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Aerospace & Defense

  • September 11, 2018

    AT&T Users Lack Standing In NSA Spying Suit, Court Told

    The National Security Agency is pressing a California federal judge to ax a long-running putative class action accusing the agency of illegal spying, arguing that the AT&T customers leading the dispute lack standing because they have failed to offer any “competent evidence” that their communications were scooped up by the challenged surveillance.

  • September 11, 2018

    Tech Firms Push Gov't For Limits In Hoarding Security Flaws

    A group of major tech companies want governments to be more transparent about how they acquire and use cybersecurity flaws found in mass-market products for intelligence operations, according to a joint post from the companies.

  • September 11, 2018

    ASBCA Won't Reconsider Raytheon Allowable Cost Ruling

    Neither Raytheon nor the Defense Contract Management Agency showed any clear error in a decision that had found that most of Raytheon’s disputed contract cost reimbursement claims were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals ruled recently, refusing to reconsider its earlier decision.

  • September 11, 2018

    Trust The (Exclusion) Process? Trade Attorneys Aren't Sure

    The Trump administration has given a face-lift to the oft-maligned bureaucratic process companies use to exclude their products from steel and aluminum duties, but attorneys say that while the changes are a step in the right direction, it remains to be seen whether the process can ever function smoothly.

  • September 11, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: GIC, Deutsche-Commerzbank, Yum China

    Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund is reportedly eyeing General Electric’s plane-leasing business, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank executives are growing on the idea of merging, and a group of investors is going to scrap a bid to take over Yum China Holdings.

  • September 11, 2018

    Lawmakers Agree To $146B VA, Energy Funding Bill For 2019

    Federal lawmakers have agreed to a $146.5 billion package of bills to fund military construction and the U.S. Veterans Affairs and Energy departments for 2019, breaking an impasse over funding for VA community care programs.

  • September 11, 2018

    Air Force Adds $2.9B To Boeing KC-46 Tanker Contract

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a nearly $2.9 billion modification of an existing contract to produce KC-46 Pegasus aircraft, with the order for 18 tankers bringing the total number of aircraft ordered under the contract to 52, the company said.

  • September 10, 2018

    Air Force, Navy Struggling With Aircraft Availability, GAO Says

    The U.S. Air Force and Navy are failing to meet their aircraft availability targets despite spending tens of billions of dollars each year on sustainment programs, with availability getting worse over time for about half of the audited aircraft models, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Monday.

  • September 10, 2018

    Navy Rightly Denied Torpedo Defense Contract, Judge Says

    A Court of Federal Claims judge sided with the U.S. Navy in a pre-award bid protest from Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Inc., finding that the company was rightly excluded from consideration for a contract to supply the ADC MK 5, an "acoustic torpedo countermeasure."

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    N. Korean Cyber Charges Show Cos. How To Catch A Hacker

    The U.S. government's move to charge a North Korean government-backed computer programmer with the Sony hack and the spread of the destructive WannaCry virus not only highlights investigators' growing aptitude for tracing and linking threats but also provides companies with insight into how to detect such red flags, attorneys say.

  • September 10, 2018

    Calif. Court OKs Lien On Assets In Gulfstream Founder's Trust

    The federal government can extend its lien against the property of the estate of Allen Paulson, the deceased founder of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and a race horse owner, to assets of a living trust, a California federal court has ruled.

  • September 10, 2018

    FTC Atty Says Marine Chemical Case Offers Merger Tips

    A staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission said Monday that the agency’s recent challenge of Wilhelmsen Maritime’s planned $400 million purchase of Drew Marine Group offers insights into important merger analysis issues surrounding market definition.

  • September 10, 2018

    Ex-Worker Hit With 13 Months For Bilking State Dept.

    A Virginia federal judge slapped a former U.S. State Department program manager with a 13-month prison sentence for taking kickbacks and stealing federal funds meant for a cultural exchange program involving athletes from disadvantaged countries, according to prosecutors.

  • September 10, 2018

    Small Cos. Awarded Spots On $17.5B DOD Tech Deal

    The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded slots on its $17.5 billion Encore information technology services contract to 20 small businesses, the agency announced.

  • September 10, 2018

    Olin Settles Enviro Cleanup Coverage Feud For $120M

    Olin Corp. appears set to receive $120 million to settle its lengthy dispute with Lamorak Insurance Co. over the insurer's liability for costs tied to legacy environmental remediation at the chemical maker's sites across the U.S., according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • September 10, 2018

    Bolton Says International Criminal Court 'Illegitimate'

    National Security Adviser John Bolton launched a withering attack on the International Criminal Court Monday, saying the “illegitimate” court is “dead to us,” and threatening sanctions against court officials if it moves forward with a pending investigation into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan.

  • September 10, 2018

    Four Firms Steer $2.5B Tech Integration Biz Merger

    Science Applications International Corp. has agreed to acquire Engility Holdings Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $2.5 billion that will create the second-biggest independent technology integration company in the government services sector, in a deal guided by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Morrison & Foerster LLP and Arnold & Porter, SAIC said Monday.

  • September 10, 2018

    Afghan, Iraqi Allies Of US Army Seek To Save Visa Suit

    A group of Iraqi and Afghan citizens who assisted the U.S. military urged a D.C. federal court Friday to preserve their proposed class action accusing the federal government of taking too long to grant them the special immigrant visas meant to keep them safe.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • What To Expect From OTA Protests And Disputes

    Stuart Turner

    Federal agencies are increasingly utilizing "other transactions authority" to craft agreements that are not subject to traditional procurement laws. While there is very little precedent relating to protests of OTA awards or claims arising under OTA-awarded contracts, there are some clues as to how they may unfold, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Acetris Case Clarifies Definition Of 'US-Made End Product'

    Stephen Ruscus

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims' decision in Acetris Health v. U.S. is important to all suppliers of products to the government because it interprets the interplay of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act in contracts subject to the trade agreements clause, say Stephen Ruscus and Donna Lee Yesner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The Russian Exorcism Of US Gov't Contracts

    Franklin Turner

    Next week, the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be amended, and federal contractors will have until Oct. 1, 2018, to tie their information systems to the bedposts, get out their cybersecurity holy water, avoid long staircases, and exorcise Kaspersky products and services from their systems, say Franklin Turner and Alexander Major of McCarter & English LLP.