Aerospace & Defense

  • February 27, 2018

    DOD Says First Transgender Recruit Has Signed Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense has signed its first contract with an openly transgender recruit, it announced on Monday, amid legal uncertainty due to court fights over President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender troops and speculation over whether Defense Secretary James Mattis backs that ban.

  • February 27, 2018

    Sessions Warns Recent Judicial Rulings Threaten Exec. Power

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a shot Tuesday at “maddening” court rulings in a D.C. speech, particularly those against the administration’s immigration moves, while also blasting nationwide injunctions as a “growing problem” and deriding the Second Circuit’s ruling on anti-gay discrimination as perhaps inspired by The New York Times.

  • February 26, 2018

    DHS Deputy Secretary To Step Down After Just One Year

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security second in command Elaine Duke, known for leading the agency’s recent hurricane relief efforts and cuts to its Temporary Protected Status program, will retire from her post in April, the department announced Friday.

  • February 26, 2018

    DCAA 'Whistleblower' Suspension Legit, 9th Circ. Says

    The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board correctly found that the Defense Contract Audit Agency had a legitimate reason to discipline a whistleblower who alleged he had been wrongly retaliated against, based on his disrespect toward a supervisor, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

  • February 26, 2018

    Aviation Co.'s Doc Request Called 'Fishing' In $4.7M Row

    Black Hall LLC and its connected companies responded to a federal court motion by aviation contractor AAL USA Inc. to compel production of tax returns in a $4.7 million claim, calling it nothing more than a “fishing expedition” and “yet another hyperbolic attempt to obtain one-sided discovery.”

  • February 26, 2018

    Civilian Hospitals To Train Military Docs Under House Bill

    The U.S. Defense Department could soon expand training of its military doctors in civilian trauma centers under a bill passed by the House of Representatives Monday, intent on keeping military doctors’ training up to par.

  • February 26, 2018

    Beirut Victims' Kin Fight Bank's Bid To Stay Terrorism Case

    The families of the American service members killed in the 1983 U.S. Marine Corps barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, have hit back at Clearstream Banking SA’s bid to stay a ruling allowing them to pursue it for $1.68 billion linked to Iran while the bank considers a high court appeal, telling the Second Circuit that there was no legal basis for a stay.

  • February 26, 2018

    Treasury Issues Sanctions For Libyan Oil Smuggling

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday sanctioned six people, 24 entities and seven vessels for illegally exploiting Libyan oil, stating that the oil's illicit production, selling and exporting threatens peace in the country.

  • February 26, 2018

    Feds Denied Exit Bid In Contractor Suit Over Design Specs

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has denied the government’s request for a win on Unit Co.’s claim that it received defective specifications for air-handling and cooling units included in a $20 million training-center construction contract, saying questions remain regarding whether the company provided appropriate notice of the issues.

  • February 26, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Boeing, Sydney Motorway, Ceva Logistics

    Boeing will reportedly have a majority stake in a possible joint venture with Embraer, pension funds have set their sights on the builder of an Australian infrastructure project, and Ceva Logistics is looking to list publicly by this summer.

  • February 26, 2018

    Feds Fight Back Against Sikorsky's FCA Suit Dismissal Bid

    The federal government hit back Friday at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s bid to cut “overbroad” allegations from a False Claims Act suit accusing the company of overcharging the U.S. Navy for replacement aircraft parts, telling a Wisconsin federal court the complexity of the case was driven by the alleged wrongdoing of Sikorsky itself.

  • February 23, 2018

    Sallyport Sues 'Disgruntled' Former Workers For Defamation

    Defense contractor Sallyport Global Holdings sued two former employees for defamation in Virginia state court Friday, alleging they had deliberately lied about the company's alleged involvement in a sex trafficking ring, fraud and efforts to conceal information about security breaches as part of its support work at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pentagon Favors 'Targeted' Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

    The U.S. Department of Defense has endorsed hitting imports of steel and aluminum with “targeted” tariffs rather than across-the-board enforcement measures, according to a memo released by the Trump administration late Thursday.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Steps Into Tricare FCA Suit Against Pharmacy, PE Owner

    The government has intervened in a False Claims Act suit accusing a Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a kickback scheme that induced Tricare to pay more than $68 million for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    State Dept. Approves $3.2B Patriot Missile Sale To Sweden

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Patriot missiles to Sweden in a deal worth an estimated $3.2 billion, saying the weapons system would help ensure the security of the strategically important country.

  • February 23, 2018

    US Squeezes N. Korean Shipping Sector With New Sanctions

    The Trump administration on Friday unveiled a slew of new sanctions aimed at cracking down on North Korea’s shipping industry, flexing its muscle in what the president deemed the “largest ever” sanctions package imposed against the country.

  • February 23, 2018

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Skadden National Security Pro In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Thursday announced it has brought aboard a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate for the firm's national security regulatory practice in Washington, D.C.

  • February 23, 2018

    Manafort Associate Pleads Guilty In Mueller Probe

    Richard Gates, an ex-business associate of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and himself a former member of the campaign, pled guilty Friday to charges brought as a part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • February 22, 2018

    Palantir Ordered To Turn Over Books, Records To Investor

    The bitter feud between Palantir Technologies Inc. and an early investor accused of stealing its trade secrets took another turn on Thursday after the Delaware Chancery Court ruled the secretive data analysis company must turn over internal information to KT4 Partners LLC.

  • February 22, 2018

    Facebook Shouldn't Expect 'Fake News' Legal Woes, For Now

    Social media sites are facing heightened scrutiny amid charges that an army of Russia-based “bot” accounts meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are largely immune from liability even if they unwittingly help spread propaganda, attorneys say.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA


    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • DFARS Cyber Compliance And Potential For FCA Risk

    Colleen Brown

    For all the focus on the Dec. 31, 2017, deadline for complying with the new cybersecurity requirements of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, contractors must also remember to focus on compliance into the New Year. Gaps may invite False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Simplifying Federal Purchases Of Commercial Products

    Angela Styles

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president on Tuesday, makes measurable strides forward in transforming the federal government’s commercial purchasing practices and signals a willingness to remove the regulatory burdens facing government purchasers and commercial companies, say Angela Styles and Robert Wagman of Bracewell LLP.