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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    DOD Urged To Improve On Cyber, Supply Chain Threats

    While federal defense and intelligence agencies are aware of cyber and supply chain threats, a broad, coordinated approach to those issues is lacking, with changes to defense acquisitions one potential part of helping to address the problem, research firm MITRE Corp. said in a report for the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • August 14, 2018

    CFIUS Reform Is No Death Knell For Chinese Buyers

    A newly signed law overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has sparked concern in China, but concerns that the country would face tougher reviews than it has in the past are likely unfounded.

  • August 14, 2018

    US Asks To DQ Atty In Sub-Tech Case Who Reps China’s Gov’t

    The U.S. Attorney's Office asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to disqualify an attorney for a man accused of illegally exporting submarine-detection equipment for a Chinese military institute, saying the lawyer’s simultaneous representation of the Chinese government creates a “serious potential conflict of interest.”

  • August 14, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Mobile Priority Raises Open Internet Snags

    The Federal Communications Commission is inviting stakeholders to probe whether a framework that offers priority mobile service to public safety users raises concerns under the Communications Act and the agency’s new “open internet” regime that replaced stricter net neutrality rules.

  • August 14, 2018

    DC Circ. Will Not Hear Gitmo Case En Banc

    A full panel of the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected Guantanamo Bay prisoner Khalid Ahmed Qassim’s bid for en banc hearing of his habeas corpus case, as two judges highlighted concerns about whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent on Guantanamo imprisonment review is being properly applied.

  • August 14, 2018

    Senior Dem Wants VA Info On Alleged Mar-A-Lago Influence

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Tuesday to provide details on any contact between VA officials and three members of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club recently alleged to have “unprecedented” control over VA decisions despite holding no formal federal positions.

  • August 14, 2018

    Noncitizen Recruits Say DOD Citizenship Policy Is Unlawful

    Noncitizen Army reservists have asked a D.C. federal judge to permanently block a U.S. Department of Defense policy imposing added eligibility requirements on their path to naturalization, arguing it will result in different government branches scrutinizing the same high-level security screening results twice, a needless, unconstitutional delay. 

  • August 14, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Nabs Fried Frank Int'l Arbitration Pro In DC

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP said Monday that it has added a former Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP attorney in Washington, D.C., bolstering its offerings in the international arbitration arena with his focus on representing clients in industries such as aerospace, government contracts, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

  • August 14, 2018

    Calif. Biz Owner Cops To Violating Syrian Sanctions

    A California businessman pled guilty on Monday to conspiring to export American tactical gear to Syria, a violation of U.S. economic sanctions against the country.

  • August 14, 2018

    1 NASA Small-Biz Contract, 1 Giant Leap For Plantkind

    Nanotechnology development company UbiQD Inc. said that it has nabbed a NASA contract that will help fund its work on a nanoparticle film intended to bolster crop growth and production during in-space missions and planetary explorations.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 13, 2018

    Judge Won't Boot Mueller From Probe Into Russian Company

    A federal judge for the District of Columbia on Monday refused to boot Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the prosecution of a Russian company accused of funding a propaganda campaign to tip the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, saying his appointment was lawful and the case within the investigation's scope. 

  • August 13, 2018

    2 Classes Cut From Dassault Overtime Collective Action

    An Arkansas federal judge on Monday trimmed two of three classes from a collective action accusing a Dassault Aviation business jet unit of wrongly classifying workers as overtime exempt, finding that the circumstances of those workers weren’t similar enough to justify moving forward collectively.

  • August 13, 2018

    CFIUS Overhaul Signed Into Law Along With Defense Budget

    President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 into law on Monday, approving the federal defense budget and policy priorities for the upcoming year as well as the attached plan to overhaul the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • August 13, 2018

    Carmakers Bemoan 'Confusing' Tariff Exclusion Process

    The Trump administration's process for importers to secure relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs has been “onerous, expensive and confusing,” a car parts manufacturer advocacy group said in a letter, calling on lawmakers to press the White House for meaningful changes.

  • August 13, 2018

    Claims Court Again Faults Navy Over $495M Guam Base Deal

    The Court of Federal Claims overturned a nearly $495 million Navy base management contract awarded to a Fluor unit after a protest from incumbent DZSP 21, the latest twist in a long-running saga that has seen the contract overturned and re-awarded several times.

  • August 13, 2018

    Ross Insists Turkish Metals Tariff Hike Is For Security

    Following President Donald Trump’s surprising decision to double tariffs on Turkey’s steel and aluminum exports in response to a tumbling of its currency, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross late Friday stressed that the move was made purely for national security reasons.

  • August 10, 2018

    How The Legal Industry Lets Down Lawyers With Disabilities

    The dissolution of a five-year-old bar group marks the latest setback for disabled attorneys, who often find little support while navigating an inhospitable industry. This is the first article in a special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

Expert Analysis

  • An Update, Not A Transformation, Of CFIUS Review Process

    Scott Flicker

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, a reform of the review process overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has just been signed into law. But to a great extent, it merely codifies CFIUS’ current practice of expansively interpreting its jurisdiction, stretching review timelines and taking a broad view of national security, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • DOJ Focuses FCA Priorities On Small Business Contracts

    Cormac Connor

    False Claims Act investigations related to small business certifications are nothing new. However, the U.S. Department of Justice under the current administration has prioritized Small Business Administration-related FCA investigations, say attorneys with Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.