Aerospace & Defense

  • 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.

  • March 19, 2018

    Review Panel Rules ACLU Can Pursue Spy Court Docs

    The American Civil Liberties Union and another party seeking access to unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions on bulk data collection have legal standing for their challenge, the spy court's review body ruled Friday after being asked to weigh in on the jurisdictional issue.

  • March 19, 2018

    High Court Won't Review FCA First-To-File Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a False Claims Act case alleging the government was sold aircraft parts that were falsely certified to meet contractual requirements, tossed under the FCA’s first-to-file bar after two purported relators attempted to substitute themselves for the original relator.

  • March 19, 2018

    How They Won It: AG's Deal Snub Spurs $25M Patient Verdict

    Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks faced a logistical nightmare after a $10 million settlement to end a medical malpractice suit lodged against a U.S. Army hospital was surprisingly rejected by the upper echelons of the federal government, but the firm shrugged it off to win a $25 million bench verdict after meticulously outlining their client’s medical needs over the next 35 years.

  • March 19, 2018

    Ex-Air Force Officer Can Recant Plea Over Bad Counsel

    A Florida federal judge set the stage for trial Friday by allowing a retired U.S. Air Force officer to withdraw part of his guilty plea over an alleged $5.4 million bribery scheme involving government contracts, as the officer convinced the court he got bad advice from his counsel.

  • March 19, 2018

    Melrose Sweetens GKN Takeover Bid With £1B Pension Pledge

    Melrose Industries PLC said Monday it would pump £1 billion ($1.4 billion) into U.K. automotive and aerospace parts company GKN PLC’s pension scheme as it continues its battle to take over the company.  

  • March 16, 2018

    Sessions Fires FBI's Former No. 2 Just Before Retirement

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday night, roughly a day before McCabe was set to retire, because he said an internal report found the longtime Trump target made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor under oath multiple times.

  • March 16, 2018

    Private Equity FCA Suit More Likely Outlier Than Omen

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s unusual decision to name a private equity firm as a defendant in a False Claims Act suit against one of the firm’s portfolio companies is an issue all private equity firms should be aware of, although the alleged circumstances of the case may mean similar complaints will be few and far between, attorneys say.

  • March 16, 2018

    Commerce Sheds Light On Steps For Metal Tariff Exemptions

    The U.S. Department of Commerce released on Friday the procedures that U.S. importers must follow to exempt specific products from the Trump administration’s impending tariffs on steel and aluminum, a move that came as companies and governments continued to lobby feverishly to scale back the duties.

  • March 16, 2018

    Kodak Patent Owner Sues DJI, Hasselblad Over Photo Tech

    Monument Peak Ventures LLC, a Texas subsidiary of Dominion Harbor Enterprises that claims to own more than 1,000 Kodak patents, sued drone-maker DJI Technology Inc. and camera manufacturer Hasselblad Inc. Friday in California federal court, accusing them of refusing to correctly license imaging patents used in their products.

  • March 16, 2018

    Zarrab Says Former Cellmate's Rape Allegation Is 'Fiction'

    A jailhouse-rape suit lodged against Reza Zarrab, the famed Turkish-Iranian trader who admitted to participating in a sanctions-evasion scheme benefiting the Iranian government, is fiction, Zarrab's lawyer said Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Space Travel Co. Demands Sanctions Over Leaked Docs

    A commercial space travel company demanded sanctions and a strict accounting of "privileged" documents leaked to lawyers of a customer claiming the company got him to agree to a $30 million nonrefundable deposit under false pretenses, according to a motion filed in Virginia federal court Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Lockheed Martin Snags Army Training System, F-35 Contracts

    Lockheed Martin Corp. nabbed a pair of contracts that will see it receive roughly $3.5 billion for U.S. Army training systems and almost $482 million to cover air vehicle spares for F-35 Lightning II fighters, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Lockheed Martin Nabs $200M Air Force Training Contract

    Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday it had been awarded a $200 million contract to provide air crew and cybersecurity training services to members of the Florida-based Air Force Special Operations Command.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, CIO at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 15, 2018

    Trump, Air Force Put Pressure On Boeing Over Military Jets

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the Boeing Co. must give the government a “good price” on a proposed purchase of F/A-18 fighter jets or it will look for other options, as a U.S. Air Force official also pressured the company to devote more resources to its behind-schedule KC-46A tanker jet.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • DFARS Cyber Compliance And Potential For FCA Risk

    Colleen Brown

    For all the focus on the Dec. 31, 2017, deadline for complying with the new cybersecurity requirements of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, contractors must also remember to focus on compliance into the New Year. Gaps may invite False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.