Aerospace & Defense

  • May 28, 2020

    NSA Warns On Russian Military Launching New Cyberattacks

    The same Russian military unit that U.S. officials say hacked Democratic National Committee servers to interfere with the 2016 presidential election is actively attacking vulnerable email servers across the globe, the U.S. National Security Agency warned Thursday in a rare public alert.

  • May 28, 2020

    DOJ Clears Satellite Cos. Merger With Conditions

    Global electronic components maker Communications and Power Industries LLC clinched U.S. Department of Justice approval Thursday to acquire a business unit of General Dynamics Corp., as long as the California-based company sells its satellite business subsidiary.

  • May 28, 2020

    N. Korea's Secret Foreign Banks Laundered $2.5B, DOJ Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice accused 28 North Korean bankers of helping launder more than $2.5 billion out of the sanctioned country in a scheme that involved setting up secret branches of a state-owned bank in foreign countries, according to an indictment unsealed in D.C. federal court Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    FCC Chair Pushes Back On Lawmakers' Ligado 5G Protests

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission fired back at lawmakers protesting the agency's recent approval of Ligado Networks' contentious plan to roll out a next-generation wireless network on a portion of the airwaves also used by the military.

  • May 28, 2020

    GOP Sens. Offer Bill Restricting Visas For Chinese Students

    Two Senate Republicans have proposed legislation that would bar Chinese citizens from securing student visas to study math, science and technology fields at graduate and postgraduate levels, citing U.S. national security concerns.

  • May 28, 2020

    Hong Kong Policy Shift Could Usher In Trade Firestorm

    The Trump administration's declaration that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China has opened the door for a wave of potential new trade and investment restrictions that could severely curtail American companies' ability to do business in the region.

  • May 28, 2020

    Insurer Seeks Out Of Metal Co.'s Suit For COVID-19 Losses

    Selective Insurance Group Inc. has urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to toss a suit from a metal fabricator seeking coverage for its losses from COVID-19 and state-mandated closures, saying the company failed to allege direct physical damage and income loss.

  • May 28, 2020

    Advocacy Orgs Say Clearview AI Broke Biometric Privacy Law

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups hit Clearview AI Inc. with a lawsuit in Illinois state court Thursday claiming the facial recognition technology company has violated the biometric privacy rights of their members, program participants and other Illinois residents on a "staggering scale."

  • May 28, 2020

    Dems Press Pompeo For Info On Russian Ventilator Purchase

    Top House Democrats were alarmed Thursday by the possibility that the Trump administration skirted a sanctions order against a Russian company to obtain faulty ventilators from Moscow, demanding in a letter that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turn over information on the purchase.

  • May 28, 2020

    Trump Tweets Kill Bipartisan FISA Surveillance Bill

    House Democratic leaders on Thursday canceled votes to reauthorize lapsed national security surveillance powers with some changes meant to prevent abuses, dropping a previously bipartisan bill after President Donald Trump tweeted that Republicans should oppose it.

  • May 27, 2020

    Request To Extradite Huawei Exec Clears Key Benchmark

    A Canadian court on Wednesday removed a key barrier for the potential extradition to the U.S. of Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou to face charges in New York stemming from a purported scheme to deceive banks about Huawei's operations in Iran.

  • May 27, 2020

    Latham Cut From $33B Deal Suit After Repping Rival Bidders

    Latham & Watkins LLP was booted from a $33 billion lawsuit because it had "unfettered access" to information crucial to a defense contractor's claims that the government favored a competitor with a spotty record for a defense deal, according to an unsealed opinion.

  • May 27, 2020

    3D-Printed Gun Firm Urges 9th Circ. To Revive Blueprint Deal

    An organization that develops blueprints for 3D-printed guns has urged the Ninth Circuit to reinstate a deal with the U.S. Department of State allowing it to publish the firearm schematics online, calling states' challenge to the agreement a move against its First Amendment rights.

  • May 27, 2020

    Gov't Can Depose Manafort's Banker And Obtain Assets Docs

    Federal prosecutors attempting to seize assets from former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort have been cleared to obtain testimony from an ex-bank executive accused of attempting to bribe the onetime chairman with $16 million in risky loans in exchange for a job in the administration.

  • May 27, 2020

    Hong Kong Not Autonomous From China, State Dept. Says

    The U.S. Department of State has found that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and should not be treated as though it is, a decision that could have sweeping implications for U.S. trade and diplomacy in the region.

