Aerospace & Defense

  • February 9, 2018

    Airbus Penalized €81.25M In Bribery Probe Of Fighter Sale

    A German unit of French aerospace giant Airbus SE has been hit with an €81.25 million ($99 million) penalty by German prosecutors for supervisory negligence, ending a bribery probe related to a 2003 sale of Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Austria, the company announced Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Girardi Keese Must Open Books On $130M Deal, 9th Circ. Told

    An attorney whose client accused Girardi Keese of mismanaging a $130 million settlement with Lockheed Martin urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to allow an accounting of the funds to move forward, while the firm argued that a lower court correctly found the suit was time-barred since the funds were distributed nearly two decades ago.

  • February 9, 2018

    Fed Circ. Says Federal Military Leave Provisions Are Broad

    The Merit Systems Protection Board took too narrow a view of what constitutes support for a military operation when it upheld a decision denying an Army reservist’s request for additional military leave after he was called to active duty, the Federal Circuit ruled Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Texas County Drops $3.5M Border Fence Fraud Suit

    The Hidalgo County, Texas, Drainage District, which had accused its former general-manager-turned-contractor of defrauding taxpayers over a multimillion-dollar project to build a levee and border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, has dropped the remaining claims in its $3.5 million suit, days after a state judge dismissed others.

  • February 9, 2018

    'Weak' Evidence Dooms Booz Allen Investors' Stock-Drop Suit

    Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. escaped a proposed class action from two union pension funds that sued the contractor alleging it misled shareholders by failing to disclose it was under federal investigation, with a Virginia federal judge ruling that the fraud claims relied on “weak” evidence.

  • February 9, 2018

    DACA Service Members Can't Be Deported, DOD Announces

    The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that U.S. service members who are beneficiaries of the hotly debated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which the Trump administration promised to end in March — cannot be deported.

  • February 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Overturns $100M Arab Bank Terror Verdict

    The Second Circuit on Friday overturned a $100 million jury verdict against Arab Bank PLC, finding jury instructions in the case alleging that it provided material support to Hamas and other militant groups were prejudicial against the bank, in a case the bank already settled.

  • February 9, 2018

    Trump Signs Spending Bill, Ending Overnight Shutdown

    President Donald Trump signed legislation Friday for a two-year budget deal and temporary spending measure, ending a brief government shutdown after Congress failed to pass the bill before midnight.

  • February 8, 2018

    Congress Fumbles Spending Debate, Shutting Gov't Down

    Unable to pass a funding agreement before midnight, Congress has sent the government into at least a brief shutdown Friday despite pending long-term budget agreement legislation.

  • February 8, 2018

    GAO Sustains Challenge To $38M Navy Deal Over Ambiguities

    The U.S. Navy wrongly rejected the lowest bidder for a $38 million building construction deal based on the company’s interpretation of an ambiguous solicitation clause, the U.S. Government Accountability said in a decision made public Wednesday.

  • February 8, 2018

    DOD Awards $950M Cloud Computing Contract To REAN

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday awarded a five-year contract of up to $950 million to cloud systems integrator REAN Cloud that will allow defense agencies to procure cloud computing services directly from the company.

  • February 8, 2018

    $7M DOD Cloud Contract Support Deal Hit With Protest

    An enterprise technology group has challenged the U.S. Department of Defense’s $7 million sole-source deal recently awarded to an Alaska Native-owned small business to support the DOD’s high-profile cloud computing acquisition process, filing a bid protest with the U.S Government Accountability Office.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fed. Circuit Urged To Make Army Consider Palantir Software

    Palantir Technologies Inc. urged the Federal Circuit on Thursday to uphold a lower court’s finding that the company was wrongly shut out of the running for a $206 million U.S. Army intelligence software contract, saying the service branch unnecessarily set out to develop a custom system and failed to conduct legally required research into available commercial options.

  • February 7, 2018

    Tillerson To Form New State Dept. Cybersecurity Bureau

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is aiming to revamp the State Department's cybersecurity operations, telling a top House lawmaker Tuesday that he is planning to merge two existing offices into a new bureau that will broadly tackle cyberspace and digital economy issues. 

  • February 7, 2018

    Attorneys Cautiously Optimistic After Acquisition Report

    A recent expert panel report advocating a broad overhaul of the U.S. Department of Defense’s acquisition process is a landmark document that may finally spur the significant changes that are needed to make the procurement system more user friendly, although more work remains to be done, attorneys say.

  • February 7, 2018

    Senators Urge DOD To Study Phone Tracking Risks

    Two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday urged U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to study the potential security risks of American service members using Google Android phones overseas, citing concerns that the tech firm’s location-tracking tools could be hijacked by enemy combatants.

  • February 7, 2018

    Muslim Engineer Can't Prove Sikorsky Fired Him For His Faith

    A Connecticut federal judge on Tuesday axed a former Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. engineer’s suit alleging he was laid off due to his Muslim faith, Balkan heritage and dark complexion, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to show he was treated differently than his colleagues.

  • February 7, 2018

    Senate Leaders Reveal Spending Deal As Shutdown Looms

    Senate leaders announced a $300 billion two-year budget deal Wednesday, potentially avoiding a government shutdown later this week and extending the government debt ceiling a full year.

  • February 6, 2018

    DHS Fights Kaspersky's Bid To Block Federal Software Ban

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday fired back at Kaspersky Lab's attempt to halt an order barring federal agencies from using its software products due to national security concerns, telling a D.C. federal judge that there is "ample" support for the ban and that "nothing of any practical value" would come from a reversal.

  • February 6, 2018

    Federal Circ. Upholds Validity Of Motion Tracking IP

    A patent on motion tracking technology used in various types of military installations has survived the latest challenge over its validity, as the Federal Circuit determined on Tuesday that a combination of prior art did not make its asserted claims obvious.

Expert Analysis

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 2

    Stephen Heifetz

    Regardless of whether new legislation is enacted, dramatic changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have arrived. In 2017, a much “stickier” CFIUS process resulted from concerns about China and a broader worry that international trade has not always benefited the United States, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • How Tax Reform Will Change FCA Settlements

    Douglas Baruch

    Little attention has been paid to a provision of the new tax law that requires federal agencies to specify, at the time of settlement of government claims, the portion of the settlement that may be deductible as a business expense. This is sure to impact False Claims Act and other settlements involving the government going forward, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • A Momentous Year For CFIUS: Part 1

    Stephen Heifetz

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was the subject of more focus, change and consequence in 2017 than it had been in at least a decade. It appears that the significant CFIUS developments last year soon may be followed by formal legal changes, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • New Magnitsky Sanctions Expand Enforcement Authority

    Michael Zolandz

    New sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act not only provide the U.S. government with a new instrument to take action in response to conduct that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the U.S. anti-money laundering laws, but also expand the scope of U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, say partners with Dentons.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • OFAC Enforcement Trends In 2017: Exporters On Notice

    Sean Kane

    One probable reason for the recent shift in focus by the Office of Foreign Assets Control toward export-related transactions is that the agency’s enforcement efforts targeting big banks have worked. With fewer cases to bring against them, OFAC seems to be moving on to new weak spots in enforcement, say Sean Kane and Susie Park of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.