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Aerospace & Defense

  • July 20, 2018

    Boeing Must Face Suit Over Benefits After Kan. Plant Sale

    A Kansas federal judge ruled Friday that Boeing Co. must face claims that the company’s treatment of workers’ benefits after it sold a Kansas plant to Spirit AeroSystems Inc. in 2005 violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and Boeing cannot hold five separate trials to resolve the allegations.

  • July 20, 2018

    Lawmakers Back Down On ZTE Sanctions In Defense Bill

    The National Defense Authorization Act won’t include a U.S. Senate-backed provision that would have barred ZTE Corp. from buying American components, according to a series of public statements issued Friday from a bipartisan group of lawmakers incensed about the turnaround.

  • July 20, 2018

    Ex-Background Checker Pleads Guilty To Lying About Work

    A former federal contractor pled guilty in Washington, D.C., federal court to lying about carrying out work on federal background checks used to determine security clearances, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Singapore Health System Breach Affects 1.5M Patients

    Online attackers have breached Singapore's largest health care database and have stolen personal records belonging to about 1.5 million people, in a haul that included a list of the prime minister's medications, officials said Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Airbus, HSE24, LifePoint

    Airbus is reportedly taking another stab at selling PFW Aerospace, German home shopping network HSE24 is getting ready to go public, and Apollo Global Management is in serious discussions to buy hospital operator LifePoint Health.

  • July 20, 2018

    DC Circ. Partially Revives Terrorist Attack Liability Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday reversed the dismissal of certain terrorism liability claims against Hezbollah and an Iranian bank related to rocket attacks against Israel, saying a district court failed to address necessary jurisdictional issues before ruling, but affirmed the dismissal of tort claims against the bank, citing a recent high court decision.

  • July 20, 2018

    Lawmakers Ask Trump To Appoint Election Security Head

    Two New York congresswomen have urged President Donald Trump to appoint an election security head to prevent outside interference in the electoral process in light of the increasing evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

  • July 20, 2018

    Steel Importers Ask CIT For Quick End To Trump's Tariffs

    A coalition of steel users on Thursday urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to hand it a quick win in its efforts to knock down the Cold War-era trade law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, reiterating its claims that the law is unconstitutional.

  • July 19, 2018

    News Org. Asks 11th Circ. To Revive FOIA Suit For 9/11 Docs

    A Florida news organization urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive its bid for access to documents related to potential Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, arguing there is evidence the FBI’s response to the records request was not done in good faith.

  • July 19, 2018

    MGM’s Bid To Dodge Vegas Shooting Liability Seen As Gamble

    After MGM’s recent preemptive actions to escape liability over last year’s mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas sparked widespread public backlash, experts said the hospitality giant is misreading the anti-terrorism law it cites and faces long odds in this case of first impression.

  • July 19, 2018

    Russian Hack Charges Offer Rare Look At Spy Vs. Spy Battles

    The fly-on-the-wall account of Russian hacking laid out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment charging a dozen Kremlin-backed spies with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is striking, ex-prosecutors say, given its risk of exposing American investigative tools — which may have included hacking the Russians back.

  • July 19, 2018

    DOD Floats Moving Some Cyber Defenses To Cloud

    The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking to move parts of its Acropolis cyber defense system to the cloud, according to a recent DOD request for information seeking out companies that could potentially handle the work.

  • July 19, 2018

    House Panel OKs $51B DHS Bill With Border Wall Boost

    A House panel on Thursday approved a $51 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 2019, including $5 billion in funding for the southern border wall project, setting up a clash with the Senate’s version of the same legislation.

  • July 19, 2018

    Guardsman Fights DOD Discharges Of HIV-Positive Troops

    A U.S. Army National Guardsman asked a Virginia federal court Thursday to temporarily block the U.S. Department of Defense from using its “deploy or get out” policy against any HIV-positive service members while his challenge to the DOD’s broader HIV policy is resolved, saying people are already being discharged under the new deployment policy.

  • July 19, 2018

    Gov't Swipes At Bid To Undo Cold War-Era Trade Law

    The U.S. government hit back against a constitutional challenge to the 1962 law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, arguing that the U.S. Court of International Trade is likely to give the White House a wide berth on issues of national security.

  • July 19, 2018

    Trump Faces Widespread Calls To Steer Clear Of Car Tariffs

    A chorus of automakers and advocacy groups on Thursday implored the Trump administration to not slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and parts, questioning the administration’s national security rationale for the potential duties and warning of the economic calamity that could ensue if they take effect.

  • July 18, 2018

    Top Gov't Contracts Policy Changes So Far In 2018

    The first half of 2018 has seen several significant policy changes for federal contractors, from a huge change to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s bid protest system, to the U.S. Department of Justice making significant adjustments to how it will handle some False Claims Act cases. ​​Here are some of the most consequential policy moves for the government contracting community from the first six months of 2018.

  • July 18, 2018

    Gov't Pushed To Release Report On Handling Of Spying Data

    The American Civil Liberties Union is pressing the Trump administration to release a 2016 report prepared by a federal privacy watchdog about how the U.S. intelligence community handles personal data swept up by its surveillance activities, a document that European policymakers have cited as crucial to assessing the adequacy of a transatlantic data-sharing agreement.

  • July 18, 2018

    9th Circ. Keeps Block On Trump's Transgender Military Ban

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay an injunction against President Donald Trump’s policy barring many transgender individuals from military service, saying that it would upend, rather than uphold, the status quo.

  • July 18, 2018

    Legal Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Will Test WTO's Limits

    The steady ballooning of World Trade Organization complaints stemming from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs have some experts questioning whether Geneva is properly equipped to handle the escalating tensions brought about by the White House's trade enforcement campaign.

Expert Analysis

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • What To Expect From OTA Protests And Disputes

    Stuart Turner

    Federal agencies are increasingly utilizing "other transactions authority" to craft agreements that are not subject to traditional procurement laws. While there is very little precedent relating to protests of OTA awards or claims arising under OTA-awarded contracts, there are some clues as to how they may unfold, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.