-In-Law To Oversee Gov’t Modernization Task Force

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, publisher and business magnate Jared Kushner, is set to have a further expanded White House role as he will head a modernization task force within the West Wing, the administration announced Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Trump Son-In-Law To Testify In Senate Russia Probe

    President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions about his contact with Russian officials as part of a probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the committee’s leaders announced in a joint statement on Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Raytheon Among 15 US Cos. Sanctioned By Iran

    Iran hit Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp. and 13 other U.S. companies with sanctions on Sunday for “propping up the Zionist regime” of Israel, according to Iranian state media, retaliating against U.S.-imposed penalties on entities accused of aiding Iran’s missile program.

  • March 27, 2017

    Offshore Driller Settles $15M Jones Act Dispute With Gov’t

    An offshore oil and gas exploration company has resolved its dispute with the U.S. government over a $15 million fine for the company’s use of a foreign-flagged ship to transport a drilling rig between U.S. ports, in what had been the largest-ever penalty under the federal Jones Act.

  • March 27, 2017

    ASBCA Says Co. Can't Appeal Without Legal Registration

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals ruled that a Defense Logistics Agency contractor lacked the ability to contest its termination from a missile launcher tripod supply contract because it wasn't properly legally registered as a business in a decision made public Monday.

  • March 24, 2017

    8 Officers Plead Not Guilty In ‘Fat Leonard’ Bribery Scheme

    Eight of the nine current and former senior U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers charged two weeks ago as part of an ongoing bribery scandal related to lucrative Navy port services deals involving a contractor known as "Fat Leonard" have entered not guilty pleas in California federal court.

  • March 24, 2017

    Aviation Firm Condon & Forsyth Opens New Miami Office

    Aviation firm Condon & Forsyth has added an office in Miami to serve its international aviation and aerospace clients, the firm announced Friday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Board Axes Nuclear Contractor Appeal In Gov't Contract Row

    U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals denied a nuclear fuel fabricator's appeal for an additional $700,000 it said the U.S. Department of Energy contractually owed it, deciding Thursday that the relevant disputed option had not been exercised by the government.

  • March 24, 2017

    EU Lawmakers Declare 'Privacy Shield' Pact Inadequate

    A European parliamentary committee on Thursday narrowly approved a resolution that slammed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield data transfer pact for “key deficiencies” that need to be addressed during an upcoming review of the mechanism, including concerns over the U.S. government’s alleged failure to curb sweeping surveillance efforts.

  • March 24, 2017

    GAO Says Delivery Delay On Boeing Air Tankers May Worsen

    The cost of the U.S. Air Force’s massive KC-46 acquisition has dropped by more $7 billion over initial estimates, but continued delays mean delivery of the air-to-air refueling tanker may slip further back, a watchdog agency said Friday.

  • March 24, 2017

    DOD Blasts 'Incoherent' GAO Report On Security Cooperation

    The Pentagon is at loggerheads with Congress’ favorite watchdog agency over the latter’s painstaking “inventory” of U.S. security cooperation programs with foreign governments, saying the new report is “scattershot and incoherent” and belongs in the waste bin in comments made available Friday.

  • March 24, 2017

    NATO Commander Wants More Resources To Counter Russia

    The four-star U.S. general who heads NATO's military efforts in Europe told Congress on Thursday he needed more resources to help counter Russian aggression and that lawmakers should back Montenegro’s efforts to join the alliance.

  • March 24, 2017

    New US Sanctions For Supplying Iran, North Korea With Arms

    The U.S. Department of State on Friday announced new sanctions targeting 30 entities and individuals accused of supplying Iran's ballistic missile program or furnishing North Korea, Iran and Syria with goods, in contravention of export controls.

  • March 24, 2017

    Manafort Will Talk To Congress On Russia Claims

    Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, is willing to discuss his alleged links to Russia with the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Friday, as the committee’s top Democrat slammed Nunes for canceling a hearing regarding Russian interference with the presidential election.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Post-Escobar Courts Reaching Consensus On FCA Materiality

    Courtney Saleski

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision last year, some litigators were skeptical that district courts would actually dismiss qui tam False Claims Act cases on materiality grounds. However, four circuit courts have cited Escobar’s demanding materiality standard when granting the defendants’ pretrial motions, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • In Congress: Light Floor Schedule, Heavy On Committees

    Richard Hertling

    Republican leadership in the House and Senate will need to refocus their efforts this week, after a failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The lead-up to the canceled vote last week highlighted the divisions within the Republican conference, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How Past And Present Aerial Photography Can Make The Case

    David Ruiz

    Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Delays And Uncertainty Surround Trump's Latest Travel Ban

    Maria Fernanda Gandarez

    As the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's latest immigration-related executive order is pending, the administration is cracking down on immigration benefits more generally, and employers may want to exercise extreme caution before having nationals of the EO's six designated countries travel internationally, say Maria Fernanda Gandarez and Matthew Kolodziej of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Opinion

    MWI Case Shows The False Claims Act Needs A Change

    William E. Bucknam

    While the U.S. Supreme Court recently ended the 18-year MWI False Claims Act case, the company has absolutely no hope of ever recouping the millions of dollars in lost business or the significant legal fees it spent fighting what was deemed a meritless case brought by the government. The time has come for Congress to amend the FCA, say William Bucknam of MWI Corp. and Robert Rhoad of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)