Aerospace & Defense

  • February 26, 2018

    DCAA 'Whistleblower' Suspension Legit, 9th Circ. Says

    The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board correctly found that the Defense Contract Audit Agency had a legitimate reason to discipline a whistleblower who alleged he had been wrongly retaliated against, based on his disrespect toward a supervisor, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

  • February 26, 2018

    Aviation Co.'s Doc Request Called 'Fishing' In $4.7M Row

    Black Hall LLC and its connected companies responded to a federal court motion by aviation contractor AAL USA Inc. to compel production of tax returns in a $4.7 million claim, calling it nothing more than a “fishing expedition” and “yet another hyperbolic attempt to obtain one-sided discovery.”

  • February 26, 2018

    Civilian Hospitals To Train Military Docs Under House Bill

    The U.S. Defense Department could soon expand training of its military doctors in civilian trauma centers under a bill passed by the House of Representatives Monday, intent on keeping military doctors’ training up to par.

  • February 26, 2018

    Beirut Victims' Kin Fight Bank's Bid To Stay Terrorism Case

    The families of the American service members killed in the 1983 U.S. Marine Corps barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, have hit back at Clearstream Banking SA’s bid to stay a ruling allowing them to pursue it for $1.68 billion linked to Iran while the bank considers a high court appeal, telling the Second Circuit that there was no legal basis for a stay.

  • February 26, 2018

    Treasury Issues Sanctions For Libyan Oil Smuggling

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday sanctioned six people, 24 entities and seven vessels for illegally exploiting Libyan oil, stating that the oil's illicit production, selling and exporting threatens peace in the country.

  • February 26, 2018

    Feds Denied Exit Bid In Contractor Suit Over Design Specs

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has denied the government’s request for a win on Unit Co.’s claim that it received defective specifications for air-handling and cooling units included in a $20 million training-center construction contract, saying questions remain regarding whether the company provided appropriate notice of the issues.

  • February 26, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Boeing, Sydney Motorway, Ceva Logistics

    Boeing will reportedly have a majority stake in a possible joint venture with Embraer, pension funds have set their sights on the builder of an Australian infrastructure project, and Ceva Logistics is looking to list publicly by this summer.

  • February 26, 2018

    Feds Fight Back Against Sikorsky's FCA Suit Dismissal Bid

    The federal government hit back Friday at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s bid to cut “overbroad” allegations from a False Claims Act suit accusing the company of overcharging the U.S. Navy for replacement aircraft parts, telling a Wisconsin federal court the complexity of the case was driven by the alleged wrongdoing of Sikorsky itself.

  • February 23, 2018

    Sallyport Sues 'Disgruntled' Former Workers For Defamation

    Defense contractor Sallyport Global Holdings sued two former employees for defamation in Virginia state court Friday, alleging they had deliberately lied about the company's alleged involvement in a sex trafficking ring, fraud and efforts to conceal information about security breaches as part of its support work at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pentagon Favors 'Targeted' Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Defense has endorsed hitting imports of steel and aluminum with “targeted” tariffs rather than across-the-board enforcement measures, according to a memo released by the Trump administration late Thursday.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Steps Into Tricare FCA Suit Against Pharmacy, PE Owner

    The government has intervened in a False Claims Act suit accusing a Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a kickback scheme that induced Tricare to pay more than $68 million for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    State Dept. Approves $3.2B Patriot Missile Sale To Sweden

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Patriot missiles to Sweden in a deal worth an estimated $3.2 billion, saying the weapons system would help ensure the security of the strategically important country.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Squeezes N. Korean Shipping Sector With New Sanctions

    The Trump administration on Friday unveiled a slew of new sanctions aimed at cracking down on North Korea’s shipping industry, flexing its muscle in what the president deemed the “largest ever” sanctions package imposed against the country.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 23, 2018

    Manafort Associate Pleads Guilty In Mueller Probe

    Richard Gates, an ex-business associate of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and himself a former member of the campaign, pled guilty Friday to charges brought as a part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • February 22, 2018

    Palantir Ordered To Turn Over Books, Records To Investor

    The bitter feud between Palantir Technologies Inc. and an early investor accused of stealing its trade secrets took another turn on Thursday after the Delaware Chancery Court ruled the secretive data analysis company must turn over internal information to KT4 Partners LLC.

  • February 22, 2018

    Facebook Shouldn't Expect 'Fake News' Legal Woes, For Now

    Social media sites are facing heightened scrutiny amid charges that an army of Russia-based “bot” accounts meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are largely immune from liability even if they unwittingly help spread propaganda, attorneys say.

  • February 22, 2018

    Senate Budget Chief Urges DOD To Show Audit Progress

    Congress could hold back on proposed growth in the U.S Department of Defense’s budget if it doesn’t assure lawmakers and the public that it is spending money wisely, including by demonstrating its progress on a pending department-wide audit, a senior GOP senator said Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Phoenix, Telecom Italia, United Tech

    Phoenix Group is reportedly nearing a deal for Standard Life's insurance unit, F2i and Rai Way increased their bid for Telecom Italia's broadcasting business, and United Technologies' CEO said the company will decide by the end of the year whether to split up.

  • February 22, 2018

    GAO Waves Off Air Force Contractor's Bad Financial Report

    The allegation that the U.S. Air Force ignored a contractor's adverse financial rating does not involve the sort of corporate responsibility issue that merits review, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently said in denying a protest over a $105.6 million cyber defense deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • OFAC Enforcement Trends In 2017: Exporters On Notice

    Sean Kane

    One probable reason for the recent shift in focus by the Office of Foreign Assets Control toward export-related transactions is that the agency’s enforcement efforts targeting big banks have worked. With fewer cases to bring against them, OFAC seems to be moving on to new weak spots in enforcement, say Sean Kane and Susie Park of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • What To Expect From FCA Investigations This Year

    Jaimie Nawaday

    The investigation and filing of False Claims Act cases will continue apace in 2018. There are common mistakes to avoid in responding to such investigations, mistakes that I repeatedly witnessed during my tenure in the civil frauds unit of the Southern District of New York, says Jaimie Nawaday of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • How Gov't Cyber Efforts Will Affect Companies This Year

    Megan Brown

    2018 will be a busy year for federal cybersecurity activity. There are eight expected developments that will raise the stakes for the private sector, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • DFARS Cyber Rule Considerations For Contractors In 2018

    Susan Booth Cassidy

    For contractors, New Year's resolutions should include addressing the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cyber rule and confirming that their existing processes and procedures anticipate how the U.S. Department of Defense will measure compliance with the rule in the year to come, say Susan Booth Cassidy and Catlin Meade of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: January

    Richard Hertling

    After passage of tax reform legislation, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before the holidays. As a result, congressional leaders again put off a resolution of a major fiscal debate over the budget, along with partisan disputes over immigration, health care and national security, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.