Aerospace & Defense

  • November 15, 2017

    Dubai Bank Fights 9/11 Victims' Bid For Account Records

    Dubai Islamic Bank has urged a New York federal judge not to make it hand over information from certain accounts with alleged connections to terrorism to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying that the requests are either irrelevant to claims against it or had already been waived.

  • November 15, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $170M Norway Air-To-Air Missile Deal

    The U.S. Department of State has approved a $170 million deal to sell to the government of Norway medium-range air-to-air missiles and equipment from Raytheon Missile Systems, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Senate OKs Dechert Partner For DOT Gig Amid Torture Debate

    A Dechert LLP veteran is set to head to his new role as the U.S. Department of Transportation's chief attorney following a Senate vote Tuesday, despite senators' concerns about his role crafting the so-called torture memos in former President George W. Bush's White House.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions Defends Past Russia Comments At House Hearing

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back Tuesday on suggestions he made false statements to Congress about his and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials, defending his past testimony before a House panel.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sen. Committee Advances DHS Secretary Nomination

    A Senate panel on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next homeland security secretary and sent her nomination to the full chamber, after having previously delayed a vote on the issue.

  • November 14, 2017

    US House Passes Compromise $700B Defense Bill

    A compromise version of the almost $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act easily passed the U.S. House Tuesday, after lawmakers moved to address complaints over a measure that would give the U.S. Department of Defense limited authority to approve drugs and medical devices for use by the military.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions Argues FISA Changes Will Impede War On Terror

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized potential changes to the federal government’s spying powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, telling a House panel Tuesday that new restrictions could be “exceedingly damaging” to anti-terror efforts.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sens. Prod Pentagon Legal Picks On North Korea, Sex Assault

    Nominees to a pair of Pentagon legal jobs largely cruised through a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday as lawmakers prodded them for their views on issues ranging from sexual assault prosecution to the legality of preemptive war against North Korea.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sikorsky Complains Over DOD Document Release In FOIA Suit

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. told a California federal court Monday that the U.S. Department of Defense was mistaken to release previously redacted information from a company subcontracting plan under the Freedom of Information Act, saying a FOIA exemption should have applied but that it would not sue to stop the release.

  • November 14, 2017

    Aerospace Execs' Side Deals Harmed Sale, Del. Justices Told

    An investor in a New Jersey aerospace parts maker on Monday urged the Delaware Supreme Court to revive his case claiming shareholders were shortchanged in the company’s $34 million sale to an Arlington Capital Partners affiliate, arguing he has shown the two companies struck up insider side deals.

  • November 14, 2017

    AAI, Boeing Each Ask For Wins In $1.2B Contract Suit

    Boeing Co. and bankrupt Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc., which are on opposite sides of a dispute over a $1.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract, each urged an Alabama federal judge Monday to rule in their favor on several claims in the long-running lawsuit and to deny their opponent the same.

  • November 14, 2017

    Trump Picks Immigration Hawk To Keep Helming ICE

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, a nearly three-decade veteran of immigration enforcement who is known for his hawkish views on the issue, to continue heading the agency on a permanent basis.

  • November 14, 2017

    OMERS Snaps Up French Testing Co. Trescal In €670M Deal

    OMERS Private Equity said Tuesday that it will buy Paris-headquartered calibration services provider Trescal SA from private equity parent Ardian in a deal that values the company at €670 million ($788.6 million). 

  • November 13, 2017

    Ex-Clifford Chance Partner Tapped For DOJ NatSec Deputy

    A former Clifford Chance LLP partner who represented a Dutch aerospace firm and a former FIFA official, among others, is being hired as the top deputy in the national security division at the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm confirmed on Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump Nominates Holland & Knight Partner To Be GC Of DNI

    A Holland & Knight LLP partner with years of government experience in counterterrorism, government procurement and regulatory compliance was named by President Donald Trump on Monday for a position as the top lawyer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

  • November 13, 2017

    Investor Sues Booz Allen Over DOJ Billing Investigation

    A Booz Allen Hamilton investor on Monday sued the government contracting giant’s top brass in Delaware federal court after the company announced it was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for its accounting and cost charging practices.

