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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 22, 2018

    Subcontractor Hit With Suit Over Air Force Training Bid

    Government contractor BlueForce Inc. has sued its subcontractor on an English language training contract managed by the U.S. Air Force, claiming the subcontractor breached their agreement when it successfully bid to become the prime contractor on a similar training contract, according to a complaint filed in Virginia federal court.

  • August 22, 2018

    DHS Can't Trim Ex-Air Marshal's Sex Harassment, Firing Suit

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security lost its bid Wednesday to shake most of a former air marshal's suit alleging she received sexually charged text messages from a superior and was ultimately fired after complaining, with a New Jersey federal judge holding she sufficiently supported her claims.

  • August 22, 2018

    DOD Detainee Photos Exempt From FOIA, 2nd Circ. Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense adequately supported its finding that certain photographs of military detainees taken at facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act for security reasons, the Second Circuit has ruled, reversing a district court's decision.

  • August 22, 2018

    Army Acquisition Official Says New IP Policy Coming

    A top U.S. Army acquisition official said the Army is continuing to work on a new policy governing intellectual property protections, meant to allow for more open discussions with vendors and potential vendors, but suggested companies keep their “secret sauce” protected in the meantime.

  • August 22, 2018

    Baker Donelson Snags Int'l Trade Atty From Maynard Cooper

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC’s global business team has scooped up a veteran trade attorney from Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, who comes with 20 years of experience in international trade law and nearly three decades in the U.S. Army.

  • August 22, 2018

    Navy, DOD Get Quick Win On Live-Fire Site Plans In Pacific

    A federal judge on Wednesday handed the U.S. Department of the Navy and U.S. Department of Defense a quick win in a suit from environmental groups that opposed plans for live-fire testing sites in the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • August 21, 2018

    Trump Clearance Withdrawal May Raise Constitutional Issues

    Former CIA director John Brennan has a potential constitutional basis to challenge President Donald Trump’s revocation of his security clearance in court, but to succeed he will have to convince the court to go over legal ground that’s never been touched before, attorneys said.

  • August 21, 2018

    Parking Lot Operator Lands In Jail Over VA Bribery Scheme

    A parking lot business owner received a nearly six-year prison sentence Monday for orchestrating a 14-year-long bribery scheme that let him bilk the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of more than $13 million while operating parking facilities on the VA’s Los Angeles medical campuses, the department said.

  • August 21, 2018

    Russian Hack Targeted Right-Leaning Groups, Microsoft Says

    Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has detected and shut down a new campaign by a Russia-linked hacking group to create fake websites targeting conservative U.S. think tanks that have pressed for sanctions against the Kremlin.

  • August 21, 2018

    Spirit Aero Can't Dodge Most Of Ex-Exec's $50M Benefits Suit

    A Kansas federal judge has ruled that Spirit AeroSystems Inc. must face the bulk of its former president and CEO's suit alleging the aerospace manufacturer wrongly withheld $50 million in retirement benefits from him, rejecting the company's claims that his complaint showed he violated a noncompete agreement.

  • August 21, 2018

    Electronics Co. Asks 9th Circ. To Ax Cleanup Coverage Loss

    Arrow Electronics Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit to revive its lawsuit seeking to force Liberty Mutual and Travelers to cover its costs tied to environmental cleanup efforts at an Alabama rocket testing facility, contending that a lower court wrongly ruled in the insurers' favor after applying California law to the dispute.

  • August 21, 2018

    Treasury Hits Russians With New Shipping, Cyber Sanctions

    The Trump administration handed down new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals that it accused of doing business with North Korean shippers and for trying to evade existing sanctions targeting Russian cyber-related activities.

  • August 21, 2018

    Booz Allen Wins $1B DHS Cybersecurity Contract

    Booz Allen Hamilton said Tuesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded it a $1.03 billion contract to serve as the main cybersecurity contractor for six government agencies. 

  • August 21, 2018

    Army Reinstates Discharged Immigrant Soldiers

    The U.S. Army has reinstated approximately 38 soldiers recruited through a military program that provided a pathway to citizenship, following a putative class action that challenged the military's decision to discharge the recruits, the federal government reported to a District of Columbia federal court on Monday.

  • August 21, 2018

    Auto Industry Mobilizes Against New Security-Based Tariffs

    U.S. automotive industry groups on Tuesday banded together in a broad coalition to launch a new campaign to prevent President Donald Trump's administration from setting tariffs on cars, trucks and parts using the Cold War-era national security law that has already been used to stymie steel and aluminum imports.

  • August 20, 2018

    3 More Ex-Navy Officers Indicted In 'Fat Leonard' Case

    Three retired naval officers, including a former captain, have been indicted in California federal court on various bribery and fraud charges, accused of being part of the wide-ranging “Fat Leonard” bribery scheme related to in-port service contracts for the Navy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • August 20, 2018

    Sens. Ask Army To Explain Efforts To Address Lead On Bases

    A bipartisan group of senators asked the U.S. Army on Friday to explain its efforts to mitigate the effects of exposure to lead paint in its on-base housing and potentially hold contractors accountable for the issue, after recent reports highlighting alleged cases of lead poisoning across its installations.

  • August 20, 2018

    VA Chief Rescinds Some Bargaining Rights For Union Staff

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees can no longer use their collective bargaining rights to negotiate on certain professional conduct and patient care issues after VA Secretary Robert Wilkie rescinded a related memorandum of understanding, the VA announced.

  • August 20, 2018

    Judge Limits DACA Restoration To Only Renewals, For Now

    A District of Columbia federal judge temporarily restricted to renewals an order from earlier this month instructing the Trump administration to continue processing applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • August 20, 2018

    Exxon, Gov't Get Partial Wins In Pollution Cleanup Suit

    A Texas federal judge has partially granted both Exxon Mobil Corp.'s and the federal government's bids for quick wins on how to determine the percentage each side much bear for cleanup costs for World War II- and Korean War-era water pollution.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Fed. Circ. Clarifies Infringement Liability For Contractors

    Kara Daniels

    The Federal Circuit's recent interpretation of “manufactured” in FastShip v. U.S. will likely prove consequential for companies seeking to enforce their patent rights against federal contractors and the U.S. government under Section 1498, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Aviation Watch: Is There Really A Pilot Shortage?

    Alan Hoffman

    In April, regional carrier Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations, blaming a lack of qualified cockpit personnel. It joins other airlines whose recent business woes have been attributed to a shortage of trained pilots. But the Air Line Pilots Association says poor pay and benefits are the issue. Retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman explores how the current situation came about, and what lies ahead.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • The Inadvertent 'Foreign Person' Trap For American Cos.

    Tom Shoesmith

    An American company that has taken enough investment from non-U.S. sources may have become a “foreign person” itself for purposes of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.