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Aerospace & Defense

  • May 25, 2018

    Trump Strikes Deal With ZTE, Roiling Capitol Hill

    President Donald Trump announced late Friday that he has struck an agreement with Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to restore its access to the U.S. market, openly defying lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who had urged the White House to take a hard line on the company following its illicit sales to Iran and North Korea.

  • May 25, 2018

    GAO Calls Sikorsky's IP Row With Air Force 'Purely Academic'

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s claim that the Air Force had overreached on intellectual property licensing requirements in a solicitation for a helicopter to replace the iconic UH-1N “Huey” was effectively academic, with the Air Force having since clarified its position, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in dismissing the protest in a decision made public Friday.

  • May 25, 2018

    Navy Cloud Computing Work Outside Contract Scope: GAO

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Thursday upheld a joint venture’s protest against Navy cloud computing work issued to Smartronix under the massive Alliant Solutions LLC information technology contract, saying the scope of the work was outside the scope of Smartronix’s underlying task order.

  • May 25, 2018

    Avionics Co. Wrongly Shunned Weingarten Rights, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that a PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC manager violated federal labor law by telling employees the company didn't recognize their Weingarten rights, which enable union workers to insist on having representation during investigatory interviews that could reasonably result in discipline.

  • May 25, 2018

    DCAA Will Soon Eliminate Years-Old Audit Backlog

    The Defense Contract Audit Agency is on track to eliminate its long-running audit backlog by September, the agency said in its latest annual report to Congress while touting a claimed $3.5 billion in cost savings the DCAA had achieved in fiscal 2017.

  • May 25, 2018

    Saudis Must Cough Up Documents In 9/11 Victims Suit

    A federal judge in Manhattan has ordered the government of Saudi Arabia to disclose any documents and other information it may have on two former officials suspected of aiding hijackers in preparation of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in a recently trimmed, yearslong lawsuit seeking to hold the kingdom liable for allegedly backing the plot.

  • May 25, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: AE Industrial, Johnson Controls, Diageo

    AE Industrial Partners is close to closing its second fund at $1.35 billion, KKR and Apollo Global Management are eyeing Johnson Controls International’s power solutions unit, and Diageo is gauging interest in a number of spirits brands.

  • May 25, 2018

    Auto Industry Is Lukewarm On Trump's New Trade Probe

    The nation's leading automakers gave a tepid response Thursday to President Donald Trump's decision to probe the national security risks of imported cars, underscoring the highly contentious nature of the administration's latest trade enforcement salvo.

  • May 25, 2018

    EU To Pump €500M Into Defense Tech Development

    The European Union has agreed to provide €500 million ($582.8 million) in 2019 and 2020 for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, with the aim of encouraging the development of new defense technology across member states.

  • May 24, 2018

    Trump Issues Overhaul Of Commercial Space Regulations

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a directive intended to loosen regulations on commercial space flight, putting responsibility for launch and reentry in the hands of the U.S. Department of Transportation, while making the U.S. Department of Commerce a "one-stop shop" for all other commercial space issues.

  • May 24, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Binladin, Varsity Brands, Eddie Bauer

    Saudi Binladin Group is set to undergo restructuring after the Saudi government moved to seize control of the company, the company behind yearbook, class ring and cheerleading uniform makers is eyeing a more than $2.5 billion sale, and retailers Pacific Sunwear and Eddie Bauer are considering a merger.

  • May 24, 2018

    Car Wars: Trump's Latest Flex Will Test Bounds Of Trade Law

    President Donald Trump’s newly launched probe of national security threats posed by car imports has sent shockwaves through the trade bar and teed up a clash over the scope of an already controversial Cold War-era law that has emerged as a linchpin for the administration's trade enforcement regime.

  • May 24, 2018

    Some Contention Remains As House Panel OKs Defense Bill

    The $717 billion defense bill passed by the House on Thursday includes a number of contentious proposals, covering issues such as funding for high-profile acquisition programs and the president's planned military parade, as well as seeking to shake up the structure of U.S. Department of Defense agencies.

  • May 24, 2018

    Iranian Banker Scores Bail In $115M Sanctions-Dodging Fight

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday agreed to the pretrial release of the Iranian chairman of a Maltese bank as he faces charges of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran by funneling $115 million in Venezuelan construction funds through American banks, following a protracted fight over a $34 million bail package.

  • May 24, 2018

    Developer, Gov’t Settle $30M Fla. Munitions Cleanup Suit

    A Florida federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit after being informed of a settlement between the U.S. government and a developer that sought up to $30.5 million in cleanup costs for an Orlando site that was used for World War II-era U.S. Air Force munitions testing, according to a filing on Wednesday in Florida federal court.

  • May 24, 2018

    Senate Sends $55B VA Reform Bill To Trump

    The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a $55 billion bill that would overhaul how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for private care and would also expand the agency's popular caregiver program. 

  • May 23, 2018

    BigLaw Feels The Heat In FARA Enforcement Push

    Behind the scenes, law firms are scrambling to stay in the government’s good graces after the Foreign Agents Registration Act was used to indict President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.

  • May 23, 2018

    As Foreign Agent Disclosure Soars, Reform Efforts Bog Down

    With the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the spotlight, some members of Congress are facing big challenges in their quest to add teeth to the law.

  • May 23, 2018

    Foreign Lobbyists Step Into Light After Manafort Downfall

    “Ridiculous” is how Paul Manafort's attorney has described his client's charges under a loosely followed foreign lobbying law, but a Law360 analysis shows that throngs of Washington influencers are now emerging from the shadows to comply.

  • May 23, 2018

    Trump Eying New Security-Based Tariffs On Imported Cars

    At the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Commerce late Wednesday launched an investigation that may result in new duties on imported cars using the same national security statute that cleared the way for the administration’s steel and aluminum levies earlier this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Trade Rep Hints At More CFIUS Scrutiny Of Biotech Deals

    Stephen Mahinka

    The Section 301 report issued in March by the United States Trade Representative highlighted foreign acquisitions and investments in the U.S. biotechnology industry. Counsel on both sides of a transaction in this sector should consider carefully whether involvement by foreign entities, especially from China, should be filed for review by CFIUS before closing, say Stephen Mahinka and Carl Valenstein of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Adding Pakistan To 'Gray List' Has Important Consequences

    Michael Casey

    Next month, Pakistan will be added back to the Financial Action Task Force’s “gray list” due to the country’s failure to adequately address terrorist financing activities within its borders. This action could result in western financial institutions and companies re-evaluating their business dealings in Pakistan and with Pakistani banks and counterparties, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • 4 Considerations For Gov't Contractor Carveout Deals

    Scott Freling

    The steady flow of M&A activity in the government contracts industry has included a number of “carveout” transactions, where a government-focused business is separated from its existing corporate structure. Despite the great benefits from carveouts, the path to the finish line is riddled with challenges, say Scott Freling and Alexander Hastings of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • ​GAO Clarifies Rules For Conflict Of Interest Waiver Protests

    Aron Beezley

    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.