Aerospace & Defense

  • December 01, 2021

    Biden Admin. Urges Clear Global Rules In New Space Plan

    The White House on Wednesday outlined the administration's priorities for space, including establishing a "rules-based international order," as President Joe Biden expanded the National Space Council to add several cabinet secretaries and his top climate change official.

  • December 01, 2021

    Afghan National Assails National Security Citizenship Vetting

    An Afghan national wants a federal court to force U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue a decision on his naturalization application, which he says the agency has delayed for more than a year under an unlawful terrorist vetting protocol.

  • November 30, 2021

    'God's Tigress': Feds Query Holmes On Balwani 'Love' Texts

    A federal prosecutor cross-examined former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes on her purportedly abusive relationship with ex-Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani in her criminal fraud trial Tuesday, noting that they texted each other the word "love" 594 times and highlighting a Balwani text calling Holmes "god's tigress and warrior."

  • November 30, 2021

    Biden Vax Mandate Preliminarily Blocked By La. Federal Judge

    A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, handing a win to a coalition of states challenging the measure one day after a Missouri federal judge handed down a similar order.

  • November 30, 2021

    9th Circ. Revives Calif.'s High-Capacity Gun Magazine Ban

    A divided en banc Ninth Circuit broke with a previous three-judge panel and upheld California's ban on large-capacity ammunition on Tuesday, with the majority finding that the restriction saves lives and does not significantly interfere with a person's right to self-defense.

  • November 30, 2021

    DOD Commits To Building Up IP Group Following GAO Report

    The U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday it plans to expand its cadre of intellectual property experts, a move that came in response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report warning that the agency's failure to acquire the IP it needs to run its weapon systems could "lead to surging costs later."

  • November 30, 2021

    Name-Changing Ransomware Crew Hits Schools, Hospitals

    A ransomware crew that has targeted schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure operators in recent months has attempted to avoid scrutiny from investigators by repeatedly rebranding itself, researchers at private cybersecurity firm Mandiant say.

  • November 30, 2021

    Biden Wants Ex-Air Force Official As DOD Acquisition Chief

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated former Air Force acquisition leader and engineering firm CEO Bill LaPlante as the Pentagon's top acquisition official, after his first choice withdrew from consideration in July.

  • November 30, 2021

    Judge Blocks Biden's Contractor Vax Mandate In 3 States

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors from going into effect in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, ruling that the requirement likely exceeded President Joe Biden's authority over federal procurement.

  • November 30, 2021

    Ex-OSI Controller Gets 3 Years For Insider Trading Conviction

    A former OSI Systems executive was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Monday after a California federal jury convicted him of insider trading on the technology company's confidential information to the tune of $475,000.

  • November 29, 2021

    Holmes Says Ex-Theranos Exec Controlled And Abused Her

    Elizabeth Holmes testified in her criminal fraud trial Monday that she began dating former Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani after she was raped in college, initially viewing the older man as her protector before the relationship devolved into a 10-year nightmare of obsessive control and sexual abuse.

  • November 29, 2021

    Energy Dept. Seeks Advice On Shoring Up Digital Defenses

    The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input on how best to harden energy sector networks against cyberattacks as part of a review of supply chain security coming months after a hack caused a temporary shutdown at a major fuel pipeline.

  • November 29, 2021

    Biden Seeks Input On US-EU Export Control Collab

    The Biden administration requested public feedback Monday on how it can best cooperate with the European Union on export controls, one of the trade issues the two governments had pledged to tackle together earlier this year.

  • November 29, 2021

    GAO Says DOD Could Accept Domestic Sourcing Self-Cert

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest arguing the Defense Logistics Agency wrongly awarded a deal for freight containers despite claims the awardee was not compliant with domestic sourcing requirements, saying the DLA reasonably relied on the contractor's self-certification.

  • November 29, 2021

    House Lawmakers Prod FAA Chief For Boeing Oversight Info

    Several House Democrats pressed the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday for more information on what else is being done to hold Boeing accountable in the more than two years since the deadly 737 Max crashes, saying they're still troubled by perceived gaps in oversight.

  • November 29, 2021

    Feds Defend Contractor Vax Order As Setting Deal Terms

    The Biden administration is fighting several states' bid to keep vaccination requirements out of future federal contracts, arguing that it is entitled to attach terms to keep the government running efficiently by reducing the number of workers who could fall sick and miss work.

  • November 29, 2021

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Procurement, Steel Litigants Dig In

    In Law360's latest glimpse of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, defensive parties stall panel arrangements in fights over procurement policies and steel duties, while the U.S. continues to block Appellate Body appointments.

  • November 29, 2021

    Ex-Pentagon Chief Mark Esper Sues Over Memoir Redactions

    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper sued the Pentagon in D.C. federal court Sunday, claiming that Biden administration officials are "unreasonably" blocking him from publishing the "unvarnished and candid" version of his upcoming memoir about his tenure under former President Donald Trump.

  • November 29, 2021

    British Watchdog Delves Into CHC's £10M Helicopter Biz Buy

    U.K. authorities said Monday they will take a deeper dive into CHC Group's recent £10 million (about $13.5 million) purchase of Babcock's oil and gas offshore helicopter business after apparently failing to secure commitments to deal with competition worries.

  • November 24, 2021

    NSO Wants 9th Circ. To Revisit Refusal To Ax WhatsApp Row

    Israeli spyware maker NSO Group is urging the Ninth Circuit to review a panel ruling that refused to grant it immunity for claims that it hacked into the phones of 1,400 WhatsApp users, arguing that it shouldn't be held liable for how foreign states use its software. 

  • November 24, 2021

    3 Key Details To Watch As Congress Mulls Breach Report Law

    Congress is on the verge of passing legislation requiring certain companies to disclose cyberattacks and ransomware payouts, but unresolved details, such as the deadline for reporting incidents, bear watching as lawmakers bid to pass a bill before the end of the year.

