Aerospace & Defense

  • December 05, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware popped the champagne on two notable retirements last week while disputes continued in court over the value of a certain rapper's cognac brand. Newly filed suits targeted Peloton, TransUnion, AT&T, Warner Bros. Discovery, and TradeStation, among others, and a vice chancellor bounced a lawsuit from a basketball legend to an outside referee.

  • December 05, 2022

    In Law Firm Race For Revenue, Top Dogs Stand Alone

    Inflation, hand-wringing over the economy and even a possible recession will do little to close the widening revenue gap between a handful of legal giants grossing billions each year and other law firms, with longtime market consolidation only solidifying their dominance as BigLaw braces for a downturn.

  • December 05, 2022

    The 2022 Law360 Pulse Prestige Leaders

    Check out our Prestige Leaders ranking, analysis and interactive graphics to see which firms stand out for their financial performance, attractiveness to attorneys, ability to secure accolades and positive legal news media representation.

  • December 02, 2022

    Groups Say Upstream Dams Destroy Ecosystem Of Fla. River

    Environmental groups on Friday challenged the dismissal of a case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a system of dams controlling the flow of water into Florida's Apalachicola River, saying the agency has a duty to mitigate the impact it's causing to local wildlife and the economy.

  • December 02, 2022

    Elizabeth Holmes Appeals Conviction, Sentence To 9th Circ.

    Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes notified a California federal judge Friday that she's appealing her investor fraud conviction and 11-year prison sentence to the Ninth Circuit, sending the closely watched criminal case to the appellate court for review after more than four years before the trial court.

  • December 02, 2022

    Raytheon Manager, Staffing Execs Can't Slip No-Poach Counts

    A Connecticut federal judge refused Friday to toss charges accusing a former Raytheon manager and staffing firm executives of a conspiracy restricting hiring of engineers, notching the U.S. Department of Justice another win in developing criminal "no-poach" case law even as it struggles to win jury convictions.

  • December 02, 2022

    Feds Want To Trim Claims Over Navy Jet Fuel-Laced Water

    The federal government urged a Hawaii federal judge to ax claims brought by military families who say they were injured by two fuel leaks at a since-retired U.S. Navy fuel storage facility in Honolulu that contaminated the local water supply, saying the court must ensure that the federal tort claims filed comply with the law.

  • December 02, 2022

    Jet Spat Could Resolve Choice-Of-Law Qs, High Court Hears

    The U.S. Supreme Court must resolve a split among the Courts of Appeals over how to interpret general choice-of-law provisions in contracts subject to the Federal Arbitration Act after the Eleventh Circuit refused to vacate a $1 million award to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., an Australian company urged in a recent petition.

  • December 02, 2022

    FCC Interference, Debris Worries Lead To Split SpaceX Ruling

    The Federal Communications Commission will allow SpaceX to launch only a fraction of the nearly 30,000 satellites the company wants for its next-generation fleet and delayed ruling on the remaining satellites until concerns over interference, space debris and potential orbital crashes have been addressed.

  • December 02, 2022

    Ex-Navy Official Gets 5 Years For Bribery Scheme

    A former U.S. Navy official was sentenced to five years in prison Friday after being convicted of steering contract work to a South Korean business in exchange for bribes.

  • December 02, 2022

    CDC Wants Cancellation Of $100M 9/11 Health Program Deal

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that it still wants to cancel and resolicit a $100 million contract for administering a 9/11-related health plan despite a protest, citing clear problems with the original deal.

  • December 02, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen Credit Suisse sue collapsed bank Greensill, a breach of contract claim from five former club managers kick off against Watford Football Club, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme bring legal action against AXA. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 02, 2022

    Service Members See Suit Trimmed In Bias Row With Amazon

    A Washington federal judge tossed out several claims that former Amazon employees brought against the company saying it discriminates against service members by firing those who take time off for military leave, ruling that many of the workers' claims "lack clarity."

  • December 02, 2022

    Booz Allen Beats 401(k) Mismanagement Suit, For Now

    A Virginia federal judge tossed a suit alleging Booz Allen Hamilton funneled employees' retirement savings into poorly performing investment funds, following pushback from the company that the proposed class action lacked convincing evidence of fiduciary malpractice.

  • December 02, 2022

    EU Sets Out Plans For Penalizing Russian Sanctions Violators

    The European Commission mapped out proposals on Friday to harmonize criminal offenses and penalties for sanctions violations after the bloc agreed earlier in the week to make failure to enforce penalties against Russia and other countries a bloc-wide crime.

  • December 01, 2022

    Theranos Exec Balwani Wants Probation As Feds Seek 15 Yrs.

    Ex-Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani urged a California federal judge Wednesday to sentence him to probation for his investor and patient fraud conviction, arguing that he lost millions and never sought the "fame or media attention" his co-conspirator Elizabeth Holmes received, while prosecutors argued that his crimes warrant 15 years behind bars.

  • December 01, 2022

    Pilots To Appeal Dismissal Of Paid Military Leave Suit

    A class of pilots accusing American Airlines of violating the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by denying pay for time spent on military leave will appeal the dismissal of their wage claims.

  • December 01, 2022

    GAO Backs Peraton's $76M Cybersecurity Support Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a software company's challenge of a Navy cybersecurity engineering support contract awarded to Peraton Inc. saying it had no reason to question the Navy's reasonableness in evaluating the challenging contractor's "technically unacceptable" proposal.

