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Aerospace & Defense

  • October 22, 2018

    Ligado's Plans May Interfere With Other Satellites, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission shouldn't give satellite operator Ligado Networks the green light for a fifth-generation network until it is sure the mobile broadband won't interfere with other companies' satellite operations, a coalition of aviation, satellite and weather groups told the agency.

  • October 19, 2018

    Billions In Saudi Arms Sales At Stake Amid Lawmaker Furor

    Growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia stemming from its alleged killing of a journalist could see Congress exercise its authority over foreign military sales to cut off billions of dollars in military trade with the Middle Eastern kingdom, setting up a potentially significant clash with President Donald Trump.

  • October 19, 2018

    BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet about their ties to the Middle Eastern kingdom so far.

  • October 19, 2018

    Fla. Pharmacy Hit With False Claims Suit Over Kickbacks

    The federal government has filed suit against a Florida pharmacy, alleging the business engaged in illegal kickback schemes with marketers that resulted in the federal Tricare program paying more than $21 million in reimbursements for prescriptions induced in violation of the False Claims Act.

  • October 19, 2018

    Feds Charge Troll Farm Accountant With Midterm Meddling

    Federal prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a Russian accountant accused of helping a Moscow-based disinformation group use fake social media accounts to sow discord in the U.S. ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

    Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    What M&A Attys Must Know About Mandatory CFIUS Filings

    A new pilot program will require inbound U.S. investments across nearly 30 industries to file with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a significant change from the previously optional process that could spur steep financial penalties for those who fail to comply. Here, Law360 outlines key aspects of the soon-to-be-instituted rule change.

  • October 19, 2018

    WTO Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Set To Intensify

    A number of World Trade Organization cases spurred by the Trump administration’s national security-based duties on steel and aluminum will move toward a more contentious stage at an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO’s dispute wing, according to a meeting agenda circulated Friday morning.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-FBI Agent Gets 4 Years For Leaking Defense Info

    A former FBI agent was sentenced to four years in prison in Minnesota federal court Thursday on charges related to taking secret government defense information and disclosing it to a news organization, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Told It Must Shield Airwaves From Global Encroachment

    Satellite companies told the Federal Communications Commission in filings posted Thursday that it should recommend that the decisions made at next year's World Radio Conference be a balance between keeping the domestic uses of spectrum bands in place and adopting consistent rules globally.

  • October 18, 2018

    Trump Threatens To Send Troops To 'Close' US-Mexico Border

    President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to send the U.S. military to "close" the southern border if Mexico does not stop the so-called onslaught of immigrants, including a caravan with thousands of Honduran migrants that is reportedly heading north toward the country.

  • October 18, 2018

    Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

    A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • October 18, 2018

    FAA OKs Drone Operation With Radar Beyond Line Of Sight

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved drone maker Avitas Systems' request to operate a commercial drone beyond visual line of sight in a Texas oil field without a second spotter, setting a new precedent for commercial drone operations, the company recently announced.

  • October 17, 2018

    Ex-Fed Agent Can't Ditch Silk Road Bitcoin Theft Sentence

    A California federal judge Wednesday denied an ex-Secret Service agent’s bid to vacate a nearly six-year sentence for stealing bitcoin during an investigation of black market website Silk Road, saying the law enforcement officer “knowingly and voluntarily” entered into his plea deal and his counsel “was not ineffective.”

  • October 17, 2018

    NY Times Urges Judge To Unseal Docs In Trump Dossier Row

    The New York Times asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to unseal documents filed by both sides of a Russian tech executive’s defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed over its publishing of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • October 17, 2018

    Vectrus Wraps Up Wage Class Action With $3.75M Deal

    A Washington federal judge has given final approval to a deal where Vectrus Systems Corp. agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a class action that had accused a former version of the company of withholding pay and benefits promised to a group of people hired to work in Kuwait.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Vet-Owned Biz Is Always VA Contract Priority, Fed. Circ. Says

    A requirement for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to give preference to veteran-owned small businesses in contracting overrides an otherwise mandatory government-wide contracting preference for items made by the blind and significantly disabled, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Eversheds Sutherland Nabs Ex-Baker Botts Trade Pro In DC

    Eversheds Sutherland has bolstered its international trade and energy practices with the addition of a former Baker Botts LLP partner, according to the firm.

  • October 17, 2018

    Bayer Cholesterol Drug FCA Suit Survives Dismissal Bid

    A Minnesota federal court judge has kept alive a long-running False Claims Act suit alleging that Bayer AG misled the U.S. Department of Defense about the risks of its now-defunct cholesterol drug Baycol, finding that the relator had presented enough evidence to show that she had direct knowledge of the alleged fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Geopolitics In US-China Investments

    Charles Comey

    Notwithstanding protectionist trends on both sides of the Pacific, there continues to be high levels of interest from Chinese investors looking to invest in U.S. companies and vice versa. Charles Comey and Jim Ryan of Morrison & Foerster LLP discuss the new regulatory challenges facing these deals.

  • Series

    Trade Wars

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    This special series examines the legal, strategic and economic dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, and assesses what the recent shifts in U.S. trade policy may mean for the country and for the established system of international commerce.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Restricting Foreign Access To US Technology

    Hdeel Abdelhady

    The tech industry is now at the center of policies designed to protect U.S. technology from foreign access and influence — including not only restrictions on foreign investment, but also supply chain exclusions, limits on academic research, curbs on third-country technology transfers and measures against foreign control of key raw materials, says Hdeel Abdelhady of MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Top 10 Trump Trends

    Charles Skuba

    The inner workings of the Trump economics and trade team remain foggy, but the administration's trade strategy can be discerned from the public statements of the president and his advisers. Unpredictability, mercantilism, bilateralism and a willingness to accept collateral damage are among the most important patterns, says Charles Skuba of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Tariffs Threaten To Outweigh Tax Reform Gains

    Erica York

    In the next installment of this series examining the dimensions of the Trump administration's trade agenda, Erica York of the Tax Foundation discusses how the economic harm caused by tariffs could slow or offset the economic and employment benefits of tax reform.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: When Trade And National Security Converge

    Mario Mancuso

    Increasing tariffs, new scrutiny of foreign investments in U.S. companies, and export controls over “emerging and foundational” technology are part of a Trump administration strategy to advance national security objectives using economic tools. These measures are ushering in a new era of trade restrictions, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • How High Court May Rule On The Bare-Metal Defense

    S. Christopher Collier

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed foundational tort principles at oral argument in Air and Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries, which concerns a defendant's liability under maritime law for products it did not make, sell or distribute. The court’s ruling will doubtless influence lower courts considering other bare-metal challenges, say S. Christopher Collier and Michael Arndt of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. 

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.