Aerospace & Defense

  • April 18, 2018

    Hacker Who Conspired With Russian Agents Faces 8 Years

    A 23-year-old Canadian “international hacker for hire” who broke into thousands of email accounts, including dozens at the bidding of the Russian government agents behind a massive cyberattack on Yahoo, should be sentenced to eight years' imprisonment, federal prosecutors told a California federal court Tuesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    A Flood Of Tariff Exemption Bids Is Giving Attorneys Fits

    As importers and foreign producers scramble for a reprieve from the Trump administration’s sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum, attorneys are beginning to confront the challenges in navigating a bureaucratic process that has already been overrun with a wave of exclusion requests.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senate Dems Block Coast Guard Bill Over Water Issues

    Senate Democrats voted to block reauthorization of the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday, railing against a change to the Clean Water Act they claimed would endanger America’s waterways.

  • April 18, 2018

    Boeing To Get $51M From Gov't For Enviro Cleanup Costs

    The federal government has agreed to pay Boeing $51 million to settle claims related to costs for remediating a Seattle-area manufacturing site that the company claimed was contaminated by work done for the military beginning during World War II, the parties jointly announced Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Pharmacy, PE Fund Owner Want Tricare FCA Suit Trashed

    A Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner on Tuesday urged a federal court to toss False Claims Act litigation accusing them of running a $68 million kickback scheme involving medically unnecessary prescriptions for Tricare beneficiaries, contending that the government's allegations are far too generalized.

  • April 18, 2018

    Man Gets 3 Years For $3.7M Series Of Online Frauds

    A Washington state man will spend three years in prison for conducting a series of online frauds that aimed to take approximately $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, a U.S. financial institution and the government's pension benefit agency, a New York federal judge said on Wednesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Seek Info On Mystery Cell Surveillance In DC

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publicize information about potential cellphone surveillance in the Washington, D.C., area, saying in a letter the public should know more about the mysterious devices at the heart of the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    India Eyes Spot In China-US Trade Standoff

    India urged China to let it join Beijing’s challenge at the World Trade Organization over President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, the same day the WTO unsealed documents detailing that the Trump administration would honor China’s request to hold bilateral talks.

  • April 18, 2018

    Air Force To Shake Up Space Center, Speed Up Acquisition

    The U.S. Air Force will reorganize its Space and Missile Systems Center in an effort to cut years off the time it currently takes to procure space systems, as part of a broader new push to streamline acquisitions, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said.

  • April 18, 2018

    Coast Guard Chief Pushes Back Against Transgender Ban

    The U.S. Coast Guard chief, while urging more funding for new ships, told lawmakers that he was committed to allowing transgender members to continue to serve in the Coast Guard unless there is a policy specifically barring their service.

  • April 18, 2018

    VA Sets Aside $685M For Construction, Renovation Projects

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will use $685 million in congressional funding for several state veterans homes construction projects, according to a statement released by the department on Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-FBI Agent Admits Leaking Defense Info To Reporter

    A former FBI agent on Tuesday pled guilty in Minnesota federal court to charges related to taking secret government defense information and disclosing it to a news organization, making him at least the second person to be prosecuted in President Donald Trump’s so-called war on leaks.

  • April 17, 2018

    Textron Bid To Stifle Deposition 'Just Too Broad,' Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal magistrate judge on Tuesday vehemently denied a request from Textron Systems Corp., the last American manufacturer of cluster bombs, to censor 32 specific subjects at an upcoming deposition in a legal battle over a Saudi consultant's alleged $30 million cut of a $1 billion transaction.

  • April 17, 2018

    VA Chief Nominee Won't Privatize Agency, Senator Says

    Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Ronny Jackson has pledged that he won’t support privatizing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Tuesday, while also noting that he remains to be convinced whether Jackson “has what it takes” to run the VA.

  • April 17, 2018

    DOD OIG Finds Europe Telecom Contracts Properly Awarded

    The Pentagon’s internal watchdog validated all 30 European telecom contracts reviewed in an investigation spurred by a contract awarded to a German Verizon subsidiary for $38.6 million more than the lowest bid, though it found failings in the contracting agency's documentation procedures.

  • April 17, 2018

    Tech Firms Vow Not To Aid Governments In Cyberattacks

    More than 30 technology companies and cybersecurity firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, pledged Tuesday not to help any government launch cyberattacks on "innocent citizens" around the world, as part of a new agreement over conduct in cyberspace.

  • April 17, 2018

    FCC Advances National Security Plan With Assurances

    During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with a rulemaking that contemplates cutting off communications subsidies from companies that may threaten U.S. networks, with commissioners offering assurances that the fledgling item still has a long way to go.

  • April 17, 2018

    Pence Launches New Space Traffic Management Policy

    Vice President Mike Pence, acting in his role as chief of the National Space Council, announced a new policy Monday intended to manage space traffic, a response to the increasing level of space activity in recent years.

  • April 17, 2018

    Armed Services Chair Seeks To Shake Up DOD Agencies

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, put forward two proposals Tuesday for reform at the U.S. Department of Defense, which would eliminate some DOD agencies and reorganize others and continue an ongoing push for acquisition changes.

  • April 17, 2018

    US Questions China's WTO Moves, But Will Sit For Talks

    The Trump administration has pushed back against China’s recent World Trade Organization challenges of U.S. enforcement moves regarding metal tariffs and actions to counter Beijing’s intellectual property regime, but has nevertheless agreed to talk about resolving the escalating trade imbroglio, according to WTO documents unsealed Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • When To Agree To ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Case

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases at the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary given the low substantiation rate and the fact that most contractors have not engaged in reprisal, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.