Aerospace & Defense

  • May 23, 2017

    SpaceX Firing Trial Opens With Claim Musk Co. Cut Corners

    SpaceX fired an avionics technician for raising concerns that the ambitious startup was cutting corners and pushing workers to falsify rocket-part safety tests, the man’s attorney told a California jury during opening statements in a retaliation trial on Tuesday, while SpaceX countered that his conduct frightened coworkers.

  • May 23, 2017

    Defense Worker Cops To 'Bourne'-Inspired Spy Scheme

    A former defense contractor employee who loves spy stories like the “Jason Bourne” films pled guilty Monday to charges related to selling military satellite information to an agent he thought was a Russian spy for money to send to a girlfriend in Long Beach, California, who was catfishing him.

  • May 23, 2017

    Proposed Defense Boost Leaves Lawmakers Wanting More

    Despite a significant bump in defense spending to a $603 billion baseline in 2018, congressional defense hawks and analysts have taken aim at the Trump administration’s proposed budget, saying the defense increase is neither as large as claimed nor sufficient to address current needs.

  • May 23, 2017

    Jones Day Hires Former White House Cybersecurity Official

    Jones Day has hired the former White House senior director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council to its office in Washington, D.C., the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    4th Circ. Lets Wikipedia Move Forward With NSA Spying Fight

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday resurrected a constitutional challenge mounted by Wikipedia's parent company against the NSA’s controversial “upstream” collection of internet communications, but found other groups couldn’t move forward because they relied on a broader surveillance effort that couldn’t be plausibly proven.

  • May 23, 2017

    GAO Says Army Did Homework On $64M Afghan Fuel Order

    A Government Accountability Office decision made public Tuesday sided with the U.S. Army and against an Afghanistan fuel supplier contesting a $64 million task order awarded to a competitor, concluding the service branch properly considered allegations that the awardee breached fuel-sourcing and quality needs.

  • May 23, 2017

    Congress Pans Spending Cuts In Trump Budget Plan

    Members of both parties in Congress on Tuesday criticized much of President Donald Trump’s first full budget, which would fund increased military spending with particularly steep cuts to domestic programs, setting up a showdown that makes it less likely proposed cuts will make it into an actual spending plan.

  • May 23, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $250M Navy Training Deal For Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. Department of State has signed off on a $250 million naval training program for Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Tuesday, days after the White House inked a massive arms deal with the Middle Eastern nation worth up to $350 billion.

  • May 23, 2017

    Labaton Sucharow Adds 3 To SEC Whistleblower Practice

    Labaton Sucharow LLP has increased its Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower practice from one partner to four with the addition, announced Tuesday, of three former SEC and Department of Justice officials.

  • May 23, 2017

    Former Lockheed Workers Claim Retaliation In FCA Suit

    A pair of former Lockheed Martin Corp. workers on Friday continued to accuse the company of discrimination, this time with a Louisiana federal court retaliation lawsuit claiming they were fired for reporting allegedly fraudulent billing activity under a NASA contract in violation of the False Claims Act.

  • May 22, 2017

    DOJ Defends Sanctuary Cities Order With New Interpretation

    The Trump administration asked a California federal judge Monday to reconsider a decision blocking its executive order over withholding funding from so-called sanctuary cities in the wake of a new interpretation that narrows any affected grants to those from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, saying the new guidance erases constitutional concerns.

  • May 22, 2017

    3 Things To Watch In The Next FAA Reauthorization Bill

    As Congress gets ready to negotiate long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration in what could be the first major FAA reauthorization bill in five years, industry stakeholders will be watching to see how lawmakers handle a few key issues, from a proposal to privatize air traffic control to consumer protection concerns.

  • May 22, 2017

    Ex-US Atty Joins Ballard Spahr White Collar Crew In Phoenix

    A former U.S. attorney and longtime right-hand man to former Arizona governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has joined Ballard Spahr LLP’s white collar crime and government relations practices in Phoenix, the firm said Monday.

