Aerospace & Defense

  • June 28, 2017

    Fraud Scheme Nets Defense Contractor 30 Months In Prison

    A Maryland federal judge sentenced a tech support contractor to two and a half years in prison Tuesday for his role in a yearslong kickback scheme tied to $53 million in federal government contracts.

  • June 28, 2017

    Families Harmed By Iran Terrorism Push For Charity's Assets

    Victims of terrorism linked to the government of Iran pressed their claims Wednesday against a billion-dollar real estate portfolio operated by a New York charity with ties to the Mideast power as jurors a room away weighed a parallel effort by U.S. prosecutors to seize the valuable assets.

  • June 28, 2017

    Claims Court Rejects Protest Over $4B Air Force Deal

    A Court of Federal Claims judge, in a decision made public Wednesday, denied a protest over the U.S. Air Force’s massive $4 billion PROS contract, saying challenger SupplyCore Inc. failed to show the Air Force’s best-value choice of SupplyCore rival S&K Aerospace LLC was unfair.

  • June 28, 2017

    9th Circ. Sinks Challenge To $715M Submarine Wharf Project

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday sunk an attempt by two anti-nuclear-proliferation groups to halt construction of a $715 million explosives-handling wharf at a submarine base near Seattle, ruling it was a harmless error when the U.S. Navy had withheld some information about the project’s risks from an environmental review.

  • June 28, 2017

    The 10 Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court Term

    Neal Katyal seemingly tried to educate Justice Samuel Alito about a well-known Latin phrase, Justice Sonia Sotomayor prayed aloud that she wouldn’t be assigned a mind-numbing opinion, and Justice Elena Kagan needled a lawyer who confused her with another justice. Here, Law360 wraps up the top moments of legal levity from the latest high court term.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Most Talkative Justice Of The High Court Term

    Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, a new U.S. Supreme Court justice has emerged as the most talkative at oral arguments — and the titleholder should come as no surprise to court watchers.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Cases That Got The Justices Talking

    The justices’ level of engagement at oral argument can provide a crucial window into their thinking on an issue, but interpreting what that might mean for how they’ll rule is an elusive art. Here, Law360 looks at the sessions in which each justice engaged the most.

  • June 28, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances Deputy Defense Secretary Nominee

    The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday easily advanced the nomination of former Boeing Co. executive Patrick Shanahan to serve as deputy defense secretary, despite committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., previously threatening to block Shanahan’s nomination.

  • June 28, 2017

    Trump Names Textron CEO To Lead Pentagon Acquisitions

    President Donald Trump has tapped Textron Systems Corp. chief executive Ellen M. Lord to serve as undersecretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics at the Department of Defense, the White House announced Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2017

    Army Wasted $53M On Transportation Deals, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Army wasted $53 million on unnecessary purchases due to lax management of $200 million worth of Middle East transportation contracts, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General published Monday.

  • June 28, 2017

    US Unveils New Overseas Airport Security Measures

    The federal government will subject all U.S.-bound flights from 280 airports in 105 countries to heightened passenger and aircraft screening procedures as part of a spate of new aviation security directives, the Trump administration unveiled Wednesday.

  • June 27, 2017

    By 423-4, House Passes Bill Backing NATO's Article 5

    The House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday reaffirming the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the wake of President Donald Trump's lack of endorsement of the unifying provision during his trip to Europe in May.

  • June 27, 2017

    GoPro Investors’ Drone Recall Suit Gains Altitude

    A California federal judge said Tuesday she’s not inclined to toss a GoPro shareholders’ stock-drop suit linked to a recalled line of drones that fell out of the sky mid-flight, after investors argued that GoPro knew the drones were defective when it released them.

  • June 27, 2017

    Gorsuch And Thomas Becoming Fast Friends At High Court

    In Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas seems to have found a U.S. Supreme Court justice after his own heart. The court’s newest member and its most silent one cast identical votes in case after case this year, at times taking positions deemed more conservative than those of their fellow Republican appointees on the court.

  • June 27, 2017

    NC Defense Contractor Cops To $15M Fraud

    A North Carolina defense contractor offering technical support services on Tuesday pled guilty to participating in a pair of conspiracies that defrauded the government of more than $15 million in total.

  • June 27, 2017

    Aerospace Co. Should Face Investor Suit, Judge Says

    A federal magistrate judge recommended Tuesday that an Oregon federal court keep intact an investor suit accusing a Berkshire Hathaway-owned aerospace parts manufacturer of failing to disclose risks associated with its sales practices.

  • June 27, 2017

    5 High Court Concurrences That Read Like Dissents

    “Concurring opinion” can feel like a misnomer when a justice departs from — or downright slams — the reasoning of the majority. Here are the opinions from the latest U.S. Supreme Court term in which the biggest divisions bore the label of agreement.

  • June 27, 2017

    The Sharpest Dissents From This Supreme Court Term

    While there were fewer dissents coming from the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 2016 term than in years past, justices still managed to come up with creative disses and blistering attacks when they were on the losing side. Here, Law360 highlights the term’s top dissents.

  • June 27, 2017

    GAO Says NASA Unfairly Marked Bidder On $182M Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has sustained a company’s protest over its exclusion from consideration on a $182 million National Aeronautics and Space Administration service contract, saying in a decision made public Tuesday that the company’s bid was unfairly assessed by the agency.

  • June 27, 2017

    WilmerHale Adds 2 Freshfields Patent Partners In London

    WilmerHale on Tuesday said it bolstered its patent litigation practice in the U.K., adding two ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP intellectual property attorneys who have worked on competition matters, patent examination and with clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals and airplane engines.

Expert Analysis

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Employer Steps For Avoiding Business Travel Mishaps

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Steps taken by the Trump administration to tighten U.S. border security have signaled a new era in global mobility, both in the United States and throughout the world, in which cross-border travelers should expect more advanced investigation techniques by immigration officers as well as increased scrutiny and examination for even seemingly routine international travel, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Ambiguous Regulation May Not Preclude FCA Liability

    Michael Prendergast

    The recent Lincare opinion gives notice that, at least in the Eleventh Circuit, regulation ambiguity alone will not provide an impenetrable shield against False Claims Act liability for contractors, say Michael Prendergast and Jerome Hoffman of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Primary Effects Of Rolling Back Cuba Sanctions Relief

    Paul Marquardt

    A recent presidential directive lays out the framework for rolling back certain Obama-era regulations that eased travel and trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba. Although the action has received extensive coverage, its impact is fairly limited, says Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.