Aerospace & Defense

  • March 5, 2018

    High Court Asks Gov't For Views On FCA 1st-To-File Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court asked the U.S. solicitor general on Monday to weigh in on whether the justices should consider, for the second time, a whistleblower case alleging KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. overcharged the military for water purification services, previously tossed under the False Claims Act’s first-to-file bar.

  • March 2, 2018

    Trump Picks Dow Atty To Lead EPA Emergency Mgt. Unit

    President Donald Trump on Friday said he intends a Dow Chemical Co. managing counsel to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Land and Emergency Management Office.

  • March 2, 2018

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar ruling changed the legal landscape for False Claims Act cases, Law360 explores how courts are continuing to address key aspects of the landmark decision in our eighth post-Escobar roundup.

  • March 2, 2018

    Cyber Defense Nominee Tells Sens. Enemies 'Don't Fear' US

    President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command told a Senate panel Thursday that countries like China and Russia will keep lobbing cyberattacks because they "don't fear" retaliation and see little reason to stop. 

  • March 2, 2018

    Trump Wants Out Of Wash. Transgender Military Ban Fight

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a Washington federal court a ban on transgender military service members cannot be found unconstitutional as a final policy has yet to be released, also arguing President Donald Trump should be allowed to escape the suit as an injunction cannot be used against him.

  • March 2, 2018

    Water District Too Late To Sue Northrop Grumman: 2nd Circ.

    Northrop Grumman won’t have to face legal claims over large-scale drinking water contamination from the aerospace and defense company’s old flagship manufacturing complex on Long Island, a New York federal appeals court ruled Friday, finding the local water district’s concerted response long predated its suit.

  • March 2, 2018

    Trump Embraces Looming 'Trade Wars' After Tariff Notice

    The fallout from President Donald Trump's bombshell decision to hit steel and aluminum imports with steep tariffs continued Friday as the president welcomed looming "trade wars" with U.S. partners, saying that the conflicts were ultimately good and easy to win.

  • March 1, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Helps Microchip In $8.35B Deal For Microsemi

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is advising semiconductor manufacturer Microchip Technology Inc. in its $8.35 billion acquisition of Microsemi Corp., a government contractor for military and aerospace semiconductor equipment that will in turn be advised in the deal by O’Melveny & Myers LLP, according to announcements both companies made Thursday.

  • March 1, 2018

    Communications Trade Group Devoted 2017 To Disaster Relief

    Communications companies in the U.S. spent much of 2017 engaging in disaster relief and restoration efforts following hurricanes that rocked the Gulf Coast and Caribbean and wildfires that ripped through California, according to a report by the Communications Sector Coordinating Council.

  • March 1, 2018

    Drone Co. Wins $2.4M From Ex-Workers Who Became Rivals

    AeroVironment, a government contractor that develops drone technology, announced Thursday that a California state jury awarded it $2.4 million in its suit against former employees who allegedly stole inventions to start rival company MicaSense Inc.

  • March 1, 2018

    2nd Circ. Stays Iran Terrorism Ruling For High Court Review

    The Second Circuit on Thursday granted Clearstream Banking SA’s bid to stay the court's previous ruling allowing families of the American service members killed in the 1983 U.S. Marine Corps Beirut barracks bombing to pursue the bank for $1.68 billion linked to Iran, while Clearstream appeals the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 1, 2018

    Iran Ordered To Pay $920M For Beirut Marine Base Bombing

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge granted 80 victims of the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut a $920 million judgment against Iran on Wednesday for its role in supporting the attack.

  • March 1, 2018

    Trump's Latest Salvo May Push Trading System To The Brink

    President Donald Trump’s looming threat to slap hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum is the most aggressive trade enforcement maneuver yet from an administration that has had many of them, and one that experts say may pose a significant threat to the global trading order.

  • March 1, 2018

    Lockheed Too Firm In F-35 Deal Talks, Program Chief Says

    The head of the U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 program criticized the fighter jet’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin on Wednesday, saying it wasn’t being as collaborative as it could be amid negotiations over a contract for a pending production lot.

  • March 1, 2018

    16 States Urge High Court To Uphold Travel Ban

    A coalition of 16 states filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban, arguing there were “manifestly legitimate" public safety and national security reasons in imposing travel restrictions on eight countries.

  • March 1, 2018

    DOD Awards Lockheed Martin $158M For F-35 Jet Support

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday allocated an additional $158.2 million to defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. for logistical and maintenance services related to the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, which has come under increased scrutiny amid delays and cost overruns.

  • March 1, 2018

    Trump Vows Stiff Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum next week after those products were deemed a threat to national security, marking his administration’s most aggressive trade enforcement maneuver to date.

  • February 28, 2018

    House Armed Services Chair Wants More Spending Flexibility

    The chair of the House Armed Services Committee wants to give the Defense Department flexibility to spend the additional billions it will get in the next few weeks, saying Wednesday he is concerned that current rules could force it to give up some of the funds.

  • February 28, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bayer, Embraer, NIO

    Bayer is reportedly going to win conditional EU approval of its bid to buy Monsanto, Embraer's CEO expects to complete joint venture talks with Boeing in the next few months, and Chinese electric car startup NIO tapped eight banks to guide its planned domestic IPO.

  • February 28, 2018

    Dems Want Info On Alleged 'Quid Pro Quo' Army Sec. Deal

    Two senior House Democrats urged the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday to hand over any information it has regarding a bank chief who was reportedly promised the Army secretary role in exchange for $16 million in loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • 3-D Printing, ITAR Issues Not At High Court — Yet

    Kelsey Wilbanks

    While the U.S. Supreme Court denied Defense Distributed’s petition for writ of certiorari last week, this case commands intense scrutiny because of the intersection between 3-D printing and regulations on the export of defense articles and services, including technical data, says Kelsey Wilbanks of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.

  • Removal In 2017: How Defendants Got To Federal Court

    Brett Clements

    Product liability defendants often seek to remove cases to federal court, because federal jurisdiction means federal pleading standards, robust expert discovery, efficiency through uniform procedural and evidentiary rules and, often, more diverse jury pools. Last year, several cases highlighted the evolving removal landscape and addressed four important questions, say Brett Clements and Amy Rubenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Latest Bid Protest 'Reform' Should Be Repealed

    Marcia Madsen

    The "loser pays" provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is a transparent effort to avoid review of government decisions. It violates fundamental principles of administrative law enshrined in the Administrative Procedure Act. Additionally, there is no factual basis for restricting review of agency procurement decisions, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 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.