Aerospace & Defense

  • April 26, 2018

    GAO Tells DOD To Do Better At Sharing F-35 Lessons Learned

    Each military service records operational lessons learned from their experiences with the F-35 fighter jet, but those lessons are only informally shared with other services, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday, recommending that a formal information-sharing program be set up.

  • April 26, 2018

    House Military Panels Push More Ships, Better Cybersecurity

    The House Armed Services subcommittees marked up proposals for their parts of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, putting forward suggestions such as more ship purchases for the Navy and an increased focus on cybersecurity, while pushing back against an Air Force plan to retire its JSTARS aircraft. 

  • April 26, 2018

    Corporations Must Help Fight Cyber Threats, Deputy AG Says

    Amid concerns about the nation’s cybersecurity and threats from foreign hackers, American corporations should cooperate with the U.S. Department of Justice to defend against criminal activity, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a conference of corporate and insurance defense attorneys Thursday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Sen. Slams Alleged DOD Mismanagement Of Afghan Program

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released a report Thursday slamming the U.S. Department of Defense for its allegedly poor contracting practices on an Afghanistan counterintelligence support deal where a subcontractor racked up more than $51 million in questionable costs, and railing against that subcontractor’s continued eligibility for federal contracts.

  • April 26, 2018

    Medical Care Bid Won't Affect Superfund Plan, 3rd Circ. Told

    A Pennsylvania family that alleged their water supply was contaminated from nearby naval base operations urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to revive their case, arguing their bid for government-funded medical monitoring wouldn’t interfere with the government’s cleanup plan for the Superfund property.

  • April 26, 2018

    GE, Tepco Seek Dismissal Of $1B Fukushima Radiation Suit

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. and General Electric Co. urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to nix a $1 billion lawsuit by sailors over radiation injuries they allegedly suffered during their response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, repeating arguments that the suit belongs in Japanese, not U.S., courts.

  • April 26, 2018

    Israeli Gov't Contractor Agrees To $3M Deal In Securities Suit

    A pair of Ability Inc. investors asked a New York federal court to sign off on a $3 million cash deal resolving a consolidated securities suit accusing the Israeli government communications contractor of making misleading financial statements surrounding a merger.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ex-Nuke Lab Officer Gets 3 Years For $2.3M Contract Fraud

    A former procurement officer at a New Mexico nuclear research and development facility must spend three years in prison for fraudulently winning a U.S. Department of Energy contract and laundering a portion of the $2.3 million she was paid, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Rivals Airbus, Dassault To Collaborate On New Jet Fighter

    Airbus and Dassault Aviation, two of the largest manufacturers of jet fighters in Europe, announced Wednesday they have agreed to collaborate on the next generation of aircraft, though the rivals have yet to decide who will lead the project over the course of the next several decades.

  • April 25, 2018

    Cities Lack Standing In DOD Gun Database Suit, Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge held Tuesday that New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco lack standing for litigation seeking to compel the U.S. Department of Defense to fully comply with criminal database reporting requirements, saying they haven’t alleged a sufficient injury in their quest to prevent service members with military convictions from securing firearms.

  • April 25, 2018

    Defying Trump, Macron Calls For Scaling Back Trade Blitz

    Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a measured and diplomatic approach to global trade policy in open defiance of the Trump administration, which has made a flurry of aggressive enforcement maneuvers in recent months.

  • April 25, 2018

    Bill Would Let Feds Quickly Ban Software From Gov't Use

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill that would give the federal government authority to ban the use of private companies' software across government without notice, in a measure she said would help shield federal computer systems from foreign attacks.

  • April 25, 2018

    Wash. Tribe Says Army Corps Permit Threatens Aquatic Life

    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community hit the Army Corps of Engineers with a suit in Washington federal court Tuesday, alleging the agency violated U.S. environmental law by not providing protections for habitats critical to a threatened salmon species in a nationwide permit for shellfish aquaculture.

  • April 25, 2018

    DHS Must Improve Cybersecurity Protections, GAO Says

    The Department of Homeland Security has made significant strides in thwarting cyberattackers in recent years but still needs to make improvements to ensure that the country's critical infrastructure is safe, a government watchdog report concluded Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Justices' Arab Bank Ruling To Force Alien Tort Suit Rethink

    A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to find foreign corporations exempt from liability under the Alien Tort Statute is likely to lead to pressure on Congress to pass a law spelling out when non-U.S. companies can be sued for overseas human rights abuses, even if the prospects for such legislation appear dim.

  • April 24, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs Sentences In $37M Gov't Contracts Scheme

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed in a published opinion Tuesday the convictions and sentences of two men for their roles in a scheme to bribe military officials to obtain trucking contracts that paid out more than $37 million, finding the pair's arguments of trial court error unavailing.

  • April 24, 2018

    Judge Doubts 'Severe' Sentence For Russia-Hired Hacker

    A California federal judge on Tuesday held off on sentencing a Canadian "hacker-for-hire" to nearly eight years in prison for breaking into thousands of email accounts, some at the bidding of Russian agents tied to a Yahoo cyberattack, saying it’s severe and he doesn’t want to create an "unwarranted sentencing disparity" among hackers.

  • April 24, 2018

    House Passes Space, Tech Development Rule Changes

    The House of Representatives passed a pair of bills Tuesday meant to make outer space and terrestrial technology development more commercially oriented, changing rules for commercial space missions and the National Science Foundation.

  • April 24, 2018

    White House Steeling For Trade Talks With China

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would dispatch two of his top economic advisers to China “in a few days” to discuss the two countries’ escalating trade tensions over steel and aluminum tariffs, technology policy and intellectual property enforcement.

  • April 24, 2018

    Israeli Defense Co. Tacks $5.8M More Onto $21M IP Verdict

    A Texas federal judge has refused to upend a $21.1 million jury verdict handed down after a satellite internet service provider was found to have infringed upon an Israeli defense contractor's patent, instead tacking some $5.8 million onto the bill for royalties that accumulated before and after the trial.

Expert Analysis

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • When To Accept ADR For Defense Contractor Reprisal Cases

    Lynne Halbrooks

    While participation in the new alternative dispute resolution program for reprisal cases in the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General may seem unnecessary, it is still worth considering, says Lynne Halbrooks, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP and former acting inspector general of the DOD.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.