Aerospace & Defense

  • September 22, 2017

    Cop’s Dallas Shooting Suit Against Twitter On Thin Ice

    A California federal judge seem poised Friday to toss a Dallas police sergeant's suit alleging Twitter, Facebook and Google gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July 2016, saying the causal link between social media posts and the shooting is tenuous.

  • September 22, 2017

    Elbit Accuses Ex-Employee, Competitor Of Trade Secrets Theft

    A maker of helmet-mounted display systems used by military pilots told a Chicago federal judge Thursday that a former employee stole trade secrets for a competitor and used them to wrench away a lucrative foreign military contract.

  • September 22, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Hogan, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, government contractor Northrop Grumman agrees to pay $7.8 billion for Orbital ATK, Teva sells off the remainder of its women’s health assets for $1.4 billion, and an affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Capital buys Vantage Specialty Chemicals for approximately $1 billion.

  • September 22, 2017

    Mass. City Ordinance Effectively Banning Drones Cut Back

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday struck down aspects of a city of Newton ordinance that essentially bans the use of pilotless aircraft in the city in the absence of prior permission, finding them preempted by federal law.

  • September 22, 2017

    Symantec Warns US To Devise Custom Security Software

    A major security software company says that the United States' cyber adversaries have an unexpected ally in their efforts to hack into the country’s critical agencies: the U.S.

  • September 22, 2017

    General Dynamics Nabs $5B Navy Missile Sub Contract

    The Navy has awarded a $5 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. to design the Navy’s next generation of nuclear ballistic missile submarines, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Engineer Might Regret Plea Withdrawal, 2nd Circ. Judge Says

    An Iranian-American engineer serving 97 months for a violation of the Arms Export Control Act might “rue the day” if he ever stood trial for alleged misconduct that prosecutors say went far beyond a single offense on appeal, a Second Circuit judge warned Friday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Jury Convicts Man For Infecting Army Computer Program

    A North Carolina federal jury has found an Atlanta resident guilty of placing malicious code onto a U.S. Army computer, causing issues with a program that handles pay and personnel actions for hundreds of thousands of reservists that cost about $2.6 million to fix, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Lawmakers Bash GAO Report Clearing $418M Aircraft Deal

    A pair of House Republicans are dissatisfied with a Government Accountability Office report that found a $418 million sole-source contract to supply surveillance aircraft to Kenya was aboveboard, according to media reports.

  • September 21, 2017

    AG Sessions Warns Of Rising Crime During Boston Visit

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an audience of prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Boston on Thursday that a rising tide of violence in America threatens to undo decades of crime-fighting progress.

  • September 21, 2017

    $70B Not Enough To Make Afghan Military Self-Sufficient

    Despite the U.S. spending $70 billion on security training, the Afghan military is still a long way from being self-sufficient, the chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction said Thursday, pointing to issues such as poor preparation and politically set deadlines for readiness.

  • September 21, 2017

    Former Army Sec. Tapped To Head Aerospace Trade Group

    The Aerospace Industries Association has named former Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning to serve as the association’s president and chief executive officer.

  • September 21, 2017

    Navy To Ask Congress For $600M After Deadly Ship Crashes

     The U.S. Navy will have to ask Congress for more than $600 million to fund repairs to two destroyers after a pair of deadly collisions, as the repairs are not within its usual budget, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Trump Lines Up Bank-Targeted North Korea Sanctions

    U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration will impose new sanctions on any international banks or other companies that conduct business with North Korea, a move aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear weapons program.

  • September 20, 2017

    Ex-Raytheon Engineer's Wrongful Termination Heads To Trial

    A former engineer for Raytheon Co. told a California federal jury Wednesday that the defense contractor fired him from his six-figure job as retaliation for blowing the whistle about alleged "timecard fraud" on government jobs.

  • September 20, 2017

    Financier Named In 'Frivolous' Fox News Suit Seeks Sanctions

    A wealthy Trump supporter accused of pushing a bogus murder conspiracy story on Fox News asked a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday to impose sanctions against a private investigator at the center of the dispute and his attorney for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

  • September 20, 2017

    Rolls-Royce Wants FCA Claims Tossed, Atty DQ'd

    Rolls-Royce North America Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that a former consultant accusing the company of improperly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts from crashed aircraft has made too-vague allegations and that his counsel once represented Rolls-Royce and should be disqualified.

  • September 20, 2017

    2nd Circ. Overturns Ex-DHB CEO's Restitution, Keeps Bail

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday vacated a securities fraud conviction against the deceased former CEO of military body armor maker DHB Industries Inc. and let his estate off the hook for $91 million in restitution, but found his family can’t get back funds that were forfeited after the government found he was hiding assets.

  • September 20, 2017

    Leak Suspect Seeks Release Pending Trial

    A former government contractor accused of leaking classified information to a media outlet asked a Georgia federal judge Tuesday to reconsider her request for release on bail while she awaits her criminal trial, saying newly available facts support her request for conditional surrender.

  • September 20, 2017

    California Sues Over Border Wall Project Waivers

    The Trump administration's attempt to waive environmental laws so it can move forward with its border wall project violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal and state regulations and should be stopped by a federal court, California argued Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The North Korea Executive Order And How It May Affect You

    Brendan Hanifin

    A new executive order represents a significant escalation of U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and presents new compliance considerations for companies that conduct business with North Korean trading partners, including China, India and Russia, say Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Brexit Threat To US-UK Aviation

    Kevin Gibbs

    Aviation between the U.S. and U.K. is currently governed by an EU-wide agreement. But the U.K. will not be covered by this agreement once it leaves the bloc — and yet while it is still an EU member, cannot negotiate a new agreement either, say attorneys with Bond Dickinson LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What’s Next For North Korea Sanctions

    Harry Dixon

    On Sept. 11, 2017, in response to North Korea’s continued development of an intercontinental ballistic missile program, the U.N. Security Council passed a new round of sanctions. It begs the question of whether sanctions are even effective against the "Hermit Kingdom," says Harry Dixon of Taylor English Duma LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • When A SOX Whistleblower Claim Applies Extraterritorially

     Matthew LaGarde

    The recent decision from the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board in Blanchard v. Exelis Systems is important because it makes clear that, so long as the misconduct reported by the employee affects the United States in “some significant way,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will apply extraterritorially, says Matthew LaGarde of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Opinion

    On CFIUS Reform, We Must Proceed With Caution

    DJ Rosenthal

    While some proposed changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States may be justified, others could undermine confidence in CFIUS as an unbiased institution acting in a fair and even-handed manner, says DJ Rosenthal, co-chairman of the CFIUS advisory practice at Kroll Associates.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Can I Protest Additional IDIQ Awards? Depends Who You Ask

    Aron Beezley

    Most seasoned bid protest attorneys have been asked by a client, “Can my company protest the addition of other contractors to the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity pool?” As the Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in AAR Airlift illustrates, the answer to this question is “yes and no,” says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.