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Aerospace & Defense

  • September 25, 2018

    Top Dem Wants VA Subpoenaed Over Mar-A-Lago Trio

    The House Oversight Committee's top-ranking Democrat has urged Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs for documents it is withholding related to reports that three members of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club are influencing department personnel and policy decisions.

  • September 24, 2018

    Pentagon Spectrum Expert Predicts More Dynamic Sharing

    As Pentagon spectrum expert Frederick Moorefield Jr. sees it, the rise of mobile services has burdened the airwaves like never before and the government must consider increasingly complex sharing arrangements to accommodate wireless consumers while still securing important military communications.

  • September 24, 2018

    Defense Dept. Falling Short Of Cost Savings Goals, GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense is at least $800 million short, if not more, of a congressionally-mandated goal to slash spending on administrative and support activities with roughly a year left to hit the target, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Monday.

  • September 24, 2018

    House, Senate Leaders Agree On FAA, Disaster Relief Bill

    House and Senate lawmakers have reached a deal on a new five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration that includes legislation to shore up federal disaster preparedness programs, fund airport infrastructure upgrades, safely integrate drones and better protect travelers.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ex-Symantec CEO To Lead DOD Tech Outreach Unit

    Former Symantec CEO Michael Brown, the author of a prominent recent paper on Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, has been chosen to lead the U.S. Department of Defense's technology industry outreach arm, the Defense Innovation Unit, the DIU announced Monday.

  • September 24, 2018

    Mintz Levin Adds Ex-SDNY Prosecutor To White Collar Team

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has hired a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York in expanding its corporate investigations, enforcement and white collar practices in New York, the firm has announced.

  • September 24, 2018

    Chicago Firm Can't Get Fees For Ex-Client's $20M Patent Deal

    Chicago-based law firm Wood Phillips Katz Clark & Mortimer can’t get legal fees from a carbon fiber manufacturer for a previous patent case that settled for $20 million, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, finding insufficient ties between the company president and the state of Illinois.

  • September 21, 2018

    United Technologies Lands Parts Contract Worth Up To $2.5B

    United Technologies Corp. will receive up to almost $2.5 billion to provide parts for the U.S. Air Force under a contract modification, while PoleZero Corp. nabbed a nearly $66.7 million award for military aircraft equipment and services, according to a pair of announcements.

  • September 21, 2018

    VA Overhauls Vet-Owned Small Biz Ownership Verification

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday issued a rule overhauling its veteran-owned small business verification program, putting sole responsibility for verifying veteran ownership and control in the hands of the Small Business Administration.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sandia Can't Pause Discovery In Gender Bias Action

    A New Mexico federal judge has denied Sandia Corp.'s motion to stay discovery in a proposed class action from female employees accusing the nuclear weapons research lab operator of systemic bias, finding that allowing discovery to continue would let the case wrap up sooner.

  • September 21, 2018

    Patient Drops Blood-Clot Suit Against Gov't, Army Hospital

    A New Mexico federal judge on Friday dismissed a U.S. Army hospital patient's suit against the federal government over allegedly negligent treatment of a blood clot after the parties voluntarily agreed to drop the claims. 

  • September 21, 2018

    $13B Cost Estimate For Space Force Overblown, Analyst Says

    The U.S. Air Force’s recent estimate that a proposal to establish a U.S. Space Force will cost $13 billion is likely too high and an example of “malicious compliance,” a prominent defense analyst said.

  • September 20, 2018

    Challenge To No-Fly List Airborne Again, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that the government must face a suit brought by a naturalized U.S. citizen who alleges it put his name on the no-fly list to try to induce him to become an informant, reversing an Oregon federal court’s decision.

  • September 20, 2018

    Trump Administration Expands Sanctions On Russia

    The Trump administration on Thursday issued an executive order expanding on earlier sanctions on Russia, and also added 33 individuals and companies to a blacklist of those with ties to Moscow’s intelligence and defense sectors.

  • September 20, 2018

    CBS Tells Justices No Liability For Asbestos Added By Others

    General Electric and CBS Corp. on Wednesday told the U.S. Supreme Court that manufacturers cannot be held liable under maritime law for products that may have asbestos added to them later, likening themselves to ashtray makers, who are not required to warn about the dangers of smoking.

  • September 20, 2018

    Debarred Subcontractor Sinks Army Deal, GAO Finds

    The U.S. Army reasonably rescinded nearly $65 million in information technology task orders for the Afghan government when it discovered the main subcontractor was debarred in Afghanistan, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Cybersecurity Soon To Be Key To DOD Deals, Official Says

    Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Wednesday that strong cybersecurity will likely become one of the key pillars for determining U.S. Department of Defense contract awards in the future, also laying out further details on the DOD’s plans for implementing the proposed U.S. Space Force.

  • September 20, 2018

    White House Cyber Plan Calls For Deterrence, Legal Revamp

    The White House warned Thursday that it would authorize offensive cybersecurity operations and "modernize" federal computer crime laws as part of a new national cybersecurity strategy.

  • September 20, 2018

    Award In Saudi Contract Row Should Be Nixed, Court Hears

    A U.S. military contractor urged a Georgia federal court on Wednesday to toss a suit seeking to confirm an emergency arbitral award ordering it not to terminate a subcontract under a deal to help maintain Saudi Arabian military aircraft, arguing that it never agreed to arbitrate the dispute.

  • September 20, 2018

    Coast Guard Sued Over River Closure Near Trump Golf Club

    A Washington, D.C., canoeing club Thursday told a Maryland federal court that a Coast Guard rule barring a stretch of the Potomac River to the public whenever President Donald Trump visits Trump National Golf Club is unnecessary and was pushed through without proper notice.

Expert Analysis

  • Protesting A Procurement As A Non-Offeror

    Paul Bowen

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Oracle deserves notice for its analysis of why the protester remained an interested party despite declining to submit an offer in the underlying prototype Other Transaction Authority procurement, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Policing Bad Claims In Consolidated Litigation: Part 1

    Danielle Bagwell

    With the proliferation of consolidated litigation, courts have lamented the lack of scrutiny often given to individual cases in these proceedings. Recent federal court decisions demonstrate an increased willingness to police meritless claims by assessing whether counsel’s pre-suit investigation was adequate, say Danielle Bagwell and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • DOJ's New Policy On FCA Dismissals Highlights Circuit Split

    Nicholas Peterson

    A January memo suggested the U.S. Department of Justice may now be more willing to dismiss False Claims Act qui tam actions over the objections of relators. Defendants should familiarize themselves with an outstanding circuit split over the extent of the government’s dismissal authority, say Nicholas Peterson and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • An Update, Not A Transformation, Of CFIUS Review Process

    Scott Flicker

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, a reform of the review process overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has just been signed into law. But to a great extent, it merely codifies CFIUS’ current practice of expansively interpreting its jurisdiction, stretching review timelines and taking a broad view of national security, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.