Aerospace & Defense

  • October 19, 2017

    4th Circ. Nixes Black Worker's Suit Over Noose, KKK Hood

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday rejected a security officer’s bid to revive claims that he was racially harassed by coworkers who made him carry a noose and created a mock Ku Klux Klan hood, saying the company took reasonable measures to correct the hostile behavior after becoming aware of it.

  • October 19, 2017

    Tech Giants Urge Stay On ISIS Suit For 9th Circ. Ruling

    Google, Facebook and Twitter have asked a California federal judge to pause a suit filed by families of victims in the San Bernardino terror attacks who say the companies enabled the spread of the Islamic State until an appeals court decides whether to revive a similar case brought by relatives of U.S. contractors killed at a Jordanian police academy.

  • October 19, 2017

    Blackwater Guards Ask DC Circ. To Uphold New Trial Ruling

    A group of former Blackwater Worldwide guards pushed back Thursday against the government's request for a review of a D.C. Circuit decision that tossed their sentences ranging from 30 years to life in prison for their roles in a deadly Iraq shooting and granted one of the contractors a new trial.

  • October 19, 2017

    Honeywell Hit With $22M Contract Suit By Security Co.

    A security systems company hit Honeywell International Inc. with a $22 million breach of contract suit in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, saying the technology and manufacturing company discontinued software for security products it had committed to supporting.

  • October 19, 2017

    McCain Threatens Subpoena For No-Show Cybersecurity Czar

    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain on Thursday said that the powerful Senate defense oversight panel he heads will consider a subpoena to compel the White House’s top cybersecurity aide to testify before Congress after he skipped a panel to which he had been invited to discuss the country's cyber defenses.

  • October 19, 2017

    Sens. Move To Defund Enforcement Of Trump Travel Ban

    A contingent of Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would withhold federal funds for implementing components of the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the U.S. by nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries and two others.

  • October 19, 2017

    Parker Hannifin Says Feds' Merger Challenge Came Too Late

    Parker Hannifin Corp. and Clarcor Inc. on Wednesday accused the federal government of dragging its feet to challenge their $4.3 billion tie-up, urging a Delaware federal court to block enforcers’ bid to partially unwind the now-completed transaction.

  • October 19, 2017

    'Indefinite' Lufthansa Patent Still Invalid, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a Washington federal court’s decision invalidating Lufthansa’s maintenance and engineering unit patent covering voltage supply technology for airplane seats as indefinite, but adopted different reasoning by asserting that the patent claims were unclear.

  • October 19, 2017

    Military Bases Didn't Report Water Systems Issues, GAO Finds

    At least 16 military installations failed to report water quality violations at the U.S. Department of Defense's public water systems between 2013 and 2015, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday that urged the Pentagon to improve its internal reporting practices.

  • October 18, 2017

    4 Things To Know About The Latest Travel Ban Rulings

    With two federal judges blocking most of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban this week, the administration was once again dealt a major legal setback on the issue, likely setting up the dispute for an eventual Supreme Court battle. Here’s what to know about the latest rulings against travel ban 3.0.

  • October 18, 2017

    Gov't Owes Surplus Seller $7M In Suit Over Cost Surge

    The Court of Federal Claims on Wednesday ordered the federal government to pay defense contractor Agility Defense & Government Services Inc. $6.9 million for excess work it performed on a Pentagon contract in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait due to negligent estimates by the military that failed to account for a surge in costs on the contract.

  • October 18, 2017

    Race Bias Treaty Doesn't Preempt Title VII, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a trial court was right not to apply an international treaty that seeks to curb racial bias to a handful of cases in which employees of an Army hospital in Hawaii claimed they were discriminated against based on their races under Title VII, letting stand the dismissal of the workers' claims.

  • October 18, 2017

    Russian Oligarch Loses Defamation Suit Against AP

    A Russian oligarch whom the Associated Press linked to President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort lost his defamation suit against the news outlet on Tuesday, as a D.C. federal judge ruled the billionaire failed to show AP acted with “actual malice.”

  • October 18, 2017

    TSA's Practices For Tech Overhaul Fall Short, GAO Says

    The Transportation Security Administration must improve its agile software development practices in order to meet the objectives of a $1.7 billion technology infrastructure modernization program aimed at enhancing the sophistication of its security threat assessments, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Ex-Army Contractor CFO Gets Probation In $6M Humvee Fraud

    The former chief financial officer of a Pennsylvania company that makes accessories for military vehicles was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and six months of house arrest for his role in defrauding the U.S. Department of Defense in a $6.1 million overbilling scheme involving Humvee escape windows.

  • October 18, 2017

    7th Circ. Affirms Win For VA In Wrongful Death Suit

    A unanimous Seventh Circuit panel on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision in favor of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in a wrongful death suit, saying the trial court correctly found a medical expert presented by the estate of a patient who died while receiving care was not credible.

  • October 17, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Class Cert. For Private Iraq Guards

    The full Ninth Circuit on Tuesday let stand its decision that thousands of armed guards at U.S. military bases in Iraq can collectively pursue claims that the private security contractor they worked for forced them to work far in excess of the hourly limits imposed by the federal government.

  • October 17, 2017

    Investors Say Orbital Withheld Info On $9.2B Northrop Deal

    Stockholders of aerospace and defense contractor Orbital ATK Inc. filed a putative class action Monday in Virginia federal court to stop a proposed $9.2 billion sale of the company to Northrop Grumman, saying shareholders have been left in the dark regarding key aspects of the sale.

  • October 17, 2017

    Turkish Banker Can’t Duck Iran Sanctions Case, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors urged a New York federal judge Monday not to dismiss charges against a Turkish banker accused of helping gold trader Reza Zarrab lie to banks to dodge U.S. sanctions on Iran, arguing his bid to duck the allegations or get a separate trial are rehashing already-rejected contentions.

  • October 17, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump Pick For DOD Deputy Secretary

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s pick for a top civilian policy official at the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday as the administration continues to struggle to get its appointees through Congress.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • 6 Possible Iran Deal Scenarios

    Linda Tiller

    Last week, President Donald Trump refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This does not mean that the United States is abandoning the JCPOA, but it opens the door to a variety of possible outcomes, depending on what Congress and the White House do next, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Learning From DOJ’s Parker Hannifin Merger Challenge

    Jack Sidorov

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent lawsuit challenging Parker Hannifin’s consummated acquisition of Clarcor serves as an important reminder that the agencies can — and in some limited instances will — challenge consummated transactions that were reported to them under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, says Jack Sidorov of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • An Important Message For Midsized Government Contractors

    Thomas McVey

    Government contracts firms frequently ask questions about the application of International Traffic In Arms Regulations requirements, including how ITAR is applied to small and midsized companies. The Bright Lights case squarely addresses many of these questions, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.