Aerospace & Defense

  • January 25, 2018

    Gun Part Co. Says Smith & Wesson Cut It Out Of Sales Deal

    Silencer manufacturer Gemini Technologies Inc. told an Idaho federal court that Smith & Wesson Corp. negotiated the purchase of the company in bad faith, intentionally ditching a plan to make hundreds of millions of dollars in sales in order to forgo paying out a cut.

  • January 25, 2018

    Attys React To DOJ's New Memo On FCA Dismissals

    A newly unveiled U.S. Department of Justice memo discusses circumstances in which the government should consider dismissing False Claims Act cases brought by whistleblowers. Here, attorneys offer their perspectives on the significance of the memo.

  • January 25, 2018

    DC Circ. Questions Privacy Org's Standing On FAA Drone Rule

    A D.C. Circuit panel pushed back Thursday as the Electronic Privacy Information Center challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s omission of privacy safeguards in its small commercial drone rule, with the judges questioning the group's standing to contest regulations that cover all Americans.

  • January 25, 2018

    Berkshire Aerospace Unit Denied Exit From Investor Suit

    An Oregon federal judge on Wednesday stood by a magistrate judge’s recommendation that an aerospace parts manufacturer now owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. not be allowed to shake an investor suit accusing it of issuing misleading proxy materials leading up to the acquisition, deeming the company’s objections unpersuasive.

  • January 24, 2018

    Ex-Navy Contractor Pleads Guilty to $2.8M Bribery Scheme

    A former contractor at Military Sealift Command pled guilty to taking around $2.8 million in a telecommunications-related bribery scheme that went on for more than a decade, and follows a guilty plea in 2014 that stuck him with an 8-year prison sentence, the government said Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Trump Says He's Willing To Talk With Mueller In Russia Probe

    President Donald Trump told a gaggle of reporters in the White House that he was willing to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who’s spearheading an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to reports Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To $4B Army Radio Contract Terms

    The U.S. Army adequately explained the safety and security reasons behind its requirements for a $3.9 billion communications radio contract, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, denying a protest arguing the Army wrongly overlooked a technically superior solution.

  • January 24, 2018

    Mayer Brown Nabs Ex-Bracewell White Collar Chair

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired a former head of Bracewell LLP's white collar practice who previously prosecuted high-profile anti-terrorism and foreign bribery cases in Manhattan, the firm said on Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Texas Man Gets 4 Years For Space Circuit Smuggling Scheme

    A Texas man was sentenced Wednesday to almost four years in prison for conspiring to smuggle strictly regulated electronic components to China and Russia for use in their space programs, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Denies Protest Of $335.5M Afghan Embassy Contract

    The Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest over the award to Triple Canopy Inc. of a $335.5 million contract for the provision of security to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, agreeing with the U.S. Department of State’s finding that the pricing proposal lacked key information.

  • January 24, 2018

    Medical Device Co. To Pay $7.6M In Electrode FCA Suit

    California medical device company DJO Global Inc. will pay $7.62 million to settle allegations it submitted false claims for nerve-stimulating electrodes to Tricare, a government health benefit program for military personnel, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Law Prof Urges US To Have Cos. 'Hack Back' At Cyberthreats

    The U.S. should encourage private technology companies to directly respond to cyberthreats from foreign actors, a law professor said Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., cybersecurity panel, insisting that the threat of retaliation against such attacks would more effectively shape international norms than any set of international laws or treaties.

  • January 24, 2018

    Stanley Black & Decker Scoops Up Fastener Co. For $440M

    Alloy component manufacturer Doncasters Group on Wednesday said it would sell its fastener business to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. in a $440 million deal that will boost the tool and equipment manufacturer's capabilities in a variety of industries.

  • January 24, 2018

    DOD, Sikorsky Get Claims Trimmed In FOIA Data Fight

    A California federal judge on Tuesday exempted the U.S. Department of Defense and contractor Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. from having to release the signatures of employees written on a subcontracting plan, handing the parties a partial win but also setting up a showdown with the American Small Business League in its Freedom of Information Act suit.

  • January 24, 2018

    Engineers Charged With Exporting Military Tech To China

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday said two California electrical engineers have been charged with carrying out an illegal export scheme to steal a defense contractor’s proprietary semiconductor technology and export it to a Chinese company on a U.S. government watchlist.

  • January 24, 2018

    Heckler & Koch Must Produce Docs In Orbital ATK Dispute

    Heckler & Koch must cough up documents to Orbital ATK as part of a subcontracting dispute involving a rescinded U.S. Army weapons contract, a Minnesota federal magistrate judge ruled on Tuesday, after Orbital accused the German gun maker of deliberately dragging its feet.

  • January 24, 2018

    Gov't Can't Dodge Soldiers' Expedited-Citizenship Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday denied the government’s bid to dismiss a putative class action by noncitizen U.S. Army recruits accusing it of unfairly delaying the expedited naturalization they were promised under a recently paused program.

  • January 24, 2018

    Armored Truck Fraudster Denied Bid To Set Aside Verdict

    A Virginia federal judge declined Tuesday to overturn a jury verdict convicting the CEO of a now-defunct military contractor of fraud for providing faulty armored trucks under federal contracts, saying the government had adequately proven its case.

  • January 23, 2018

    Air Force Launches Team To Investigate Oxygen Incidents

    The U.S. Air Force has appointed a brigadier general to oversee a new team tasked with looking into a series of "physiological episodes" that have plagued its pilots over the past year, it announced Monday.

  • January 23, 2018

    US-Funded Afghan Forces Assaulted Children, Report Says

    A newly unclassified report by a government watchdog released Tuesday has documented scores of human rights violations — including the sexual assault of children — committed by Afghan security forces that have nonetheless continued to receive U.S. funding, even as U.S. troops struggle with how to report such incidents.

Expert Analysis

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

    Theodore Augustinos

    With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • New Defense IP Provisions Will Impact Contractor Data Rights

    Mary Beth Bosco

    Contractors need to prepare for the 2018 version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes significant changes to the U.S. Department of Defense approach to acquiring and licensing intellectual property, says Mary Beth Bosco of Holland & Knight LLP.