Aerospace & Defense

  • October 22, 2010

    Blackwater Successor Hit With Another FLSA Action

    Defense contractor Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has been hit with another Fair Labor Standards Act class action alleging the company misclassified firearms and tactics instructors as exempt employees to avoid paying them overtime compensation.

  • October 22, 2010

    WTO Delays Report On Chinese Raw Material Exports

    A World Trade Organization panel has decided to wait until April to release a report on China's export restrictions for certain critical raw materials, requested by the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Mexico and other countries that claim the restrictions violate free trade rules.

  • October 21, 2010

    KBR Seeks 9th Circ. Review Of Iraq Poisoning Ruling

    A federal judge is weighing whether to certify an interlocutory appeal of his August ruling denying military contractor KBR Inc.'s motion to dismiss in a suit by more than two dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers who claim they suffered hexavalent chromium poisoning while providing security for the company during its restoration of a water plant in Iraq.

  • October 21, 2010

    US To Sell $60 Billion In Aircraft, Arms To Saudi Arabia

    The federal government plans to sell up to $60 billion worth of aircraft and other defense items to Saudi Arabia, with Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Electric Co. as the prime contractors, the U.S. State Department has confirmed.

  • October 21, 2010

    COFC Says Army Health Care Center Contract Flawed

    A judge has stopped the U.S. Army from awarding a contract reportedly worth about $30 million to Spectrum Healthcare Resources Inc. for new military health care centers, saying that competitor CRAssociates Inc. was unfairly treated in the bidding process.

  • October 20, 2010

    9th Circ. Stays 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ban For Now

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily stayed an injunction barring the U.S. Department of Defense from enforcing its “don't ask, don't tell” policy, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

  • October 20, 2010

    FedEx Hit With $66M Verdict In ATA Contract Battle

    A federal jury has issued a $66 million verdict against FedEx Corp., finding that the company breached a valid long-term contract with ATA Airlines Inc. to provide service for military passengers.

  • October 20, 2010

    Hartford Seeks To Avoid Covering Lighting Co. IP Suit

    Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. has asked a federal court to declare that it need not defend or indemnify Energy Focus Inc. in a dispute with a rival over alleged trade secrets misappropriation and contract breaches during the bidding process for a $1.4 million contract to retrofit submarines for the U.S. Navy.

  • October 20, 2010

    Hi-Tech Files Bid Protest Over Army Beds

    Government contractor Hi-Tech Beds Systems Corp. has filed a bid protest against the U.S. Army, saying it disregarded its own standards in order to buy cheap barracks beds for a base at Ft. Carson, Colo.

  • October 20, 2010

    Western Titanium Exec Wants Charges Trimmed

    With less than a week before a criminal supply fraud case against Western Titanium Inc. over fighter jet materials heads to trial, a former company executive charged in the case has asked a judge to strike more than a dozen allegations from the indictment.

  • October 19, 2010

    Judge Greenlights DADT Ban Amid Appeal

    A federal judge has rejected the U.S. government's request to stay pending appeal a recent injunction banning the controversial “don't ask, don't tell” policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.

  • October 19, 2010

    GAO Urges DHS To Improve Oversight Of Contractors

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not effectively managed contracted work that Boeing Co. has completed as part of a $4.4 billion border security project, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • October 19, 2010

    Wiley Rein Lands Ex-JAG Atty From Patton Boggs

    Wiley Rein LLP has boosted its government contracts practice by snagging a former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps attorney and contract specialist from Patton Boggs LLP.

  • October 19, 2010

    Kustom Targeted For Allegedly Bogus Helicopter Parts

    The federal government is investigating whether an Oregon company that has been awarded more than $30 million in Department of Defense contracts since 2005 defrauded the U.S. by providing bogus lock nuts for Kiowa military helicopters.

  • October 19, 2010

    UN Urges More Oversight Of US Security Contractors

    An expert body with the U.N. has called for more stringent oversight of U.S. private security contractors in Afghanistan, describing a highly critical U.S. Senate report on the role and oversight of such contractors as a “step in the right direction” but adding that more was needed to address the problems it raised.

  • October 19, 2010

    Supreme Court To Weigh State Secrets In A-12 Case

    If the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the government in Boeing Co. and General Dynamics Corp.'s long-running dispute with the U.S. Navy over a contract for the ill-fated A-12 Avenger, then doing business with the government on top-secret matters, already a risky proposition, could get riskier, according to experts.

  • October 19, 2010

    FCA Lawsuit Over $414M Military Contract Bunk: MEP

    Mission Essential Personnel LLC has moved to dismiss for a second time a qui tam complaint accusing the company of violating the False Claims Act by providing the U.S. with unqualified translators for its war in Afghanistan and lying about the linguists' language skills to collect under a $414 million government contract.

  • October 18, 2010

    Vehicles Made In US Despite Chinese Parts: Customs

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ruled that a line of golf and recreational electric vehicles should count as American for the purposes of federal government procurement, even though they are made with some parts imported from China.

  • October 18, 2010

    Lockheed Rival Seeks To Block F-16 Simulator Sale

    Defense contractor L-3 Communications Corp. has asked a judge to stop a division of Lockheed Martin Corp. from selling an F-16 flight simulator to Egypt, claiming the U.S. Air Force should have bid the contract openly and that Lockheed improperly lobbied the Egyptians for it instead.

  • October 18, 2010

    Western Titanium, Prosecutors Spar Over Evidence

    As a trial looms in the criminal supply fraud case against Western Titanium Inc., the company’s executives are continuing to spar with prosecutors over the use of evidence and witnesses.