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Aerospace & Defense

  • July 20, 2018

    Steel Importers Ask CIT For Quick End To Trump's Tariffs

    A coalition of steel users urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to hand it a quick win in its efforts to knock down the Cold War-era trade law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, reiterating its claims that the law is unconstitutional.

  • July 19, 2018

    News Org. Asks 11th Circ. To Revive FOIA Suit For 9/11 Docs

    A Florida news organization urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive its bid for access to documents related to potential Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, arguing there is evidence the FBI’s response to the records request was not done in good faith.

  • July 19, 2018

    MGM’s Bid To Dodge Vegas Shooting Liability Seen As Gamble

    After MGM’s recent preemptive actions to escape liability over last year’s mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas sparked widespread public backlash, experts said the hospitality giant is misreading the anti-terrorism law it cites and faces long odds in this case of first impression.

  • July 19, 2018

    Russian Hack Charges Offer Rare Look At Spy Vs. Spy Battles

    The fly-on-the-wall account of Russian hacking laid out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment charging a dozen Kremlin-backed spies with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is striking, ex-prosecutors say, given its risk of exposing American investigative tools — which may have included hacking the Russians back.

  • July 19, 2018

    DOD Floats Moving Some Cyber Defenses To Cloud

    The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking to move parts of its Acropolis cyber defense system to the cloud, according to a recent DOD request for information seeking out companies that could potentially handle the work.

  • July 19, 2018

    House Panel OKs $51B DHS Bill With Border Wall Boost

    A House panel on Thursday approved a $51 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for 2019, including $5 billion in funding for the southern border wall project, setting up a clash with the Senate’s version of the same legislation.

  • July 19, 2018

    Guardsman Fights DOD Discharges Of HIV-Positive Troops

    A U.S. Army National Guardsman asked a Virginia federal court Thursday to temporarily block the U.S. Department of Defense from using its “deploy or get out” policy against any HIV-positive service members while his challenge to the DOD’s broader HIV policy is resolved, saying people are already being discharged under the new deployment policy.

  • July 19, 2018

    Gov't Swipes At Bid To Undo Cold War-Era Trade Law

    The U.S. government hit back against a constitutional challenge to the 1962 law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, arguing that the U.S. Court of International Trade is likely to give the White House a wide berth on issues of national security.

  • July 19, 2018

    Trump Faces Widespread Calls To Steer Clear Of Car Tariffs

    A chorus of automakers and advocacy groups on Thursday implored the Trump administration to not slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and parts, questioning the administration’s national security rationale for the potential duties and warning of the economic calamity that could ensue if they take effect.

  • July 18, 2018

    Top Gov't Contracts Policy Changes So Far In 2018

    The first half of 2018 has seen several significant policy changes for federal contractors, from a huge change to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s bid protest system, to the U.S. Department of Justice making significant adjustments to how it will handle some False Claims Act cases. ​​Here are some of the most consequential policy moves for the government contracting community from the first six months of 2018.

  • July 18, 2018

    Gov't Pushed To Release Report On Handling Of Spying Data

    The American Civil Liberties Union is pressing the Trump administration to release a 2016 report prepared by a federal privacy watchdog about how the U.S. intelligence community handles personal data swept up by its surveillance activities, a document that European policymakers have cited as crucial to assessing the adequacy of a transatlantic data-sharing agreement.

  • July 18, 2018

    9th Circ. Keeps Block On Trump's Transgender Military Ban

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday declined to stay an injunction against President Donald Trump’s policy barring many transgender individuals from military service, saying that it would upend, rather than uphold, the status quo.

  • July 18, 2018

    Legal Battle Over Trump's Metal Tariffs Will Test WTO's Limits

    The steady ballooning of World Trade Organization complaints stemming from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs have some experts questioning whether Geneva is properly equipped to handle the escalating tensions brought about by the White House's trade enforcement campaign.

  • July 18, 2018

    Woman Accused Of Being Russian Agent To Remain Jailed

    A Russian woman accused of cultivating “back channel” communications with American politicians on behalf of the Kremlin will remain jailed after a D.C. federal magistrate judge sided Wednesday with U.S. Department of Justice arguments that her foreign citizenship increases the risk she won't show up in court and that she may even flee the U.S.

  • July 18, 2018

    3rd Circ. Sends False Claims Case Back Over 'Fee On Fees'

    The Third Circuit reluctantly remanded a contentious fight over attorneys’ fees in a Philadelphia false claims case against C&D Technologies involving intercontinental ballistic missiles, ruling that the federal district court had not decided on what “fee on fees” the attorneys should get for their time spent arguing over the previous fees.

  • July 18, 2018

    MGM Sues More Las Vegas Shooting Victims

    Amid online outrage over its suit last week, MGM Resorts International doubled down Tuesday on litigation against victims of October’s Mandalay Bay mass shooting in Las Vegas, filing two more suits in Arizona and California claiming that a 2002 anti-terrorism law protects it from liability for victims' injuries.

  • July 18, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs $100M WWII Fuel Cleanup Award For Oil Cos.

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a $99.6 million award for a group of oil companies whose contracts to supply high-octane aviation gasoline during World War II were breached by the federal government, saying the Court of Federal Claims' decision awarding the damages was legally sound.

  • July 18, 2018

    US Will Consider Uranium Tariffs Using Security Trade Law

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has opened an investigation into whether imports of uranium pose a threat to national security, the fourth probe the Trump administration has launched under a Cold War-era statute, the department announced Wednesday.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 17, 2018

    Federal Claims Court Says Drugmaker Can Sell Meds To VA

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday unsealed a mid-July opinion that favored Acetris Health LLC in a dispute over the interpretation of a federal trade agreements clause, which led to a denial of the company’s Hepatitis B drug being sold to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 2

    Collmann Griffin

    The first quarter of 2018 was above average in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations closed by U.S. regulators without enforcement. But the government may return to more assertive enforcement in the future — and companies and individuals may still face liability long after the "completion" of any misconduct, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Aviation Watch: Keeping Turbines Spinning, Passengers Safe

    Alan Hoffman

    Engine failures are rare in modern commercial aviation. But recent problems with two types of aircraft engines — including one which led to an in-flight fatality in April — point to the serious technical and legal challenges faced by manufacturers, air carriers and regulators trying to keep planes in the air, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • An Update On CFIUS Reform

    Judith Alison Lee

    After six months of wrangling over the fate of a proposal to modernize the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the U.S. Congress appears primed to streamline the CFIUS review process. As it currently stands, the proposed legislation would alter the process in many critical respects, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. 

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 1

    Collmann Griffin

    Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was relatively slow during the first quarter of 2018, with only three fairly low-value corporate enforcement actions announced between January and March of the year. But the announced second quarter settlements and likely future dispositions suggest that 2018 still may be an active year overall for FCPA enforcement, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Tax Days May Be Longer In Arizona Than New York

    Ariele Doolittle

    In New York, a "day" is defined as "any part of a day" for tax purposes. But, according to a state Supreme Court decision last week, a "day" may mean something different in Arizona. Ariele Doolittle of Hodgson Russ LLP analyzes the matter of BSI Holdings LLC v. Arizona Department of Transportation.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • Still Looking For Clarity In DOD Information Security Rule

    Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts

    The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued guidance on its information safeguarding rule, but many believe the rule remains as clear as mud. There are some steps contractors can take to protect themselves from the unknown, say Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts and Katherine Veeder of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.