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Aerospace & Defense

  • September 17, 2018

    CIA Can't Shake Suit Seeking Twitter Usage Docs

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday shot down the Central Intelligence Agency's bid to ax a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking documents about the agency's Twitter usage, finding that the limited scope of portions of the CIA's search and its decision to withhold information about certain individuals' identities were improper.

  • September 17, 2018

    Israeli Gov’t Contractor Settles Securities Suit With $3M Deal

    Ability Inc. agreed to pay $3 million to investors to resolve a securities suit accusing the Israeli government contractor of making misleading financial statements during its bid to buy Cambridge Capital Acquisition Corp., according to a deal approved by a New York federal judge on Monday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Secretary Says Current Air Force Too Small For Demands

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Monday called for a huge increase in its number of aircraft squadrons over roughly the next decade, bringing the Air Force to a size not seen since the Cold War, arguing the service is too small to do what is being expected of it.

  • September 17, 2018

    NSA Must Give Up Info In Olympics Spy Suit, Attendees Say

    A group of 2002 Winter Olympics attendees who claim they were spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency asked a Utah federal court to compel the agency to respond to their discovery requests, saying the NSA is hiding behind invalid state secret objections.

  • September 17, 2018

    Lockheed Wins $7.2B Air Force Deal For New GPS Satellites

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has won a $7.2 billion contract to supply more next-generation Global Positioning System satellites to the military, the U.S. Air Force announced.

  • September 17, 2018

    Southwest Inks $19M Deal To End Pilots' Military Leave Suit

    Southwest Airlines Co. has agreed to make nearly $6 million in retirement payments and provide sick leave potentially worth north of $13 million to end a California federal suit alleging it denied benefits for brief spurts of military service to a proposed class of as many as 2,000 pilots.

  • September 17, 2018

    Feds Defend Vetting Rules In Recruits' Naturalization Suit

    The U.S. departments of Defense and Homeland Security have urged a D.C. federal court to grant them a quick win in a class action from noncitizen U.S. Army recruits challenging the imposition of added requirements for naturalization, saying the policy is lawful.

  • September 14, 2018

    Experts Want Watergate Report Unsealed To Guide Mueller

    Two professors and a journalist urged a D.C. federal judge on Friday to release a sealed Watergate report known as the “Road Map” that the special prosecutor sent Congress in 1974, arguing that it could help guide Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian election interference.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks CIT To Nix Challenge To Steel Tariffs

    The federal government on Friday brushed aside notions that the Cold War-era national security law the Trump administration used to levy steel tariffs is unconstitutional, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that Congress has left foreign affairs to the president and as commander-in-chief his authority under the law is "at a maximum." 

  • September 14, 2018

    Army Wrongly Ignored Palantir In $206M Deal, Fed. Circ. Says

    The U.S. Army’s decision to shut data analytics firm Palantir Technologies out of a $206 million intelligence system procurement violated a statute requiring federal agencies to give preference to commercial companies in contracting whenever possible, the Federal Circuit ruled, putting teeth into the largely untested law.

  • September 14, 2018

    DOD Can't Escape Challenge To HIV Policy

    A Virginia federal judge refused Friday to dismiss an Army National Guardsman's challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense’s HIV policy, but also declined to grant an injunction against the policy being used to discharge HIV-positive troops, after the DOD had clarified how the HIV policy interacted with its retention policy.

  • September 14, 2018

    Logistics Co. Can't Protest $1.4B DOD Food Supply Deal

    Because logistics firm Agility was suspended from federal contracting at the time the Defense Logistics Agency awarded an up-to $1.38 billion food supply contract, it could not challenge the DLA’s decision not to consider the company when the agency took corrective action on the deal, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled in a decision made public Thursday.

  • September 14, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Wachtell, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Renesas Electronics bought Integrated Device Technology Inc. for $6.7 billion, the Carlyle Group snapped up Sedgwick Claims Management Services for $6.7 billion, a consortium of buyers took over MPM Holdings, and Science Applications International Corp. acquired Engility Holdings for $2.5 billion.

  • September 14, 2018

    Indian Telecom Co. Wants $563M Satellite Deal Award OK'd

    An Indian telecommunications company asked a Washington federal court to confirm an over $562.5 million award stemming from claims that a commercial division of its country’s space program unlawfully axed a satellite-leasing deal, saying multiple international tribunals and arbitrators have found that the termination was wrong.

  • September 14, 2018

    Manafort Pleads Guilty And Will Cooperate With Mueller

    President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, pled guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, in a deal that requires him to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

  • September 13, 2018

    European Court Says UK Surveillance Violated Privacy Laws

    The United Kingdom's former regime for the bulk interception and collection of internet communications violated basic human rights by failing to ensure oversight of surveillance requests, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday, a decision advocates hope will boost efforts to rein in other government spying tools. 

  • September 13, 2018

    Federal Acquisition Issues Linger For Years, GAO Says

    Although federal agencies have taken some steps to address acquisition issues identified in a 2007 expert report, such as a lack of competition for defense contracts, low small business participation and inadequate contractor oversight are still problematic more than a decade on, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • September 13, 2018

    Treasury Blacklists North Korean IT Cos. In China And Russia

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday sanctioned a North Korean individual and his China-based information technology company, as well as a Russian subsidiary, as part of its efforts to stop the flow of “illicit revenue” to North Korea from overseas.

  • September 13, 2018

    House Passes $147B VA, Energy Bill For 2019

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved a $146.5 billion package of bills to fund military construction and the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs and Energy for 2019, sending the bill to be signed into law, as lawmakers also reached a deal to stave off a government shutdown.

  • September 13, 2018

    Rajaratnam’s Motley Rice RICO Suit Gets Cool Response

    A Brooklyn federal judge put tough questions to a lawyer for imprisoned fraudster Raj Rajaratnam on Thursday over his racketeering suit that accuses the law firm Motley Rice LLC of paying former federal agents for dirt on him, saying the case may belong before a judge in New Jersey who is overseeing a related case.

Expert Analysis

  • How A Hurricane Affects Gov't Contractors

    Joseph Berger

    During and immediately after a catastrophic event such as Hurricane Florence, government contractors must prioritize protection of lives and property. But the work of promptly identifying and documenting the hurricane’s effects on contract schedules and costs must not be forgotten or ignored, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Congressional Forecast: September

    Layth Elhassani

    The House and Senate are entering their respective final runs before the November midterm elections. The most pressing items of business are funding the government and the pending Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But several lower-profile issues remain as well — including a Republican push for further tax reform, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Hurricane Florence: How State Laws Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • How DOD Plans To Change Commercial Item Contracting

    Justin Ganderson

    The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued a proposed rule on the acquisition of commercial items, including commercially available off-the-shelf items. Many commercial item contractors and subcontractors will welcome the stated premise — less government contracting requirements for commercial items, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How The Beijing Convention Is Changing Aviation Security

    James Jordan

    The recently enacted Beijing Convention has created a new international legal framework around emerging threats to the safety of civil aviation, including illegal transport of biological, chemical and nuclear material. But it may also expose carriers and their employees to criminal liability if legitimate activities are not carefully managed, says James Jordan of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • Cos. Caught Between Iran Sanctions And EU Blocking Statute

    Guy Soussan

    In response to the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran, the European Union has expanded the scope of its blocking statute to prohibit EU and multinational companies from complying with these sanctions. But the blocking statute does not apply if a decision to terminate business with Iran is for reasons unrelated to sanctions, which gives companies some flexibility, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.