Aerospace & Defense

  • February 15, 2018

    DynCorp Still Hasn't Returned $5.1M Aircraft, Suit Says

    DynCorp International LLC removed to Florida federal court Thursday a lawsuit accusing the government contractor of owing more than $5 million under a lease for a turboprop airplane.

  • February 15, 2018

    Judge Says DOJ Refusal To Admit It Had Dossier A 'Hard Sell'

    The declassification of a congressional memo regarding a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for a former Trump campaign adviser creates a “hard sell” for the government to avoid confirming, as sought by digital media company BuzzFeed, possession of a dossier containing salacious allegations on Donald Trump, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Agencies Better At Cybersecurity Than Vendors, Study Says

    Cybersecurity at contractors is lagging behind that of federal agencies, security ratings firm BitSight said in a report Thursday, a day after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official revealed DHS had launched an initiative for agencies to study cybersecurity throughout their supply chains.

  • February 15, 2018

    US, UK Officials Blame Russia For 'NotPetya' Cyberattack

    The U.S. and U.K. governments blamed Russia on Thursday for a June 2017 cyberattack that paralyzed part of Ukraine’s infrastructure and wreaked havoc on computers worldwide, including at DLA Piper.

  • February 15, 2018

    Paris Survivor Blames Social Media Giants For ISIS Terror

    A woman who was injured in a November 2015 attack in Paris by members of the Islamic State group filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Thursday claiming Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. unlawfully provide the material support that allows the extremist group to organize and thrive.

  • February 15, 2018

    Northrop Grumman Gets Ex-Workers' ERISA Suit Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Thursday trimmed most of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims brought by ex-workers against Northrop Grumman Corp. over allegedly excessive pension fund fees, agreeing with Northrop that it didn't have a fiduciary duty as it wasn't named in the fund's governing agreements.

  • February 15, 2018

    DOD Wants To Clear Up Cloud Acquisition Questions

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday sought to clear up questions surrounding its contentious upcoming cloud computing acquisition, noting for example that it did not intend to sole-source the contract, shortly after announcing an industry day to discuss the pending deal.

  • February 15, 2018

    VA Chief Admits Bad 'Optics' Of His Euro Trip

    Embattled U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin admitted Thursday that “the optics” around his 2017 trip to Europe were “not good,” but he insisted the trip was legitimate and that he would not resign from his position.

  • February 15, 2018

    Navy Yard Shooting Victims Must Propose Damages By April

    Families of victims of a 2013 mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard must submit damages demands by mid-April in a group of negligence suits against Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services LLC and another information technology company that employed the shooter, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    PlanetRisk Gets Up To $79M Cybersecurity Contract From DHS

    Risk analytics company PlanetRisk has secured an up to $79 million contract to provide program management support over the next five years for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security office tasked with ensuring the cybersecurity of the federal government, the company said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    EU Bank Seeks Pause In $1.68B Beirut Terror Victim Redress

    A Luxembourg bank has asked the Second Circuit to hold off on allowing families of victims of the 1983 Beirut U.S. Marine Corps barracks bombing to pursue $1.68 billion linked to Iran’s central bank, saying it wants time to appeal the court’s panel decision to the Supreme Court.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    State Dept. Revises Arms Regs For South Sudan

    The U.S. Department of State is amending federal regulations governing the trafficking of arms to include South Sudan as a country where the export and import of weaponry is prohibited, according to a notice Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • February 14, 2018

    GAO Backs BAE Protest Over $281M Army Intel Support Deal

    The U.S. Army unreasonably awarded a $281.7 million intelligence support deal to CACI, whose personnel plan failed to fully describe the experience of its intended workers, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, sustaining a protest by BAE Systems.

  • February 14, 2018

    Feds Want 11-Year Sentence For Armored Truck Fraudster

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a Virginia federal judge to sentence the CEO of a now-defunct military contractor to more than 11 years in prison for providing faulty armored trucks under federal contracts, arguing the tough sentence is warranted since the fraud endangered lives of American soldiers.

  • February 14, 2018

    Army Electronic Warfare Unit Head Gets Nom To Lead NSA

    President Donald Trump has nominated the head of the U.S. Army’s electronic warfare unit to lead the National Security Agency, as well as the U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Tuesday tweet by the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator.

  • February 14, 2018

    VA Watchdog Slams Shulkin's Eurotrip, Secretary Hits Back

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin misused department resources as part of a trip to Europe, with his chief of staff also doctoring an email to get the VA to pay for his wife’s travel, a watchdog said Wednesday, as Shulkin denied wrongdoing.

  • February 14, 2018

    Afghan Contractor Nears Settlement In $78M Forfeiture Row

    A defense subcontractor accused of fraudulently winning thousands of military contracts in Afghanistan is nearing an agreement to settle a $77.9 million forfeiture claim with the federal government, representatives for the parties told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    EU Clears Northrop's $9.2B Acquisition Of Orbital

    The European Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman Corp.’s bid to acquire defense technology services company Orbital ATK Inc. for $7.8 billion in cash and $1.4 billion in debt, saying the proposed deal raises no competition concerns because the companies are involved in different product markets.

  • February 13, 2018

    Kaspersky Opens New Front In Legal Fight With White House

    Moscow-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab has launched a new salvo in its legal battle with the White House, this time claiming in D.C. federal court that U.S. Department of Defense legislation banning its products from government systems unconstitutionally singles it out.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Don't Let PFAS Leave A Mark On Your Business Transaction

    Alexandra Farmer

    Growing regulatory and litigation focus on per- and poly-fluorinated alkylated substances, combined with pressure to streamline due diligence, poses a challenge for environmental transactional lawyers tasked with review of industries and properties currently or previously involved in the manufacture, distribution or sale of PFAS or products containing PFAS, say Alexandra Farmer and Laura Mulherin of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Has New Policy On FCA Dismissals — Finally

    Harold Malkin

    It always seemed unconscionable — even when I was a federal prosecutor — to require defendants who succeeded in persuading the U.S. Department of Justice that a False Claims Act qui tam action was meritless to then have to defend themselves anew against the relator in court. The DOJ's recent change in policy is welcome news, says Harold Malkin of Lane Powell PC.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • How Cos. Can Take Advantage Of DOJ False Claims Act Memo

    Aileen Fair

    The U.S. Department of Justice memorandum made public on Jan. 24 is a sensible clarification of government policy concerning the False Claims Act. If followed, it could deter qui tam relators from filing meritless FCA claims, say Aileen Fair and Harry Sandick of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.