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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 2, 2018

    Judge Trims 'War Dogs' Suit Over 'American Greed' Episode

    CNBC LLC, NBCUniversal Media LLC and the production company behind CNBC’s show “American Greed” had false advertising claims trimmed Thursday from a Delaware federal court suit brought by a company affiliated with a former defense contractor whose life story became the film “War Dogs.”

  • August 2, 2018

    Sens. Unveil Wide-Ranging Russia Sanctions Bill

    A bipartisan group of six senators on Thursday introduced a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia’s energy sector as well as numerous political figures and oligarchs, citing Moscow’s continued attempts to meddle in U.S. elections through cybersecurity breaches.

  • August 2, 2018

    DOD Beats Enviros' Challenge To Japanese Base Relocation

    A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected for the second time environmental groups’ long-running challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense’s proposed replacement base in Okinawa, Japan, saying the DOD had adequately considered the potential effect on the endangered Okinawa dugong.

  • August 2, 2018

    VA Officials Resist Benefits For 'Blue Water' Vietnam Vets

    Senior U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials pushed back against a bill that would restore presumptive access to benefits related to Agent Orange-linked illnesses for "blue water" Navy veterans who served offshore during the Vietnam War, saying there was no scientific basis to support that presumption.

  • August 2, 2018

    Kaspersky Reports Phishing Attacks On Russian Industries

    Cybercriminals have sent phishing emails within the past year to at least 400 industrial companies, mostly in Russia, in attempts to commit financial fraud and steal money, according to researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

  • August 2, 2018

    CACI Can’t Toss Ex-Abu Ghraib Detainee From Abuse Suit

    A Virginia federal judge refused Thursday to toss a former detainee at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison from a suit seeking to hold CACI International liable for abuses at the prison, although she did set a high bar for him thanks to the loss of his medical records.

  • August 1, 2018

    Qualcomm Investor Sues Over $117B Broadcom Merger Bust

    A Qualcomm Inc. investor opened a derivative lawsuit against the company and its directors late Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the tech company’s board made undisclosed and self-interested decisions that scuttled a proposed $117 billion merger with Broadcom Ltd. and cost Qualcomm $8 billion in market value.

  • August 1, 2018

    Raytheon Denied Protest Over Deal Despite Army Mistakes

    The U.S. Army made several mistakes when assessing Raytheon Co.’s $1.36 billion bid for a maintenance contract, but its $100 million price premium over Lockheed Martin Corp.’s bid meant it wouldn’t have won the deal even without those errors, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Sens. Propose Bipartisan Bill To Curb Trump’s Tariff Powers

    Two Senate Republicans and a Democrat introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at curbing the authority by which President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum based on concerns over national security.

  • August 1, 2018

    Senate Sends $717B Defense Bill To Trump's Desk

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily passed the $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2019, sending to President Donald Trump the massive annual defense bill to be signed into law at the earliest point in more than four decades.

  • August 1, 2018

    Helicopter Co.'s Ex-CEO Must Face Claims Over Bonus Pay

    A helicopter manufacturer and retailer can largely pursue allegations that its former CEO abused his power by paying himself and others large bonuses, causing almost $24 million in losses, a Virginia federal judge has ruled while trimming some claims from the case.

  • August 1, 2018

    3 Cybercrime Group Members Arrested For Hacking 100+ Cos.

    Three top members of an international cybercrime group known as FIN7 have been arrested for a malware campaign that attacked more than 100 American companies, primarily in the restaurant, gaming and hospitality industries, with Chipotle and Arby’s among those that have disclosed breaches connected to the group, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    White House Sets Out 2020 R&D Focus For US Agencies

    The White House released its annual list of federal research and development budget priorities, saying it will look to agencies to promote innovation in areas such as national security, artificial intelligence, medical advancements and “energy dominance.”

  • July 31, 2018

    Wash. Judge Blocks 3D Gun Blueprint Releases, For Now

    A Washington federal judge temporarily blocked the public dissemination of instructions for 3D printing guns on Tuesday, noting that the Trump administration appears to have made a “dramatic change” without following prescribed procedures and adding that the firearms could fall into the wrong hands.

  • July 31, 2018

    9th Circ. Nixes Suit Against VA Over Veteran’s Lupus Death

    The Ninth Circuit has tossed a suit accusing a Veterans Affairs hospital of delaying treatment of a veteran’s lupus which contributed to his death, saying claims of negligence were properly dismissed as untimely but noting that it didn’t have the authority to rule on claims of administrative mismanagement.

  • July 31, 2018

    Facebook Reveals 'Coordinated' Political Influence Campaign

    Facebook on Tuesday disclosed that it has discovered a new, coordinated campaign to create dozens of inauthentic pages and accounts, but stopped short of directly blaming a Russian troll farm that has previously targeted Americans.

  • July 31, 2018

    US Opens Door For High-Tech Exports To India

    The Trump administration on Monday said it will relax export controls on India, placing New Delhi on the same plane as Australia, Japan, South Korea and U.S. NATO allies and making it easier for American companies to sell high technology and military items there.

  • July 31, 2018

    Doc Gets Prison For Defrauding VA Over Bogus Procedures

    A cardiologist was slammed with a 20-month prison sentence Tuesday in New Jersey federal court for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of nearly $240,000 by billing the agency for medical procedures he never performed.

  • July 31, 2018

    DOD Delays Report After 'Space Force' Plans Leak

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday pushed back the release of a pending report on its plans for space operations shortly after a leaked draft of the report suggested the DOD would move forward with President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a new U.S. Space Force.

  • July 31, 2018

    Trump Admin. Moves Ahead With Drawback Rules Proposal

    The Trump administration is moving forward with changes to rules governing refunds of customs duties paid on imported goods that are subsequently exported, according to a notice to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • It May Be Time For Companies To Reconsider DOD Contracts

    Eric Aaserud

    Several recent developments may give rise to optimism among innovative, commercially oriented contractors that have been avoiding the U.S. Department of Defense, say Eric Aaserud and Julia Fox of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Fed. Circ. Clarifies Infringement Liability For Contractors

    Kara Daniels

    The Federal Circuit's recent interpretation of “manufactured” in FastShip v. U.S. will likely prove consequential for companies seeking to enforce their patent rights against federal contractors and the U.S. government under Section 1498, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Aviation Watch: Is There Really A Pilot Shortage?

    Alan Hoffman

    In April, regional carrier Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations, blaming a lack of qualified cockpit personnel. It joins other airlines whose recent business woes have been attributed to a shortage of trained pilots. But the Air Line Pilots Association says poor pay and benefits are the issue. Retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman explores how the current situation came about, and what lies ahead.