  • May 27, 2020

    2nd Circ. Keen To Untangle $1.7B Iran Terror Asset Fight

    A Second Circuit panel looked ready Wednesday to quickly send families of U.S. soldiers killed in an Iran-backed bombing back to a Manhattan federal judge to collect $1.68 billion of Iranian assets held by European banking giant Clearstream, after Congress specifically authorized them to do so.

  • May 26, 2020

    DC District Could Begin Grand Juries In June, Hearings In July

    The top judge for the U.S. District Court in D.C. said in an order Tuesday that she "anticipates the possibility" of resuming grand jury sessions in mid-June and opened the door to restarting in-court nontrial proceedings in mid-July.

  • May 26, 2020

    Feds Ask High Court To Keep National Security Tariffs In Place

    The Trump administration urged U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday to reject a petition from steel importers challenging the president's authority to impose tariffs for national security purposes, arguing that Congress didn't abuse its discretion by delegating that authority to the executive branch.

  • May 26, 2020

    House May Block Warrantless Surveillance Of Web Activity

    House leaders have agreed to a vote on requiring national security officials to obtain a warrant to access Americans' internet searches or browsing history, opening the door to a comeback win for civil libertarians after a narrow defeat in the Senate.

  • May 26, 2020

    Justices Pass On Sudan's $10B Damages For Al-Qaida Aid

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to clarify the proof individuals need to sue foreign governments for terrorist attacks by declining Tuesday to review a $10 billion award against the Sudanese government over two deadly al-Qaida bombings.

  • May 26, 2020

    Accused PPE Fraudsters Deny NY Price-Gouging Charges

    A pair of accused COVID-19 fraudsters on Tuesday denied price-gouging charges stemming from a purported scheme to resell 1 million personal protective masks at a 50% hike.

  • May 26, 2020

    Pentagon Calls On FCC To Reconsider Ligado 5G Approval

    The U.S. Department of Defense has formally challenged the Federal Communications Commission's controversial decision clearing Ligado to build a mobile network next to airwaves used by the military, kicking off the next phase in the Pentagon's long-running campaign to kill the venture.

  • May 26, 2020

    Ex-Pierce Atty Says Colleague Lied In Boeing Max 8 Hearing

    Confusion about Pierce Bainbridge's role in an airline class action mounted in recent days as a former Pierce attorney accused a onetime firm leader of potentially lying in court and another attorney representing the embattled partnership of trying to "intimidate" him into silence.

  • May 26, 2020

    Ex-DOD Watchdog Head Resigns After Trump Demotes Him

    The Pentagon's former top watchdog announced his resignation on Tuesday, a little more than a month after President Donald Trump demoted him from his position as acting U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General.

  • May 26, 2020

    United Strikes Deal To End Pilots' Military Leave Class Action

    United Airlines Inc. has reached a deal to resolve a class action accusing it of violating federal law by failing to factor pilots' military leave time into their pension calculations. 

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • The Legal Risks Of Bias In Artificial Intelligence

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    Bias in artificial intelligence algorithms is inevitable, so companies that use AI should take proactive steps to avoid disparate impact on legally protected classes and minimize the risk of lawsuits, say Brig. Gen. Patrick Huston at the Army JAG Corps and Lourdes Fuentes-Slater at Karta Legal.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Justices' SEC Disgorgement Ruling May Shape FCPA Matters

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • CFIUS Proposal May Disproportionately Hit Certain Countries

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    A recent Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States proposal would change the trigger for mandatory CFIUS filing from industry group designation to nationality-based export controls, facilitating investment from favored countries while discouraging investment from others, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Contempt Inquiry Is Vital To Judicial Independence

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    The D.C. Circuit should uphold the district court's authority to investigate whether Michael Flynn acted in criminal contempt, which is important for affirming judicial independence in this era of partisan prosecuting, says Harold Krent at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Lessons On Trade Secret Claims From Possessor, Not Owner

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    The Third Circuit's recent trade secrets decision in Advanced Fluid Systems v. Huber is particularly important for companies in relationships whereby vendors create, use or apply confidential information and trade secrets to develop solutions or manufacture products for other entities pursuant to a contract, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Judge Should Not Change Role Of Amicus Curiae

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    As an appellate attorney who has authored numerous amicus briefs, I am deeply concerned about some fast-moving developments in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, where a D.C. federal judge is transforming amici curiae into 11th-hour prosecutorial intermeddlers, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • 5 Tips For Emergency Relief Petitions During COVID-19

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    Business disputes are not a priority for courts right now, so companies looking to protect their trade secrets or rights to contractual performance must tailor their requests for emergency relief to the unique circumstances of this time, says Shannon Armstrong at Holland & Knight.

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