Aerospace & Defense

  • November 29, 2017

    Commercial Drone Users Push For Fewer FAA Restrictions

    Drone advocates urged Congress on Wednesday to lean on the Federal Aviation Administration to loosen restrictions on the use of commercial drones in U.S airspace or risk U.S. industry falling behind foreign rivals, finding a receptive audience from lawmakers who simultaneously decried “idiot” hobbyists for acting unsafely.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pharma Marketers Can't Escape Tricare Kickback Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday rejected several defendants’ attempts to dismiss allegations they received kickbacks to steer Tricare beneficiaries to participate in a fraudulent billing scheme, saying a whistleblower had adequately alleged the illegitimacy of the claimed “marketing” payments.

  • November 29, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Bribes Erased Concerns About His Fame

    Reza Zarrab told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that he initially was deemed too famous to work with a Turkish bank in its effort to launder billions of dollars of Iran oil profits, but the gold trader-turned-government witness said he solved that problem by sending massive bribes to a high-ranking Turkish politician.

  • November 29, 2017

    Raytheon Protests After Air Force Radar Deal Rejection

    Raytheon has protested after the U.S. Air Force eliminated it from a competition to provide the radar system for the next-generation JSTARS surveillance aircraft and effectively handed the deal to rival Northrop Grumman, arguing there had been “significant flaws” in the evaluation process.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pharmacies Abused Federal Workers' Comp, FCA Suit Says

    The U.S. federal government filed a False Claims Act suit in Texas federal court Wednesday alleging two pharmacies and their effective owners paid a chiropractor kickbacks to refer them prescriptions that the government would then reimburse under the federal workers’ compensation program.

  • November 28, 2017

    'Hacker-For-Hire' Cops To Role In Russian Yahoo Email Leak

    A Canadian “hacker-for-hire” admitted Tuesday to breaking into Yahoo’s systems to steal information on at least 500 million user accounts in 2014 as part of a job he did for Russian government agents, according to a plea deal that calls for a fine of up to $2.3 million.

  • November 28, 2017

    Texas Family Says Air Force To Blame For Church Shooting

    A Texas family on Tuesday filed administrative claims alleging that the U.S. Air Force caused the deaths of nine of their relatives in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by failing to report a former service member's domestic assault court-martial to a federal database.

  • November 28, 2017

    Benghazi Attacker Found Guilty Of Terrorism But Not Murder

    A Libyan national accused of orchestrating the deadly 2012 attacks against a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was convicted Tuesday on terrorism-related charges, but acquitted of murder charges, avoiding the death penalty.

  • November 28, 2017

    VA Neglecting Payout Reimbursement Requirement, OIG Says

    Despite being about $226 million in the hole to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for money paid out for disputes over hospital construction contracts, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to request adequate funds from Congress to make up the shortfall, a VA watchdog said Tuesday.

  • November 28, 2017

    Funding Talks Fizzle After Trump Tweets 'Don't See A Deal'

    Planned bipartisan talks about how to address next week's government funding deadline devolved into the two political parties criticizing each other Tuesday after President Donald Trump tweeted "I don't see a deal" with Democrats over spending and immigration issues.

  • November 28, 2017

    Body Armor Supply Co. Blasts Feds' Expert Bid In FCA Suit

    A Japan-based materials supplier urged a D.C. federal court Tuesday to deny the government’s request to add an expert for rebuttal purposes in its False Claims Act suit over allegedly defective body armor, saying the untimely addition would require extra effort and jeopardize a March trial date.

  • November 28, 2017

    Banker Tells Jury Zarrab Copped To Resume 'Cushy Lifestyle'

    A Turkish banker denied charges of building a massive scheme to dodge U.S. sanctions against Iran, telling a Manhattan jury Tuesday that Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab is the one at the bottom of a “sewer” of lies who is cooperating with prosecutors so he can return to a “cushy lifestyle.”

  • November 28, 2017

    Pretrial Detention Upheld For Ex-Contractor Accused Of Leak

    A Georgia federal judge on Monday affirmed the detention of former government contractor Reality Leigh Winner, who has been accused of leaking classified national security information, saying she poses an ongoing risk to national security. 

  • November 28, 2017

    Military Must Accept Transgender Troops In Jan., Judge Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense must allow transgender individuals to join the military starting on Jan. 1, a D.C. federal judge said on Monday in clarifying an earlier order blocking President Donald Trump’s plan to bar them from serving.

  • November 27, 2017

    Concerns About Frivolous GAO Protests Likely Overblown

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s latest annual bid protest figures show a remarkable high point in the overall “effectiveness rate” for protesters at 47 percent, reflecting that perceived problems with the protest system may be exaggerated, attorneys say.

  • November 27, 2017

    Defense Seeks Delay After Jury Picked For Iran Sanctions Trial

    Jury selection was completed Monday in the New York federal trial of Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of allegedly scheming with Turkish-Iranian businessman and gold trader Reza Zarrab to dodge U.S. sanctions against Iran, but immediately afterward, the defense asked for a delay in the proceedings.

  • November 27, 2017

    Enviros, Calif. Seek Quick Win On Trump's Border Wall Plans

    The state of California and several environmental organizations challenging the Trump administration’s plans to waive environmental laws so it can move forward with its border wall project have urged the Southern District of California to give them a quick win in their consolidated cases.

  • November 27, 2017

    Louis Berger Wins $860M Power Supply Contract In Caribbean

    New Jersey-based Louis Berger Group Inc. will get up to $860 million to provide temporary electricity to hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced.

  • November 27, 2017

    Watchdog Knocks VA’s Oversight Of Docs' Performance

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' process for reporting and removing its doctors when quality or safety concerns arise needs work, the Government Accountability Office found in a report published Monday.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ex-SEAL Wants Former Atty To Face Suit For Book Advice

    A former Navy SEAL has told an Indiana federal court that his former attorney should have to face claims that the lawyer gave him ruinous advice about the need to submit his firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to the U.S. Department of Defense for a prepublication review.

Expert Analysis

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • How To Accommodate Military Caregiver And Exigency Leave

    Jennifer Fontaine

    Employers generally understand that they may need to provide leave for active duty military or a veteran. However, nonmilitary employees with military family members are also entitled to two important protections under the Family Medical Leave Act, say attorneys with Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Trump’s Tweets Stymie Trans Military Ban In Lower Courts

    Bryan Jacoutot

    Last week, a D.C. federal judge halted much of President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender military service, which he first announced via Twitter. The use of the president’s own (albeit, unofficial) statements against him marks an emerging theme in litigation challenging the president’s agenda, says Bryan Jacoutot of Taylor English.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Suspension And Debarment: FY 2017 By The Numbers

    David Robbins

    Suspension and debarment data for fiscal year 2017 is now available in the System for Award Management, and an analysis reveals fascinating trends, says David Robbins of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.