Aerospace & Defense

  • December 17, 2020

    DOD, Microsoft Counter Amazon's 'Revisionist' JEDI Attack

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims unsealed new documents on Thursday outlining Microsoft and the military's effort to nix new allegations of bias from Amazon in its updated challenge to the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract award.

  • December 17, 2020

    Biden Could Use Obama-Era Tools To Counter ​​​​​​​Sprawling Hack

    President-elect Joe Biden, who vowed Thursday to respond to a cyber espionage campaign that has breached U.S. federal agencies and that officials say poses a "grave" risk to businesses, may dip into a deterrence toolbox developed under President Barack Obama, former government attorneys say.

  • December 17, 2020

    State Secrets Complicate Litigation Over Bomb Blast

    A defense contractor has sought for the third time dismissal of a federal tort lawsuit over a bombing that happened in Afghanistan, alleging Wednesday that confidential information it would need to prepare an adequate defense was being withheld by the government.

  • December 17, 2020

    Vets Orgs Say Wilkie Must Be Dispatched As VA Secretary

    The nation's six largest veterans' services organizations petitioned the president to fire Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, saying that his disparagement of a veteran pursuing sexual assault claims made him unfit to lead the department.

  • December 17, 2020

    Construction Co. Can't Revive Canceled Army Corps' Contract

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals tossed a construction company's challenge of a decision canceling their warehouse construction contract following delays, despite accusations that the Army Corps of Engineers antagonized the company from the start.

  • December 17, 2020

    Deals Rumor Mill: PT Tokopedia, Aon, Roblox

    Indonesia e-commerce giant PT Tokopedia may merge with a special-purpose acquisition company at a $10 billion valuation, European regulators are closely scrutinizing Aon’s $30 billion Willis Towers Watson acquisition, and online gaming platform Roblox is delaying its planned IPO. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • December 16, 2020

    Biden's Energy Picks Put Climate Front And Center

    President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly picked a slate of experienced leaders with proven records for addressing climate change issues to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and serve in the White House, underscoring the new administration's stated commitment to clean energy and addressing climate issues.

  • December 16, 2020

    Guardswoman Says Staffing Co. Fired Her Over Military Duties

    A member of the Georgia Army National Guard reserve has accused a temporary staffing agency of firing her for following military duty orders to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • December 16, 2020

    Court Of Claims Greenlights Defense Contractor's Appeal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has given a defense contractor the go-ahead to pursue an appeal of a $1.4 million payment denial after the U.S. Air Force tried to get the case tossed on jurisdictional grounds.

  • December 16, 2020

    US Attorney In Ohio To Step Down In January

    Justin Herdman, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and former Jones Day white collar partner, on Wednesday announced that he will step down from his position in January.

  • December 16, 2020

    3 Firms Guide Space Telecom's $1.8B Go-Public Deal

    AST SpaceMobile, a business building a space-based mobile broadband network, said Wednesday it is going public through a tie-up with blank-check company New Providence as part of a deal valuing the combined entity at $1.8 billion that is led by Latham & Watkins LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • December 16, 2020

    EPA Inks $3.6M Deal To Recoup Del. State Park Cleanup Costs

    Delaware and the U.S. Department of Defense agreed Wednesday to pay a combined $3.6 million to cover the costs incurred by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up lead contamination at a landfill in a state park that was once a military base.

  • December 16, 2020

    Treasury Blacklists Chinese, UAE Cos. For Iranian Exports

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Wednesday blacklisted four Chinese and Emirati companies that aided the export of Iranian petrochemicals in violation of the Trump administration's economic sanctions on Iran.

  • December 16, 2020

    Electronics Maker To Pay $3.5M In Water Contamination Case

    Ametek Inc., a manufacturer of electronic instruments, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to put to bed allegations that it contaminated the groundwater of mobile home parks near a California aerospace manufacturing plant it once operated.

  • December 16, 2020

    Feds Ask Judge To Block China Telecom's FISA Info Access

    The federal government has urged a D.C. federal court to reject China Telecom Americas Corp.'s request for evidence obtained from surveillance conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which the government intends to use in FCC proceedings over whether to ban the company from operating in the U.S.

  • December 16, 2020

    GAO Urges Pulling Back $56M Reserve Force Ship Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office called on the federal government Tuesday to pull back a $56 million contract to replace Ready Reserve Force ships, saying the U.S. Department of Transportation had failed to properly consider whether the award's low proposed costs were reasonable.

  • December 16, 2020

    Top UK Court Clears The Way For Heathrow Expansion

    Britain's highest court cleared the runway on Wednesday for London's Heathrow Airport expansion plans, ruling that the government had appropriately considered the country's global climate change commitments.

  • December 15, 2020

    Amazon Renews Bid To Undo $10B DOD Deal With Microsoft

    Amazon has re-upped its efforts to dismantle the U.S. Department of Defense's $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract with Microsoft, slamming the Trump administration for fostering an "increasingly corrupt environment" and claiming the DOD's bidding process is still replete with errors, according to a filing unsealed Tuesday.