  • November 13, 2017

    Spy Court Says ACLU Can Seek Data Collection Rulings

    The United States’ secret surveillance court has — in the first ever public decision issued by all 11 of its member judges — reopened the door to suing the court to access its classified rulings.

  • November 13, 2017

    9/11 Victims Say Saudi Arabia Can't Nix Terror-Support Claims

    Saudi Arabia can’t dispose of the massive lawsuit claiming it supported al-Qaida as it planned and carried out 9/11, victims of the terrorist attacks told a New York federal judge Thursday, arguing that the country hasn’t adequately challenged the court’s jurisdiction.

  • November 13, 2017

    Claims Trimmed In Boeing FCA Retaliation Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Monday allowed a Boeing employee to move forward with some False Claims Act retaliation claims related to allegations of fraud in the KC-46 air tanker program, but dismissed most of his claims and also refused to disqualify Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP from representing the company over an alleged conflict of interest.

  • November 13, 2017

    US, Vietnam Announce $12 Billion In New Trade Deals

    President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang announced $12 billion in new trade deals during a visit by Trump to Hanoi, Vietnam, this weekend, with both leaders vowing to deepen trade ties and cooperation between the two nations, according to an announcement by the White House Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • DFARS Cyber Compliance Deadline Is Approaching

    Steven Snyder

    Combining the strict verbiage of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement cyber regulations with the comprehensive nature of the National Institute of Standards and Technology "controlled unclassified information" requirements creates a formidable compliance challenge for any contractor and its subcontractors, says Steven Snyder of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.

  • Inside CFIUS’ Annual Report: 7 Highlights

    Mario Mancuso

    Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States released its unclassified annual report for the 2015 calendar year. While dated, the information in the report is nevertheless useful — the data clearly point to the CFIUS future we are now living through, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • The North Korea Executive Order And How It May Affect You

    Brendan Hanifin

    A new executive order represents a significant escalation of U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and presents new compliance considerations for companies that conduct business with North Korean trading partners, including China, India and Russia, say Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Brexit Threat To US-UK Aviation

    Kevin Gibbs

    Aviation between the U.S. and U.K. is currently governed by an EU-wide agreement. But the U.K. will not be covered by this agreement once it leaves the bloc — and yet while it is still an EU member, cannot negotiate a new agreement either, say attorneys with Bond Dickinson LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

  • What’s Next For North Korea Sanctions

    Harry Dixon

    On Sept. 11, 2017, in response to North Korea’s continued development of an intercontinental ballistic missile program, the U.N. Security Council passed a new round of sanctions. It begs the question of whether sanctions are even effective against the "Hermit Kingdom," says Harry Dixon of Taylor English Duma LLP.

  • When A SOX Whistleblower Claim Applies Extraterritorially

     Matthew LaGarde

    The recent decision from the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board in Blanchard v. Exelis Systems is important because it makes clear that, so long as the misconduct reported by the employee affects the United States in “some significant way,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will apply extraterritorially, says Matthew LaGarde of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Opinion

    On CFIUS Reform, We Must Proceed With Caution

    DJ Rosenthal

    While some proposed changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States may be justified, others could undermine confidence in CFIUS as an unbiased institution acting in a fair and even-handed manner, says DJ Rosenthal, co-chairman of the CFIUS advisory practice at Kroll Associates.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Can I Protest Additional IDIQ Awards? Depends Who You Ask

    Aron Beezley

    Most seasoned bid protest attorneys have been asked by a client, “Can my company protest the addition of other contractors to the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity pool?” As the Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in AAR Airlift illustrates, the answer to this question is “yes and no,” says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.