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Aerospace & Defense

  • October 24, 2018

    DOD Issues $34M Expansion Of 'Hack The Pentagon' Program

    The U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday that it has expanded its “bug bounty” program, originally intended to find cyber vulnerabilities in its networks and websites, to also include hardware, while awarding $34 million in deals to three companies to aid with the effort.

  • October 24, 2018

    ACLU Presses Gov’t On Amazon Face-Recognition Plans

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sought records on the federal government’s efforts to obtain Amazon-developed facial recognition technology so agents can use it in immigration enforcement activities, arguing that Congress should first determine the limits of the technology’s use.

  • October 24, 2018

    FCC To Tackle Satellite Approvals, Space Debris Rules In Nov.

    The Federal Communications Commission aims to approve several satellite use plans submitted by operators like SpaceX seeking to expand wireless broadband technology, and to tackle other space-related regulations in November, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday.

  • October 23, 2018

    Lockheed Martin Nears $46B Canadian Warship Design Deal

    Lockheed Martin Canada inched closer to landing a roughly C$60 billion ($46 billion) contract to design a new set of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy after it was named the “preferred bidder” on the project by the Canadian government.

  • October 23, 2018

    Laser Co. Asked Too Late To Disqualify Ex-CEO's Attorney

    Laser weapon manufacturer Applied Energetics Inc. lost its bid Tuesday to have its former attorney disqualified from representing its former CEO in its Delaware Chancery Court suit after a judge said the company took too long to raise its concerns about the lawyer's potential conflicts.

  • October 23, 2018

    Ammo Co. Says Dick's Delayed Buy Led To Lost Copter Deal

    A munitions company sought more than $5.4 million from Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday, alleging that the retailer's monthslong delay in accepting a large ammunition sale set off a chain of events that caused the munition company’s sale of helicopters to the Lebanese government to fall through.

  • October 23, 2018

    DOD Watchdog Urged To Review $10B JEDI Cloud Deal

    Two Republican lawmakers have asked a U.S. Department of Defense watchdog to look into a pending $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract, citing “gating” of deal that makes it appear the contract is being steered toward Amazon Web Services.

  • October 23, 2018

    Claims Court Backs Agencies' Broad Corrective Discretion

    A Court of Federal Claims judge has tossed Ideal Industries' protest over the U.S Army’s corrective action on a tool supply contract that ultimately resulted in the deal going to rival toolmaker Snap-On, citing a prominent recent ruling affirming agencies’ broad discretion to use corrective action.

  • October 23, 2018

    Small Biz Helped Unqualified Co. Score Gov’t Work, Feds Say

    The U.S. government has launched a $4 million lawsuit in Illinois federal court against a construction firm awarded several U.S. military contracts set aside for small disadvantaged businesses, saying the company allowed a nonqualified entity to use its name and small business status in order to take advantage of the program.

  • October 22, 2018

    Final OK Given To $1.35M Lockheed Wage And Hour Suit Deal

    A California judge has agreed to give the final stamp of approval on a $1.35 million deal to resolve claims that Lockheed Martin Corp. didn’t properly provide certain workers with correct itemized wage statements.

  • October 22, 2018

    Germany Urges Saudi Arms Sale Halt After Journalist Death

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Monday that she would halt all military sales to Saudi Arabia unless and until its role in the "monstrosity" that is the recent death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is fully cleared up, as German officials urged other European nations to also cut off Saudi arms sales.

  • October 22, 2018

    DynCorp JV Accused Of Lying To Army On Translation Deals

    A DynCorp-AECOM joint venture falsely claimed it was not the true employer of workers under two multibillion-dollar translation services contracts with the U.S. Army, while housing the workers in “unconscionable” conditions and coercing them into confessing to violations of Kuwaiti work laws, according to an unsealed False Claims Act complaint.

  • October 22, 2018

    Army Recruits Seek To Toss Feds' Win Bid In Citizenship Row

    A class of noncitizen U.S. Army recruits challenging the imposition of added requirements for naturalization through a government program urged a District of Columbia federal court Friday to strike the Trump administration’s bid for a quick win, arguing the federal government’s motion doesn’t comply with filing requirements.