  • December 01, 2022

    Feds Can't End Plan To Speed Green Card Process For Allies

    The federal government must continue with a plan to hasten the processing of green card applications for Afghan and Iraqi allies after a D.C. federal judge ruled that processing delays were still unreasonable despite visa application and inquiry surges.

  • December 01, 2022

    Air Force Says It Reasonably Nixed Pricy Bids For $329M Deal

    The U.S. Air Force stood by a decision to cut two companies from competition for a $329 million network support deal, saying it reasonably chose not to evaluate their high-priced proposals in favor of trying to fix lesser-priced bids. 

  • December 01, 2022

    11th Circ. Rejects Trump's Bid For Mar-A-Lago Doc Review

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday dismissed former President Donald Trump's bid for a special master to review documents the U.S. Department of Justice seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, finding that the district court judge who had granted Trump's request lacked jurisdiction to do so.

  • December 01, 2022

    DOD Says It Didn't Award Secret $1.8M Anti-Drone Tech Deal

    The U.S. Department of Defense has asked the Court of Federal Claims to toss a suit alleging it unlawfully awarded a $1.8 million anti-drone technology contract without competition, saying the disputed deal was not a direct contract with the DOD.

  • December 01, 2022

    Media Ask Fla. Court To Unseal Mar-A-Lago Search Warrant

    Several news publishers and TV stations have asked a Florida federal court for access to the search warrant affidavit that gave the FBI probable cause to search Mar-a-Lago in August, arguing that if former President Donald Trump gets to have it, the press and the public should see it, too.

  • December 01, 2022

    Deals Rumor Mill: CoinDesk, News Corp., Liverpool FC

    Online news site CoinDesk is receiving takeover interest, a top News Corp. shareholder is worried the company will be undervalued in a potential merger with Fox Corp., and two Middle East consortiums are vying to acquire Liverpool Football Club. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • November 30, 2022

    Amazon Can't Appeal Dismissal Denial In Military Leave Suit

    A New York federal judge denied a bid by Amazon to have the Second Circuit review a decision preserving claims that the e-commerce company discriminated against military reservists by failing to provide paid leave for time workers spend on active duty.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Pricing Trends In Law Firm Use Of Litigation Funding

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    As BigLaw firms increasingly include litigation funding as a financing option for clients, internal pricing groups are taking the lead on standardizing and centralizing firm processes, and aggregating risk budgets, says Brendan Dyer at Woodsford Group.

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • Lessons From Bittrex's Settlements With OFAC And FinCEN

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    Bittrex’s recent settlements with the Office of Foreign Assets Control and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network over allegations it violated sanctions and anti-money laundering laws provide lessons for crypto companies that engage in cross-border financial transactions, especially when they rely on third-party compliance vendors, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Int'l Arbitration Will Be Key Contract Issue For Space Industry

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    Commercial contracts related to space-sector activity should provide for international arbitration because it will help ensure the speedy and confidential resolution of disputes, which will inevitably increase in number given the scarcity of orbital slots and frequencies, and the growing number of participants, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Opinion

    Durham Russia Probe Acquittals Show Need For FISA Reform

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    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has a role to play in national security, but as shown by the recent acquittals of Michael Sussman and Igor Danchenko on charges of lying to the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation, the statute needs several key reforms — but newly floated policy proposals are not the answer, says Kevin Carroll at Hughes Hubbard.

  • The DOJ Procurement Collusion Strike Force's Latest Steps

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    The Procurement Collusion Strike Force's recent expansion of its network of partner agencies is a further indication of the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing commitment to root out and expose anti-competitive behavior in government contracting, and bidders should expect greater scrutiny, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Ex-Bolivia Official's Plea Shows DOJ's Shifting FCPA Posture

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    Recent cases, including a former Bolivian government minister’s recent guilty plea involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, demonstrate that the U.S. Department of Justice is increasingly targeting foreign government officials and becoming more aggressive in its international anti-corruption enforcement efforts, say Mayling Blanco and Katey Fardelmann at Norton Rose.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Lessons From Justices' Evolving Approach To COVID Rulings

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    Akiva Shapiro and William Moccia at Gibson Dunn discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court's approach to COVID-19 cases evolved over the course of the pandemic, and how the progression has affected the court's emergency applications docket and provided guidance for lower courts.

  • Cyber Risk Should Rocket To Top Of Space Sector's Priorities

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    The ease with which security experts have been able to hack into orbiting satellites and the absence of laws to determine liability for space collisions illustrate the need for private sector technologists to educate policymakers and help shape an updated regulatory framework that can keep up with the rapid commercialization of space, says John Bennett at Kroll.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • NDAA Bills Would Tighten Sourcing Rules For Defense Cos.

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    The House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 each reflect the current era of technological competition between nations — so companies can expect that new sourcing requirements will be an increasingly significant and costly aspect of defense contracting, say Joseph Berger at Thompson Hine.

  • Cos. Should Start Thinking About IP Protection For Quantum

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    Matt Marrone at McAndrews Held discusses intellectual property and business considerations around the cutting-edge quantum computing technology that is set for explosive growth, as the rules are decided in real time.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Nurse Staffing Case Highlights DOJ's Antitrust Focus In Labor

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    A health care staffing company's recent guilty plea in U.S. v. Hee to a criminal violation of the antitrust laws when it entered into a no-poach and wage-fixing arrangement with a competitor shows the U.S. Department of Justice's renewed focus on labor-side antitrust violations, say Shari Ross Lahlou and Thomas Miller at Dechert.

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