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Aerospace & Defense

  • May 23, 2018

    Akin Gump Partner To Testify At Manafort Trial

    Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday in D.C. district court that they intend to call Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Melissa L. Laurenza to testify at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

  • May 23, 2018

    Watchdog Gives NASA Cybersecurity Center A Failing Grade

    NASA’s cybersecurity “nerve center” is failing to properly address cyberthreats, an agency watchdog said in a report Wednesday, a day after the U.S. Government Accountability Office also criticized the agency for weaknesses in both its information technology management and cybersecurity programs.

  • May 23, 2018

    White House Criticizes Parts Of $717B Defense Bill

    The White House has objected to several dozen clauses in the U.S. House of Representatives’ proposed 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, such as moves to eliminate several U.S. Department of Defense offices, but stopped short of a veto threat on the $717 billion bill as lawmakers continued debate Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    Drone Test Sites Give States Expanded Regulatory Role

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to grant 10 state- and local-backed projects special licenses to test different ways of flying unmanned aircraft systems in collaboration with private-sector partners gives those governments a larger-than-expected role in shaping the federal regulatory framework for drones, industry observers say.

  • May 23, 2018

    SC Intends To Sue Feds Over Nix Of Plutonium Project

    The state of South Carolina threatened to sue the federal government over the U.S. Department of Energy’s purported decision to drop a project meant to make fuel from plutonium at an industrial facility near the Savannah River.

  • May 23, 2018

    Malware On 500K Devices May Signal Russian Cyberattack

    Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that malware capable of stealing website credentials and destroying infected equipment has targeted an estimated 500,000 routers and storage devices around the globe, with a particular focus on Ukraine, which the country said indicates a potential Russian cyberattack.

  • May 23, 2018

    DOD Bars Mobile Devices From Secure Areas At Pentagon

    The U.S. Department of Defense will block mobile devices from being brought into areas of the Pentagon that handle classified information, according to a new policy released Tuesday that stopped short of an outright ban, after a review prompted by concerns about devices potentially revealing sensitive information.

  • May 23, 2018

    US Metal Tariffs Still Under Fire As India Files WTO Case

    The Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum found another foe on Wednesday as the Indian government filed a formal World Trade Organization case alleging the U.S. used national security concerns as a veil to shield its producers from international competition.

  • May 22, 2018

    Amazon Touts Face-Recognition Tool To Gov't, ACLU Says

    Amazon has been encouraging local law enforcement in Oregon and Florida to incorporate its facial recognition technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, pointing to documents obtained by the group that it says raise concerns about the tool being abused to conduct surveillance on vulnerable populations.

  • May 22, 2018

    Covington Picks Up 2 Kirkland Partners To Lead PE Practice

    Covington & Burling LLP has hired a pair of partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions in industries including life sciences, media, technology, automotive, defense and hospitality to head up the firm’s private equity practice in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Defense Industrial Base Faces Significant Risks, DOD Says

    The defense industrial base faces a number of challenges that threaten its health, including skill loss, fluctuating demand and dependency on foreign sources, although the impact varies by industry sector, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report made public Monday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Safety Flubs, Not Race, Got Boeing Worker Fired: 3rd. Circ.

    The Boeing Co. stayed clear Tuesday of an ex-worker’s race bias suit alleging he was fired for being African-American when the Third Circuit ruled that the aerospace giant showed the employee was terminated after multiple safety violations.

  • May 22, 2018

    Airbus Claims It’s Now Complying With WTO Subsidy Ruling

    Following a ruling from the World Trade Organization last week that the European Union continued providing illegal subsidies to aircraft giant Airbus in defiance of an earlier WTO ruling, the jet maker announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance.

  • May 22, 2018

    Small Biz Won Record $105.7B In Gov't Contracts In 2017

    The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday gave federal agencies a collective “A” grade on small-business contracting in 2017, saying they had hit nearly 103 percent of their overall goals, including a record $105.7 billion in prime contracts, although the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services lagged behind their targets.

  • May 22, 2018

    NLRB OKs Boeing Micro Bargaining Unit In Machinists Union

    A National Labor Relations Board officer said about 180 Boeing workers who prep the company’s flagship 787 jets for flight tests can vote on whether to organize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, rejecting the company’s bid for all 2,700 employees who work on the planes to be included in the unit. 

  • May 22, 2018

    Airbus Drops Fight Over $3.7B Chopper Deal, Poland Says

    Poland said Tuesday that Airbus Helicopters has backed off its demand to arbitrate a dispute over a $3.7 billion deal to modernize the country's military helicopter fleet, citing a recent European court ruling that curbs investors' chances of asserting claims under trade agreements.

  • May 22, 2018

    Russian-Hired Hacker Asks Judge To Halve 8-Year Sentence

    A Canadian “hacker-for-hire” has urged a California federal court to halve the prison sentence recommended for him by the federal government to four years, arguing that prosecutors have been unable to show a shred of evidence that he caused real-world harm by breaking into 11,000 email accounts.

  • May 22, 2018

    Kingdomware Doesn't Apply To Non-VA Contracts, GAO Says

    U.S. Customs and Border Security was not obligated to set aside a Federal Supply Schedule contract for small businesses under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kingdomware decision, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Tuesday, saying the decision does not apply to that agency's contracts.

  • May 22, 2018

    More US Partners Ready To Hit Back Against Metal Tariffs

    Russia, Japan and Turkey are the latest governments to threaten the U.S. with retaliation over its steel and aluminum tariffs, according to World Trade Organization documents circulated Tuesday, marking the latest turn in a saga that could leave U.S. exporters facing upward of $3 billion in foreign levies.

  • May 21, 2018

    OPM Should Face Revived Data Breach Suit, DC Circ. Told

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center and dozens of experts are backing a bid to revive multidistrict litigation over a 2015 data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, telling the D.C. Circuit that the Constitution and recent case law support the ability of plaintiffs to sue federal agencies for failing to protect sensitive data.

Expert Analysis

  • Nat'l Space Council Could Launch New Era Of Patent Policy

    Larry Williams Jr.

    While the recently re-established National Space Council has a broad mandate to develop U.S. space policy recommendations, one important area for the council should be fostering creative endeavors in space. In particular, the council should determine if the current patent law framework is adequate, say Larry Williams Jr. and William Allen of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Diabetic Care RX Case Is A Warning Sign For Private Equity

    Christopher Hewitt

    The United States government recently sent shock waves through the private equity industry by charging a PE firm for its portfolio company’s alleged health care fraud in U.S. v. Diabetic Care RX. Four measures can help private equity firms mitigate their risk so they avoid the same fate, say Christopher Hewitt and Jayne Juvan of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • New Era Of Falling Space Debris, Old Treaties On Liability

    Tod Northman

    With the steady increase in space activity by both the public and private sectors comes an increased chance that a failed launch or obsolete space objects will fall back to Earth and cause damage to people and property. It may be time to re-examine where the responsibility lies for such damage, say Tod Northman and Christine Snyder of Tucker Ellis LLP.