Aerospace & Defense

  • June 23, 2017

    Military Heads Seek 6-Month Delay On Trans Admissions

    Senior military officials will ask Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a six-month delay on a lift of the Defense Department’s ban on admissions of transgender service members, according to media reports.

  • June 23, 2017

    Workforce Cuts Stymie Army War On Weapons Systems Waste

    Staffing shortfalls are imperiling the U.S. Army’s ability to develop requirements for major defense acquisition projects, an area of focus in the agency’s efforts to reduce waste in the procurement process, according to a Government Accountability Office report made public Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Judge Denies Implant Sciences Investors A Solicitation Agent

    A request from shareholders of bomb detection hardware maker Implant Sciences to retain a solicitation agent for the company’s proposed Chapter 11 plan failed to receive court approval Friday in Delaware because the court determined the services were unnecessary.

  • June 23, 2017

    Bipartisan Group Of Sens. Float Drone Safety Bill

    A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to further the development of drones and safely integrate the unmanned machines alongside other aircraft.

  • June 23, 2017

    Terror Victims Say Arab Bank Is Liable For Funding Extremists

    Attorneys representing victims of Palestinian militant attacks seeking to pursue claims against a Jordanian bank for allowing funding to get through to the militants urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to revive their case, saying the bank can be held liable because money flowed through its New York branch.

  • June 23, 2017

    Engineer Gets Time Served For Military Documents Theft

    An engineer who pled guilty in December to economic espionage and attempted export of defense articles to China without a license for taking copies of military aircraft designs to China was sentenced on Thursday in Connecticut federal court to time served, after spending 30 months behind bars.

  • June 23, 2017

    Sen. Cornyn Readies Bill Broadening CFIUS' Reach

    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Thursday he is putting the “final touches” on a bipartisan bill aimed at extending the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ reach to noncontrol and other currently uncovered transactions to stem Chinese investment in critical U.S. technology.

  • June 23, 2017

    Heckler & Koch Can't Arbitrate Army Weapons Suit, Court Told

    Aerospace and defense company Orbital ATK Inc. on Thursday slammed a German small arms manufacturer’s bid to arbitrate a $27 million suit over the manufacturer’s alleged failure to deliver weapons under a U.S. Army subcontract, arguing the German company is citing an arbitration clause from a separate agreement.

  • June 22, 2017

    $50B Price Tag Likely Spells End To Talk Of F-22 Revival

    A staggering $50 billion price tag has likely quashed the possibility of restarting production of the F-22 Raptor, Air Force officials confirmed Thursday.

  • June 22, 2017

    Senate, House Panels Unveil Dueling FAA Funding Bills

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday introduced a more straightforward multiyear reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration a day after the House revived a 2016 reauthorization bill containing a highly controversial proposal to spin off the nation’s air traffic control operations into a separate nonprofit entity.

  • June 22, 2017

    4th Circ. Mostly Upholds Ex-CIA Agent's Conviction For Leaks

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday largely upheld a former CIA agent's conviction for illegally leaking classified information on U.S. efforts to disrupt Iran's nuclear program, but said prosecutors had failed to prove where one crime took place.

  • June 22, 2017

    Implant Sciences, Watchdog Protest Bid For Consultant

    Both the Implant Sciences bankruptcy estate and the U.S. Trustee’s Office balked Thursday at the official equity committee’s bid to hire a consultant as its own solicitation agent for the bomb detection firm’s Chapter 11 plan, a measure the debtor and watchdog argue is unreasonable.

  • June 22, 2017

    House Passes DHS Buying Tweaks, Property Oversight Bills

    The Department of Homeland Security could soon have to do more internal soul-searching if a pair of bills the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday requiring more purchasing and real property oversight by the agency become law.

  • June 22, 2017

    Intel Contractors, Employees Must Report Foreign Travel

    Federal agency employees and contractors with access to classified information must now report their personal trips abroad, as well as a broader range of foreign contacts, under a recently issued security directive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

  • June 22, 2017

    Ex-Congressman Joins King & Spalding's Public Policy Team

    Former U.S. Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, D-Fla., has joined King & Spalding LLP as a senior adviser in its government advocacy and public policy practice in Washington, D.C., the firm said Tuesday. 

  • June 22, 2017

    Trump Treasury Assistant Secretary Pick Wins Senate OK

    President Donald Trump’s administration is closer to fully staffing up its anti-terror roles after a Senate vote on Thursday confirmed a Deloitte veteran to an assistant treasury secretary role for terrorist financing.

  • June 22, 2017

    9th Circ. Allows Sailors' $1B Fukushima Suit To Proceed

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s decision to allow sailors to pursue their $1 billion lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. over radiation injuries they allegedly suffered during their response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  • June 22, 2017

    Afghan Army’s Spendy Fashion Costs US Taxpayers $28M

    A 2008 change to the Afghan National Army uniform may have already cost the U.S. nearly $30 million, with tens of millions of dollars in additional, unnecessary spending expected in the coming decade, according to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

  • June 22, 2017

    Senate Confirms Treasury Undersecretary Pick

    The Senate has approved a new Treasury assistant secretary, with a Wednesday vote putting a Proskauer Rose LLP veteran in charge of some of the agency’s antiterrorism efforts.

  • June 21, 2017

    Justice Sotomayor On The Power Of Dissent

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her views on writing dissents and the change she hopes they inspire in the law, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the 111th justice.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Steps For Avoiding Business Travel Mishaps

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Steps taken by the Trump administration to tighten U.S. border security have signaled a new era in global mobility, both in the United States and throughout the world, in which cross-border travelers should expect more advanced investigation techniques by immigration officers as well as increased scrutiny and examination for even seemingly routine international travel, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Ambiguous Regulation May Not Preclude FCA Liability

    Michael Prendergast

    The recent Lincare opinion gives notice that, at least in the Eleventh Circuit, regulation ambiguity alone will not provide an impenetrable shield against False Claims Act liability for contractors, say Michael Prendergast and Jerome Hoffman of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Primary Effects Of Rolling Back Cuba Sanctions Relief

    Paul Marquardt

    A recent presidential directive lays out the framework for rolling back certain Obama-era regulations that eased travel and trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba. Although the action has received extensive coverage, its impact is fairly limited, says Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • FCA Lessons From A Year Of Escobar

    Thomas Gallagher

    Immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision, it was unclear how defendants would be able to fend off implied false certification claims based on the Escobar standard. But the past year has shown that the heightened standard has teeth and that courts can, and will, dismiss False Claims Act complaints on materiality grounds, even before discovery, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Would Strongly Enforce More Russia Sanctions

    Harry Dixon

    The deft bundling of the Russia and Iran sanctions, backed by broad support in the Senate and Speaker Paul Ryan’s support in the House, will almost certainly lead to the president signing the bill into law — or risk his veto of a national security bill being quickly overridden. Assuming it becomes law, will enforcement be a priority for the Justice Department? The answer is a strong yes, says Harry Dixon of Taylor English Duma LLP.

  • Escobar FCA Impact Clearer After A Year Of Interpretation

    Joshua Bolian

    In answering old False Claims Act questions, the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision posed new ones about falsity and materiality. In the year since Escobar came down, lower courts have provided guidance, says Joshua Bolian of Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber LLP.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • 9th Circ. Cites Statutory Overreach In Travel Ban Decision

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    The Ninth Circuit's decision Monday to uphold the block on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban comes less than one month after the Fourth Circuit also enjoined enforcement of a portion of the executive order. However, the Ninth Circuit's opinion differs from the Fourth Circuit’s in several important ways, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.