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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.