Aerospace & Defense

  • December 12, 2017

    Trump Bans Kaspersky Security Products In US Gov't

    President Donald Trump approved legislation Tuesday banning Kaspersky Lab products from government information systems in response to concerns about potential security risks and ties to the Russian government.

  • December 12, 2017

    ASBCA Says Co.'s Stock Option Method Not Expressly Barred

    Luna Innovations shouldn't have been penalized by the Defense Contract Management Agency for a reimbursement request because the stock option costs included in a cost-pricing proposal were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has ruled.

  • December 12, 2017

    GAO Says More Action Needed On Security Clearance Backlog

    Despite progress on reform efforts, security clearance processing for executive agency employees remains bogged down by delays and a backlog of more than 700,000 open applications that is exacerbated by a lack of reporting requirements, according to the Government Accountability Office.

  • December 12, 2017

    Armored Truck Contractor Denied Move To Medical Prison

    The former CEO of a now-defunct military contractor that provided faulty armored trucks can’t transfer to a medical prison for treatment of his prostate cancer and can't shake a filing by prosecutors arguing that the jury rightfully convicted him, a Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Turkish Banker Disputes That Iran Warning Made Him Nervous

    A former Obama administration official on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions, was “taken aback” and “sweating” when directly warned against helping Tehran, which was disputed by the defense because the former official could not back up his account with notes from the time.

  • December 12, 2017

    Canada Opens Fighter Competition While Swiping At Boeing

    The Canadian government on Tuesday launched a competition for dozens of new fighter jets while scrapping a planned interim purchase from Boeing, telling the aerospace giant that continuing its trade dispute with Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier would put it at a “distinct disadvantage” for the lucrative deal.

  • December 12, 2017

    Gov't Asks DC Circ. To Let Trans Military Ban Take Effect

    The federal government asked the D.C. Circuit late Monday for an emergency stay against an injunction blocking a Trump administration policy that bars transgender people from enlisting in the military, hours after a district court refused a similar request.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Intelligence Chief Set To Stiffen 'Unmasking' Standards

    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will tighten requirements for when the names of U.S. nationals that have been redacted in classified intelligence reports are able to be “unmasked,” according to a Friday media report.

  • December 11, 2017

    House Passes DHS Cybersecurity Overhaul

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday meant to centralize authority and responsibility for cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with backers claiming the legislation would allow for clear decision-making at the agency.

  • December 11, 2017

    Orbital Nabs $34M Air Force Satellite Launch Contract

    Orbital ATK has been awarded a $34 million contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center to build a platform that can carry technology or small satellites into space, the company announced Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    DOJ Won't Prosecute Software Co. Over Work In Russia

    Telecommunications software company Netcracker has reached a nonprosecution deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, agreeing to implement enhanced security measures to resolve a criminal investigation alleging that its contracted work had resulted in security “degradation” at the Defense Information Systems Agency, the DOJ announced on Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Turkish Ex-Cop's Testimony Sparks Mistrial Bid By Banker

    A former Istanbul police investigator told a Manhattan jury Monday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker facing charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, was being monitored about five years ago, but Atilla’s lawyers called his testimony irrelevant and asked for a mistrial.

  • December 11, 2017

    Chopper Repair Co. Fights To Keep Safran Contract Suit Alive

    A Kansas company that buys and repairs helicopters and engines urged a Texas federal court Friday to deny a bid to dismiss its suit against French aerospace company Safran SA and several of its affiliates, arguing it has raised plausible claims of breach of contract and antitrust law violations.

  • December 11, 2017

    DOD To Accept Trans Troops After Court Refuses To Budge

    The U.S. Department of Defense will allow transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, after a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Monday refused to halt an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to stop transgender troops from serving.

  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

    Judge Who Accepted Flynn’s Guilty Plea Recuses Himself

    The judge who accepted former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea to a count of lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador before the inauguration of President Donald Trump has recused himself from the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • New Defense IP Provisions Will Impact Contractor Data Rights

    Mary Beth Bosco

    Contractors need to prepare for the 2018 version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes significant changes to the U.S. Department of Defense approach to acquiring and licensing intellectual property, says Mary Beth Bosco of Holland & Knight LLP.