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Aerospace & Defense

  • May 15, 2018

    DHS Releases New 5-Point Plan For Fighting Cyber Threats

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday unveiled a new national plan for combating cybersecurity threats, as officials grapple with a growing list of risks and malicious hackers.

  • May 15, 2018

    NASA Supplier Can't Immediately Enforce $3.1M Judgment

    A Pennsylvania federal judge paused NASA supplier Advanced Fluid Systems Inc.’s bid to enforce a $3.1 million judgment against rival supplier Livingston & Haven LLC, finding that Livingston had properly requested a stay by securing a letter of credit as security while it seeks a new trial.

  • May 15, 2018

    Transgender Troops Say Freeze On Ban Won't Hurt Military

    Active and prospective transgender troops urged a Washington federal judge to keep an injunction in place freezing President Donald Trump's policy barring them from serving in the military, arguing that they'll be denied crucial medical treatment if the stay is lifted pending the administration's appeal. 

  • May 15, 2018

    VA Parking Lot Contractor Pleads Guilty To $13M Fraud

    A parking lot operator for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Los Angeles has pled guilty to participating in a 15-year bribery scheme that cost the VA more than $13 million, prosecutors said Monday.

  • May 15, 2018

    WTO Opens Door For US Retaliation In Airbus Subsidy Saga

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled Tuesday that the European Union continued providing illegal subsidies to aircraft giant Airbus in defiance of an earlier WTO ruling, opening the door for the U.S. to retaliate and closing the book on a long and winding 14-year legal saga.

  • May 14, 2018

    Feds Blast Manafort's Bid For Hearing Into Grand Jury Leaks

    Federal prosecutors Monday filed an opposition to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's request that a Virginia federal court conduct a hearing about alleged leaks related to his pending case on bank fraud charges, saying the press reports Manafort pointed to did not provide specific evidence of wrongdoing.

  • May 14, 2018

    Merlin Nabs $200M In DHS, VA Technology Contracts

    Merlin International has landed $200 million in technology contracts from the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs that will see the cybersecurity company work on integrating new technologies with existing systems to support government modernization initiatives, according to a Monday announcement.

  • May 14, 2018

    ACLU Can Get Most Border Patrol Docs In FOIA Row

    The American Civil Liberties Union has won access to the majority of documents it sought from U.S. Customs and Border Protection related to the agency’s "roving patrol" operation, though the California federal judge did shield some educational material and agent identities.

  • May 14, 2018

    Colorado Residents Sue Makers Of 'Toxic' Firefighting Foam

    The 3M Co., Tyco Fire Products LP and other manufacturers were accused Monday of putting Colorado residents at risk of developing health problems like cancer, thyroid disease and pregnancy complications by supplying a nearby air base with firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals.

  • May 14, 2018

    BAE Nets ‎£2.4B In British Submarine Work

    The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence said in a release Monday that it has awarded £2.4 billion ($3.26 billion) to BAE Systems ‎PLC to build several next-generation submarines for the Royal Navy.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court To Mull Asbestos Liability Under Maritime Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a precedential Third Circuit decision holding that companies can be held liable under maritime law for asbestos-related injuries if a manufacturer could have reasonably foreseen asbestos would be later added to its product.

  • May 14, 2018

    White House Looks To Mitigate Trump's ZTE Reversal Fallout

    President Donald Trump’s apparent decision to spare Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. after its Iran and North Korean sanctions violations sent the White House into damage control mode Monday as it stressed that the U.S. Department of Commerce would be making an “independent” decision on the matter.

  • May 14, 2018

    Contractor Says Feds Owe $2M For Dock Repairs

    An engineering firm has sued the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the U.S. Navy has failed to reimburse it for $2 million in extra costs incurred during repairs to a transportation dock in South Carolina.

  • May 11, 2018

    Gov't Workers Bid To Renew Data Breach Suit At DC Circ.

    Two federal employee unions have urged the D.C. Circuit to revive multidistrict litigation brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions stemming from a headline-grabbing data breach, saying the case should “unquestionably” go forward despite a ruling the breach was not enough to establish standing.

  • May 11, 2018

    Former CIA Contractor Cops To Taking Classified Info

    A former Central Intelligence Agency contractor pled guilty Friday in Virginia federal court to unlawfully obtaining classified material from his former workplace and lying about it to federal investigators, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • May 11, 2018

    GAO Denies Protests Over $1.7B Air Force Repair Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied protests by DynCorp and an AAR Corp. unit over a nearly $1.7 billion Air Force training aircraft repair deal, saying the contract award to a joint venture based on the past performance of its JV partners was reasonable.

  • May 11, 2018

    Indefinite DOD Deals Often Minimize Competition, GAO Says

    Roughly 40 percent of the U.S. Department of Defense’s recent contracts have been indefinite-delivery deals, many of which contain provisions that could restrict competition, even if they don’t explicitly limit it, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report.

  • May 11, 2018

    Class Counsel In Dow Pollution Suit Want Attys Sanctioned

    Lead class counsel representing residents who inked a $375 million settlement with Dow Chemical Co. and another company in a nuclear pollution lawsuit urged the Tenth Circuit to sanction three individual attorneys who claim they were denied a share of $150 million in fees for their work, calling their appeal frivolous.

  • May 11, 2018

    Enviros Push To Kill Waiver For New Mexico Border Wall

    Environmental groups asked a D.C. district judge on Thursday to kill the waiver for environmental and other oversight laws granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the quick construction of an approximately 20-mile stretch of border wall, alleging Congress never gave it such wide power.

  • May 11, 2018

    Treasury Mulling Intermediate Sales Quandary On TCJA

    The U.S. Treasury Department is looking into whether incentives for exports in the recent federal tax overhaul apply to transactions that are required to go through an intermediary, such as arms sales to foreign buyers, an official said at a conference Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • New Russian Oligarch Sanctions Will Require Prompt Action

    Grant Leach

    Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control added several Russian oligarchs, political officials and businesses under their control to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List. These sanctions will likely impose serious compliance challenges for both U.S. and non-U.S. persons doing business with Russia, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: April

    Layth Elhassani

    As Congress returns to Washington for a three-week work period, President Donald Trump continues announcing new policy and personnel decisions. But with midterms looming, Congress is unlikely to make progress on legislation requiring compromise and bipartisanship, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.