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Aerospace & Defense

  • June 4, 2018

    DOD Watchdog Says Construction Deal Woes Offer Lessons

    Cost and schedule overruns on what was meant to be a $564 million project to replace U.S. Strategic Command’s headquarters have demonstrated a number of underlying issues that should inform the planning of future military construction projects, according to a watchdog report.

  • June 4, 2018

    Marine Chemical Supplier Swaps Risky, FTC Expert Testifies

    A retired U.S. Navy engineer gave qualified support Monday in D.C. federal court for the Federal Trade Commission's attempt to block a Norwegian marine chemical supplier's $400 million acquisition of its biggest competitor, stating that other companies may be able to meet the military's needs but likening the substitution of one firm with another supplier to "playing Russian roulette."

  • June 4, 2018

    Farmers Begin To Feel Squeeze As Tariff Retaliation Heats Up

    With the European Union, Canada and Mexico readying retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods following the Trump administration's decision to move ahead with steel and aluminum duties, the nation's trade-reliant farmers on Monday called for the White House to reverse course.

  • June 4, 2018

    New VA Care Program Should Address Choice Issues: GAO

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs to improve access to care as it pursues an extensive overhaul of its community care programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report on Monday, pointing to problems it found within the VA's current Veterans Choice Program.

  • June 4, 2018

    Press Privilege Defense OK'd For BuzzFeed In Dossier Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled Monday that BuzzFeed can use the fair reporting privilege defense to fend off a Russian tech executive’s defamation suit over the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

  • June 1, 2018

    Colo. Enacts 'Groundbreaking' Data Breach Disclosure Law

    Businesses in Colorado will soon face one of America's strictest data breach notification laws, including a requirement that they alert customers within 30 days of possible exposure of private data, part of newly enacted legislation some privacy attorneys are calling "groundbreaking."

  • June 1, 2018

    Aerospace Group Lays Out Arms Export Overhaul Proposals

    The Aerospace Industries Association in a letter made public Friday urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to overhaul the process for defense exports, laying out a proposed plan for improvement while arguing the current process hurts U.S. competitiveness.

  • June 1, 2018

    DOD Indefinitely Delays Solicitation For JEDI Cloud Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense said it has indefinitely delayed the final solicitation for its contentious, multibillion-dollar JEDI cloud computing contract, saying it wants to avoid rushing into the contract and causing the deal to fail.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • New Russian Oligarch Sanctions Will Require Prompt Action

    Grant Leach

    Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control added several Russian oligarchs, political officials and businesses under their control to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List. These sanctions will likely impose serious compliance challenges for both U.S. and non-U.S. persons doing business with Russia, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: April

    Layth Elhassani

    As Congress returns to Washington for a three-week work period, President Donald Trump continues announcing new policy and personnel decisions. But with midterms looming, Congress is unlikely to make progress on legislation requiring compromise and bipartisanship, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.