Aerospace & Defense

  • March 21, 2018

    US Must Disclose Docs To Defend Transgender Military Ban

    A Washington federal judge declined Tuesday to rethink her decision ordering the federal government to disclose all the information it may use to defend a ban on transgender military service members, deeming the administration's attempt to invoke executive privilege belated and its current disclosures insufficient.

  • March 21, 2018

    Trump Dossier Author Can Be Deposed In BuzzFeed Libel Suit

    A judge in England on Wednesday ordered former British spy Christopher Steele to answer questions regarding a dossier he compiled containing allegations Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump, saying he can give limited testimony in a Russian billionaire's defamation suit against BuzzFeed in the United States.

  • March 21, 2018

    US Allies May Earn Immediate Steel, Aluminum Tariff Relief

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer indicated Wednesday that several close U.S. allies may earn immediate exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs set to take effect this week and that the U.S. aims to wrap up a permanent set of country-specific exclusions by the end of April.

  • March 20, 2018

    Gov’t Litigation Tactics ‘Kafkaesque,’ 9th Circ. Judges Say

    A Malaysian woman who was wrongfully placed on the U.S. “no fly” list appeared to convince some Ninth Circuit judges Tuesday that the government litigated the decadelong case in bad faith and she is entitled to $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees, with two judges calling the federal legal strategy "Kafkaesque."

  • March 20, 2018

    NASA Reaches $15M Deal After Breaching Audit Contract

    NASA has reached a $15 million settlement with recovery audit contractor Horn & Associates Inc., the company announced Tuesday, after the Court of Federal Claims previously found the agency had unfairly harmed H&A’s ability to conduct audits under an audit deal and wrongly denied related recovery claims.

  • March 20, 2018

    Iranian Charged With Sneaking $115M Through US Banks

    A scion of the family behind Iranian conglomerate Stratus Group was arrested by U.S. authorities Monday and charged with evading sanctions, money laundering and bank fraud for funneling $115 million for a Venezuelan housing complex through the American financial system.

  • March 20, 2018

    Boeing Drops Opposition To $23B UTC, Rockwell Deal

    Aerospace giant Boeing Co. has given its blessing to United Technologies Corp.’s $23 billion cash and stock bid to buy Rockwell Collins Inc. after previously expressing concerns about the deal, saying it has reached “win-win agreements” with both suppliers.

  • March 20, 2018

    IBM Can't Escape Army's $5.9M Clawback Bid On IT Contract

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has refused to toss the U.S. Army’s bid to claw back $5.9 million from IBM after the technology giant allegedly failed to meet network security requirements under an information technology services contract, ruling the Army’s claims were timely and properly pled.

  • March 20, 2018

    Noncitizen Soldiers Seek To Block New Naturalization Policy

    A putative class of noncitizen U.S. Army recruits accusing the government of unfairly delaying the expedited naturalization they were promised under a recently-paused program asked a D.C. federal judge to enjoin a policy that imposed new requirements on eligibility after they signed on to the program, calling the delays resulting from the policy a “cruel irony.”

  • March 20, 2018

    What To Watch For As Lighthizer Heads To Capitol Hill

    The Trump administration’s trade policy is under close public scrutiny as the White House prepares to move ahead with new tariffs on steel and aluminum, girds for a new fight with China over intellectual property enforcement, and tries to keep negotiations with its closest allies afloat. It is against this backdrop that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will testify before the two congressional trade committees this week.

  • March 20, 2018

    Oshkosh Says Marines Overreached On Technical Data Rights

    Oshkosh Defense LLC has sued the federal government, accusing the U.S. Marine Corps of a scheme to take proprietary technical data related to two Oshkosh-designed tactical vehicles — designs provided to the Corps on a limited basis — for unlimited use to wrongly try to cut Oshkosh out of its exclusive right to that data.

  • March 20, 2018

    AAR Denies DynCorp Claim That Trade Secret Deal Is Far Off

    AAR Airlift Group told a Florida federal court on Monday that DynCorp’s suit accusing an AAR unit of stealing secrets to score a $10 billion U.S. Department of State counternarcotics services contract should only be reopened to enforce a settlement, contradicting DynCorp’s claim that the parties were far from reaching agreement.

  • March 20, 2018

    General Dynamics Offers $9.7B In Jostle For IT Contractor

    Defense giant General Dynamics on Tuesday upped its cash takeover offer for CSRA to $9.7 billion, including debt, after CACI International unveiled a competing cash-and-stock bid for the federal IT services provider earlier this week.

  • March 20, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

    Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.

  • March 19, 2018

    CFIUS Short-Staffed As Workload Increases, GAO Finds

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ workload has increased in recent years while staff levels have remained essentially the same, leaving government officials concerned about the committee’s ability to complete its functions, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Friday.

  • March 19, 2018

    DynCorp Wants AAR Trade Secret Case Revived After Impasse

    DynCorp asked a Florida federal judge Friday to reopen its suit accusing a unit of AAR Airlift Group of stealing its secrets to score a $10 billion U.S. Department of State counternarcotics services contract, saying the parties hadn’t been able to come to terms on a previously announced settlement deal.

  • March 19, 2018

    'Breach' Or Not, Facebook In Legal Hot Water Over Data Use

    Facebook’s continued insistence Monday that it wasn’t a “data breach” when an analytics firm mined private data on millions of unwitting Americans to create detailed voter profiles won’t get the social network off the hook with federal authorities, ex-regulators say.

  • March 19, 2018

    Honeywell Blasts $22M Suit Over Closed-Circuit Tech Support

    Honeywell International Inc. never promised ongoing technical support to a security surveillance provider for the integration of closed-circuit video monitoring systems into more digitally oriented products, making a $22 million suit against the technology giant baseless, according to a response filed Monday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • March 19, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Bid To Overturn ‘Auer Deference’

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to take up a military construction contractor's bid to overturn past high court rulings giving government agencies wide latitude on how to interpret their own rules, suggesting “Auer deference” will remain on the books for the foreseeable future despite a growing conservative effort to dismantle the doctrine.

  • March 19, 2018

    TransDigm Buys PE-Owned Aircraft Parts Maker For $525M

    Aircraft components maker TransDigm Group Inc. has agreed to purchase a Warburg Pincus LLC portfolio company that makes products for the aerospace and defense industry for $525 million, the company said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • How Gov't Cyber Efforts Will Affect Companies This Year

    Megan Brown

    2018 will be a busy year for federal cybersecurity activity. There are eight expected developments that will raise the stakes for the private sector, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • DFARS Cyber Rule Considerations For Contractors In 2018

    Susan Booth Cassidy

    For contractors, New Year's resolutions should include addressing the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cyber rule and confirming that their existing processes and procedures anticipate how the U.S. Department of Defense will measure compliance with the rule in the year to come, say Susan Booth Cassidy and Catlin Meade of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: January

    Richard Hertling

    After passage of tax reform legislation, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before the holidays. As a result, congressional leaders again put off a resolution of a major fiscal debate over the budget, along with partisan disputes over immigration, health care and national security, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Why Risk Management Principles Matter In Aviation

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    Risk management principles, which have been applied in business and industry for many years, have also found their way into aviation. The critics are correct in saying that good judgment cannot be taught, but the practice of consistently thinking about risks and how to cope with them can be — and can save lives, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2017

    Ama Adams

    The past 12 months have been an extraordinarily active period and, given recent international developments, the pace of change for U.S. sanctions policy is unlikely to slow in the foreseeable future, say Ama Adams, Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.