Aerospace & Defense

  • December 14, 2017

    Armed Services Chair Backs Temporary Funding Bill

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, urged colleagues Wednesday to pass a contentious bill to fully fund the military through fiscal 2018 and renew a children’s health care program while only temporarily extending other federal spending, saying defense funding should not be used as a “political football.”

  • December 14, 2017

    Expanded Drone Registry To Spark More Enforcement Action

    A legislative fix signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday reinstated a mandate for recreational drone users to register with the federal government, a move that experts say paves the way for more enforcement actions related to privacy, safety and national security.

  • December 14, 2017

    Turkish Banker Gets To Sleep On Decision To Take Stand

    Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade billions of dollars of U.S. sanctions, stood up to take the stand on his own behalf Thursday before a close to the trial day afforded him the opportunity to sleep on his decision. 

  • December 14, 2017

    Startups Need Education On CFIUS Concerns, House Panel Told

    The government must work to educate tech startups on potential national security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States oversight issues raised by early stage investments from foreign companies, a former high-ranking Treasury Department official now with WilmerHale told the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Contractor Sues Gov't To Stop Military Tire Contract

    A small supply chain management company on Tuesday hit the federal government with a suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to stop a government contract for a global military tire program, saying a contracting officer used the wrong standard for it.

  • December 13, 2017

    Istanbul Ex-Cop Never Saw Turkish Banker During Stakeouts

    A former Istanbul anti-fraud cop told a Manhattan jury on Wednesday that during stakeouts he performed in a 2013 bribery probe before being forced to leave Turkey, he never saw Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker standing trial on charges of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions.

  • December 13, 2017

    Avionics Co. Sues Ex-Partner For $100M In Trade Secret Row

    Avionics maker Rogerson Aircraft Corp. sued Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. in Texas state court on Tuesday seeking more than $100 million in damages, contending Bell is trampling its trade secret rights and disseminating confidential information after turning to a new supplier.

  • December 13, 2017

    Military Ignoring FOIAs About Sex Assault, Harassment: Suit

    Two nonprofits aimed at helping service members and veterans with sexual trauma and homelessness told a Connecticut federal court Wednesday that the military has been ignoring their Freedom of Information Act requests for records related to sexual harassment, assault and rape.

  • December 13, 2017

    DOT 'Like,' Retweet Violated Anti-Lobbying Law, GAO Finds

    The U.S. Department of Transportation violated a government anti-lobbying law when it retweeted and liked a tweet from Forbes Chairman Steve Forbes in July urging followers to “tell Congress to pass" pending legislation to overhaul the nation’s air traffic control system, a congressional watchdog said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Navy Jets To Get Oxygen Monitors After Flight Incidents

    The U.S. Navy will put oxygen monitoring systems into all of its T-45 training jets after a series of "physiological episodes" involving pilots this year, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., announced Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Trump Bans Kaspersky Security Products In US Gov't

    President Donald Trump approved legislation Tuesday banning Kaspersky Lab products from government information systems in response to concerns about potential security risks and ties to the Russian government.

  • December 12, 2017

    ASBCA Says Co.'s Stock Option Method Not Expressly Barred

    Luna Innovations shouldn't have been penalized by the Defense Contract Management Agency for a reimbursement request because the stock option costs included in a cost-pricing proposal were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has ruled.

  • December 12, 2017

    GAO Says More Action Needed On Security Clearance Backlog

    Despite progress on reform efforts, security clearance processing for executive agency employees remains bogged down by delays and a backlog of more than 700,000 open applications that is exacerbated by a lack of reporting requirements, according to the Government Accountability Office.

  • December 12, 2017

    Armored Truck Contractor Denied Move To Medical Prison

    The former CEO of a now-defunct military contractor that provided faulty armored trucks can’t transfer to a medical prison for treatment of his prostate cancer and can't shake a filing by prosecutors arguing that the jury rightfully convicted him, a Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Turkish Banker Disputes That Iran Warning Made Him Nervous

    A former Obama administration official on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions, was “taken aback” and “sweating” when directly warned against helping Tehran, which was disputed by the defense because the former official could not back up his account with notes from the time.

  • December 12, 2017

    Canada Opens Fighter Competition While Swiping At Boeing

    The Canadian government on Tuesday launched a competition for dozens of new fighter jets while scrapping a planned interim purchase from Boeing, telling the aerospace giant that continuing its trade dispute with Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier would put it at a “distinct disadvantage” for the lucrative deal.

  • December 12, 2017

    Gov't Asks DC Circ. To Let Trans Military Ban Take Effect

    The federal government asked the D.C. Circuit late Monday for an emergency stay against an injunction blocking a Trump administration policy that bars transgender people from enlisting in the military, hours after a district court refused a similar request.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.