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Aerospace & Defense

  • September 13, 2018

    European Court Says UK Surveillance Violated Privacy Laws

    The United Kingdom's former regime for the bulk interception and collection of internet communications violated basic human rights by failing to ensure oversight of surveillance requests, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday, a decision advocates hope will boost efforts to rein in other government spying tools. 

  • September 13, 2018

    Federal Acquisition Issues Linger For Years, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have taken some steps to address acquisition issues identified in a 2007 expert report, such as a lack of competition for defense contracts, low small business participation and inadequate contractor oversight are still problematic more than a decade on, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • September 13, 2018

    Treasury Blacklists North Korean IT Cos. In China And Russia

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday sanctioned a North Korean individual and his China-based information technology company, as well as a Russian subsidiary, as part of its efforts to stop the flow of “illicit revenue” to North Korea from overseas.

  • September 13, 2018

    House Passes $147B VA, Energy Bill For 2019

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved a $146.5 billion package of bills to fund military construction and the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs and Energy for 2019, sending the bill to be signed into law, as lawmakers also reached a deal to stave off a government shutdown.

  • September 13, 2018

    Rajaratnam’s Motley Rice RICO Suit Gets Cool Response

    A Brooklyn federal judge put tough questions to a lawyer for imprisoned fraudster Raj Rajaratnam on Thursday over his racketeering suit that accuses the law firm Motley Rice LLC of paying former federal agents for dirt on him, saying the case may belong before a judge in New Jersey who is overseeing a related case.

  • September 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Miami-Dade County, Barings, Bringer

    Miami-Dade County is reportedly considering buying a former railroad corridor for $24.6 million, landlord Barings is said to be leasing nearly 20,000 square feet in New York to PR Consulting, and an affiliate of air cargo company Bringer has reportedly paid roughly $2.7 million for a Florida development site.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Must Fix 'Misleading' Terror Report, Ex-Officials Say

    A group of 18 former counterterrorism officials urged the Trump administration Thursday to either walk back or correct a “misleading” report from earlier this year that allegedly overstates connections between terrorism and practitioners of Islam, arguing the government is playing into tactics used by extremists.

  • September 13, 2018

    ST Engineering Inks $630M Deal For GE Aircraft Parts Co.

    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. unveiled plans Thursday to snap up aircraft parts maker MRA Systems LLC from General Electric Co. in a $630 million deal, as the company looks to tap in to areas that promise growth.

  • September 13, 2018

    Software Issues Delay Key Testing Phase For F-35

    The F-35 is not yet ready for a critical testing phase due to software issues, the U.S. Department of Defense’s top weapons tester said in a memo, delaying a full-rate production decision for the fighter jet.

  • September 13, 2018

    Enviros Take Marianas Live-Fire Testing Suit To 9th Circ.

    Several environmental groups launched an appeal to the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday of an order granting the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Defense a quick win in a challenge to planned live-fire testing sites in the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • September 12, 2018

    Beef Up Cybersecurity, Bipartisan Senators Urge State Dept.

    A bipartisan group of senators from states including Massachusetts and Kentucky chastised the State Department for failing to implement basic cybersecurity measures required under federal standards, asserting that the agency must act to protect sensitive information with steps that include requiring multi-factor authentication in all the department’ information systems.

  • September 12, 2018

    Too Soon To Decide Boeing Spat With Air Force, Judge Says

    Significant factual disputes remain regarding the U.S. Air Force’s denial of $271.1 million in deferred cost claims by Boeing on a rocket launch contract, a Court of Federal Claims judge said in a decision made public Wednesday, declining to rule for the company.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    Russian Cybercriminal Pleads Guilty To Operating Botnet

    A Russian computer programmer, a “prolific cybercriminal,” pled guilty Wednesday in Connecticut federal court to charges related to his operation of the so-called Kelihos botnet, a global network of computers harvesting login credentials and spewing malicious software, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 12, 2018

    DOD Wants To Streamline 21 Privacy Rules Into 1

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday proposed an update to its privacy regulation, intended to make its privacy practices consistent across the entire department by replacing the 21 separate rules currently used by DOD components.

  • September 12, 2018

    Calif. Faces Big Hurdles To Meet Lofty Carbon-Neutral Goal

    Climate change goals don't get much more ambitious than California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent executive order calling for the Golden State to be carbon-neutral by 2045, and experts say the state will have to thread the needle through significant legal, regulatory and practical challenges on the pathway to net-zero carbon emissions.

  • September 12, 2018

    Insurer Hits Boeing With Trade Secrets Suit Over Guarantees

    Xavian Insurance Company hit Boeing and its subsidiary Boeing Capital Corp. with a trade secrets lawsuit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, accusing them of copying plans for an insurance-backed guarantee on financing for the purchase of commercial aircraft and launching their own.

  • September 12, 2018

    Trump Files Sanctions Order To Fight Election Interference

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday allowing for a broad range of sanctions to be imposed against any entity that attempts to interfere with U.S. elections, with perceived potential threats coming not only from Russia but also China, Iran and North Korea, Trump administration officials said.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    Veterans Group Slams Wilkie Over VA Benefit Bill Stance

    A veterans' advocacy group has pushed back against Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie's request for the Senate to reject a bill that would restore presumptive access to benefits related to Agent Orange-linked illnesses for "blue water" Navy veterans, arguing Wilkie had misrepresented the science underlying the Vietnam veterans' claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Aviation Watch: The Regional Jet Wars Heat Up

    Alan Hoffman

    The business of building and selling regional jet airliners has become an all-out battleground, with Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Airbus and Mitsubishi fighting for contracts worth billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. The Trump administration's aggressive trade policies have added more uncertainty to the mix, says retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman.

  • New Risks For US Cos. Inadvertently Supporting North Korea

    Ellen Murphy

    Following a U.S. State Department advisory this week, companies conducting business abroad — particularly in the technology, medical and life sciences industries — should watch out for several areas of heightened risk that may have a nexus to North Korea, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.