  • October 22, 2018

    Ligado's Plans May Interfere With Other Satellites, FCC Told

    The Federal Communications Commission shouldn't give satellite operator Ligado Networks the green light for a fifth-generation network until it is sure the mobile broadband won't interfere with other companies' satellite operations, a coalition of aviation, satellite and weather groups told the agency.

  • October 19, 2018

    Billions In Saudi Arms Sales At Stake Amid Lawmaker Furor

    Growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia stemming from its alleged killing of a journalist could see Congress exercise its authority over foreign military sales to cut off billions of dollars in military trade with the Middle Eastern kingdom, setting up a potentially significant clash with President Donald Trump.

  • October 19, 2018

    BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet about their ties to the Middle Eastern kingdom so far.

  • October 19, 2018

    Fla. Pharmacy Hit With False Claims Suit Over Kickbacks

    The federal government has filed suit against a Florida pharmacy, alleging the business engaged in illegal kickback schemes with marketers that resulted in the federal Tricare program paying more than $21 million in reimbursements for prescriptions induced in violation of the False Claims Act.

  • October 19, 2018

    Feds Charge Troll Farm Accountant With Midterm Meddling

    Federal prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a Russian accountant accused of helping a Moscow-based disinformation group use fake social media accounts to sow discord in the U.S. ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

    Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections.

  • October 19, 2018

    What M&A Attys Must Know About Mandatory CFIUS Filings

    A new pilot program will require inbound U.S. investments across nearly 30 industries to file with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a significant change from the previously optional process that could spur steep financial penalties for those who fail to comply. Here, Law360 outlines key aspects of the soon-to-be-instituted rule change.

Expert Analysis

  • Antitrust Considerations For Government Contractors

    Peter Levitas

    Companies that engage in government contracting, particularly in the defense industry, face sector-specific antitrust compliance challenges. They must navigate carefully to manage risk in merger review, teaming agreements and personnel issues, say Peter Levitas and Francesca Pisano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • How US And EU Sanctions Clash With Russian Antitrust Laws

    Stefan Weber

    U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia are forcing many international companies to carefully evaluate and restructure their contractual relationships with Russian counterparties. In this process, Russian antitrust law provides obstacles that may be difficult to overcome in some situations, say attorneys with Noerr Consulting AG.

  • Finally, Cyber Help For Small Businesses Is On Its Way

    Evan Wolff

    As resources like the recently passed NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act continue to develop, smaller government contractors are turning to alternative strategies to lessen the challenge that traditional cybersecurity standards can pose, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Dismissing FCA Cases: The Granston Memo In Action

    Jeffrey Belkin

    In January, the Granston memo advised U.S. Department of Justice attorneys that, in tandem with their decisions to decline intervention in False Claims Act qui tam suits, they should consider proactively seeking dismissal. Since then, only a small number of cases have explored this form of dismissal, and the results have been mixed, say Jeffrey Belkin and Michael Mortorano of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

    Brian Weimer

    The Federal Communications Commission's new rule, requiring foreign media outlets to disclose their relationships with foreign principals, signals more scrutiny on media influenced by foreign actors and gives the FCC some authority to review foreign ties, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • How Contractors Can Ring In The New Gov't Fiscal Year

    Aron Beezley

    Understanding the federal government’s fiscal year — in particular, how it affects spending and planning tendencies — can give federal contractors an advantage as Oct. 1 approaches, say Aron Beezley and Sarah Osborne of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • US' Secondary China Sanctions Signal New Risks For Cos.

    Ama Adams

    Last week, the U.S. government imposed broad sanctions on a component of the Chinese military — the first time that the U.S. has exercised its authority to impose secondary sanctions against non-U.S. parties for transactions occurring outside of the United States. This signals an era of expanded risks for U.S. and non-U.S. companies alike, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.