Aerospace & Defense

  • November 21, 2017

    FCA Enforcement Under Sessions DOJ Offers More Of The Same

    Nearly a year into the Trump administration, False Claims Act enforcement remains largely unchanged, with the continuing ramifications of the landmark Escobar decision having a much greater impact on the way FCA cases are playing out than the change in U.S. Department of Justice leadership, attorneys say.

  • November 21, 2017

    Feds Ask Supreme Court To Reverse Blocks On Travel Ban

    The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reverse blocks on its third travel ban by federal courts in Maryland and Hawaii, saying the latest ban was the result of a careful cross-department review and that the lower courts’ intervention hurts the executive branch’s ability to direct national security.

  • November 21, 2017

    ICC Mulls Probe Into Reports Of US Abuses In Afghanistan

    The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court requested authorization on Monday to investigate reports of human rights abuses in Afghanistan by the U.S. armed forces, the CIA, Afghan security forces, the Taliban and affiliated armed groups.

  • November 21, 2017

    Treasury Sanctions Chinese, N. Korean Companies Over Trade

    The U.S. Department of Treasury said Tuesday that it had sanctioned four Chinese companies and a slew of North Korean companies and vessels in an effort “to disrupt North Korea's illicit funding of its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

  • November 21, 2017

    2nd Circ. Revives Terror Victims’ Bid To Get $1.7B From Iran

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a bid by families of the victims of the 1983 Beirut Marine Corps barracks bombing to collect $1.68 billion linked to Iran’s central bank, overturning an earlier decision that the money was beyond the reach of U.S. courts.

  • November 21, 2017

    Big Purchases Bust Budget In $650B Senate Defense Bill

    The Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a budget-busting $650.8 billion defense bill Tuesday, with a plan that focuses heavily on new purchases and would blow past spending caps.

  • November 21, 2017

    Judge Suggests Anonymous Jury In Iran Sanctions Trial

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday suggested using an anonymous jury in the upcoming trial of Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of scheming to dodge U.S. sanctions against Iran, following reports that “third parties” have contacted people involved in the case.

  • November 21, 2017

    Researcher Can't Revive FCA Counterclaims Against Feds

    A South Dakota federal judge rejected a bid to revive counterclaims by a researcher convicted of fraudulently obtaining a research grant by claiming work was done by a postdoctoral candidate who couldn’t get an H-1 visa, finding Monday that sovereign immunity shields the government from his claims of malicious prosecution.

  • November 21, 2017

    Watchdog Sees Nothing Shady In $2M Afghan Warehouse Deal

    A government watchdog investigation did not find evidence to support allegations of waste on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract for warehousing services in Afghanistan, according to a report made public this week, which found that the details of the complaint were inaccurate.

  • November 21, 2017

    CRS Looks At Pros, Cons Of 'Adversary' Contractors At DOD

    The possibility of hiring outside contractors to fly simulated “adversary” aircraft to train American combat pilots may be an issue in the next round of defense budget talks as the U.S. Department of Defense looks to fill pilot and readiness shortfalls, the Congressional Research Service said last week.

  • November 21, 2017

    Air Force Mechanic Settles Unneeded-Surgery Claims With VA

    A former U.S. Air Force mechanic on Monday settled his suit alleging doctors at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital misdiagnosed the weakness in his hand and performed an unnecessary surgery that doctors then bungled.

  • November 21, 2017

    Md. Judge Widens Block Of Trump's Trans Military Ban

    The Trump administration can’t ban transgender people from military service, according to an injunction issued Tuesday by a Maryland federal judge who expanded a D.C. district judge’s block to include lifting restrictions for service members undergoing gender reassignment surgeries.

  • November 21, 2017

    Navy Ignored Worker Attrition In $490M Contract, GAO Says

    The U.S. Navy is 0-for-3 at the U.S. Government Accountability Office on a more than $490 million base operations support contract in Guam, according to a bid protest decision made public Monday admonishing the military service for overlooking its chosen contractor’s plans to “repeatedly” replace nonunion employees.

  • November 20, 2017

    Gen. Won’t Obey Illegal Nuke Order, But What Is ‘Illegal’?

    Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, made waves in the press Saturday when he said he’d refuse an illegal presidential nuclear strike order, though legal experts say that’s far less controversial than what would make such a strike illegal in the first place.

  • November 20, 2017

    No Evidence Of Racial Bias At Nuclear Co., 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a South Carolina federal court’s dismissal of a lawsuit accusing a company that manages nuclear waste of discriminating against a former manager there because of his race, finding that the employee was demoted because he refused to sign a personal development plan, not because he’s black.

  • November 20, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $10.5B Patriot Missile Sale To Poland

    Poland has the go-ahead from federal officials to buy up to $10.5 billion in Raytheon Co.-made Patriot missiles and related equipment, as the U.S. Department of State has approved the sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated on Friday.

  • November 20, 2017

    DOD Slow To Target Rising Rx Costs, Fraud Risks: Watchdog

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s health care arm had been too slow to respond to risks of fraud posed by drugs with rapidly rising costs, only recently updating its rules to cut down on those risks, according to a watchdog report Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    OIG Finds Coast Guard IT Investments Lack Oversight

    A government watchdog has urged the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt new oversight measures for information technology procurements designated as “non-major,” in a report this month finding the current fragmented system lacks measures to ensure the acquisitions are subjected to the appropriate level of review.

  • November 20, 2017

    Trump Calls North Korea State Sponsor Of Terror

    President Donald Trump on Monday placed North Korea on the nation’s list of state sponsors of terror, pledging that the isolated nation will soon be hit with the “highest level of sanctions” in a bid to counter its nuclear proliferation agenda.

  • November 20, 2017

    GE Faces Suit Over Fukushima Nuclear Plant Design

    Residents and companies of Fukushima, Japan, on Friday filed a putative class action lawsuit against General Electric Co. in Massachusetts federal court, accusing the company of negligence that led to a catastrophic meltdown when a 2011 tsunami hit a nuclear power plant it built.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Increased FARA Enforcement May Lie Ahead

    Daniel Pickard

    The indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates on Monday brings into focus a federal statute not often employed by prosecutors. The Foreign Agents Registration Act, once a little-known law, is now front and center in the national media, say Daniel Pickard and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: November

    Richard Hertling

    After months of talk, speculation and behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Republican tax reform proposal is expected to be released to the public this week. The stakes surrounding it are high; failure to pass the bill could put at risk Republican control of Congress in the 2018 elections, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.