  • November 24, 2021

    FCC Says No Way To China Telecom's Bid For Stay On Ban

    The Federal Communications Commission is asking the D.C. Circuit not to put a hold on the agency's order essentially booting China Telecom Americas off of U.S. networks over concerns that it would be beholden to surveillance requests from the Chinese government, saying the telecom's argument holds no water.

  • November 24, 2021

    Justices Face Sticky Question In New Tariff Authority Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to examine the limits of the president's national security tariff power in recent years, but a new petition drawing interest from the trade bar frames its question in a way that the justices may not be able to ignore.

  • November 24, 2021

    Foreign Army Recruits Streamline Cert. Bid In Discharge Suit

    A cohort of foreign-born military recruits renewed their push for class certification in their suit claiming the U.S. Army discharged them without proper notice, dropping two subclasses that separated soldiers based on the reason for their discharge.

  • November 24, 2021

    US Blacklists 27 Companies Over Security Threats

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced new sanctions against 27 companies and researchers with ties to China and Pakistan's militaries after the government determined that their activities ran counter to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.

Expert Analysis

  • Without Leadership Buy-In, Law Firm DEI Efforts Stand To Fail

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    A law firm's diversity, equity and inclusion strategies need the full attention and support of its top leadership to succeed, and requiring the firm's key decision makers to join the DEI committee can make the difference, says Noble Allen at Hinckley Allen.

  • Inside The New UK National Security Guidance For Deals

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    Businesses involved in U.K. transactions should carefully study that nation's recent guidance on its coming National Security and Investment Act, to determine whether transactions count under one of the 17 areas deemed high-risk and requiring government notification, say Joanna Christoforou and Savas Manoussakis at Morgan Lewis.

  • Best Practices In Preparation For FCPA Enforcement Surge

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    As the U.S. Department of Justice enhances its ability to detect and prosecute Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, companies should evaluate and improve their risk assessment methodologies, anti-corruption policies and other compliance tools to help mitigate the consequences of alleged wrongdoing, says Norman Harrison at Kroll.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Self-Advocacy Tips For Attys

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    Female lawyers and lawyers of color have historically not been privy to the rules of the origination credit game, but they can employ various strategies to increase the chances of receiving the credit they are due, such as enlisting allies for support and tracking inequity patterns, says Marianne Trost at The Women Lawyers Coach.

  • A Real-World Guide To Staying Discovery In Federal Court

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    Pleas for stay of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are often rejected when motions to dismiss are pending due to a tenacious tangle of case law, imposing financial and administrative burdens on parties, but some unambiguous rules of thumb can be gleaned to maximize the chances of a discovery stay, says Amir Shachmurove at Reed Smith.

  • Thoughts On Gov't Innovation In Suspension And Debarment

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    Amid a steady drop in suspension and debarment activity in recent years, Derek Santos, deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of the Air Force, offers his perspective on how agencies can further the goal of transacting with responsible contractors by leveraging data analytics, the expertise of the private bar and other innovations.

  • Navigating The New Wave Of PFAS Regulation And Litigation

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    As states ramp up regulations and litigation targeted at manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and the federal government advances its own efforts to regulate PFAS, entities that may be subject to liability for these chemicals must understand the rapidly changing legal environment, say attorneys at Harris Beach.

  • Mitigating Inflation's Impact On Commercial Contracts

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    As accelerating inflation threatens to turn many commercial contracts unprofitable for sellers, lessors and lenders, prospects of court relief are slim, but certain contract clauses and revisions can help, says Jonathan Hugg at Schnader Harrison.

  • Suspension and Debarment: FY 2021 By The Numbers

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    The System for Award Management's fiscal year 2021 suspension and debarment data depicts a staggering drop since 2020, with overall activity falling more than 60% since 2016, which might indicate the government data should include other factors worth measuring and discussing, say David Robbins and Sati Harutyunyan at Jenner & Block.

  • M&A Rulings Provide Guidance On 'Bump-Up' Claim Coverage

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    As M&A activity continues to surge, several recent federal court decisions can guide companies in structuring their insurance programs and assessing whether so-called bump-up claims arising from particular M&A transactions may be covered, say Robin Cohen and Orrie Levy at Cohen Ziffer.

  • How DOD's Climate Focus Will Affect Gov't Procurement

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    Attorneys at Arnold & Porter discuss effects of the Biden administration’s climate change policies on U.S. Department of Defense procurement, why government contractors should comment on related changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation while they can, and risks and opportunities to watch for now that these policies are likely here to stay.

  • Heed These Rules, Or Risk Your Argument On Appeal

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    Failing to meet the scattered requirements for appellate preservation can have dire consequences, so litigants must understand the relevant briefing rules, the differences between waiver and forfeiture, and the four components of a pressed argument in order to get their case fully considered on appeal and avoid sanctions or dismissal, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

  • What To Include In Orders Governing Remote Arbitration

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    When conducting remote arbitration, attorneys should negotiate written orders that spell out clear rules on technology accommodations, document handling, witness readiness and other key considerations to ensure parties' rights are protected and the neutral's time is not wasted, say Matthew Williams and Christina Sarchio at Dechert.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: CBRE GC Talks Effective Compliance Emails

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    Good corporate governance requires communicating expectations for ethical conduct, but compliance emails need not be overly technical — a relatable story told in simple language with humility and respect can create internal communications that drive home the message, says Laurence Midler at CBRE.

  • GAO Ruling Instructs On Proposal Planning During M&As

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    The Government Accountability Office's recent denial of ICI Services Corporation's bid protest highlights the importance of proper planning to protect prime contract proposals during mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions, say attorneys at Covington.

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