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Aerospace & Defense

  • 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.

  • May 11, 2018

    'Hack Your State Department' Bill Clears House Panel

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen cybersecurity efforts at the U.S. State Department by getting hackers to point out vulnerabilities in the department’s public networks and data systems.

  • May 10, 2018

    Trump's Military Parade Stays In $717B House Defense Bill

    The House Armed Services Committee wrapped up consideration of its $717 billion version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act early Thursday, with the final bill continuing to support President Donald Trump’s proposed military parade, among several contentious clauses.

  • May 10, 2018

    Iran Deal Exit To Cast Shadow Over Future Negotiations

    President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal has cast the U.S. as an unreliable ally and negotiator in the eyes of both allies and adversaries, and the effects on future international deals will be hard to shake, attorneys say.

  • May 10, 2018

    ZTE Stops Major Operations After US Imposes Biz Ban

    ZTE Corp. said that it has halted its main operations in response to a seven-year ban imposed by the Trump administration that effectively bars U.S. companies from shipping components to the Chinese telecom giant.

  • May 10, 2018

    Philly Nurse Charged In Death Of H.R. McMaster's Father

    A nurse at a Presbyterian Senior Living facility in Philadelphia was slapped with criminal charges on Thursday for her alleged role in the death of the 84-year-old father of ex-Trump administration national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Jr.

  • May 10, 2018

    Drone Co. Counters Patent Suit With Antitrust Claims

    A patent infringement lawsuit between SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. and fellow Chinese drone-maker Autel Robotics Co. Ltd. is growing into a fight over international trade and alleged predatory pricing, with Autel going on the offensive with counterclaims accusing the market leader of antitrust violations.

  • May 9, 2018

    Feds Say Sentence Sought For Russia-Hired Hacker Fits Norm

    The federal government told a California federal court Tuesday that slapping a Canadian “hacker-for-hire” with a nearly eight-year prison sentence for breaking into thousands of email accounts is consistent with punishments imposed on individuals found guilty of similar crimes, seeking to soothe the judge’s concerns that the punishment is too severe.

  • May 9, 2018

    TechFreedom Adds Space Law Expert As GC

    TechFreedom has appointed its first general counsel, a former senior adjunct fellow at the technology think tank who has years of expertise as a technology attorney and as a pioneer in the practice of international space law, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • May 9, 2018

    The US Has Exited The Iran Deal. What Happens Now?

    The Trump administration’s decision to pull out of a historic nuclear disarmament deal with Iran will have serious ramifications for global geopolitics and national security, but the move will in the near term have its most pointed effect on companies doing or considering business in Iran.

  • May 9, 2018

    DOT Picks Expanded Drone Ops Test Sites, Mulls New Rules

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday picked 10 sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Tennessee to test expanded drone operations, including package-delivery and nighttime flights, and is considering additional new rules for drones.

  • May 9, 2018

    Vet Cops To Fraud In $8M Deal To Construct Facility At AFB

    A U.S. Army veteran pled guilty in Kansas federal court to charges stemming from allegations that he used his status as a service-disabled veteran to improperly help a company win an $8.2 million U.S. Department of Defense contract to construct a health care facility at a Massachusetts Air Force base.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Why DC Circ. Said Airport Noise Critics Are Out Of Luck

    Paul Kiernan

    What if they made a regulatory change and no one noticed? The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Citizens Association of Georgetown v. Federal Aviation Administration reaffirms the rule that the appeal clock starts ticking on the day a regulatory order is officially made public, whether affected parties had actual notice or not, says Paul Kiernan of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Chinese Investment In The US After The Section 301 Report

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    The U.S. Trade Representative recently alleged that China has engaged in theft of trade secrets, cyber intrusions and creation of unfair barriers to entry in China. In response, the Trump administration may be exploring options for executive branch action under the authorities of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Assessing Changes To The Jones Act Litigation Landscape

    Dennis Vega

    A federal judge in New York, in Alford v. CBS Corporation, recently held that the federal officer removal statute overrides the statute prohibiting removal of Jones Act claims. The ruling stands to have far-reaching impact in litigation in which the federal government’s involvement has been a factor, say Dennis Vega and Afigo Okpewho-Fadahunsi of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.