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Aerospace & Defense

  • June 19, 2018

    DC Circ. Grounds Battle Over Privacy In FAA Drone Rules

    The D.C. Circuit tossed a petition by the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday that sought to review small drone rules promulgated by the Federal Aviation Administration, finding the nonprofit lacked standing to mount a challenge over the exclusion of privacy safeguards.

  • June 19, 2018

    LeClairRyan Nabs Schnader Harrison Aviation Pro In Calif.

    LeClairRyan has hired a Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP trial lawyer who’s represented clients in the energy, aerospace and defense industries to join its intellectual property, commercial litigation, products liability and aviation teams, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Military Contractors Who Sold Co. Win $70M Earnout Fight

    The owners of a military contracting firm who sold the company to GardaWorld Corp. persuaded a New York judge to rule in their favor Tuesday in a contract dispute that could trigger up to $70 million in earnout payments, with the judge saying there’s “no question” that the contract favored them.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-Senate Staffer Seeks To Gag Trump Over 'Leaker' Remark

    A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge for a gag order on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying the jury pool is likely to be tainted by comments like one Trump made calling him a “leaker.”

  • June 19, 2018

    Satellite Operator Blasts 'Baseless' Challenge To $1M Award

    A Bermuda-based satellite operator urged a New York federal judge Monday to confirm a $1 million arbitral award stemming from a soured transaction, accusing a Korean satellite communications provider of doing everything in its power to get out of paying up.

  • June 19, 2018

    DOJ Watchdog Reviewing Russia Probe For FBI Bias

    U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told members of Congress on Tuesday that his office is investigating whether an FBI agent's negative views of then-candidate Donald Trump played a role in the decision to open an investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 19, 2018

    Norway Hits US With WTO Complaint Over Metal Tariffs

    Norway has hit back against President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization claiming that the duties violate global trade agreements, the WTO said Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2018

    DOJ Says Ex-CIA Worker Stole, Leaked Classified Docs

    The government on Monday accused a former CIA employee of leaking classified national defense information to an outside organization that reports show was WikiLeaks, which had touted the leak as the largest-ever publication of confidential CIA documents.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    EU's Russia Sanctions Over Crimea Extended By A Year

    The European Union will continue to impose sanctions on Russia over its 2014 military incursion and subsequent annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, announcing Monday that imports from, investments in and tourism to the territory would remain blocked for an additional year.

  • June 18, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs Split Navy Patent Decision, Boosts Damages

    The Federal Circuit in a decision made public Monday upheld a ruling that one of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships had infringed on a company’s fast ship patents and that another vessel had not, while slightly upping the damages award to $7.1 million.

  • June 18, 2018

    FTC Wraps Trial Warning Marine Cos. Set For Monopoly

    The Federal Trade Commission urged a D.C. federal judge Monday to block the world’s largest marine chemical supplier from buying its closest rival for $400 million, saying during closing arguments that no one else is either capable of filling the competitive gap the deal would create or interested in doing so.

  • June 18, 2018

    DISA Awards 14 Cos. Places On $7.5B IT Services Deal

    The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded 14 companies slots on a $7.5 billion, decade-long systems engineering and technology deal meant to help the U.S. Department of Defense improve its information technology capabilities, the agency announced.

  • June 18, 2018

    Senate Votes To Pass Defense Policy, Reform Bill

    The U.S. Senate passed the sweeping National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, kickstarting a process with the House to iron out differences over project priorities, force numbers, international trade and other policies in the $715 billion authorization and reform bill.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Comey Being Investigated On Trump Memos, Watchdog Says

    Former FBI Director James Comey is being investigated for passing memos on his meetings with President Donald Trump to the press through intermediaries, U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    Trump Declares 'Space Force' As New Military Branch

    President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a U.S. Space Force as a new branch of the armed forces, saying it would help shore up national security, and signed a directive to improve traffic management in space.

Expert Analysis

  • New Russian Oligarch Sanctions Will Require Prompt Action

    Grant Leach

    Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control added several Russian oligarchs, political officials and businesses under their control to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List. These sanctions will likely impose serious compliance challenges for both U.S. and non-U.S. persons doing business with Russia, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: April

    Layth Elhassani

    As Congress returns to Washington for a three-week work period, President Donald Trump continues announcing new policy and personnel decisions. But with midterms looming, Congress is unlikely to make progress on legislation requiring compromise and bipartisanship, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Why DC Circ. Said Airport Noise Critics Are Out Of Luck

    Paul Kiernan

    What if they made a regulatory change and no one noticed? The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Citizens Association of Georgetown v. Federal Aviation Administration reaffirms the rule that the appeal clock starts ticking on the day a regulatory order is officially made public, whether affected parties had actual notice or not, says Paul Kiernan of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Chinese Investment In The US After The Section 301 Report

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    The U.S. Trade Representative recently alleged that China has engaged in theft of trade secrets, cyber intrusions and creation of unfair barriers to entry in China. In response, the Trump administration may be exploring options for executive branch action under the authorities of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.