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Aerospace & Defense

  • April 13, 2012

    Contractors Oppose Defense Bill's No-Bid Research Provision

    A contractor group on Thursday urged lawmakers to reject a legislative proposal that would grant the U.S. Department of Defense the ability to award no-bid, multiyear contracts to federally funded research and development centers, saying the DOD request would unnecessarily limit competition.

  • April 13, 2012

    DOT Poses Brake Override Rule After Toyota Crash Studies

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday proposed requiring automobile makers to install “brake-throttle overrides” to reduce risks of unintended acceleration, responding to concerns following a massive recall of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles that spurred "sticky pedal" litigation.

  • April 13, 2012

    Akin Gump Docs Can't Sink USAE Shareholder Suit

    U.S. Aerospace Inc. shareholders suing the company over an alleged boardroom takeover may use an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP corporate investigation to bolster their case, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, denying USAE's claims that the probe was confidential.

  • April 12, 2012

    DOL Pushes Back Deadline For Comments On FMLA Changes

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday extended the comment period for its proposed amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would expand the law’s unpaid medical leave provisions to military families and airline flight crews.

  • April 12, 2012

    DOD Deems Army Branch's Sole-Source Pacts Mostly Justified

    A U.S. Army contracting arm in Massachusetts generally follows protocol in its awarding of noncompetitive contracts, the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday, as only one of 22 sole-source contracts audited by the agency was found to be unjustified.

  • April 10, 2012

    Fried Frank Brings On Regulatory Expert From Thales

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP has brought aboard a renowned international trade attorney from aerospace and defense company Thales SA to serve in its Washington office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 10, 2012

    Navy Grounds Northrop Grumman Drone Program After Crashes

    The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that it has indefinitely suspended flights of the Northrop Grumman-designed MQ-8B Fire Scout — a robotic helicopter it plans to buy in large quantities — to look for technical glitches after the drone experienced two crashes within the span of a week.

  • April 9, 2012

    DOD's Contractor Inventory Falls Short Again, GAO Finds

    The U.S. Department of Defense needs to boost accountability for its inventory of contracted services and avoid using contractors for jobs that are best performed by government employees, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Friday.

  • April 9, 2012

    Veterans Groups Win Bid For Docs In CIA Experiment Case

    A California federal judge on Friday demanded government agencies produce hundreds of previously withheld documents concerning CIA experiments that allegedly exposed current and former military members to chemical and biological agents.

  • April 6, 2012

    Raytheon Defeats DCAA's $25M Pension Costs Case

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge last month shielded Raytheon Co. from the Defense Contract Audit Agency's demand for $25 million in allegedly overbilled contractor pension costs, ruling that a rarely-used statute of limitations had lapsed between an initial DCAA audit and a second audit performed five years later.

  • April 6, 2012

    Air Force Wrong To Disqualify HP From Contract, Judge Says

    A federal judge on Thursday reversed a U.S. Air Force information technology contract award, saying losing contractor Hewlett-Packard Co. was improperly held to a higher standard due to the military’s confusion about rules relating to HP’s eligibility.

  • April 6, 2012

    Feds Won't Drop Daimler Foreign Bribery Charges Yet

    Federal officials have not ruled out prosecuting Daimler AG for allegedly bribing foreign officials to secure government contracts, claims the German automaker previously agreed to settle in 2010 for $185 million, according to a filing Wednesday in Washington federal court.

  • April 5, 2012

    Contractor Design Leaked In Border Surveillance Procurement

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security accidentally leaked proprietary technical data about a contractor-designed surveillance tower while soliciting contracts for video surveillance on the U.S.-Mexico border, but said Thursday that the release had been contained and would not affect contractor competition.

  • April 5, 2012

    State Dept.'s $1B Solicitation For Drones Draws 64 Bidders

    The U.S. Department of State's plan to spend up to $1 billion to deploy unmanned surveillance drones in Iraq and other countries drew interest from 64 companies as of Thursday, including top dronemaker General Atomics and military contractors General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Corp.

  • April 4, 2012

    Aerospace Co.'s Damages In Trade Secrets Row Slashed To $5M

    In a bittersweet victory for ICE Corp., a Kansas federal judge slashed from $9.6 million to $5 million a punitive damages award in a suit alleging two companies misappropriated the aerospace electronics company's trade secrets after an agreement to make an airplane de-icing system fell apart.

  • April 4, 2012

    10th Circ. Nixes Claims That EMC Sold Faulty Products To US

    Two whistleblowers who worked at EMC Corp. failed Wednesday to persuade the Tenth Circuit to revive their lawsuit claiming the company knowingly sold defective data storage products to the federal government and caused "catastrophic" hardware failures at the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • April 4, 2012

    Internal Report Shows KBR Knew Of Toxin Risk, Soldiers Say

    Oregon National Guard soldiers asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sanction military contractor KBR Inc. after discovering a previously undisclosed internal report revealing the extent of the company's knowledge of sodium dichromate contamination at an Iraqi water plant.

  • April 4, 2012

    Toyobo Pays $6M To Settle Body Armor Defect Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed fraud claims against Toyobo Co. Ltd. after it paid $6 million to settle a suit filed by First Choice Armor & Equipment Inc., which alleged Toyobo fraudulently sold defective fibers used to make bulletproof vests.

  • April 4, 2012

    Navy Sued After Yanking $35M Contract From Supplier

    Electronics company Superior Electric Holding Group LLC on Monday sued the U.S. Navy in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for allegedly overstepping its authority when it withdrew a $35 million contract award for ship power components following a bid protest.

  • April 4, 2012

    Viasystems Buys DDI For $268M To Grow Defense Business

    Viasystems Group Inc., a maker of printed circuit boards used in computers, cars and cellphones, will buy smaller rival DDI Corp. for $268 million in cash to expand its North American manufacturing base and grow its market share in the military and aerospace sectors, the company said Wednesday.