The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up Guam's effort to force the U.S. Navy to chip in on a $160 million landfill cleanup effort, granting the territory's petition for writ of certiorari a little less than a year after the D.C. Circuit found that the statute of limitations had expired on the case.
Whistleblowers told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that a prominent circuit split over whether the False Claims Act requires objectively bogus billing is actually "irrelevant," and a hospice chain is engaging in "scaremongering" to convince the high court otherwise.
SolarWinds Corp., the software provider at the center of the sprawling cyber espionage campaign that has breached several government agencies and the federal court system, has retained a new cyber consulting firm created by ousted U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Chris Krebs and former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos to help recover from the likely Russia-backed cyberattack.
A Texas federal judge has denied the U.S. Air Force's bid to escape a suit over a deadly 2017 church mass shooting by a former airman, saying it breached a duty of care in failing to inform the FBI about the shooter's conviction by a court-martial.
The U.S. Department of State has announced plans to create a new bureau tasked with leading diplomatic cybersecurity efforts, years after the Trump administration eliminated an office with similar responsibilities.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday against Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee Chairman Falih al-Fayyadh for what the department identified as a link to "serious human rights abuse."
Investors of an aerospace parts manufacturer now owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. asked an Oregon federal judge Friday to approve a $21 million deal to end claims the company issued misleading proxy materials leading up to its merger.
A newly enacted law allows family members of U.S. service members killed or seriously injured in combat operations and training to exit their internet, phone and cable contracts without incurring a financial penalty.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated CNN's win in its bid to get the FBI to unredact information relating to memos former Director James Comey wrote about his private conversations with President Donald Trump, sending the issue back to the lower court for the reapplication of a test that weighs competing interests.
A small, minority-owned airport operations management company has agreed to dismiss its anti-competition claims leveled against L3Harris Technologies Inc., the parties told a Virginia federal judge on Friday.
The U.S. Department of Defense's new anti-small drone strategy will help speed up bringing new technology on board and eliminate redundant development efforts that have seen the department ineffectively spend billions of dollars, its counter-drone chief said Friday.
A U.K. court's recent refusal to endorse claims that the prosecution of Julian Assange amounts to an attack on freedom of speech highlights the need to introduce a public interest defense into English law to protect journalists and whistleblowers, lawyers say.
President-elect Joe Biden introduced D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland as his pick to head the U.S. Department of Justice in a televised event Thursday, with both men pointing to the previous day's mob violence at the U.S. Capitol to highlight why the department must "restore trust" in the rule of law.
Facebook and Twitter's suspension of President Donald Trump's accounts mark a boiling point in the debate over policing harmful online postings and could spark new efforts to oversee companies' content moderation, including by chipping away at a key liability shield.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that it had re-awarded $342.5 million in missile detection satellite contracts to SpaceX and L3Harris, following a reevaluation prompted by protests from Airbus and Raytheon.
The FBI is fighting to keep Twitter from releasing a transparency report that details the instances in which the social media giant cooperated with the agency on national security matters, telling the Ninth Circuit that it's not a First Amendment issue.
The White House withdrew the nomination for Chad Wolf, acting secretary of homeland security, to head the department in a permanent capacity, the same day Wolf condemned rioters who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election results.
More than 20 law firms landed work on the 10 largest hospitality deals of 2020, four of which came in above the $1 billion mark.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday finalized a regulation establishing that health care and medical contracts supporting national defense can take priority over all other federal and private contracts, emphasizing the rule's broad scope.
The Seventh Circuit on Thursday revived a Black police officer's lawsuit claiming he was disciplined too harshly after being accused of sexual harassment because a white officer in a similar situation faced lighter punishment.
A military contracting board has denied an appeal from a New Mexico contractor, saying that the U.S. Navy's mistaken decision to advance the company's SeaPort-NxG task order bid couldn't save it from elimination after the branch found a disqualifying error.
