Aerospace & Defense

  • January 19, 2021

    Trump Tells Agencies To Stop Buying Risky Foreign Drones

    President Donald Trump on Monday directed agencies to develop ways to halt federal purchases for drones made by U.S. adversaries such as China, citing "unacceptable" risks to national security and a desire to build up a domestic industrial base.

  • January 19, 2021

    Political Scientist Secretly Lobbied For Iran, Feds Say

    A foreign policy expert has been charged with lobbying U.S. lawmakers and administration officials while secretly being employed by the Iranian government, New York federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • January 19, 2021

    Wilson Sonsini, Skadden Lead $5.7B Laser Maker Merger

    U.S. laser tools and systems developers Lumentum and Coherent unveiled plans Tuesday to merge in a cash and stock transaction valued at $5.7 billion, with help from Wilson Sonsini and Skadden.

  • January 15, 2021

    Miss. Businessman Gets 18 Years For $288M Tricare Fraud

    A Mississippi man was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison by a federal judge for his role in a $287.6 million scheme to defraud the Tricare health benefit program by paying doctors and drug distributors kickbacks.

  • January 15, 2021

    Trump Orders Agencies To 'Minimize' China Contracts

    President Donald Trump directed federal departments and agencies Friday to come up with policy changes to minimize their procurement of goods and services from the People's Republic of China to reduce the risk of China's "technical and human espionage" directed at the U.S. government, according to his national security adviser.

  • January 15, 2021

    Signed Deals Can't Stop Biden From Ending UAE Arms Sales

    The Trump administration is rushing to finalize $23.3 billion in arms sales to the United Arab Emirates before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, but experts say the incoming president has the authority to unwind the deals whether or not they're already signed.

  • January 15, 2021

    Trump White House Finalizes 5G Network Security Plan

    The White House announced Friday it has finalized a four-pronged strategy to help the U.S. roll out safe and effective 5G networks, including promoting "core security principles" in new wireless infrastructure and encouraging global allies to do the same.

  • January 15, 2021

    Blue States Challenge EPA Aircraft GHG Emissions Standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new gas emissions standards for aircraft won't actually result in new reductions, said 12 attorneys general from California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and other Democrat-led states plus the District of Columbia in announcing a D.C. Circuit challenge Friday.

  • January 15, 2021

    New Rule Promotes US Goods In Federal Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense and the General Services Administration rolled out changes to federal procurement rules on Friday designed to encourage greater use of American-made products in federal contracts.

  • January 15, 2021

    Treasury Sanctions Cuban Interior Agency, Top Minister

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury levied new sanctions on Friday against the Cuban interior ministry for purported human rights abuses, the latest action taken against Cuba in the last stretch of the Trump administration.

  • January 15, 2021

    Space Internet Biz OneWeb Brings Total Funding To $1.4B

    Newly emerged from bankruptcy, space-based internet provider OneWeb said Friday it's now raised $1.4 billion in financing thanks to new investments from SoftBank and Hughes.

  • January 15, 2021

    Bolton Can Seek Discovery In Clash Over Tell-All Memoir

    A D.C. federal judge handed John Bolton a victory in a bitter clash over his tell-all White House memoir, ruling that the former national security adviser-turned-critic is entitled to probe whether President Donald Trump or senior government officials acted in bad faith to delay or block publication.

  • January 15, 2021

    Hong Kong Intensifies WTO Case Against US Marking Rule

    Hong Kong has asked the World Trade Organization to form a panel to assess the legality of a Trump administration rule requiring imports originating from the region to be marked as Chinese, according to a WTO document published Friday.

  • January 14, 2021

    DOD Finalizes Ban On Chinese, Russian Telecom Equipment

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday finalized a rule barring the department from buying or using certain Chinese and Russian telecommunications and video equipment, making only minor tweaks despite concerns raised by contractors. 

  • January 14, 2021

    DOJ's False Claims Haul Hits Decade Low At $2.2B

    The U.S. Department of Justice raked in $2.2 billion from False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2020, the department said Thursday, its lowest haul since 2008 and down nearly $1 billion from the $3.1 billion in fiscal 2019.

  • January 14, 2021

    9th Circ. Weighs Nat'l Security, Free Speech In WeChat Appeal

    A Ninth Circuit panel pressed the Trump administration and users of the Chinese-owned WeChat app Thursday on what test courts should use to balance national security concerns with Americans' constitutional free speech rights, as it weighs the government's appeal of an injunction that blocked its ban on the social media service.

  • January 14, 2021

    US Restricts 6 Countries From Selling Telecom Products

    The U.S. Commerce Department announced a new rule Thursday that designates China, Russia, North Korea and three other nations as national security threats and prohibits U.S. companies from buying six types of communications infrastructure products and services from them.

