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Aerospace & Defense

  • January 22, 2019

    Skadden Deal Unfair, Russian Co. Says In Troll Farm Case

    A Russian company criminally charged with thwarting enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act asked a judge on Tuesday to make prosecutors explain why Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP "was permitted to purchase a declination" in its own FARA case.

  • January 22, 2019

    Defense Taps BAE For $250M Video Intelligence Contract

    BAE Systems Inc. announced Tuesday that a U.S. Department of Defense combat support agency has re-upped the company’s contract for video analytics, training and intelligence support with a $250 million task order.

  • January 22, 2019

    Supreme Court To Consider Reviewing Mystery Mueller Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reviewing a foreign government-owned entity's legal fight with what is reportedly Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, allowing it to file a petition arguing that U.S. courts have no power to enforce criminal laws against foreign sovereigns.

  • January 22, 2019

    FBI Agents Say Shutdown Hurts Key Security Operations

    The FBI agents union on Tuesday urged elected leaders to end the federal spending impasse, arguing that crucial investigations in such areas as terrorism, cybercrime and child trafficking languish as agents go without pay or money to spend on field operations.

  • January 22, 2019

    Senate To Vote, But Likely Will Not Reopen Government

    Efforts to end the record-breaking partial federal government shutdown crawled forward Tuesday as Senate leaders agreed to a series of votes on bills that could end the showdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border.

  • January 22, 2019

    Iraq Veteran Says 3M Earplugs Caused Hearing Loss

    A former U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq told a Texas federal court on Tuesday that hearing loss was the price he paid for wearing the same kind of earplugs that cost the 3M Company $9.1 million to settle a government lawsuit regarding their effectiveness.

  • January 22, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Backs Dismissal Of Army Corps Subcontract Row

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that a trustee and former subcontractor for an Army Corps of Engineers contractor was barred from suing the agency as part of an unusual subcontracting dispute, described as a “conundrum” by a lower court judge.

  • January 22, 2019

    Supreme Court Clears Way For Trans Troop Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for the Trump administration to implement a ban on transgender military service members in a pair of 5-4 rulings Tuesday that broke along ideological lines.

  • January 18, 2019

    Kan. Man Accused Of Fraud To Net $12.7M In Gov't Contracts

    A Kansas man tasked with running a construction firm is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $12.7 million in government construction contracts and lying to federal investigators about the company's status as a small business owned by a veteran who became disabled in the line of duty, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Gov't Escapes Air Force Worker's Sex Harassment Suit

    The federal government won’t have to face claims that a U.S. Air Force bowling alley employee was sexually harassed at work, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, finding the Federal Tort Claims Act shields the government from intentional tort claims.

  • January 18, 2019

    Wash. Tells Navy To Address Pollution Or Face Lawsuit

    Washington will step into a lawsuit over the U.S. Navy's process for cleaning decommissioned ships unless it quickly agrees to clean up related waste, the state attorney general announced Thursday, accusing the Navy of releasing "50 dump truck loads" of pollutants into Puget Sound from one ship cleaning alone.

  • January 18, 2019

    General Dynamics Must Serve Libya To Enforce £16M Award

    A U.K court ruled Friday that for General Dynamics U.K. Ltd. to enforce a £16.1 million ($20.7 million) award issued against Libya in a dispute over a military communications contract, the company must serve the country with the order granting it permission to enforce the award.

  • January 18, 2019

    DOD Says Most Key Bases Vulnerable To Climate Change

    The majority of critical U.S. military bases face risks due to climate change over the next two decades, with some already feeling the effects, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report made public Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Theranos Execs' Days Of Reckoning Draw Nearer

    The dissolution of Theranos Inc. hasn’t ended legal troubles for ex-leaders of the wannabe bloodwork disruptor, who are getting closer to climactic trials in fraud suits brought by prosecutors, consumers and securities enforcers. Here, Law360 updates attorneys on criminal and civil cases threatening former executives of the onetime Silicon Valley juggernaut.

  • January 18, 2019

    Bill Would Ban Tech Sales To Some Chinese Telecom Cos.

    Several congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill that would impose penalties and restrict sales to Chinese telecom companies that have violated export control or sanctions laws, after the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies was detained last month in Canada.

  • January 17, 2019

    Skadden First In BigLaw To Be Hit As DOJ Dusts Off FARA

    There’s an old joke among attorneys who have specialized in the Foreign Agents Registration Act: The only people who ever get hit with violations are KGB officers and Washington, D.C., lawyers. Yet BigLaw powerhouse Skadden may have ruined the punchline Thursday with news it had settled FARA allegations brought by the government.

  • January 17, 2019

    DOD Calls For More Interceptors In Missile Defense Plan

    The U.S. Department of Defense released a new missile defense policy Thursday that calls for a significant expansion in U.S. missile defense capabilities, including the acquisition of dozens more missile interceptor systems and improvements in sensor and weapon technologies.

  • January 17, 2019

    Boost Oversight On Military Lending, CFPB Asks Congress

    Under new leadership, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking Congress’ help to reassert its oversight over banks’ adherence to the Military Lending Act.

  • January 17, 2019

    US Needs Baseline Privacy Rules, New Watchdog, Groups Say

    A coalition of consumer groups on Thursday pushed Congress to enact baseline federal privacy legislation that would allow states to set more stringent standards and establish a new agency focused solely on privacy and data protection, countering a recently proposed Senate bill that would override state regulations.

  • January 17, 2019

    Ex-VA Head Had Staffer Chauffeur His Wife, Watchdog Says

    Former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's use of his driver to transport his wife, sometimes while the driver was off the clock, constituted an ethics violation, according to a VA Office of Inspector General report Thursday that also cleared Shulkin of some allegations that he misused his security detail.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • How To Navigate US Real Estate After CFIUS Expansion

    Peter Mair

    Despite the recently expanded powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, foreign investors will find attractive opportunities to invest in U.S. real estate. However, they should structure their transactions in a way that mitigates execution risk, says Peter Mair of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • TSA Pipeline Cybersecurity Road Map: Key Points

    Norma Krayem

    Pipelines are a crucial aspect of the nation's economic and national security. But no one agency has officially been in charge of pipeline cybersecurity — until last month, when the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's cybersecurity road map made clear that the TSA will take the lead role in this area, says Norma Krayem of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Domestic Sourcing Requirement Doesn’t Fit DOD’s Gloves

    Scott Freling

    A recent Government Accountability Office decision found that a nonavailability exception applied to a Defense Department solicitation for leather combat gloves even though the type of leather at issue was available domestically. The decision sheds light on the regulatory nuances regarding domestic sourcing, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Opinion

    Eyeballs Are Better Than Border Walls

    Stephen Pazan

    My rough calculations suggest “extreme vetting” of U.S. visa applicants could be as good as building a wall, and the human and economic costs would be much less, says Stephen Pazan, special counsel at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea and LoTurco LLP and a former consular officer with the U.S. Department of State.

  • Circuits Left To Develop FCA Discovery Case Law

    Andy Liu

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in two major False Claims Act cases, both involving the government’s knowledge or suspicion of violations allegedly resulting in knowingly false claims. Nichols Liu LLP attorneys consider the implications for the materiality standard and FCA cases going forward.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.