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Aerospace & Defense

  • May 23, 2018

    As Foreign Agent Disclosure Soars, Reform Efforts Bog Down

    With the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the spotlight, some members of Congress are facing big challenges in their quest to add teeth to the law.

  • May 23, 2018

    Foreign Lobbyists Step Into Light After Manafort Downfall

    “Ridiculous” is how Paul Manafort's attorney has described his client's charges under a loosely followed foreign lobbying law, but a Law360 analysis shows that throngs of Washington influencers are now emerging from the shadows to comply.

  • May 23, 2018

    Trump Eying New Security-Based Tariffs On Imported Cars

    At the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Commerce late Wednesday launched an investigation that may result in new duties on imported cars using the same national security statute that cleared the way for the administration’s steel and aluminum levies earlier this year.

  • May 23, 2018

    Akin Gump Partner To Testify At Manafort Trial

    Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday in D.C. district court that they intend to call Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Melissa L. Laurenza to testify at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

  • May 23, 2018

    Watchdog Gives NASA Cybersecurity Center A Failing Grade

    NASA’s cybersecurity “nerve center” is failing to properly address cyberthreats, an agency watchdog said in a report Wednesday, a day after the U.S. Government Accountability Office also criticized the agency for weaknesses in both its information technology management and cybersecurity programs.

  • May 23, 2018

    White House Criticizes Parts Of $717B Defense Bill

    The White House has objected to several dozen clauses in the U.S. House of Representatives’ proposed 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, such as moves to eliminate several U.S. Department of Defense offices, but stopped short of a veto threat on the $717 billion bill as lawmakers continued debate Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    Drone Test Sites Give States Expanded Regulatory Role

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to grant 10 state- and local-backed projects special licenses to test different ways of flying unmanned aircraft systems in collaboration with private-sector partners gives those governments a larger-than-expected role in shaping the federal regulatory framework for drones, industry observers say.

  • May 23, 2018

    SC Intends To Sue Feds Over Nix Of Plutonium Project

    The state of South Carolina threatened to sue the federal government over the U.S. Department of Energy’s purported decision to drop a project meant to make fuel from plutonium at an industrial facility near the Savannah River.

  • May 23, 2018

    Malware On 500K Devices May Signal Russian Cyberattack

    Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that malware capable of stealing website credentials and destroying infected equipment has targeted an estimated 500,000 routers and storage devices around the globe, with a particular focus on Ukraine, which the country said indicates a potential Russian cyberattack.

  • May 23, 2018

    DOD Bars Mobile Devices From Secure Areas At Pentagon

    The U.S. Department of Defense will block mobile devices from being brought into areas of the Pentagon that handle classified information, according to a new policy released Tuesday that stopped short of an outright ban, after a review prompted by concerns about devices potentially revealing sensitive information.

  • May 23, 2018

    US Metal Tariffs Still Under Fire As India Files WTO Case

    The Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum found another foe on Wednesday as the Indian government filed a formal World Trade Organization case alleging the U.S. used national security concerns as a veil to shield its producers from international competition.

  • May 22, 2018

    Amazon Touts Face-Recognition Tool To Gov't, ACLU Says

    Amazon has been encouraging local law enforcement in Oregon and Florida to incorporate its facial recognition technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday, pointing to documents obtained by the group that it says raise concerns about the tool being abused to conduct surveillance on vulnerable populations.

  • May 22, 2018

    Covington Picks Up 2 Kirkland Partners To Lead PE Practice

    Covington & Burling LLP has hired a pair of partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions in industries including life sciences, media, technology, automotive, defense and hospitality to head up the firm’s private equity practice in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Defense Industrial Base Faces Significant Risks, DOD Says

    The defense industrial base faces a number of challenges that threaten its health, including skill loss, fluctuating demand and dependency on foreign sources, although the impact varies by industry sector, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report made public Monday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Safety Flubs, Not Race, Got Boeing Worker Fired: 3rd. Circ.

    The Boeing Co. stayed clear Tuesday of an ex-worker’s race bias suit alleging he was fired for being African-American when the Third Circuit ruled that the aerospace giant showed the employee was terminated after multiple safety violations.

  • May 22, 2018

    Airbus Claims It’s Now Complying With WTO Subsidy Ruling

    Following a ruling from the World Trade Organization last week that the European Union continued providing illegal subsidies to aircraft giant Airbus in defiance of an earlier WTO ruling, the jet maker announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance.

  • May 22, 2018

    Small Biz Won Record $105.7B In Gov't Contracts In 2017

    The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday gave federal agencies a collective “A” grade on small-business contracting in 2017, saying they had hit nearly 103 percent of their overall goals, including a record $105.7 billion in prime contracts, although the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services lagged behind their targets.

  • May 22, 2018

    NLRB OKs Boeing Micro Bargaining Unit In Machinists Union

    A National Labor Relations Board officer said about 180 Boeing workers who prep the company’s flagship 787 jets for flight tests can vote on whether to organize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, rejecting the company’s bid for all 2,700 employees who work on the planes to be included in the unit. 

  • May 22, 2018

    Airbus Drops Fight Over $3.7B Chopper Deal, Poland Says

    Poland said Tuesday that Airbus Helicopters has backed off its demand to arbitrate a dispute over a $3.7 billion deal to modernize the country's military helicopter fleet, citing a recent European court ruling that curbs investors' chances of asserting claims under trade agreements.

  • May 22, 2018

    Russian-Hired Hacker Asks Judge To Halve 8-Year Sentence

    A Canadian “hacker-for-hire” has urged a California federal court to halve the prison sentence recommended for him by the federal government to four years, arguing that prosecutors have been unable to show a shred of evidence that he caused real-world harm by breaking into 11,000 email accounts.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Export Control Reform Act Would Impact Companies

    Mario Mancuso

    Last month, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, which could have a significant impact on restricting access to U.S. technology, even within the United States. Companies should be aware that the act would increase compliance complexity and heighten enforcement risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • Aviation Update: Air Traffic Control Privatization Stalls

    Alan Hoffman

    Last month saw the end of a congressional effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The initiative was opposed by groups who saw it as a ploy to hand air traffic control to the airlines. But given its support from the airline industry and the Trump administration, privatization will likely resurface, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • How The CFIUS Calculus Continues To Change

    Stephen Heifetz

    For many years, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has been guided by the “risk delta” — the increase in risk that may result from a transaction determines what CFIUS action is warranted. However, the risk delta analysis is only loosely tethered to law, and the concept has evolved substantially in the last year, say Stephen Heifetz and Joshua Gruenspecht of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.