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Aerospace & Defense

  • November 5, 2018

    Gov't To Pay $575K To End VA Wrongful Death Case

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday approved a $575,000 settlement to resolve a suit accusing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical staff of failing to monitor a heart patient's blood clotting — a failure that caused his death.

  • November 5, 2018

    Gov't Construction Contracts Require Bonds, Fed. Circ. Says

    Government construction contractors must get bonds meant to ensure the project is completed and workers are paid, even if their contract doesn’t specifically say so, the Federal Circuit said in a precedential decision Monday.

  • November 5, 2018

    ACLU, Others Push Fed. Circ. To Rethink Equal Pay Test

    The American Civil Liberties Union and dozens of other groups have backed two female U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs doctors’ bid to upend the Federal Circuit precedent that sunk their pay equity suit, telling the full appellate court Monday that its interpretation of the Equal Pay Act needs to be revised.

  • November 5, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sears, Tata, Medacta

    Sears Holdings Corp. is reportedly close to a deal that could increase its bankruptcy financing, Tata Group is discussing a deal to buy a large portion of Jet Airways and the airline’s loyalty program, and Medacta is getting ready to go public in early 2019.

  • November 5, 2018

    Late DHB Exec's Family Pays $143M To Settle Forfeiture Fight

    In what authorities are calling the highest federal forfeiture action in the Eastern District of New York’s history, a federal judge Monday released $143 million in assets seized from the late founder of a body armor company that supplied the U.S. government and defrauded investors.

  • November 5, 2018

    Engility Hit With Investor Action Ahead Of $2.5B Acquisition

    Engility Holdings Inc. and its directors misled investors and violated federal securities laws in its planned $2.5 billion acquisition by a rival government contractor, shareholders have argued in a proposed class action filed in a Delaware federal court.

  • November 5, 2018

    Feds Say They're Immune To Texas Church Shooting Suits

    One year after ex-U.S. Air Force Airman Devin Patrick Kelley killed nearly 30 people in a shooting at a Texas church, the federal government has urged a Texas federal court to dismiss the victims' families' wrongful death suits, saying federal law grants the government immunity to their claims.

  • November 5, 2018

    Ex-Federal Whistleblower Advocate Lands At Tully Rinckey

    Tully Rinckey PLLC has nabbed as a partner a longtime civil servant whose career in intelligence and national security has enabled government whistleblowers and their claims against senior officials to come forward.

  • November 2, 2018

    Northrop To Pay $32M To Settle Claims It Overbilled Air Force

    Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. will shell out a total of $31.6 million to end allegations, including some under the False Claims Act, that it overstated the amount of hours its employees worked to bilk the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • November 2, 2018

    GOP Sen. Floats Tax, Social Program Changes To Fund Wall

    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has unveiled legislation designed to raise funds for President Donald Trump’s long-desired wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, proposing eligibility checks for certain tax credits and citizenship verification for government benefit programs as ways to pay for the $25 billion project.

  • November 2, 2018

    Ex-CIA Contractor Says Prison Over Classified Info Unfair

    A Virginia federal judge Friday sentenced a former CIA contractor to 90 days behind bars for illegally obtaining and taking classified material from his former workplace and lying about it to federal investigators, despite his counsel’s arguments that notable government officials have done likewise with lesser consequence.

  • November 2, 2018

    Mattis Establishes DOD Task Force To Secure Information

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis created a new U.S. Department of Defense task force that has a specific mission, securing the department's intellectual property and data from potential cyberthreats and theft.

  • November 2, 2018

    Trump Ushers In New Sanctions Era With Iran Clampdown

    When the Trump administration reinstates hefty sanctions to complete its exit from the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, it will offer a glimpse of exactly how hard a line it intends to take as crucial U.S. allies still hold out hope for commercial engagement with Tehran.

  • November 2, 2018

    Claims Court Won't Back Appeal In Boeing-Air Force Dispute

    A Court of Federal Claims judge has refused to allow Boeing an intermediate appeal after denying judgment to the company in a $271.1 million space launch cost dispute with the U.S. Air Force, saying it had not persuasively argued that an important legal issue remains to be resolved before the case moves forward. 

