Aerospace & Defense

  • December 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Israeli Ship Attack

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing Israel of ordering an illegal raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla while it was bringing aid and medical supplies to Gaza Strip residents, finding the district court doesn’t have jurisdiction over a foreign state.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn Legal Team Stocked With Washington 'Dealmakers'

    The trio of Washington, D.C., veterans who guided former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to a plea deal include an outspoken political lawyer who created ad campaigns for the Russian government after the breakup of the Soviet Union, a former corruption prosecutor and an attorney with a White House resume.

  • December 1, 2017

    Ex-NSA Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing Classified Docs

    A former National Security Agency hacking software developer pled guilty before a Maryland federal judge Friday to charges that he wrongfully took classified national security information and retained it at his Maryland home, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • December 1, 2017

    Russia Sanctions Emerge As Mueller Probe Lightning Rod

    U.S. sanctions on Russia began as an Obama administration effort to punish Moscow for its aggression in the Crimean peninsula nearly four years ago, but they have now emerged as patient zero in a bombshell political scandal that escalated Friday morning with the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former adviser Michael Flynn.

  • December 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Denies Full Court Redo In Traveler's TSA Dispute

    The Third Circuit on Friday said it will not revisit a panel’s finding saying that Transportation Security Administration airport screeners cannot be sued for allegedly retaliating against travelers who exercise free speech, delivering a blow to an architect who said he was falsely accused of making a bomb threat.

  • December 1, 2017

    Army Vet Charged In Alleged $40M Small Biz Contract Fraud

    An Army veteran has been indicted for allegedly using his status as a service-disabled veteran to falsely help a company win a $40 million U.S. Department of Defense deal to construct health care facilities on several Air Force bases, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    DOD Avoids Lowest-Cost Process For IT Contracts, GAO Says

    The U.S. Defense Department has made sparse use of a procurement structure that prioritizes low cost above all other factors when awarding high-dollar contracts for information technology services, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

  • December 1, 2017

    House Panel Approves Surveillance Renewal Bill

    The House Intelligence Committee on Friday approved a bill that would renew foreign surveillance authorities while adding new privacy and oversight provisions, despite the objections of Democrats, who cited concerns with its changes to “unmasking” authority.

  • December 1, 2017

    Zarrab Considered Decision To Admit Guilt For 'Many Months'

    A transcript released Friday of Reza Zarrab's guilty plea hearing on charges of scheming to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran shows the Turkish-Iranian businessman, who is testifying against a Turkish banker at a Manhattan criminal trial, discussed the decision extensively with his defense team — and that he is unlikely to be deported after he serves any sentence.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI About Talks With Russia

    Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, pled guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador in December 2016, talks where prosecutors say the retired Army general served as a go-between for “senior” and “very senior” Trump transition officials.

  • November 30, 2017

    GOP Lawmakers Bemoan Injunctions They Used In Obama Era

    Republican lawmakers took aim at the ability of federal district courts to halt government policy through the issuance of nationwide injunctions, saying on Thursday the practice, which was crucial in halting Obama-era policy initiatives, encourages forum shopping and vests excessive power in the hands of individual judges.

  • November 30, 2017

    GAO Again Suspends Frequent Filer From Bid Protests

    The Government Accountability Office in a decision released Thursday suspended frequent protester Latvian Connection LLC for the second time from filing new protests, just months after its previous suspension ended, saying the company has continued to “routinely and repeatedly” file legally unsound protests that eat up GAO resources.

  • November 30, 2017

    San Bernardino Victims Claim Social Networks Aided ISIS

    Victims of the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Thursday accused Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc. of allowing ISIS to “crowdsource terrorism” on their websites, thereby aiding and abetting terrorism by giving the group platforms to recruit new members and profit.

  • November 30, 2017

    DOJ Wants 9/11 FBI Docs Kept Closed At 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday defended the FBI’s “extensive search” for documents related to potential Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks sought by a Florida news organization, urging the Eleventh Circuit not to revive the lawsuit and to upend a mandate requiring identification of agents and sources.

  • November 30, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Turkish Banker Didn't Ask For Bribe Money

    Reza Zarrab testified Thursday that he never bribed Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, telling a Manhattan federal jury that Atilla, who is accused of scheming to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, never asked for a dime even as Zarrab made lavish payments to the defendant's boss and to a Turkish minister.

  • November 30, 2017

    4 Charged Over Allegedly Exploiting DOD Small Biz Deals

    A New Mexico federal grand jury has indicted four men, including a former U.S. Department of Defense program office director, over an alleged scheme to bilk the government out of millions of dollars through inappropriate use of a small business contracting program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Trump Urges High Court To Remove Blocks On Travel Ban

    The Trump administration has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to pause orders by lower courts that put the brakes on the third iteration of the president’s proposed travel ban for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S., arguing that the latest version overcomes various legal hurdles raised by its challengers.

  • November 29, 2017

    Commercial Drone Users Push For Fewer FAA Restrictions

    Drone advocates urged Congress on Wednesday to lean on the Federal Aviation Administration to loosen restrictions on the use of commercial drones in U.S airspace or risk U.S. industry falling behind foreign rivals, finding a receptive audience from lawmakers who simultaneously decried “idiot” hobbyists for acting unsafely.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pharma Marketers Can't Escape Tricare Kickback Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday rejected several defendants’ attempts to dismiss allegations they received kickbacks to steer Tricare beneficiaries to participate in a fraudulent billing scheme, saying a whistleblower had adequately alleged the illegitimacy of the claimed “marketing” payments.

  • November 29, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Bribes Erased Concerns About His Fame

    Reza Zarrab told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that he initially was deemed too famous to work with a Turkish bank in its effort to launder billions of dollars of Iran oil profits, but the gold trader-turned-government witness said he solved that problem by sending massive bribes to a high-ranking Turkish politician.

Expert Analysis

  • A Practitioner’s Guide To Federal Officer Removal

    Lisa Himes

    Federal officer removal is a doctrine for removing certain cases from state to federal court. It is available to federal officers or persons acting under them, including corporations. But the purposes and application of this significant and unique removal ground have been misunderstood by both practitioners and courts, says Lisa Himes of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Mueller’s Options, Short Of Indictment

    Ronald Levine

    Suppose special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation unearths evidence that falls short of the legal standard to indict but would likely be of great interest to the public and/or relevant to congressional committees. If appropriate, Mueller has several potential paths to the disclosure of the grand jury’s evidence, says Ronald Levine, head of Post & Schell PC's white collar defense group.

  • SDNY Case Raises Provocative Questions On US Jurisdiction

    Louis Rothberg

    U.S. v. Reza Zarrab, set to start trial this month in the Southern District of New York, is likely to affect the manner in which entities and individuals decide to comply with the Office of Foreign Assets Control's secondary sanctions and represents a critical interpretive question regarding the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Locking Up Our Own

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • With Integration Pilot Program, Drones Are Ready To Fly

    Patrick Reilly

    The White House recently announced it will cull regulatory restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft systems, and will allow state and local governments to submit proposals for drone testing. Companies interested in drones should understand how federal rules impact licensing of pilots, registration of drones and more, say Patrick Reilly and Blake Angelino of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.