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Aerospace & Defense

  • October 12, 2018

    Treasury Warns US Banks Of Iranian Plots To Evade Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has warned American banks to guard against Iranian schemes to dodge U.S. sanctions, which were recently reinstated against the Middle Eastern country following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

  • October 11, 2018

    Co. Has Duty To Asbestos Worker's Family, Va. Court Finds

    Employers do owe a duty to family members of workers who may face exposure to asbestos through the workers’ clothing, the Virginia Supreme Court said Thursday in deciding a certified question sent from Virginia federal court.

  • October 11, 2018

    Travel Ban Waiver Process Unclear, Random, Attys Say

    Nearly six months after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer suggested the Trump administration’s creation of a waiver program to offer relief from the latest travel ban was mere “window dressing,” attorneys confirmed that waiver approvals remain rare and seemingly random.

  • October 11, 2018

    VA Sued For Witholding Docs On Mar-a-Lago 'Shadow Council'

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was hit with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Thursday, claiming it has failed to hand over documents related to allegations that members of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club have acted as “shadow rulers” of the VA, secretly directing personnel and policy decisions.

  • October 11, 2018

    Gates Owes $368K For Mueller Probe Work, Ex-Counsel Says

    The law firm Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack accused Rick Gates, a former member of President Donald Trump's campaign and an ex-business associate of Paul Manafort, in New York federal court on Thursday of skipping out on a $368,525 bill for its work stemming from charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

  • October 11, 2018

    Air Force Awards $2.2B In Space Launch Development Deals

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded more than $2.2 billion in development deals for new space launch vehicles to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance, the Air Force has announced.

  • October 11, 2018

    F-35 Fleet Grounded To Address 'Suspect' Engine Part

    The U.S. Department of Defense and its international partners have temporarily grounded their F-35 fighter jet fleets to check for and potentially replace “suspect” fuel tubes, an issue discovered in the wake of a recent crash, the DOD said Thursday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Justices Focus Mostly On Tort Issues In Sailors' Asbestos Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a suit over whether naval equipment manufacturers are liable for injuries caused by asbestos-containing parts added after their products are made, with the justices focusing on if those manufacturers should warn about foreseeable asbestos-related injuries caused by others, not on maritime law's protections for sailors.

  • October 10, 2018

    US Arrests Chinese Spy For Bid To Steal GE Aviation Tech

    A member of China's intelligence agency has been extradited to the U.S. to face charges of attempting to gather trade secrets from jet engine manufacturer GE Aviation, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Senior Dem Says VA Stonewalling Mar-A-Lago Trio Probe

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has wrongly attempted to "stonewall" a congressional investigation into claims that three members of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club are secretly influencing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs personnel and policy decisions, a senior congressional Democrat claimed Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Trump Crackdown May Cool Tech Deals, Sophos GC Says

    Security software company Sophos Group PLC’s general counsel on Wednesday warned attorneys at DLA Piper’s technology conference in Silicon Valley of the impacts of new Trump-era rules governing international tech transactions, saying completing those deals may take longer, be more costly and might not happen.

  • October 10, 2018

    China And Pakistan Reach Deal To Produce 48 Drones

    China and Pakistan have reached a deal to jointly manufacture 48 Wing Loong II Chinese-developed drones, according to a brief post from the Pakistan Air Force.

  • October 10, 2018

    DOI Facing FOIA Suit Over Zinke Travel Records

    A conservation group and a transparency advocate jointly filed suit in D.C. federal court Wednesday against the U.S. Department of the Interior accusing it of repeatedly failing to provide travel documents and other information about Secretary Ryan Zinke requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • October 10, 2018

    NASA OIG Slams Agency, Boeing For Launch Program Delays

    NASA’s Space Launch System, its next-generation launch platform, is years behind schedule and will run billions of dollars over its initial budget as the agency and contractor Boeing struggle with development challenges, according to a watchdog report issued Wednesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    IBM Protests DOD's $10B JEDI Cloud Contract

    IBM Corp. has protested the U.S. Department of Defense’s contentious Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract, the company announced Wednesday, just days before bids are due on the $10 billion deal.

  • October 10, 2018

    One Aviation Hits Ch. 11 In Delaware With $198M In Debt

    Aircraft manufacturer One Aviation Corp. filed for Chapter 11 in Delaware late Tuesday with roughly $198 million in debt and a proposed restructuring support agreement in place for a planned debt-for-equity swap.

  • October 10, 2018

    Treasury Rolls Out New Rules Widening CFIUS Authority

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has rolled out a set of new temporary regulations expanding the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, in an effort to ramp up protections for critical American technologies.

  • October 10, 2018

    3 Firms Guide TransDigm's $4B All-Cash Deal For Esterline

    Private equity-backed aircraft components maker TransDigm Group Inc. has agreed to buy rival Esterline Technologies Corp. in a roughly $4 billion deal steered by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, BakerHostetler and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 9, 2018

    US Makes $56B In International Arms Sales In 2018

    The U.S. made $55.6 billion in sales under the Foreign Military Sales program in fiscal 2018, a senior U.S. Department of Defense official said Tuesday, marking the second-biggest year for the program ever amid a push by the Trump administration to increase foreign arms deals.

  • October 9, 2018

    BuzzFeed Says Russian Exec In Dossier Row Is Public Figure

    BuzzFeed told a Florida federal court Tuesday that despite Aleksej Gubarev’s protestations, the Russian technology executive is a public figure for the purposes of his defamation suit over the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

Expert Analysis

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • How US And EU Sanctions Clash With Russian Antitrust Laws

    Stefan Weber

    U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia are forcing many international companies to carefully evaluate and restructure their contractual relationships with Russian counterparties. In this process, Russian antitrust law provides obstacles that may be difficult to overcome in some situations, say attorneys with Noerr Consulting AG.

  • Finally, Cyber Help For Small Businesses Is On Its Way

    Evan Wolff

    As resources like the recently passed NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act continue to develop, smaller government contractors are turning to alternative strategies to lessen the challenge that traditional cybersecurity standards can pose, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Dismissing FCA Cases: The Granston Memo In Action

    Jeffrey Belkin

    In January, the Granston memo advised U.S. Department of Justice attorneys that, in tandem with their decisions to decline intervention in False Claims Act qui tam suits, they should consider proactively seeking dismissal. Since then, only a small number of cases have explored this form of dismissal, and the results have been mixed, say Jeffrey Belkin and Michael Mortorano of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • How Contractors Can Ring In The New Gov't Fiscal Year

    Aron Beezley

    Understanding the federal government’s fiscal year — in particular, how it affects spending and planning tendencies — can give federal contractors an advantage as Oct. 1 approaches, say Aron Beezley and Sarah Osborne of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • US' Secondary China Sanctions Signal New Risks For Cos.

    Ama Adams

    Last week, the U.S. government imposed broad sanctions on a component of the Chinese military — the first time that the U.S. has exercised its authority to impose secondary sanctions against non-U.S. parties for transactions occurring outside of the United States. This signals an era of expanded risks for U.S. and non-U.S. companies alike, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Manafort Plea Reminds Us Of Whitewater

    Lawrence Laurenzi

    It is clear from Paul Manafort's plea agreement that special counsel Robert Mueller's team is using the same prosecutorial strategy that Ken Starr used in Whitewater. Mueller’s team, however, also faces the same headwinds that Starr faced, say Lawrence Laurenzi and Joe Whitley of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.