Aerospace & Defense

  • November 15, 2017

    Loss In Defense Contract Suit Wasn’t Firm’s Fault: NJ Court

    A New Jersey appellate court declined Tuesday to revive a legal malpractice case accusing Starr Gern Davison & Rubin PC of not turning over discovery materials to a former client’s new counsel during a breach of contract suit over $2 billion in defense contracts.

  • November 15, 2017

    Lawmakers Demand TSA Officials Answer Retaliation Claims

    Three high-ranking Transportation Security Administration officials linked to allegations of whistleblower retaliation at the agency will speak before Congress voluntarily or face subpoenas to appear, ranking members of the House Oversight Committee said Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    Nuke Lab Officer Charged With $2.3M Contract Fraud

    A former procurement officer at a New Mexico nuclear research and development facility has been indicted for allegedly getting a $2.3 million U.S. Department of Energy contract she was overseeing granted to a company she created, and then laundering the gains, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday. 

  • November 15, 2017

    Federal Watchdogs Ask Congress For Subpoena Power

    Executive agency watchdogs on Wednesday urged Congress to enact legislation that would give them authority to demand testimony for investigations into waste, fraud and abuse, arguing that their inability to compel testimony from former agency employees poses a barrier to their oversight duties.

  • November 15, 2017

    Senate Confirms Trump's 3rd Choice For Army Secretary

    Third time’s the charm: the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s third pick to be secretary of the Army on Wednesday, sending Raytheon executive Mark T. Esper to the Pentagon.

  • November 15, 2017

    Dubai Bank Fights 9/11 Victims' Bid For Account Records

    Dubai Islamic Bank has urged a New York federal judge not to make it hand over information from certain accounts with alleged connections to terrorism to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying that the requests are either irrelevant to claims against it or had already been waived.

  • November 15, 2017

    State Dept. OKs $170M Norway Air-To-Air Missile Deal

    The U.S. Department of State has approved a $170 million deal to sell to the government of Norway medium-range air-to-air missiles and equipment from Raytheon Missile Systems, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Senate OKs Dechert Partner For DOT Gig Amid Torture Debate

    A Dechert LLP veteran is set to head to his new role as the U.S. Department of Transportation's chief attorney following a Senate vote Tuesday, despite senators' concerns about his role crafting the so-called torture memos in former President George W. Bush's White House.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions Defends Past Russia Comments At House Hearing

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back Tuesday on suggestions he made false statements to Congress about his and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials, defending his past testimony before a House panel.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sen. Committee Advances DHS Secretary Nomination

    A Senate panel on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next homeland security secretary and sent her nomination to the full chamber, after having previously delayed a vote on the issue.

  • November 14, 2017

    US House Passes Compromise $700B Defense Bill

    A compromise version of the almost $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act easily passed the U.S. House Tuesday, after lawmakers moved to address complaints over a measure that would give the U.S. Department of Defense limited authority to approve drugs and medical devices for use by the military.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions Argues FISA Changes Will Impede War On Terror

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized potential changes to the federal government’s spying powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, telling a House panel Tuesday that new restrictions could be “exceedingly damaging” to anti-terror efforts.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sens. Prod Pentagon Legal Picks On North Korea, Sex Assault

    Nominees to a pair of Pentagon legal jobs largely cruised through a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday as lawmakers prodded them for their views on issues ranging from sexual assault prosecution to the legality of preemptive war against North Korea.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sikorsky Complains Over DOD Document Release In FOIA Suit

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. told a California federal court Monday that the U.S. Department of Defense was mistaken to release previously redacted information from a company subcontracting plan under the Freedom of Information Act, saying a FOIA exemption should have applied but that it would not sue to stop the release.

  • November 14, 2017

    Aerospace Execs' Side Deals Harmed Sale, Del. Justices Told

    An investor in a New Jersey aerospace parts maker on Monday urged the Delaware Supreme Court to revive his case claiming shareholders were shortchanged in the company’s $34 million sale to an Arlington Capital Partners affiliate, arguing he has shown the two companies struck up insider side deals.

  • November 14, 2017

    AAI, Boeing Each Ask For Wins In $1.2B Contract Suit

    Boeing Co. and bankrupt Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc., which are on opposite sides of a dispute over a $1.2 billion U.S. Air Force contract, each urged an Alabama federal judge Monday to rule in their favor on several claims in the long-running lawsuit and to deny their opponent the same.

  • November 14, 2017

    Trump Picks Immigration Hawk To Keep Helming ICE

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, a nearly three-decade veteran of immigration enforcement who is known for his hawkish views on the issue, to continue heading the agency on a permanent basis.

  • November 14, 2017

    OMERS Snaps Up French Testing Co. Trescal In €670M Deal

    OMERS Private Equity said Tuesday that it will buy Paris-headquartered calibration services provider Trescal SA from private equity parent Ardian in a deal that values the company at €670 million ($788.6 million). 

  • November 13, 2017

    Ex-Clifford Chance Partner Tapped For DOJ NatSec Deputy

    A former Clifford Chance LLP partner who represented a Dutch aerospace firm and a former FIFA official, among others, is being hired as the top deputy in the national security division at the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm confirmed on Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump Nominates Holland & Knight Partner To Be GC Of DNI

    A Holland & Knight LLP partner with years of government experience in counterterrorism, government procurement and regulatory compliance was named by President Donald Trump on Monday for a position as the top lawyer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Learning From DOJ’s Parker Hannifin Merger Challenge

    Jack Sidorov

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent lawsuit challenging Parker Hannifin’s consummated acquisition of Clarcor serves as an important reminder that the agencies can — and in some limited instances will — challenge consummated transactions that were reported to them under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, says Jack Sidorov of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • An Important Message For Midsized Government Contractors

    Thomas McVey

    Government contracts firms frequently ask questions about the application of International Traffic In Arms Regulations requirements, including how ITAR is applied to small and midsized companies. The Bright Lights case squarely addresses many of these questions, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Revoking Sudan Sanctions Brings New Prospects, Old Risks

    Brendan Hanifin

    Revocation of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations will create additional opportunities for U.S. companies to do business in — and with — Sudan. Effective Oct. 12, the step also follows a broader trend across U.S. sanctions policy in favor of narrower sanctions targeting specific actors and categories of transactions, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.