  • May 22, 2017

    Trump's $4T Budget Pays For Defense With Domestic Cuts

    President Donald Trump’s first full budget plan doubles down on promised increases in defense and border security spending, paid for by billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, federal retiree benefits, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, among other programs and agencies.

  • May 22, 2017

    Booz Allen Among 9 More US Cos., People Sanctioned By Iran

    Iran has added Booz Allen Hamilton and others to the list of U.S. companies and people subject to sanctions in what the nation’s foreign affairs ministry says is a response to the U.S. government’s “illegal move” of imposing penalties on entities accused of aiding Iran’s missile program.

  • May 22, 2017

    Reps. Want Docs In Alleged Iraq Contractor Misconduct Case

    The leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday asked defense contractor Sallyport Global Holdings to hand over documents to the committee, citing concerns stemming from a recent media report accusing the company of fraud, aiding human trafficking and other misconduct on a Iraq base security contract.

  • May 22, 2017

    Trump DOD Budget ‘Basically The Obama Approach’: Rep.

    Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to rebuild the military, his proposed $603 billion base defense budget is largely in line with that of his predecessor, the head of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday, pushing for $37 billion more.

  • May 22, 2017

    US Inks Deal For Up To $350B In Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

    The White House said Saturday it has agreed to a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth at least $110 billion and possibly as much as $350 billion, as President Donald Trump visited the Middle Eastern nation during his first trip outside the U.S. as president.

  • May 22, 2017

    Fla. Contractor Sues To Hold Onto Watch Team Deal

    A Florida small business has sued the U.S. Army to stop it from giving away the firm's multimillion-dollar task order to provide security personnel to a rival contractor, telling the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that such a move would be unlawful.

  • May 22, 2017

    DynCorp Can't Duck $135M FCA Claim Of Iraq Billing Fraud

    A D.C. federal judge trimmed a $135 million False Claims Act lawsuit against DynCorp International Inc. on Friday, but she declined to toss the bulk of the government's complaint alleging the U.S. Department of State contractor grossly and fraudulently overbilled it for years for security work in Iraq.

Expert Analysis

  • Protecting Privilege In FCA Cases From Start To Finish

    Daniel Chudd

    Companies cannot risk failing to thoroughly investigate False Claims Act allegations. In doing so, however, companies should be wary of unintentionally waiving or failing to establish privilege. There are six common privilege pitfalls to avoid, say Daniel Chudd and Rachael Plymale of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Concerns And Conflicts When Investigating Gov't Officials

    David Frulla

    The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election invoked a well-trod path, both in the U.S. and around the world. However, deputizing an outside attorney to investigate actions by high-ranking government officials brings with it two sets of concerns that are often in tension, says David Frulla of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Hiring Incumbent Staff: GAO Says You Get What You Pay For

    Amy Conant

    The Government Accountability Office's decision last month in A-P-T Research, along with three other protests from the last two years, emphasizes the importance of evaluating an offeror’s ability to recruit and retain incumbent personnel in the course of a cost realism analysis, says Amy Conant of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Is It Time To Do Away With The TSA?

    Alan Hoffman

    Does the burden imposed on airlines and the public by the all-encompassing domestic airport security regime provide any real benefit? The arbitrary nature of many of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's procedures, and the modifications made to mollify public outcry, suggests that they add little real value, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • In Congress: Budget, Health Care, Comey

    Richard Hertling

    As we approach the Memorial Day recess, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and allegations that the president sought to stop the FBI from investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s potential ties to Russia remain at the top of the news cycle and threaten to derail Republican efforts to pursue health care and tax reform, among other priorities, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covingt... (continued)

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Trump Cybersecurity Order: Ambitious Goals, Tight Timelines

    Heather Sussman

    The Trump administration’s first executive action on cybersecurity aims to jump-start cybersecurity risk management activities within the federal government. But with such short reporting deadlines, agencies may not be able to undertake meaningful risk assessments and planning activities, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.