Aerospace & Defense

  • May 18, 2018

    No Warrant Needed For IPhone Border Probe, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit found Customs and Border Protection agents' reasonable suspicion of a man caught with a suitcase full of weapons parts trying to board a plane was enough to justify the forensic analysis of his iPhone, finding that no warrant was needed since the search was technically at the border.

  • May 18, 2018

    'War Dogs' Arms Dealer Sues Friend Over Book Rights

    A former arms dealer who made millions during the Iraq War and fought Warner Brothers in copyright litigation over its movie "War Dogs" sued his writing partner Friday for allegedly claiming to be the owner of the rights to the arms dealer's memoir, "Once A Gun Runner."

  • May 18, 2018

    VA Finalizes $10B Cerner Electronic Health Records Deal

    The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has finalized a $10 billion contract with Cerner Corp. to build a new electronic health records system compatible with the U.S. Department of Defense that promises a seamless transition of information as active troops become veterans.

  • May 18, 2018

    Drone Maker Hushed Up Bomb-Laden Flight: Whistleblower

    A defense contractor that makes weaponized drones for the military has been accused in California state court of firing an employee who tipped off federal investigators about the company's efforts to cover up an incident in which a worker traveled on a commercial flight with a drone containing a bomb, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Korean Satellite Co. Slams $1M Award Confirmation Bid

    A Korean satellite provider has urged a New York federal judge to vacate a $1 million arbitral award issued to a Bermuda satellite operator in a dispute over a controversial satellite transaction, saying a tribunal is picking and choosing which Korean government actions to recognize, and which to ignore. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Trump's ZTE 'Bailout' Continues To Draw Bipartisan Fire

    President Donald Trump's decision to give Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. a reprieve following illicit sales to Iran and North Korea continued to receive bipartisan blowback Thursday as a congressional panel voted to keep ZTE cut off from the U.S. supply chain.

  • May 17, 2018

    Senate OKs 1st Female CIA Chief Despite Torture Concerns

    President Donald Trump's choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, cleared the Senate on Thursday despite opposition from a number of Democrats and Republicans over her record at the agency, including her oversight of so-called black sites and torture of terror suspects.

  • May 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. RFRA Damages Ruling Doesn't Erase Controversy

    The Second Circuit this month demonstrated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s power to hold federal officials accountable in ruling that several Muslim immigrants can seek damages for allegedly being placed on the no-fly list after refusing to be informants. But experts say the decision doesn’t ease concerns that companies and other powerful groups are co-opting the statute to justify discriminatory behavior.

  • May 17, 2018

    Leidos Deal To Support Army Corps In IT Could Total $239M

    Global technology company Leidos Inc. said Thursday that it has landed a contract potentially worth $239.5 million to continue providing IT support to 37,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers members stationed around the world.

  • May 17, 2018

    L3 Nets $392 Night-Vision Goggle Contract With DOD

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced it has awarded L3 Technologies Inc. a $391.8 million contract to design and develop an enhanced night-vision goggle binocular over the next three years. 

  • May 17, 2018

    EU Will Implement Tariffs On $3B In US Goods

    The European Union on Wednesday announced it will implement tariffs on more than $3 billion of U.S. goods to retaliate against the Trump administration’s recently enacted tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

  • May 17, 2018

    Trump Says 'Animals' Remark Only Meant Gang Members

    President Donald Trump on Thursday tried to reframe comments he made Wednesday that referred to some immigrants as "animals," saying he really meant to use the dehumanizing term only for members of gangs, not for immigrants in general.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Ex-US Sen. Evan Bayh Lands Cozen O’Connor Lobbying Gig

    The former U.S. senator and governor from Indiana once a stone’s throw away from serving as President Barack Obama’s vice president has joined Cozen O’Connor as of counsel, where he will serve as senior adviser for its lobbying wing.

  • May 17, 2018

    NASA Must Redo $112M Services Contract, Watchdog Says

    A NASA contractor may get a second chance to land a $112 million services contract after a government watchdog found that the space agency misevaluated its proposal and improperly reduced a rival's labor costs, according to a newly unsealed decision.

  • May 16, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Poses Cybersecurity Risk, House Reps. Told

    Cybersecurity experts told a House subcommittee Wednesday that telecom infrastructure built by Chinese companies with alleged government ties poses a national security risk, and advocated for interagency and private sector collaboration to address the risks in a targeted way.

  • May 16, 2018

    AT&T Customers Can’t Accelerate NSA Docs Hearing

    A California federal judge summarily refused Wednesday to accelerate a hearing considering access to classified materials sought by AT&T customers pursuing a putative class action over records collected by the National Security Agency.

  • May 16, 2018

    Pentagon Says Cloud Services Best Left To One Company

    The U.S. Department of Defense has defended its decision to build a multibillion-dollar commercial cloud service around a single vendor, telling lawmakers recently that sourcing the project to multiple companies would add costs and hamper "warfighter" effectiveness.

  • May 16, 2018

    Ex-Blackwater Guard Seeks Evidence Nix In Murder Retrial

    A former Blackwater guard slated to be retried for murder over a 2007 Iraq shooting incident asked a D.C. federal court to exclude evidence put before the prior jury, while the government argued the court previously decided many of the admissibility issues.

  • May 16, 2018

    Sens. Hear Case For $7.5B Bill To Counter China's Influence

    U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific region must counter the rise of China and support American interests through defense alliances, increased military spending and the promotion of the rule of law, a Senate subcommittee heard Tuesday at a hearing for legislation that would spend $7.5 billion over five years to support the mission.

Expert Analysis

  • ​GAO Clarifies Rules For Conflict Of Interest Waiver Protests

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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision this month in ARES Technical Services Corporation provides useful guidance to GAO protesters on where they should — and should not — focus their organizational conflict of interest waiver challenges, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • The Rise Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Construction

    Kenneth Suzan

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are gaining popularity in the construction industry, as they are useful for inspections, security and surveillance, among other functions. However, companies using them need to consider a number of legal risks and issues, including conflicts between state laws and federal aviation laws, says Kenneth Suzan of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • FCA Questions That High Court May Address Next Term

    Michael Waldman

    Although the U.S. Supreme Court has denied review on 12 False Claims Act-related petitions this term, at least six petitions raising FCA issues currently remain on the docket. And three of them appear to have already piqued the court’s interest, say Michael Waldman and Ralph Mayrell of Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Compliance Lessons From An Arms Export Enforcement Case

    Thomas McVey

    Last month, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls announced a major enforcement case and settlement for violations of arms export regulations involving FLIR Systems Inc. The case is a reminder to U.S. companies that what may seem like “routine” violations can quickly turn into a $30 million problem, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • Nat'l Space Council Could Launch New Era Of Patent Policy

    Larry Williams Jr.

    While the recently re-established National Space Council has a broad mandate to develop U.S. space policy recommendations, one important area for the council should be fostering creative endeavors in space. In particular, the council should determine if the current patent law framework is adequate, say Larry Williams Jr. and William Allen of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.