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Aerospace & Defense

  • May 21, 2018

    Greece Says €40M Award In Contract Row Subject To DC Law

    Greece urged a D.C. federal court to apply a D.C. law relating to exchange rates to a judgment confirming a €39.8 million arbitral award against the country, which was issued to resolve a dispute with an American security contractor stemming from the 2004 Olympics.

  • May 21, 2018

    GAO Says Co. Related To Bidder Can't Protest $1.4B Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Monday rejected a challenge to a $1.38 billion Defense Logistics Agency food distribution contract, saying the protester had no standing to protest the deal, which had originally been bid on by a related company.

  • May 21, 2018

    Commerce, State Move To Ease Limits On Small Arms Exports

    The U.S. departments of Commerce and State released a pair of complementary proposed rules on Monday, intended to broadly ease export restrictions for U.S.-made small arms not considered to be “inherently military” or otherwise able to give the U.S. a military advantage.

  • May 21, 2018

    Honeywell Says No Contributions Owed In Benefits Row

    Honeywell International Inc. told a Michigan federal judge Friday that a class of 4,700 retirees wrongly argued that collective bargaining agreements required the company to make a minimum level of contributions to health care benefits for life, saying that the court already found that the contracts didn’t vest health care benefits.

  • May 21, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Class Action Over Army Base Pollution

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to revive a proposed $750 million class action that alleges the U.S. Army is liable for injuries and deaths caused by its negligent disposal of toxic chemicals at a Maryland base.

  • May 18, 2018

    No Warrant Needed For IPhone Border Probe, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit found Customs and Border Protection agents' reasonable suspicion of a man caught with a suitcase full of weapons parts trying to board a plane was enough to justify the forensic analysis of his iPhone, finding that no warrant was needed since the search was technically at the border.

  • May 18, 2018

    'War Dogs' Arms Dealer Sues Friend Over Book Rights

    A former arms dealer who made millions during the Iraq War and fought Warner Brothers in copyright litigation over its movie "War Dogs" sued his writing partner Friday for allegedly claiming to be the owner of the rights to the arms dealer's memoir, "Once A Gun Runner."

  • May 18, 2018

    VA Finalizes $10B Cerner Electronic Health Records Deal

    The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has finalized a $10 billion contract with Cerner Corp. to build a new electronic health records system compatible with the U.S. Department of Defense that promises a seamless transition of information as active troops become veterans.

  • May 18, 2018

    Drone Maker Hushed Up Bomb-Laden Flight: Whistleblower

    A defense contractor that makes weaponized drones for the military has been accused in California state court of firing an employee who tipped off federal investigators about the company's efforts to cover up an incident in which a worker traveled on a commercial flight with a drone containing a bomb, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Korean Satellite Co. Slams $1M Award Confirmation Bid

    A Korean satellite provider has urged a New York federal judge to vacate a $1 million arbitral award issued to a Bermuda satellite operator in a dispute over a controversial satellite transaction, saying a tribunal is picking and choosing which Korean government actions to recognize, and which to ignore. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Trump's ZTE 'Bailout' Continues To Draw Bipartisan Fire

    President Donald Trump's decision to give Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. a reprieve following illicit sales to Iran and North Korea continued to receive bipartisan blowback as a congressional panel voted to keep ZTE cut off from the U.S. supply chain.

  • May 17, 2018

    Senate OKs 1st Female CIA Chief Despite Torture Concerns

    President Donald Trump's choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, cleared the Senate on Thursday despite opposition from a number of Democrats and Republicans over her record at the agency, including her oversight of so-called black sites and torture of terror suspects.

  • May 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. RFRA Damages Ruling Doesn't Erase Controversy

    The Second Circuit this month demonstrated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s power to hold federal officials accountable in ruling that several Muslim immigrants can seek damages for allegedly being placed on the no-fly list after refusing to be informants. But experts say the decision doesn’t ease concerns that companies and other powerful groups are co-opting the statute to justify discriminatory behavior.

  • May 17, 2018

    Leidos Deal To Support Army Corps In IT Could Total $239M

    Global technology company Leidos Inc. said Thursday that it has landed a contract potentially worth $239.5 million to continue providing IT support to 37,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers members stationed around the world.

  • May 17, 2018

    L3 Nets $392M Night-Vision Goggle Contract With DOD

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced it has awarded L3 Technologies Inc. a $391.8 million contract to design and develop an enhanced night-vision goggle binocular over the next three years. 

  • May 17, 2018

    EU Will Implement Tariffs On $3B In US Goods

    The European Union on Wednesday announced it will implement tariffs on more than $3 billion of U.S. goods to retaliate against the Trump administration’s recently enacted tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

  • May 17, 2018

    Trump Says 'Animals' Remark Only Meant Gang Members

    President Donald Trump on Thursday tried to reframe comments he made Wednesday that referred to some immigrants as "animals," saying he really meant to use the dehumanizing term only for members of gangs, not for immigrants in general.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    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 Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Ex-US Sen. Evan Bayh Lands Cozen O’Connor Lobbying Gig

    The former U.S. senator and governor from Indiana once a stone’s throw away from serving as President Barack Obama’s vice president has joined Cozen O’Connor as of counsel, where he will serve as senior adviser for its lobbying wing.

  • May 17, 2018

    NASA Must Redo $112M Services Contract, Watchdog Says

    A NASA contractor may get a second chance to land a $112 million services contract after a government watchdog found that the space agency misevaluated its proposal and improperly reduced a rival's labor costs, according to a newly unsealed decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • A Key Rhode Island Ruling On Take-Home Asbestos Exposure

    Thaddeus Lenkiewicz

    Last month a Rhode Island court addressed for the first time whether an entity has a duty of care to protect nonemployees from exposure to the asbestos-tainted work clothes of the entity’s employee. The decision reveals a willingness of the court to extend an employer’s duty to household members of employees, says Thaddeus Lenkiewicz of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Reining In Abusive Alien Tort Statute Cases

    Perlette Jura

    The most obvious takeaway from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank is that non-U.S. corporations no longer need to fear Alien Tort Statute liability. But tucked within the decision’s holding and its various concurring opinions are other key points, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • When To Accept ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Cases

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.