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Aerospace & Defense

  • June 1, 2018

    GAO Backs Oracle Protest Over DOD Cloud Transition Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has backed Oracle’s protest over the U.S. Department of Defense's contentious $65 million cloud transition contract awarded to REAN Cloud, the GAO announced, saying the DOD improperly used an Other Transaction Authority prototyping deal.

  • June 1, 2018

    Civil Rights Orgs Urge NSA To Release Call Detail Records

    Two dozen civil liberties groups have asked that U.S. authorities provide a breakdown of the more than 540 million phone records collected by the National Security Agency last year, citing transparency rules in a 2015 law that scaled back the government's ability to collect American phone records in bulk.

  • June 1, 2018

    Startup Asks FCC To Make Rules For Internet Airships

    A startup that wants to beam the next generation of mobile internet service down from airships hovering miles in the sky has asked the Federal Communications Commission to start writing the rules on how it would regulate such technology, arguing it could solve future demand for 5G. 

  • June 1, 2018

    7 High Court Petitions From Last Month You Shouldn't Miss

    From a $1.7 billion case involving Iran's central bank to a major question under the America Invents Act, the U.S. Supreme Court docketed a broad swath of cert petitions in May. Here, Law360 takes a look at the past month's most interesting requests for high court review.

  • May 31, 2018

    NJ Senators Advance Bills To Expand Veterans' Tax Benefits

    A New Jersey Senate panel on Thursday advanced legislation that would place a proposed constitutional amendment before Garden State voters about extending certain tax benefits to veterans and surviving spouses who live in continuing care retirement communities.

  • May 31, 2018

    Missile Defense Made Mixed Progress In 2017, GAO Says

    The Missile Defense Agency has continued to make progress in developing and delivering parts of its sweeping, expensive missile defense system, but is also failing to meet some delivery milestones and has deficiencies in areas such as testing and contracting, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report.

  • May 31, 2018

    DHS Slapped With Suit Over Media-Monitoring Tools

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was hit with a suit in D.C. federal court Wednesday for allegedly putting out a call for tools to monitor news coverage and a database to track journalists and media influencers without properly assessing the privacy implications, and for withholding related documents from an advocacy group.

  • May 31, 2018

    Trump's Latest Tariff Blitz Draws More Bipartisan Backlash

    Top congressional lawmakers from both parties on Thursday managed to agree on one thing: The Trump administration’s plans to slap double-digit tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union is a bad idea.

  • May 31, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Veterans Court Remand Didn't Back Atty Fees

    The Federal Circuit in a precedential split decision on Thursday rejected a veteran's bid for legal fees after a disability rating decision was set aside by a veterans' court, saying that because the decision wasn't based on an administrative error by the Board of Veterans' Appeals, the veteran was not a "prevailing party."

  • May 31, 2018

    Trump Brings Tariff Hammer Down On Allies As Tensions Rise

    The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would move ahead with steel and aluminum duties against producers in Canada, Mexico and the European Union, inviting retaliation from its closest allies in an ever-escalating trade dispute.

  • May 30, 2018

    GDPR Allows Capture Of Site Registration Data, ICANN Says

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the internet’s global system of web addresses, has lodged a German court action seeking a determination that the European Union’s sweeping new data protection regime permits the collection of information about the entities that buy and manage domain names.

  • May 30, 2018

    Guardsman Sues DOD Over 'Unconstitutional' HIV Policy

    An Army National Guardsman sued the U.S. Department of Defense in Virginia federal court Wednesday claiming that policies that variously exclude or limit the military service of HIV-positive people, which have denied him a military lawyer position and may cost him his place in the military altogether, are unconstitutional.

  • May 30, 2018

    GAO Protest Delays Air Force Helicopter Contract Award

    The Air Force said Tuesday it is delaying the award of a contract to replace UH-1N Huey helicopters following an unsuccessful pre-award protest lodged at the U.S. Government Accountability Office by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., saying the contract award will be decided in the last quarter of the fiscal year.

  • May 30, 2018

    Kaspersky Software Ban Within US Rights, DC Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge tossed two lawsuits brought by Kaspersky Lab over the U.S. ban on its antivirus products, finding Wednesday that the government had constitutional grounds to stop using the Moscow-based firm's software amid concerns that it could be hijacked by Russian spies.

  • May 30, 2018

    Court Can't Hear Challenge To GAO Unredacted Bid Protest

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge tossed a challenge to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s proposed release of an unredacted bid protest decision involving a military maintenance deal, ruling Wednesday that the court lacked jurisdiction because the GAO is not an “agency” under the relevant law.

  • May 30, 2018

    Gov't Urges 9th Circ. To Lift Bar On DOD Transgender Ban

    The federal government on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to lift an injunction against President Donald Trump’s policy barring many transgender individuals from military service, saying the policy is constitutional as a military decision and a district court had not properly assessed the issue before granting the injunction.

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.

Expert Analysis

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • When To Accept ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Cases

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.