  • January 14, 2021

    US Tightens Exports To Foreign Military Intelligence Units

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday moved to cut off exports of technology that can be used for military intelligence or to help create weapons of mass destruction, in a regulation targeted at U.S. adversaries like China.

  • January 14, 2021

    DC Circ. Nixes Trump Bid To Rethink House Border Wall Case

    The full D.C. Circuit bench said it won't reconsider a panel's order last year allowing House Democrats to challenge President Donald Trump's diversion of $8.1 billion for a border wall, a rebuke coming less than a week before the Trump presidency comes to an end.

  • January 14, 2021

    MIT Prof. Charged With Fraud For Allegedly Hiding China Work

    A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor lied about his funding from Chinese research and talent recruitment programs, federal prosecutors said Thursday, unveiling fraud charges against the nanotechnology researcher accusing him of hiding his cooperation with the foreign power on grant applications and tax forms.

  • January 14, 2021

    Commerce Blacklists Chinese Energy, Manufacturing Firms

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has slapped two Chinese firms with severe restrictions on their ability to acquire U.S.-made goods, referencing alleged participation in activities "contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States."

  • January 13, 2021

    Ex-Trump Aide Fights To Speak At Former FBI Atty Sentencing

    Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page is doubling down on his bid to speak as a victim at this month's sentencing hearing for an ex-FBI lawyer who pled guilty to falsifying an email to justify surveilling Page, telling a D.C. federal judge that the surveillance warrant was obtained without probable cause.

  • January 13, 2021

    Treasury Sanctions Groups Tied To Iran's Supreme Leader

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions Wednesday against two charitable organizations it says are operated by the supreme leader of Iran and control "large swaths of the Iranian economy."

  • January 13, 2021

    Satellite Co. Investors Seek OK Of $111M Award Against India

    A trio of Mauritius-based investors in an Indian satellite company has brought a $111 million arbitral award it won against India following a dispute over a nixed deal to deliver communications services throughout the country to Washington, D.C., for enforcement.

  • January 13, 2021

    DOD Launches Tool To Link Tech Cos. With Vetted Funders

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday announced the launch of a forum meant to link small technology companies with government-trusted investors, saying it will help to cut off "predatory" foreign investors seeking access to U.S. intellectual property.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • What Trading Restrictions On China Mean For US Markets

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    Larry Bergmann and Robertson Park at Murphy & McGonigle analyze several issues that will alter the market for Chinese securities in the U.S., including imminent trading restrictions, that may affect stateside broker-dealers, alternative trading systems and securities exchanges as soon as this coming week.

  • How Defense Bill Will Overhaul AML Policy In US

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    The recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act significantly expands beneficial ownership disclosure requirements, which will likely boost anti-money laundering enforcement and bring U.S. policy in line with other countries' enhanced AML laws, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Boeing Case Boosts Contractor Ability To Guard Trade Secrets

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    By permitting government contractors to place proprietary legends on their data, the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Boeing v. Secretary of the Air Force will help contractors assert rights such as trade secret protections in unlimited rights data, say Jay Carey and Evan Sherwood at Covington.

  • Minimizing Disruption To Clients During Law Firm IT Upgrades

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    For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.

  • Tips For Drafting Effective Amicus Briefs

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    Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Key New Decisions And 2020 Highlights

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Victoria Angle and Michaela Thornton at MoFo focus attention on four December decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, provide a few takeaways from the GAO's fiscal year 2020 report and highlight five of last year's most important bid protests.

  • 5 Trends That Will Influence E-Discovery In 2021

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    Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.

  • Prep For Increased Pay Equity Enforcement In Gov't Contracts

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    Federal contractors can prepare for an uptick in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs compensation enforcement under President-elect Joe Biden by conducting regular pay equity audits that identify and resolve gender- and race-based compensation disparities, says Jack Blum at Polsinelli.

  • Opinion

    Congress Shouldn't Abrogate Section 230 Immunity

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    Before tinkering with Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act, which has served the country well but has been attacked for protecting internet platforms, Congress should consider how capably courts have addressed Section 230 issues, as illustrated by a Florida federal court's ruling last year, say Aron Raskas and Nicole Atkinson at Gunster.

  • How Relationship Partners Can Draft Winning RFP Responses

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    With law firms likely to see longtime clients roll out requests for proposal amid cost-cutting strategies this year, relationship partners can ensure they don't lose their clients by taking five critical actions during the response process, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory.

  • Law Firm Merger Predictions For 2021

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    After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2020

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    Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on white privilege in BigLaw, the pandemic's outsize impact on female lawyers, and business development in a socially distanced world.

  • DOE's China Order May Have Ripple Effects For Bulk Power

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    The U.S. Department of Energy's recent order prohibits certain utilities from acquiring specified electric equipment with a China nexus that directly serves critical defense facilities, but companies should carefully examine their bulk power system supply chains to ensure they are not exposed, say attorneys at Kirkland.

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