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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 31, 2018

    Sandia Must Produce Docs In Gender Bias Suit, Judge Says

    Lockheed Martin unit Sandia Corp. must hand over information on alleged unfair treatment of women in a putative class action accusing the nuclear weapons research lab operator of systematic bias against female employees, a New Mexico federal judge has ruled, rejecting Sandia’s claims that a related magistrate judge’s discovery order was too broad.

  • August 31, 2018

    Ark. Judge Makes U-Turn On Decertifying Jet Maker Workers

    An Arkansas federal judge backtracked Friday on part of an earlier decision that trimmed two of three classes from a collective action accusing a Dassault Aviation business jet unit of wrongly classifying workers as overtime exempt, saying he had wrongly decertified one of the two groups.

  • August 31, 2018

    Hotel Charged After Coast Guard Nixed Rooms, Suit Says

    A company that booked lodging in Puerto Rico for the U.S. Coast Guard in the wake of Hurricane Maria filed a federal court suit Friday alleging that a San Juan hotel charged it $141,000 for unused rooms even though the reservation was properly canceled.

  • August 31, 2018

    What To Watch In Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting Tuesday promises to be one of the most public spectacles of his career, with the D.C. Circuit jurist taking a step into the spotlight on his path toward replacing retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 31, 2018

    Texas Justices Take Up Bombardier's Bid To Ditch $8M Verdict

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Bombardier Aerospace Corp.’s bid to overturn an $8.1 million jury verdict awarded to the buyers of a $20 million private plane who claimed the company misled them about the plane’s history.

  • August 31, 2018

    Chinese Drone Co. Takes Patent Rivalry To ITC

    Chinese drone maker Autel Robotics Co. took an ongoing patent dispute with rival SZ DJI Technology Co. to the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday with infringement claims and a request to block DJI from importing and selling certain drones in the U.S.

  • August 31, 2018

    Latino Groups Sue For Texas Detention Site, Toxic Waste Info

    Several Latino advocacy groups and an environmental organization launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Army in New York federal court Friday, seeking records to help address concerns regarding toxic waste areas on a Texas military base and their proximity to proposed immigrant detention centers.

  • August 31, 2018

    Boeing Wins 'Historic' $805M Navy Deal For Refueling Drones

    The Boeing Co. has won an $805.3 million contract to design and supply several carrier-based refueling drones, the first unmanned aircraft of its type, able to support fighter jets to carry out missions they are currently unable to fulfill, the U.S. Navy has announced.

  • August 31, 2018

    Manafort Ally Sam Patten Cops To Foreign Agent Count

    Sam Patten, a Beltway consultant with ties to pro-Russian circles including Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's convicted former campaign manager, pled guilty Friday to a charge of failing to disclose his work for an influential pro-Russian politico, admitted obstructing Congress, and could be called to testify against Manafort and others.

  • August 30, 2018

    Sens. Urge Agencies To Address Year-End Spending 'Binges'

    A bipartisan group of four senators urged 13 federal agencies to explain their plans for curbing potentially wasteful or abusive spending in the last week of the fiscal year, shortly after federal data analysts released a report showing that end-year spending "binges" have not abated over the years.

  • August 30, 2018

    Indicted Russian Co. Can't Intervene In Contempt Appeal

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday rejected a bid by a Russian company charged with influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to intervene in a separate contempt case against an aide for President Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, holding that the company hasn't shown it has standing.

  • August 30, 2018

    USPS Admits Release Of Candidate's Security Clearance Info

    The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday took responsibility for mistakenly and “inappropriately” releasing the federal security clearance information of a Democratic congressional candidate and former Central Intelligence Agency officer to a Republican super PAC, after the group used information from the file to publicly attack her candidacy.

  • August 30, 2018

    US Soldier Agrees To 25-Year Term For Trying To Aid ISIS

    A U.S. soldier has agreed to serve 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to trying to aid the Islamic State group, admitting he supplied undercover FBI agents with classified military information, including details on the weapons capabilities of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of Justice said. 

  • August 30, 2018

    Bombardier Lands New General Counsel

    Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. has found its new top lawyer in Alain Rondeau, who is set to replace the outgoing general counsel when he retires at the end of the year, the company said Thursday.

  • August 29, 2018

    Trump Offers Wiggle Room On Steel, Aluminum Quotas

    President Donald Trump late Wednesday unveiled a new plan that will provide exceptions to the strict quotas that have placed a cap on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina, Brazil and South Korea, throwing a lifeline to importers that had orders on the books before the quotas were installed.

  • August 29, 2018

    India Not Guaranteed US Waiver For Russia Arms Purchase

    The U.S. will not guarantee India a waiver from U.S. sanctions if it goes through with purchasing an anti-aircraft defense system from Russia, a top U.S. Department of Defense official said Wednesday, while indicating that the U.S. could provide an alternative system.

  • August 29, 2018

    F-35 Flaws Downgraded Without Fixes In Place, DOD Doc Says

    Officials on a review board for the U.S. Department of Defense’s massive F-35 program downgraded the specified severity of potentially serious design flaws with the fighter jet, some without any apparent resolution in place, according to an internal document leaked Wednesday.

  • August 29, 2018

    Advocacy Groups Urge Movement On Privacy Board Noms

    Dozens of advocacy organizations wrote to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, asking for the prompt consideration of President Donald Trump's last two nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, saying the absences have left the agency unable to perform critical work relating to oversight of federal surveillance programs.

  • August 29, 2018

    Apple Says 'Vagueness' Dooms Antenna Maker's Patent Suit

    Apple Inc. has asked a Utah federal court for a quick win to end an antenna maker's lawsuit accusing it of copying the company's products that are licensed to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense, saying the patent is too vague.

  • August 29, 2018

    Huawei Enlists FTC To Fight US National Security Ban

    Huawei has asked the Federal Trade Commission to persuade the federal government to reverse a planned ban on the tech company's products, saying the company is being unfairly scapegoated as a national security threat when the true motivation is to reduce competition for U.S. businesses. 

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Aviation Watch: The Regional Jet Wars Heat Up

    Alan Hoffman

    The business of building and selling regional jet airliners has become an all-out battleground, with Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Airbus and Mitsubishi fighting for contracts worth billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. The Trump administration's aggressive trade policies have added more uncertainty to the mix, says retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman.

  • New Risks For US Cos. Inadvertently Supporting North Korea

    Ellen Murphy

    Following a U.S. State Department advisory this week, companies conducting business abroad — particularly in the technology, medical and life sciences industries — should watch out for several areas of heightened risk that may have a nexus to North Korea, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.