A California federal judge instructed the federal government Wednesday to provide additional information regarding money laundering charges filed against a former Twitter employee accused of helping the Saudi Arabian government spy on users deemed critics of the regime, finding the charging documents lacked sufficient details to establish venue.
A Florida judge was wrong not to first decide whether two aircraft maintenance companies that sued Petróleos Mexicanos for $8 million are bound by an underlying arbitration clause before denying the Mexican state-owned energy company's arbitration bid, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Defense proposed a rule Wednesday to expand the type of overseas operations where contractors can support the military, while also requiring contractors to screen employees' qualifications and mental and physical fitness before deployment.
SpaceX's broadband constellation should be subject to an environmental review before the Federal Communications Commission considers granting the space company's bid to bring 3,000 satellites closer to Earth, the agency has heard.
Whistleblower protections included in Congress' recently passed Anti-Money Laundering Act have the potential to overhaul enforcement in this area, but only if the U.S. Department of the Treasury implements the rewards program in a manner that encourages tipsters to come forward, say Jason Zuckerman and Matt Stock at Zuckerman Law.
The COVID-19 pandemic is already adding new complexities to damages calculations used in lost-profit claims litigation, even in cases in which the coronavirus is not the direct cause of the breach, say Neil Ashton and Michael Yachnik at StoneTurn.
Attorneys can pick open-minded neutrals by taking a client's race, gender, sexual orientation and nationality into account, and by ensuring the mediator is able to communicate effectively across cultures, says Anelise Codrington at Swift Currie.
As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection searches and seizures of electronic devices become more frequent, organizations should ensure their researchers, students and employees understand their rights and know how to respond if they are targeted, say attorneys at WilmerHale.
Attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland look at Eleventh Circuit opinions from the past five years to determine the odds of a spoliation finding, and how risks in the federal appeals court compare to those in the federal district and state courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Increased regulatory activity and litigation surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances this year, along with a bipartisan sense of urgency around the chemicals and ongoing discoveries about their pervasiveness, suggest even more focus on PFAS in 2021, say attorneys at Eckert Seamans.
If the Biden administration tries to improve relations with Iran by returning to the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump dropped, Iranian demands for sanction-related economic damages and removal of nonnuclear sanctions will make a radical break from current policies difficult, says Jason Wilcox at Baker Botts.
The recent hacking of the cybersecurity company FireEye presents compliance reminders for FireEye customers and noncustomers, and demonstrates that no business is completely immune from the effects of cybercriminals, say Joseph DeMarco and David Hirschberg at DeVore & DeMarco.
What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.
In November, the U.S. Government Accountability Office considered its jurisdiction over protests of task orders under $10 million, the Federal Circuit highlighted the importance of specificity in invoking U.S. Court of Federal Claims jurisdiction, and the federal claims court reiterated rigorous standards for cost reimbursement. MoFo's Alissandra Young and David Allman review these notable decisions.
As guardians of their companies' codes of conduct and ethical standards, general counsel have the ability to endorse changes that will help their corporations create more diverse and equitable workplaces, says Deborah Marson at Iron Mountain.
Federal courts across the country have rejected civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims at the pleading stage in several recent cases that illustrate how defendants can utilize specificity, distinct enterprise and proximate cause to head off allegations of racketeering, says Gopi Panchapakesan at Bird Marella.
Trump administration executive orders limiting China's influence over TikTok may be mooted by the incoming Biden administration, but eventual rulings in federal appellate cases challenging the orders may clarify how information exchanged via web-based media is treated under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say Jeremy Mishkin and Joseph Samuel at Montgomery McCracken.
The aviation industry has never endured a shock as catastrophic as COVID-19 — and while the sector will recover once vaccines are widely available, some pandemic-driven changes, like industry consolidation and greater customer disclosures, will outlive the crisis, say attorneys at Freshfields.
With unconscious biases deeply embedded in the court system, judges must take steps to guard against the power and influence of stereotypes during jury selection, evidence admissibility hearings, bail proceedings and other areas of judicial decision making, says U.S. Circuit Judge Bernice Donald.