  • November 1, 2018

    What Comms Attys Need To Know About Drone Regulations

    As the private sector prepares for the widespread use of commercial drones that are soon expected to deliver everything from video streams to Amazon packages to life-saving blood donations, the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies are grappling with how to update regulations to keep up with the demand. Here, Law360 looks at what communications attorneys need to watch regarding drone regulation.

  • November 1, 2018

    US Accuses State-Owned Chinese Co. Of Stealing Micron's IP

    The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment Thursday accusing a state-owned Chinese semiconductor manufacturer and a partner firm in Taiwan of stealing trade secrets from Micron Technology Inc. for a type of technology that China's State Council had previously identified as a "national economic priority."

  • November 1, 2018

    Groups Slam DOD Bid To Nix Sex Trauma, Race Bias FOIA Suit

    Two nonprofits focused on fighting discrimination in the military have urged a Connecticut federal judge to reject the federal government's quick-win bid in their Freedom of Information Act suit seeking records about sexual assault trauma, racial bias and retaliation, saying the responses to their requests have been inadequate.

  • November 1, 2018

    Russian Exec Fights NYT's Bid To Unseal Docs In Dossier Suit

    The Russian tech executive battling BuzzFeed in a defamation suit over its publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump objected Wednesday to The New York Times' request to unseal documents in the case, arguing the sealed information is irrelevant and is just an attempt by BuzzFeed to defame him further.

  • November 1, 2018

    Bombardier Says Contract Bars $8.1M Award In Jet Sale Row

    An $8.1 million jury verdict awarded to the buyers of a $20 million private plane who alleged they were misled about its condition must be axed because of insufficient evidence and the terms of the sales contract, Bombardier Aerospace Corp. told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Thursday.

  • November 1, 2018

    EU, US Insurance Regulators May Link To Fight Cybercrime

    Regulators in the U.S. and the European Union could join forces to test the vulnerability of insurers on both sides of the Atlantic to international cyberattacks as the threat from online crime escalates, Europe’s top insurance supervisor has indicated.

Expert Analysis

  • The Insurance And Tax Consequences Of Settling FCA Cases

    Andy Liu

    When you settle a False Claims Act case, will you have to pay the money out of pocket, or could some or all of it be covered by insurance? Can you write off some or all of the amount from your taxes? ​​​​​​​Andy Liu and Jason Lynch of Nichols Liu LLP address these questions and survey the relevant case law.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Opinion

    Separate The NSA And Cyber Command Now

    Daniel Garrie

    Since its inception in 2009, U.S. Cyber Command has been functioning concurrently and under the same leadership as the National Security Agency. In the beginning this may have been appropriate, but in today’s environment they should be conducting their missions independently, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • New UK And US Regimes May Deter Foreign Investment

    Robert Bell

    Newly proposed U.K. rules and the amended regime for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States will radically change how the two governments review sensitive transactions, which will affect the likelihood of deal clearance, deal timing and the drafting of appropriate contractual provisions, say Robert Bell and Jennifer Mammen of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Aviation Watch: Why The F-35 Has Struggled To Take Flight

    Alan Hoffman

    Seventeen years after the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Lockheed Martin the contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and 12 years after the first production aircraft flew in 2006, all versions of the plane remain far from combat-ready, or even fully operational. Recent concerns about cybersecurity have added to the project's woes, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Fed. Circ. Case Steers Agencies Toward Commercial Vendors

    Nathaniel Castellano

    The Federal Circuit's decision last week in Palantir v. U.S. breathed new life into the government’s obligations to prioritize the acquisition of commercial and nondevelopmental solutions. It may prove to be one of the most significant procurement precedents of the decade, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • How A Hurricane Affects Gov't Contractors

    Joseph Berger

    During and immediately after a catastrophic event such as Hurricane Florence, government contractors must prioritize protection of lives and property. But the work of promptly identifying and documenting the hurricane’s effects on contract schedules and costs must not be forgotten or ignored, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.