Aerospace & Defense

  • December 18, 2020

    Claims Court Certifies National VA Tech Class In OT Row

    The federal claims court conditionally certified a national class of radiological technologists who say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs denied them overtime pay and a weekend premium in violation of federal wage law.

  • December 18, 2020

    Chinese Computer Chip Giant Caught In Export Clampdown

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced new export restrictions on 77 foreign entities on Friday, including Chinese computer chip giant Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., known as SMIC, for their connection to human rights abuses and military aggression by China.

  • December 18, 2020

    5 Top Trade Policy Developments Of 2020: Year In Review

    The past year saw the COVID-19 pandemic send countries scrambling to adjust their trade regimes, while the Trump administration kept attorneys busy with a bevy of simmering disputes and new deals, all while insisting on major changes to the global trading system. Here, Law360 breaks down all you need to know about the year in international trade policy.

  • December 18, 2020

    Top 5 Gov't Contracts Cases Of 2020: Year In Review

    Courts and the U.S. Government Accountability Office handed down a number of important rulings for federal contractors in 2020, addressing issues such as the impacts of COVID-19 and how personal relationships between contractors and federal employees can sink a deal. Here are five of the biggest decisions in government contracting law this year.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Foreign Cos. Should Consider Risks Of OFAC Iran Sanctions

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    The Office of Foreign Assets Control’s recent sanction of 18 Iranian banks creates a dilemma for foreign entities, particularly those reliant on U.S. dollars, who must evaluate whether to wind down their existing business with Iran to minimize risk of becoming a secondary sanctions target, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

  • DOD Contractor Cybersecurity Rule Brings New FCA Risks

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    The U.S. Department of Defense interim rule for assessing government contractor implementation of cybersecurity requirements could implicate two distinct theories of False Claims Act liability and creates a positive incentive to bolster cyber defenses, say attorneys at Rogers Joseph.

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    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

  • Religious Freedom Case Raises Anti-Bias Conundrum

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    Last week the U.S. Supreme Court seemed open to arguments made in FNU Tanzin v. Tanvir that the Muslim plaintiffs could seek money damages from FBI agents for alleged violations of a religious freedom statute, but a ruling in their favor could lead government officials to fear personal liability and dampen enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, says Patrick Hammon at McManis Faulkner.

  • 5 Cost-Cutting Strategies For Corporate Legal Departments

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    To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.

  • Guest Feature

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

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    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

  • Guest Feature

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

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    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

  • Calculating FCA Damages From PPP Fraud May Be Tricky

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    The Paycheck Protection Program will undoubtedly give rise to False Claims Act enforcement, but the intangible nature of some contract benefits and differences in contract valuation between the circuits raise uncertainty about damages calculations, say Ellen London at Alto Litigation and Derek Adams at Potomac Law.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic

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    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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