Aerospace & Defense

  • February 21, 2017

    Sidley-Authored Report On 9/11-Era Torture Defamatory: Suit

    A group of psychologists accused a Sidley Austin LLP attorney of crafting a report for the American Psychological Association that unfairly laid the blame on them for interrogation tactics used by the U.S. military after the 9/11 attacks, saying in an Ohio suit that he ignored evidence and bolstered a story by the doctors’ critics.

  • February 21, 2017

    Obama Admin Cybersecurity Adviser Joins McGuireWoods

    Retired Navy Cmdr. Michael J. Adams, who worked for the Obama administration as a top legal adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff specializing in cybersecurity, has joined McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in its data privacy and security team, the firm said Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Military Base Contractor Cops To Bribes, Kickbacks

    A subcontractor at two U.S. Army facilities pled guilty in New Jersey federal court to paying thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to receive work and preferential treatment from prime contractors, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Air Force Leaders Urge Congress To Pass Spending Bill

    The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian and military leaders urged Congress on Monday to pass a defense appropriations bill before the end of fiscal year 2017, saying the use of another continuing resolution through to the end of the year would significantly hurt operational readiness and limit needed improvements.

  • February 21, 2017

    FastShip Seeks $44M From Navy For Allegedly Cribbing IP

    FastShip LLC demanded $44 million from the U.S. Navy on Tuesday for allegedly using patented hull technology in its new littoral combat ships, closing out a two-week infringement trial that has evolved into a complex debate over boat physics.

  • February 21, 2017

    Trump Considering 'Big Order' Of Boeing's F/A-18

    President Donald Trump said that he was mulling a “big order” of The Boeing Co.’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, reaffirming the prospect of purchasing the jet alongside, or in place of, rival Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Lightning II.

  • February 21, 2017

    Trump Taps Lt. Gen. McMaster As National Security Adviser

    President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has selected Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, a post that was left empty after Michael Flynn resigned amid fallout from his dealings with Russian officials.

  • February 21, 2017

    High Court Rejects Plane Parts FCA Revival

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take on a would-be whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit, repeatedly rejected by the Fifth Circuit, accusing government contractors such as Northrop Grumman Corp. and Bombardier Inc. of reusing aircraft parts from a crashed plane.

  • February 21, 2017

    Terror Victims Slam Iranian Charity's Petition For Cert.

    Victims of Iran-linked terror attacks have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep alive their efforts to treat Manhattan office tower owners as a stand-in for Iran, saying the owners' request for a hearing before the high court is based on false claims of a circuit split.

  • February 17, 2017

    Kuwaiti Cos. Can't Exit FCA Suit Over Service Process

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday declined for the time being to dismiss a False Claims Act suit brought against Kuwaiti companies contracted to feed U.S. armed forces in the Middle East, saying they have been sufficiently served.

  • February 17, 2017

    Sessions' National Security Focus Will Fuel Privacy Fights

    Jeff Sessions’ record of favoring what he sees as national security interests over personal privacy rights indicates the new attorney general will likely take an aggressive approach to gathering digital data, and in doing so he will almost certainly spur a new wave of court challenges to government prying.

  • February 17, 2017

    Trump Admin. Floated Using Nat’l Guard To Find Immigrants

    Amid reports of ramped-up immigration raids around the country, a leaked memo shows the Trump administration at one point considered using members of the National Guard to round up deportable immigrants, although the White House denied such a plan was in the works.

  • February 17, 2017

    DHS Watchdog Vows Close Watch On Border Wall Project

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security watchdog vowed Thursday to keep a close eye on President Donald Trump’s planned multibillion-dollar southern border wall project, pointing to “very poor” historic performance by the agency in similar projects.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pompeo Slams Reports Claiming CIA Lacks Trust In Trump

    Newly-confirmed Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo hit back Thursday at claims intelligence officials are withholding sensitive information from President Donald Trump in order to avoid it being shared with Russia, saying the CIA has been fully forthright in briefing the president.

  • February 17, 2017

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Universal Health Services v. Escobar continues to affect a range of False Claims Act cases. In the third installment of an ongoing series, Law360 looks at the latest court rulings to interpret the blockbuster decision.

  • February 17, 2017

    DC Circ. Upholds KBR Win In Whistleblower FCA Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday sided with KBR in a whistleblower's lawsuit over its alleged inflation of military recreational facility usage tallies for the purpose of submitting false claims to the U.S. government for services in Iraq, saying there is no evidence the contractor's headcount figures resulted in unreasonable billing.

  • February 17, 2017

    House Panel Investigating CENTCOM WebOps Anti-ISIS Effort

    Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have demanded information from the Department of Defense and a military contractor on a program to undermine ISIS internet propaganda amid media reports the program is plagued by incompetence, cronyism and falsified performance reviews.

  • February 17, 2017

    Belgian Airplane Parts Maker To Drop $190M On US Co.

    Belgium-based Sonaca Group is looking to expand into the United States with the purchase of LMI Aerospace Inc. under a deal worth roughly $190 million, the aircraft parts manufacturers said in an announcement on Friday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gov't Can’t Assert Immunity In VA Staffer Sex Assault Suit

    A Kansas federal judge on Wednesday rejected the federal government’s assertion of sovereign immunity in a suit accusing a former Veterans Affairs physician's assistant of sexual assault, saying it was too early to rule on whether the man was acting in a medical capacity during the alleged assaults.

  • February 16, 2017

    F-35 Program Chief Says Costs Set To Drop Further

    Costs of the F-35 fighter jet could soon drop by more than 15 percent, program chief Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan told lawmakers Thursday while also confirming that the CEO of Boeing Co. maker of a rival jet, had sat in on a call between President Donald Trump and Bogdan to discuss the program.

Expert Analysis

  • 2-For-1 Executive Order Leaves OMB To Work Out Details

    Laurence Platt

    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order reducing regulations may seem appealing in its simplicity, the White House has provided agencies with little guidance on its implementation, instructing them to call the Office of Management and Budget with questions. Yet the OMB's ability to provide answers will be impaired by a lack of clear legal standards, say Laurence Platt and Joy Tsai of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Waive Goodbye: How Trump Might Attack The Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump attacked the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program. But he suggested that rather than tearing the deal up, he would seek to improve it. One possible approach would be to engage in brinksmanship related to the statutory sanctions waivers President Obama issued in implementing the deal, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • What A Justice Gorsuch Might Portend For FCA Enforcement

    Scott Stein

    While U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has participated in only a few appeals of False Claims Act cases, his views suggest that companies and individuals subjected to FCA litigation based on disputed interpretations of agency regulations may find a sympathetic ear, say Scott Stein and Meredith Toole Reiter of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 14, It's Classified

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Trump, Lockheed And The Art Of The Government Deal

    Michael A. Hordell

    President Donald Trump has made his federal procurement debut, announcing two weeks ago that Lockheed Martin agreed to cut $600 million from its next production lot of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes. His tweets and negotiations raise a slew of questions on how these tactics fit into the densely regulated field of government contracts, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What's Next For Trump's Travel Ban?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Following last week's decision from the Ninth Circuit, which left intact a district court’s nationwide block of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel into the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the administration has stated it is exploring all options. Attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP discuss what the administration may do in response.