  • December 15, 2020

    NASA's New Moonshot Needs More Oversight, GAO Says

    NASA's estimated costs to restart crewed missions to the moon have risen to $11.5 billion, an increase of over $3 billion since 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday in a report that chided the agency for faltering oversight.

  • December 15, 2020

    ​​​​​​​Ex-DOD Construction Manager Indicted In Bribery Scheme

    A former civilian official with the U.S. Department of Defense is facing up to seven years in federal prison after an FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation led to his indictment on bribery charges.

  • December 15, 2020

    Claims Court Awards Landowners $7M For Mo. River Flooding

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has said the federal government owes over $7 million to a trio of landowners as compensation for the serial flooding of their private properties near the Missouri River due to a conservation initiative undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • December 15, 2020

    How 5 Firms Shepherded Airbus Through $4B Bribery Probe

    Lawyers from five firms in three countries joined forces as a virtual law firm to help Airbus resolve a sprawling international bribery probe that yielded the biggest settlement of 2020. Law360 spoke to some of the attorneys about how they guided the aerospace giant to the historic $4 billion settlement.

  • December 14, 2020

    DHS Added To List Of Gov't Agencies Hit By Nation-State Hack

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it is investigating whether its internal systems were hacked as part of a foreign nation-backed cyberespionage campaign that has already breached systems at the U.S. Commerce and Treasury departments.

  • December 14, 2020

    Contractor Scoffs At Ex-Partner's Poverty Plea Over Sanctions

    ProActive Technologies Inc. slammed its former joint-venture partner for dragging its feet despite orders to pay sanctions after its counsel violated a protective order, telling a Virginia federal court that the firm's opposition to the fines was "baseless."

  • December 14, 2020

    DC Circ. Skeptical Of Trump Claims On TikTok Security Risks

    Judges on a D.C. Circuit panel seemed skeptical Monday that the Trump administration has justified its attempt to ban the TikTok mobile app, a move the U.S. Department of Commerce has likened to Cuba travel restrictions that survived a legal challenge almost 30 years ago.

Expert Analysis

  • What DOD's Use Of Cyber Scores May Mean For Contractors

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    Attorneys at Rogers Joseph examine how the U.S. Department of Defense might use its soon-to-be-mandated cybersecurity compliance self-assessment scores in solicitations and other contract actions as part of its responsibility determinations or as technical evaluation criteria, and suggest where further agency guidance would help contractors.

  • A GC's Blueprint For Improving Legal Industry Diversity

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    General counsel are in a unique position to ensure that their partner law firms are giving significant case assignments to underrepresented attorneys, and to help future generations of lawyers access meaningful opportunities early in their education or careers, says Laura Schumacher, chief legal officer at AbbVie.

  • Perspectives

    Book Review: Did The High Court Cause Mass Incarceration?

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    William Pizzi's argument in "The Supreme Court's Role in Mass Incarceration" that the U.S. Supreme Court is responsible for the high rate of incarceration is compelling, but his criticism overlooks the positive dimensions of the criminal procedure decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren, says U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

  • Decoupling From China: Part 3 — Oversight And The Election

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale examine the scrutiny U.S. businesses spending COVID-19 relief funds in China will likely face, the upward trajectory of China-focused congressional investigations, and how the U.S. presidential election will affect relations with China.

  • Decoupling From China: Part 2 — Security Requirements

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale discuss security requirements and export controls protecting U.S. technologies and supply chains, and the potential impact efforts to separate the U.S. and Chinese economies could have on international trade.

  • Key Carbon Market Developments From 2020: Part 2

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    While the upcoming election will have a major impact on the development of carbon market mechanisms in the U.S., growth in emissions trading and stronger regulation is expected in Europe and China, and across the global aviation industry, say Brook Detterman and Allyn Stern at Beveridge & Diamond and independent consultant Stacey Halliday.

  • Persuasion Skills Attys Can Learn From Political Speeches

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    The tools of powerful political speeches — those with soaring rhetoric that convinces and moves listeners — can be equally applicable to oral advocacy, case strategy and brief writing, say Lauren Papenhausen and Julian Canzoneri at White & Case and former presidential speech writer Dave Cavell.

  • Decoupling From China: Part 1 — Legislation And Funding

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale consider how federal funding and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' expanded authority are advancing the national imperative to end U.S. dependence on China for strategically important materials, components and products.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

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    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Key Carbon Market Developments From 2020: Part 1

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    With numerous states advancing carbon emission pricing plans and some signs of movement at the federal level as well, market-based greenhouse gas reduction measures appear poised for rapid progress in the U.S., say attorneys at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • Key Gov't Tools For Addressing National PPE Shortages

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    Shortcomings in personal protective equipment supply chains remain worrisome as the COVID-19 pandemic continues into winter, but the federal government can mitigate this crisis with tools including the Defense Production Act and other financial incentives, says Sarah Rathke at Squire Patton.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

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    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

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    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

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