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Aerospace & Defense

  • November 16, 2018

    Navy Veterans Get Class Cert. In Discharge Upgrade Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday certified a class of Navy and Marine Corps veterans who claim they were wrongly denied upgrades to honorable discharges despite service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, finding they had shown class members would be best served by pursuing a common solution.

  • November 16, 2018

    Unsecured Creditors Want One Aviation To Seek Ch. 11 Buyer

    A day after declaring bankrupt aircraft manufacturer One Aviation Corp.'s post-petition financing was insufficient to fund its Chapter 11 case and questioning the motivations of the lender, unsecured creditors are now asking the Delaware bankruptcy court to make the debtors seek a sale of the company's assets.

  • November 16, 2018

    Supreme Court Will Address FCA Statute Of Limitations

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take a whistleblower False Claims Act case over a U.S. Department of Defense munitions disposal contract to address the issue of whether the "government knowledge" statute of limitations in FCA cases applies only when the government intervenes.

  • November 16, 2018

    Dem Rep. Calls Out DOD After Failed Financial Audit

    U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., on Friday criticized the U.S. Department of Defense after the agency failed its first department-wide financial audit, saying the report highlighted the agency’s history of wasteful spending.

  • November 16, 2018

    Feds' Late Evidence Causes Mistrial In $16M Fraud Suit

    The fraud trial of a former U.S. Department of Defense official and a government contractor accused of partaking in a $15.7 million kickback scheme will have to start over, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the men might've switched up their trial tactics if they had had time to review thousands of documents prosecutors revealed midtrial.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Russian Co. Can't Duck Election Interference Indictment

    A D.C. federal judge ruled Thursday that a Russian company cannot escape an indictment from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel accusing it of conspiring to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections, saying there is sufficient evidence to support the charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

  • November 15, 2018

    Subcontractor Stiffed $4M For Army Airfield Work, Suit Says

    A Florida-based contractor failed to pay one of its subcontractors for at least $4 million worth of work, materials and equipment provided as part of an infrastructure project at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii, the subcontractor alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOD Fails First-Ever Financial Audit, Official Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense has “failed” its first departmentwide financial audit, the DOD’s second-highest official revealed Thursday at the Pentagon.

  • November 15, 2018

    Funds Managing $4.83T In Assets Sign Gun Safety Principles

    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, State Street Global Advisors and other institutional investors managing a total of $4.83 trillion in assets have signed off on a set of principles aimed at creating a “framework to advance a responsible civilian firearms industry” in the U.S.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOJ Sharpens Gov't Fraud Focus, Adds Merger Review Clarity

    The U.S. Department of Justice will sharpen its focus on bringing competition cases in which the government itself has been defrauded by bid-rigging and similar conduct, DOJ Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim said in a speech Thursday, adding that the agency would seek triple damages when defendants refuse to settle.

  • November 15, 2018

    Family Of Crash Victim Sues Boeing Over Plane Defect

    The family of an Indonesian doctor killed in the Lion Air Flight 610 crash in October has sued The Boeing Co. in Illinois state court, alleging the company failed to warn pilots of a defect in the control system that can cause a new model of planes to go into a dive.

  • November 15, 2018

    Perkins Coie Adds Gov’t Contracts Atty From Cooley

    Perkins Coie LLP has snagged a veteran government contracts litigator from Cooley LLP who has aided a contractor battling to preserve a $49 million military staff support contract amid a flurry of bid protests, as a partner for its Washington, D.C., office.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Tees Up New GPS Signals And Space Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission took steps Thursday to update a lineup of satellite-related regulations, including an inquiry into the proliferation of orbital debris and a vote to allow American devices to begin receiving signals from the European global positioning system Galileo, with the lone Democratic commissioner saying the move brings up security concerns.

  • November 15, 2018

    Unions Hit VA With Challenge To 'Official Time' Decision

    Three unions have mounted a challenge in D.C. federal court to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decision that would stop its workers in the medical realm from spending work time on certain union business, the latest row in a larger fight over so-called official time.

  • November 15, 2018

    DOD Reaches $23B Deal With Lockheed For More F-35s

    The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp. have reached a preliminary deal for 255 F-35 fighter jets for the U.S. and foreign partners worth up to $22.7 billion, the largest order yet for the aircraft, the DOD has announced.

  • November 14, 2018

    S. Korean Cos. On Hook For $236M In Bid-Rigging Conspiracy

    Three South Korea-based oil refiners and logistics companies pled guilty Wednesday to rigging bids on U.S. Department of Defense fuel supply contracts, violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, and agreed to pay $236 million in criminal fines and civil damages, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 14, 2018

    Oracle Protest Over $10B JEDI Cloud Deal Denied

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday denied an Oracle unit's protest over the U.S. Department of Defense's pending $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract, saying the DOD acted reasonably when it chose to use a single vendor for the deal.

  • November 14, 2018

    Senate Passes Coast Guard Bill With Ballast Compromise

    A bill reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard heads back to the House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Senate voted to pass a version of the legislation that includes a compromise over how the federal government will regulate ship ballast and discharge.

  • November 14, 2018

    Retired Navy Capt. Cops To Role In 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case

    A retired U.S. Navy captain pled guilty Tuesday to his role in the sweeping “Fat Leonard” bribery scheme related to Navy port services contracts, as a former master chief petty officer was also sentenced to 17 months in prison for his involvement.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.