Aerospace & Defense

  • January 19, 2018

    Attorneys Preparing Clients For A Costly Shutdown

    The federal government shutdown has attorneys worried, and they're preparing their clients for potential problems regarding contractors and labor regulations when the federal government shuts its doors Monday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Government To Shut Down After Band-Aid Funding Falls Off

    The federal government is set to shut down early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats blocked a short-term funding measure, following a breakdown in spending negotiations and partisan wrestling over immigration policy.

  • January 19, 2018

    DOD Sees Bigger Threats As Strategy Turns Away From Terror

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s new National Defense Strategy unveiled Friday moves the DOD’s main focus away from terrorism and back to state-level threats such as China and Russia, presaging a potential return to a Cold War-like standoff.

  • January 19, 2018

    Military Aircraft Tracker Vulnerable To Hacking, GAO Says

    The Government Accountability Office was able to track military aircrafts with public information made available by a new aviation surveillance system required to be fully implemented within two years, one of a set of glaring security risks an audit released this week found that federal agencies have yet to address.

  • January 19, 2018

    Kuwait Co. To Get Up To $1.3B To Supply Food To US Troops

    The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency on Thursday awarded a five-year contract valued at as much as $1.38 billion to Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co. to lead logistics and food distribution operations for U.S. military personnel in the Gulf region.

  • January 19, 2018

    KBR Investors Defend Suit Over UK Fraud Investigation

    A group of KBR Inc. investors hit back Thursday against its attempt to dismiss their proposed class action, saying the engineering and construction services company was wrong to suggest they hadn't laid out specific allegations or that they lacked sufficient evidence to support accusations of bribery and corruption.

  • January 19, 2018

    Strong Case Outweighed ‘Improper’ Closing, Says 1st Circ.

    The First Circuit has decided a Massachusetts federal judge was right to deny a retrial for a man convicted of lying to score $110 million in government contracts because, despite a stinging personal rebuke in closing arguments, the man was not even close to winning the case.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ex-United Pilot's $35M Bipolar Misdiagnosis Suit Tossed

    A Missouri federal court on Thursday dismissed a $35 million suit by a former naval aviator over an allegedly career-ruining bipolar misdiagnosis by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, saying that the suit was filed too late.

  • January 18, 2018

    Ex-DOD Official Says Gov't Hasn't Backed Fraud Indictment

    A former U.S. Department of Defense program office director alleged to have bilked the government out of millions of dollars through a scheme to misuse a small business contracting program accused the government Thursday of going off on a tangent to try to distract from its vague indictment.

  • January 18, 2018

    Congress Renews Controversial Surveillance Law

    Renewal of a key Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authority was sent to President Donald Trump Thursday, following a sharply divided Senate vote that overrode privacy advocates' concerns about domestic spying.

  • January 18, 2018

    State Dept. OKs $500M Saudi Arabia Missile Support Deal

    The U.S. Department of State has approved a proposed $500 million deal to provide missile system support services to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday, continuing a strong trend of Foreign Military Sales deals made so far under the Trump administration.

  • January 18, 2018

    Kaspersky Wants Judge To Block Federal Software Ban

    Security software firm Kaspersky Lab asked a D.C. federal judge on Wednesday for an injunction stopping the Trump administration from enforcing an order banning it from federal systems that was prompted by fears that its antivirus software could be hijacked by Russian spies.

  • January 18, 2018

    Ryan Says Budget Fights Pushing DOD To 'Breaking Point'

    The main priority of the federal government should be national defense, but the military has been “pushed past the breaking point” by a series of continuing budget fights that are often tied up with unrelated issues such as immigration reform, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday.

  • January 17, 2018

    Analysts Slam Report Linking Immigrants To Terrorism

    A new joint report by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security that links immigrants to terrorism convictions has come under fire for what data analysts call misleading findings.

  • January 17, 2018

    GAO Backs Protest Over 1 Award In $1.6B DHS Cloud Deal

    The Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Wednesday partially sustained a protest filed against one of the awardees in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security cloud computing deal worth up to $1.6 billion, ruling the vendor had been given an unfair advantage in bidding.

  • January 17, 2018

    House Republicans Advance Funding Bill Without Dems

    The House of Representatives advanced a bill Wednesday to fund the government and children's health insurance programs through February, as Democrats vowed to oppose it, risking a government shutdown this weekend over immigration policy.

  • January 17, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says DOD Properly Terminated Fuel Supply Deal

    The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Defense Logistics Agency had properly terminated a contractor’s fuel supply deal for failure to deliver, while ruling that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had improperly ruled on part of the dispute where no monetary claim had been made.

  • January 17, 2018

    Ex-Sen. Dodd, Eli Lilly Litigation Head Join Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP on Tuesday said former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd will join the firm in Washington, D.C., as part of its legislation and public policy group, while the former head of litigation for Eli Lilly & Co. will come aboard in its life sciences and health care regulatory practice.

  • January 17, 2018

    Bill Renewing State Dept. Cyber Role Passes House

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation that would create a high-level international cyberspace ambassador post at the U.S. Department of State, in a rebuke to how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reorganized the office.

  • January 17, 2018

    Navy Charges Officers With Homicide Over Ship Crashes

    The U.S. Navy announced Tuesday that it had charged the former commanding officers of two ships with negligent homicide, among other charges, after 2017 crashes that collectively led to the deaths of 17 sailors.

Expert Analysis

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Removal In 2017: How Defendants Got To Federal Court

    Brett Clements

    Product liability defendants often seek to remove cases to federal court, because federal jurisdiction means federal pleading standards, robust expert discovery, efficiency through uniform procedural and evidentiary rules and, often, more diverse jury pools. Last year, several cases highlighted the evolving removal landscape and addressed four important questions, say Brett Clements and Amy Rubenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Latest Bid Protest 'Reform' Should Be Repealed

    Marcia Madsen

    The "loser pays" provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is a transparent effort to avoid review of government decisions. It violates fundamental principles of administrative law enshrined in the Administrative Procedure Act. Additionally, there is no factual basis for restricting review of agency procurement decisions, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • How Tax Reform Will Change FCA Settlements

    Douglas Baruch

    Little attention has been paid to a provision of the new tax law that requires federal agencies to specify, at the time of settlement of government claims, the portion of the settlement that may be deductible as a business expense. This is sure to impact False Claims Act and other settlements involving the government going forward, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • New Magnitsky Sanctions Expand Enforcement Authority

    Michael Zolandz

    New sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act not only provide the U.S. government with a new instrument to take action in response to conduct that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the U.S. anti-money laundering laws, but also expand the scope of U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, say partners with Dentons.