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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 15, 2018

    Kaspersky Presses DC Circ. To Overturn Gov't Software Ban

    Kaspersky Labs Inc. continued to urge the D.C. Circuit to reverse a bar on federal agencies using its software, reiterating its claim that the ban is an unconstitutional "bill of attainder" that illegally punishes the Russian company and hurts its ability to do business.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ford Should Escape Punitives In Asbestos Suit, Judge Says

    Ford should not face punitive damages in a longtime car and aircraft mechanic’s asbestos injury suit, a Delaware federal magistrate judge recommended Wednesday, saying the mechanic hasn’t presented plausible evidence that Ford acted egregiously in including asbestos in components.

  • August 15, 2018

    Trump Admin. Can't Shield Docs In Trans Military Ban Suit

    A Maryland federal court judge that ruled the Trump administration cannot shield documents in a suit over the introduction of its policy barring many transgender individuals from military service, saying the documents could reveal whether there was a discriminatory intent behind the introduction of the policy.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Contractor Says 63 Months Appropriate For Classified Leak

    A former government contractor who pled guilty to leaking national defense information to an online media outlet told a Georgia federal court Wednesday that the five years and three months she agreed to serve is an appropriate punishment for her misdeeds, but not more than necessary.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pratt & Whitney Hit With Defective Military Engine FCA Suit

    Pratt & Whitney and its parent United Technologies Corp. sold the U.S. military tens of millions of dollars in defective fighter jet engines, unnecessarily exposing military pilots to the risk of catastrophic engine failures, according to a whistleblower False Claims Act complaint unsealed Wednesday in Connecticut federal court.

  • August 15, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Aircraft, Food Fights Trudge Along

    In Law360's look at Wednesday's special session of the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body, the long-running aircraft fight between the U.S. and European Union prepares to enter a new phase and the U.S. gears up to retaliate against Indonesia in a fight over food barriers.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    DOD Urged To Improve On Cyber, Supply Chain Threats

    While federal defense and intelligence agencies are aware of cyber and supply chain threats, a broad, coordinated approach to those issues is lacking, with changes to defense acquisitions one potential part of helping to address the problem, research firm MITRE Corp. said in a report for the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • August 14, 2018

    CFIUS Reform Is No Death Knell For Chinese Buyers

    A newly signed law overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has sparked concern in China, but concerns that the country would face tougher reviews than it has in the past are likely unfounded.

  • August 14, 2018

    US Asks To DQ Atty In Sub-Tech Case Who Reps China’s Gov’t

    The U.S. Attorney's Office asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to disqualify an attorney for a man accused of illegally exporting submarine-detection equipment for a Chinese military institute, saying the lawyer’s simultaneous representation of the Chinese government creates a “serious potential conflict of interest.”

  • August 14, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Mobile Priority Raises Open Internet Snags

    The Federal Communications Commission is inviting stakeholders to probe whether a framework that offers priority mobile service to public safety users raises concerns under the Communications Act and the agency’s new “open internet” regime that replaced stricter net neutrality rules.

  • August 14, 2018

    DC Circ. Will Not Hear Gitmo Case En Banc

    A full panel of the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected Guantanamo Bay prisoner Khalid Ahmed Qassim’s bid for en banc hearing of his habeas corpus case, as two judges highlighted concerns about whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent on Guantanamo imprisonment review is being properly applied.

  • August 14, 2018

    Senior Dem Wants VA Info On Alleged Mar-A-Lago Influence

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Tuesday to provide details on any contact between VA officials and three members of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club recently alleged to have “unprecedented” control over VA decisions despite holding no formal federal positions.

  • August 14, 2018

    Noncitizen Recruits Say DOD Citizenship Policy Is Unlawful

    Noncitizen Army reservists have asked a D.C. federal judge to permanently block a U.S. Department of Defense policy imposing added eligibility requirements on their path to naturalization, arguing it will result in different government branches scrutinizing the same high-level security screening results twice, a needless, unconstitutional delay. 

  • August 14, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Nabs Fried Frank Int'l Arbitration Pro In DC

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP said Monday that it has added a former Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP attorney in Washington, D.C., bolstering its offerings in the international arbitration arena with his focus on representing clients in industries such as aerospace, government contracts, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

  • August 14, 2018

    Calif. Biz Owner Cops To Violating Syrian Sanctions

    A California businessman pled guilty on Monday to conspiring to export American tactical gear to Syria, a violation of U.S. economic sanctions against the country.

  • August 14, 2018

    1 NASA Small-Biz Contract, 1 Giant Leap For Plantkind

    Nanotechnology development company UbiQD Inc. said that it has nabbed a NASA contract that will help fund its work on a nanoparticle film intended to bolster crop growth and production during in-space missions and planetary explorations.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability.

  • August 13, 2018

    BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

    Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo.

  • August 13, 2018

    Judge Won't Boot Mueller From Probe Into Russian Company

    A federal judge for the District of Columbia on Monday refused to boot Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the prosecution of a Russian company accused of funding a propaganda campaign to tip the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, saying his appointment was lawful and the case within the investigation's scope. 

Expert Analysis

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • 3D Gun Legality After Defense Distributed Settlement, Ruling

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    A month after the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement allowing Defense Distributed to legally publish and share its 3D printable gun files on the internet, a Washington federal court granted a preliminary injunction. The reach of permissible file sharing for do-it-yourself plastic guns in the age of 3D printing just took an unexpected turn, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.