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Aerospace & Defense

  • January 11, 2019

    Prison Guard Who Brought Zarrab Contraband Gets 3 Years

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan hit a former prison guard with three years behind bars Friday for smuggling alcohol and mobile phones to jailed Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab in exchange for cash, saying a “tough sentence” sends a message not to corrupt the judicial system.

  • January 11, 2019

    GAO Won't Reimburse Protestor In Army Corps Contract Fight

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a Colorado Springs-based contractor's request to be reimbursed for costs associated with bringing a protest related to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to design and build facilities at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

  • January 11, 2019

    Broad US Tech Rules Will Curb Innovation, Commerce Told

    An internet trade association that includes Facebook, Google and Amazon has urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to tread carefully when imposing export controls on new technologies, arguing that overbroad regulations could drive startups and innovators overseas.

  • January 11, 2019

    DOJ To Take Closer Look At $35B Harris, L3 Deal

    Government contractors Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies Inc. disclosed Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked for more information about their planned $35 billion merger of equals, which stands to create the sixth-largest defense company in the country.

  • January 10, 2019

    Air Force Accepts Tanker From Boeing After Long Delay

    The U.S. Air Force said Thursday it has formally accepted the KC-46A Pegasus from Boeing Co. despite ongoing issues with the air tanker, the first of the aircraft to be accepted under the massive acquisition program and years behind schedule.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    China Hacking Revelations Show Limits Of Political Pacts

    A new indictment alleging a sweeping campaign by two Chinese government-backed hackers to loot sensitive business data from dozens of American companies is yet more evidence that political agreements between the two countries not to hack each other for economic gain have not gone far enough, attorneys say.

  • January 10, 2019

    DOD Creates New Financial Database To Address Audit Issues

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s acting deputy secretary said Wednesday that the department has launched a new database in response to the many issues discovered during its recent first-ever audit, issues that he noted included a large difference between its perceived and actual property inventory.

  • January 10, 2019

    House Dems Pass Spending Bills, But Impasse Far From Over

    Congressional Democrats rammed two spending bills for a cluster of federal agencies through the House on Thursday even as President Donald Trump doubled down on demanding a border wall and threatened to invoke a national emergency if it’s not funded.

  • January 10, 2019

    Colo. Groups Want Grand Jury Docs From Nuke Facility

    Property owners from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear processing plant are asking a Colorado federal judge to order the disclosure of documents given to a grand jury investigating wrongdoing by government contractors working at the plant, saying they need the information ahead of possible litigation.

  • January 10, 2019

    India Bribe Case May Halt Arbitration Over $639M Copter Deal

    An Indian judge has agreed to consider halting arbitration initiated by Italian defense contractor AgustaWestland stemming from a nixed $639 million Indian military helicopter supply deal that was allegedly tainted by bribery, while the Indian government continues related criminal proceedings.

  • January 9, 2019

    CBS Beats Widow's Bid To Send Asbestos Suit To State Court

    A Rhode Island woman's decadelong fight against CBS, among other companies, over her husband's death from an asbestos-related illness belongs in federal court, a district judge ruled Wednesday, denying her request to have the case sent back to state court.

  • January 9, 2019

    9th Circ. Urged To Keep Injunction On 'Transgender Ban'

    The Washington state attorney general on Wednesday pushed back against the Trump administration’s assertion that a D.C. Circuit decision lifting a single injunction against the military “transgender ban” policy meant a separate injunction should be lifted, telling the Ninth Circuit that efforts made to overhaul the initial ban were not significant enough.

  • January 9, 2019

    Claims Court Backs DOL Canceling Veteran Services Deal

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to cancel a solicitation for veteran transition assistance services following related protests and legislative changes was rational and therefore allowed, even if it could have pursued other options, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled in a decision made public Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Trump Leaves Funding Talks As Dems Refuse Wall Demand

    Talks to end a partial federal government shutdown spiraled into chaos Wednesday as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats left a sit-down hurling rhetorical bombs at one another over the president's demand for $5.7 billion to construct a wall on the Mexican border.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Says DOE Not Responsible For Contractor Pensions

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive Lockheed Martin retirees’ proposed class action against the U.S. Department of Energy over changes to their retirement benefits, saying the DOE’s direction for contractors to create a related pension plan did not establish any implied contract between the agency and those workers.

  • January 9, 2019

    Biometrics Co. Dodges Claims It Bribed Foreign Execs

    A Texas federal judge has found the creditors’ trustee for bankrupt CryptoMetrics Inc. can’t recover money the biometrics company allegedly paid another security technology firm’s executives to bribe foreign officials, saying the bribes were intended to benefit CryptoMetrics.

  • January 8, 2019

    Trump, Dems Dig In For Long Haul In Border Wall Shutdown

    President Donald Trump doubled down on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico as both he and congressional Democrats entrenched their positions over the partial federal government shutdown Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2019

    Senate Dems Block Israel Boycotts Bill Amid Shutdown

    Senate Democrats blocked a GOP foreign aid bill Tuesday that would empower state and local governments to fight boycotts of Israeli goods, heading off the measure as an impasse dragged on over the federal government shutdown.

  • January 8, 2019

    4th Circ. Says SC Can't Fight Feds' Nuke Facility Closure

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday threw out South Carolina’s bid to block the federal government from closing a nuclear fuel processing facility near the Savannah River, reversing a district judge who had granted the state a preliminary injunction.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Is A Federal Shutdown Your Next Holiday Surprise?

    J. Chris Haile

    If the federal government shuts down on Friday, the issues contractors face will vary depending on their government counterparts and individual agreements, but all should assess the likely impacts on their operations and make contingency plans, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How BIS Will Review Emerging Technology Export Controls

    Alexandre Lamy

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security sought public comment on criteria for identifying “emerging technologies” that are essential to U.S. national security. By commenting, companies working with these technologies have an opportunity to influence future U.S. government export controls, say authors with Baker McKenzie.

  • Questions Follow 9th Circ. Solidification Of Escobar Test

    Jessica Westerman

    By declining to reconsider U.S. v. Stephens Institute, the Ninth Circuit forfeited an opportunity to outline the contours of the so-called Escobar test for claiming implied false certification liability under the False Claims Act, and to explain how it differs from the test that came before it, say attorneys at Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • The 3 Most Important Bid Protest Decisions Of 2018

    Aron Beezley

    In 2018, three particularly important decisions were issued that will have a significant impact on corrective action protests, set-aside priority protests and protests involving "other transaction agreements" for years to come. Attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP provide insights on how these cases will shape the bid protest landscape going forward.