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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 27, 2018

    ATF Employees Get Conditional Cert. In FLSA Suit

    A Court of Federal Claims judge granted conditional certification Monday to a class made up of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigatory employees who claim they were denied overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, finding the workers met the certification requirements.

  • August 27, 2018

    Military Lending Protections Must Be Maintained, Groups Say

    Dozens of military and veteran groups are urging the leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau not to weaken the Military Lending Act’s protections in light of media reports that the Trump administration is pondering reducing military lending oversight.

  • August 27, 2018

    Army Contractor And Afghan Co. Seek Wins In Contract Row

    An American remediation and construction contractor and its Afghan subcontractor filed dueling bids for quick wins in California federal court Friday, with the contractor saying the Afghan company is an enemy of the United States and the subcontractor claiming there is no evidence it supported insurgents in the country.

  • August 27, 2018

    Iran Asks International Court To Lift US Sanctions

    Iran asked the United Nations' International Court of Justice on Monday to lift U.S. sanctions President Donald Trump reimposed after pulling out of the countries' nuclear pact, saying the move amounted to economic strangulation that was devastating the country.

  • August 24, 2018

    Barnes & Thornburg Atty Tapped To Monitor ZTE Compliance

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday that Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner Roscoe Howard will head the team overseeing ZTE Corp.’s compliance with U.S. export control laws, part of a $1.76 billion penalty announced in June over the telecom giant’s illicit sales to Iran and North Korea.

  • August 24, 2018

    Ex-Guard Admits Conspiracy To Serve As Zarrab's Booze Mule

    A former prison guard copped to bringing contraband including alcohol and mobile phones to jailed Turkish-Iranian gold trader and sanctions-buster Reza Zarrab in exchange for cash, admitting to a bribery conspiracy charge Friday before a Manhattan federal judge.

  • August 24, 2018

    Senate Easily Passes $675B Defense Spending Bill For 2019

    The U.S. Senate passed a $675 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Defense for 2019, part of a broader package alongside labor and health funding, after adopting a last-minute package of amendments including a ban on defense contracts for companies with delinquent tax bills.

  • August 24, 2018

    Navy Chooses 5 Cos. For $950M Cyber Mission Contract

    The U.S. Navy awarded five small businesses a combined $949.9 million contract for cyber mission systems, kitting and supplies and a separate $509.7 million contract for aircraft used by the Marine Corps., the U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday.

  • August 24, 2018

    More Discovery Ordered In Suit Against Military Trans Ban

    There are too many disputed and unclear issues in play to decide either way yet on a challenge to the Trump administration’s policy banning many transgender people from military service, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Friday, rejecting both sides’ bids for an early judgment.

  • August 24, 2018

    Data Trafficker Gets 6 Years In $31M Hacking Scheme

    A Virginia federal judge sentenced a Ukrainian national to six years in prison on Friday after he pled guilty in May to trafficking more than $31 million in stolen financial information gleaned through computer hacking.

  • August 24, 2018

    Lockheed Escapes Retaliation Suit Due To Repeat Claims

    Two former Lockheed Martin Corp. employees who accused the company of retaliating against them for reporting alleged fraudulent billing under a NASA contract in violation of the False Claims Act had filed essentially the same claims in previous litigation, therefore barring their FCA claims, a Louisiana federal judge ruled.

  • August 24, 2018

    A Deluge Of Suits Over Connected Devices Could Be Coming

    Hackers are racing to infiltrate internet-connected everyday products — and the security gaps they exploit could spawn a sea of lawsuits, industry lawyers say, raising thorny questions about when manufacturers are liable.

  • August 24, 2018

    Construction Co.'s Rent-A-Vet Scheme Gets Owner 1.5 years

    One of the operators of a now-defunct construction company has been sentenced to 18 months in prison without parole and ordered to forfeit $2.1 million as a result of falsely registering the company in order to obtain government contracts set aside for businesses owned by veterans, according to a filing in Missouri federal court Friday.

  • August 23, 2018

    Google Bans Dozens Of Inauthentic Accounts Linked To Iran

    Google announced Thursday that it has removed 58 accounts linked to the Iranian state from its video-sharing site YouTube and other social platforms, in the latest step taken by a tech giant to police influence operations originating from overseas.

  • August 23, 2018

    Bolton Warns Russia On Election After Security Bill Stalls

    National Security Adviser John Bolton said Thursday he has warned Russian officials against interfering in the November midterm elections, as another White House official signaled that administration concerns were likely at least a partial factor in an election security bill stalling in Congress.

  • August 23, 2018

    Indicted Russian Firm Leaps Into Contempt-Order Appeal

    A Russian firm charged with influencing the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favor has asked the D.C. Circuit for permission to jump into a separate contempt case against an aide for Trump confidant Roger Stone, saying that both cases call into question the constitutionality of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s job.

  • August 24, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Government Contracts Shareholder

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a former Winston & Strawn LLP partner to its government contracts projects practice group, bringing extensive experience in handling disputes that arise in both the government contracts sphere and the construction and insurance industries.

  • August 23, 2018

    DOD Drops R&D Discussion Rule

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday formally pulled back its rule requiring major defense contractors to conduct a formal discussion with a DOD technical staffer before launching certain research and development projects, while also putting forward several other proposed acquisition tweaks.

  • August 23, 2018

    Green Groups Ask High Court to Review Border Wall Decision

    Conservation groups on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down parts of an immigration law that they say has allowed President Donald Trump's administration to improperly evade environmental reviews of its controversial plans to build more walls along the nation's border with Mexico.

  • August 23, 2018

    Consultant Shakes Republican Fundraiser's Hacking Claims

    A California federal judge dismissed a consulting firm and its CEO from litigation over an alleged scheme by the Qatari government to hack the email account of a prominent Republican fundraiser as part of a smear campaign, holding that the claims detailing their supposed involvement aren’t enough to establish jurisdiction.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • What To Expect From OTA Protests And Disputes

    Stuart Turner

    Federal agencies are increasingly utilizing "other transactions authority" to craft agreements that are not subject to traditional procurement laws. While there is very little precedent relating to protests of OTA awards or claims arising under OTA-awarded contracts, there are some clues as to how they may unfold, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Acetris Case Clarifies Definition Of 'US-Made End Product'

    Stephen Ruscus

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims' decision in Acetris Health v. U.S. is important to all suppliers of products to the government because it interprets the interplay of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act in contracts subject to the trade agreements clause, say Stephen Ruscus and Donna Lee Yesner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The Russian Exorcism Of US Gov't Contracts

    Franklin Turner

    Next week, the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be amended, and federal contractors will have until Oct. 1, 2018, to tie their information systems to the bedposts, get out their cybersecurity holy water, avoid long staircases, and exorcise Kaspersky products and services from their systems, say Franklin Turner and Alexander Major of McCarter & English LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.