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Aerospace & Defense

  • October 31, 2018

    Spirit Airlines, Flyers Compare Burgers To Baggage Fees

    Lawyers for Spirit Airlines Inc. and a proposed class of flyers who say the company cheats its customers by charging them for carry-on bags fought it out before a Brooklyn federal judge on Wednesday, with the airline saying the flyers were like diner-goers who sought a free side of fries and the flyers saying a ticket with no carry-on is like a bun with no patty.

  • October 31, 2018

    19 States Urge DC Circ. To Block Military Transgender Ban

    Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have urged the D.C. Circuit not to lift an injunction against a Trump administration policy that would ban many transgender people from military service, arguing the policy is both "irrational" and unconstitutional.

  • October 31, 2018

    Ransomware Hackers Target Group 'Involved' In US Elections

    Hackers believed to be behind the recent ransomware attack on the city of Atlanta have targeted several health care organizations and at least one government group "involved in administering elections" this year, a cybersecurity company said.

  • October 31, 2018

    L-3 Inks $2M Deal Over Military Reservist Bias Claims

    L-3 Communications Corp. has agreed to pay $2 million and adopt certain policy changes to resolve claims that it discriminated against noncareer members of the U.S. National Guard and Reserve while hiring for certain pilot positions, according to filings in Washington federal court Tuesday.

  • October 31, 2018

    Ex-Blackwater Guard Denied Acquittal Bid In Iraq Shooting

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge has refused to acquit a former guard for private security firm Blackwater, previously convicted of murder over a deadly shooting incident in Iraq, after his retrial ended in a mistrial, ruling the former guard had failed to show that no reasonable jury could find him guilty.

  • October 30, 2018

    Chinese Spies Indicted For Alleged Hacking Of US Companies

    The United States has charged two Chinese intelligence officers and eight others purportedly working under their direction for alleged computer hackings over several years that aimed to steal American and European intellectual property related to aerospace technology, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • October 30, 2018

    Egyptian Woman Urges DC Circ. To Revive False Visa Info Suit

    An Egyptian woman whose visa application was denied because the federal government allegedly falsified her record urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday not to toss her suit, arguing that the consequences of doing so may allow the government to “bar anyone from the United States simply by making up information.”

  • October 30, 2018

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    As courts continue to grapple with the changes to the False Claims Act landscape prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Escobar ruling, Law360 once again explores how key parts of the decision are being interpreted.

  • October 30, 2018

    AGs Join Call For CFPB To Keep Probing Military Lenders

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman said she has joined a coalition of 32 other attorneys general in urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to keep protecting military service members against predatory lenders under the Military Lending Act, following the CFPB’s reported decision to stop examining lenders.

  • October 30, 2018

    Satellite, Mobile Industries Spar Over C-Band Sale Methods

    Satellite operators and mobile carriers presented competing viewpoints in comments posted Monday and Tuesday on how the Federal Communications Commission should allow shared uses in the so-called C-Band of airwaves, with some carriers advocating for a spectrum auction and some satellite users pushing to broker voluntary, secondary agreements.

  • October 30, 2018

    Ex-DOD Official Joins Morrison & Foerster As CFIUS Adviser

    A civilian official formerly with the U.S. Department of Defense has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP to serve as a senior adviser in its national security group and provide clients advice on transaction reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the law firm said.

  • October 30, 2018

    Feds Ask Justices To Nix Enviros' Border Wall Challenge

    The federal government has hit back at a bid by environmental groups to have the U.S. Supreme Court review portions of an immigration law that waived environmental reviews and allowed construction on the controversial border wall with Mexico to move forward, saying the organizations’ constitutionality concerns are not viable.

  • October 29, 2018

    Harris Jewelry Preys Upon Military Members, Says NY AG

    New York State Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood hit Harris Jewelry with a lawsuit Monday accusing it of preying upon military service members by selling them "vastly overpriced" jewelry while pushing deceptive credit repair services and illegal in-house financing contracts.

  • October 29, 2018

    GAO Backs Single Award On $146M Air Force Warhead Deal

    The U.S. Air Force reasonably rejected a bidder for a roughly $146 million "bunker buster" warhead production deal on technical grounds, and did not have to justify its decision to single-source the contract after being left with only one viable awardee, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Monday.

  • October 29, 2018

    Commerce Restricts Exports To Chinese Semiconductor Co.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has moved to restrict exports and technology transfers to a Chinese semiconductor firm, in an effort to protect U.S. national security interests and American technology, according to a notice to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

  • October 29, 2018

    4th Circ. Backs SC Plutonium Removal Injunction

    The Fourth Circuit has said a lower court followed the law when it decided the U.S. Department of Energy had to remove a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from a nuclear waste disposal facility in South Carolina after the DOE had missed a deadline to process the material.

  • October 29, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Gloves Come Off In Trump Trade Row

    In Law360’s latest look at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, 11 different cases stemming from the Trump administration’s decisions to impose steel and aluminum tariffs moved to a more contentious phase as the U.S. and its partners dig in for a long fight.

  • October 26, 2018

    Oil Rig Worker Awarded $1M For Helicopter Crash Injuries

    A Louisiana federal court awarded some $1 million plus interest on Friday to an oil rig worker injured in a helicopter crash, saying his physical and mental injuries continue affecting him to this day.

  • October 26, 2018

    Northrop's Older Policies Apply To ERISA Suit, Judge Says

    A Delaware federal judge held Friday that an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action suit against Northrop Grumman Corp. should be covered under insurance policies issued in 2006 rather than policies issued in 2016, but said the amount of coverage available to Northrop will depend on the outcome of a parallel action in California.

  • October 26, 2018

    Jury Blames Both Parties For Delays In Army Base Barracks

    A Georgia federal jury on Friday found that both the general contractor and a subcontactor who worked on a new barracks at the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning base in Georgia breached their agreement with each other, but awarded subcontractor Cleveland Construction $1.18 million more in damages.

Expert Analysis

  • Industry Takeaways From The Defense Industrial Base Report

    Zach Mears

    While the long-awaited interagency assessment of the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base does not incorporate detailed policy solutions, it does identify current actions and potential future efforts and recommendations. Attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP draw some initial conclusions.

  • CFIUS Pilot Program: Immediate Investment Implications

    Ama Adams

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has announced a pilot program to review noncontrolling foreign investments in certain U.S. industries that were formerly outside the scope of its jurisdiction. This is a rapid assertion of CFIUS' new powers under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Is CFPB Curtailing Its Own Supervisory Authority?

    Keith Bradley

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced plans to stop conducting supervisory examinations for violations of the Military Lending Act. The broader implications of this decision could lead to company push back on a wide range of supervisory activity by the CPFB, says Keith Bradley of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • 10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

    Jeff Vogel

    The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act granted the U.S. Maritime Administration increased authority to enforce the requirement that at least half of government-impelled cargoes be carried on U.S.-flag vessels. But in the intervening decade, regulatory efforts toward this goal have failed. If Congress wishes to preserve the U.S.-flag fleet, it must take further action, says Jeff Vogel of Cozen O’Connor.

  • How FIRRMA Changes The Game For Tech Cos. And Investors

    Steven Croley

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, signed into law in August, will significantly alter how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States conducts its work. Emerging technology companies, and their prospective investors, must be mindful of whether investments are now subject to CFIUS jurisdiction, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.