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Aerospace & Defense

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Man Accused Of Smuggling Submarine Tech

    A Chinese man who is a lawful permanent resident of Massachusetts was accused on Thursday of illegally exporting submarine detection equipment for a Chinese military research institute that has been flagged by the U.S. Department of Commerce for national security concerns.

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Espionage Group Hitting US Telecoms, Defense Cos.

    Chinese hackers are targeting satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the U.S. and Southeast Asia in an apparent espionage campaign designed to intercept sensitive military and civilian communications, cybersecurity firm Symantec Corp. warned.

  • June 21, 2018

    Google Urged To Drop Huawei Collab Over Security Concerns

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has asked Google to rethink its relationship with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which some American intelligence officials have flagged as a national security threat.

  • June 21, 2018

    Senior Navy Officers Censured Over 'Fat Leonard' Scandal

    Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has censured three current and former senior Navy officers over their role in the wide-ranging “Fat Leonard” bribery scheme related to in-port service contracts, including a former admiral, according to letters made public Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Hotel Co. Loses $4M Air Force Bid Protest Over Lodging

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday axed a hotel company’s action alleging the U.S. Air Force owes it nearly $4 million after enticing it to buy and renovate a property for off-base lodging, only to ultimately deny it a contract, holding that the claims were brought too late.

  • June 21, 2018

    HHS Wants DOD To House 20K Immigrant Children

    The U.S. Department of Defense has been asked to determine whether it can house up to 20,000 unaccompanied immigrant children, it confirmed Thursday, the day after President Donald Trump said he would end a policy separating families who enter the U.S. without authorization.

  • June 21, 2018

    Rubio Pushes Tough Line On Chinese Tariffs, Tech Sanctions

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., applauded recently announced tariffs on Chinese imports Thursday while slamming the Trump administration’s reversal on a decision to lock telecommunications company ZTE out of the U.S., saying firm measures are needed to address intellectual property theft and national security threats posed by China.

  • June 21, 2018

    KBR Toxic Burn Pit Claims Are Political Issue, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit affirmed a multidistrict litigation ruling that KBR Inc. cannot be sued over service members’ illnesses that were allegedly caused by toxic burn pit fumes and unclean water at overseas bases, finding operational decisions were made by the military, which makes the issue a “political question” that can’t be addressed by a court.

  • June 20, 2018

    EPA Tells Lockheed, Honeywell To Do $21M In Superfund Work

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it had finalized a set of orders requiring Lockheed Martin Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. to do about $21 million in work largely to improve groundwater treatment at a Superfund site located in the North Hollywood, California, area.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ex-CIA Worker Denies Feeding US Secrets To WikiLeaks

    A New York man accused of stealing secrets while working for the Central Intelligence Agency in 2016 and feeding them to WikiLeaks pled not guilty Wednesday to charges of stealing and transmitting national defense information and asked for time to consider if he will consent to proceeding in Manhattan federal court.

  • June 20, 2018

    Trump, Lawmakers Make Limited Progress On ZTE Deal

    Lawmakers said Wednesday they had made some progress toward a deal to lift sanctions imposed on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. after a meeting with President Donald Trump, the day after a bipartisan bill to protect the federal supply chain, prompted in part by ZTE, was introduced in the Senate.

  • June 20, 2018

    GAO Again Slams Assessments On $192M DHS IT Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office sustained a third protest against a $192.3 million information technology services contract meant for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ruling the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had unreasonably assessed bids and ignored a material issue with the contract awardee’s bid.

  • June 20, 2018

    Atty Picked For EPA Office Will Recuse From Dow Cleanups

    The Dow Chemical Co. managing counsel selected by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency management office on Wednesday told senators he will recuse himself from issues surrounding nearly 200 Superfund sites his employer is involved in.

  • June 20, 2018

    BAE Wins $1.2B Marine Corps Amphibious Vehicle Deal

    A BAE Systems Inc.-led team has won a deal worth up to $1.2 billion to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with new amphibious combat vehicles, beating out an alternative design put forward by rival SAIC.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sen. Wyden Presses Ross For Views On ZTE's Cyberthreat

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross evaded questions from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on the cybersecurity threats posed by ZTE Corp. on Wednesday as the lawmaker probed for answers about the Trump administration’s decision to give the Chinese telecom giant a reprieve for its sanctions violations.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sen. Grassley Wants Action On Wasteful Spending At DOD

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, raised concerns Tuesday about $81.2 million in TRICARE overpayments by the Defense Health Agency and urged the nation's defense chief to focus on ending wasteful spending at the Pentagon.

  • June 20, 2018

    Utah Engineering Co. Settles Immigrant Discrimination Claims

    A Utah engineering company has settled with the federal government over claims it discriminated against noncitizen job applicants based on a misunderstanding of international defense export regulations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • June 20, 2018

    Sens. Tee Off On Ross For Trump's Aggressive Trade Moves

    Senators on both sides of the aisle on Wednesday laid waste to the Trump administration's flurry of trade enforcement moves over the last six months, demanding answers from U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the direction of the White House's overall trade strategy.

  • June 19, 2018

    $716B Senate Defense Bill Sets Up Clash With White House

    The U.S. Senate’s nearly $716 billion version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act sets up several future fights, both with the White House over a clause to reinstate sanctions against Chinese technology company ZTE and with the House of Representatives over differences in philosophy — and funding.

  • June 19, 2018

    Cybersecurity Firm That Probed DNC Hack Now Worth $3B

    Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which was hired to investigate the high-profile Democratic National Committee hacks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said Tuesday that it is now worth $3 billion after raising $200 million in new funding.

Expert Analysis

  • When To Accept ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Cases

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, 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.