Aerospace & Defense

  • April 28, 2017

    FastShip Snags $6.5M IP Win Against Navy, Sues Lockheed

    FastShip LLC won a $6.5 million infringement verdict against the U.S. Navy on Friday over its patented ship hull technology, the same day it launched a trade secrets suit against Lockheed Martin and a naval design firm for allegedly violating non-disclosure agreements to fulfill a Navy ship contract.

  • April 28, 2017

    NSA To Stop Collecting Emails About Foreign Targets

    The National Security Agency is halting a controversial surveillance method that had allowed it to scoop up internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target, including messages from Americans who aren’t under investigation, the agency said Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Judge OKs $150M In Fees In Dow, Boeing Nuke Pollution Suit

    Counsel for the Colorado residents who achieved a $375 million settlement with Dow Chemical Co. and a Boeing-owned former Rockwell subsidiary over nuclear waste pollution secured $150 million in attorneys’ fees Friday when a federal judge signed off on the bid.

  • April 28, 2017

    Delfasco Can't Buy Bankrupt Conco Until 2019, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit on Friday rejected an appeal by shareholders of bankrupt military contractor Conco Inc. to allow its main competitor, Delfasco LLC, to purchase the company, affirming the findings of bankruptcy and district courts that the sale would violate a court-confirmed Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

  • April 28, 2017

    'Sensitive' Freight Shipper For DOD Must Face FCA Claims

    A Georgia federal judge left largely intact Friday a government False Claims Act suit accusing a domestic trucking company of bribing U.S. Department of Defense contracting officials in pursuit of “sensitive freight shipments” and then inflating shipping costs, trimming only state law claims barred by the underlying contract’s existence.

  • April 28, 2017

    Lily Robotics Seeks Bidders After Asset Sale Plan Approved

    Flying drone camera maker Lily Robotics Inc. is in the market for a stalking horse bidder after receiving court approval Friday in Delaware for the sale plan the company previously proposed for its assets, mainly consisting of intellectual property.

  • April 28, 2017

    Sprint Whistleblower Stays Locked Out Of $15.5M FCA Deal

    A former federal prosecutor turned whistleblower isn’t entitled to a chunk of the government’s $15.5 million False Claims Act settlement with Sprint, a Ninth Circuit panel said in a published decision Friday, concluding it didn’t matter if the government’s suit was based on his own tossed case against several telecoms.

  • April 28, 2017

    SEC Charges Army Contractor Execs For Accounting Failures

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged two former executives of aerospace contractor L3 Technologies Inc. over their involvement in improperly recognizing revenue for a U.S. Army contract, just months after L3 paid a $1.6 million penalty over the same failings.

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump Adds To Korean Tensions, Mulling Exit From Trade Deal

    President Donald Trump again flirted with conflict on the Korean peninsula Thursday, this time taking aim at U.S. ally and trade partner South Korea over what he described as a “disaster” of a trade deal, even as the countries work to manage rising tensions with North Korea.

  • April 28, 2017

    Ex-DOD Contractor Sentenced To 5 Years In Fraud Scheme

    A former IT consulting federal contractor received a five-year prison term from a Maryland federal judge Thursday after pleading guilty to wire fraud and paying illegal gratuities to a government official in a multiyear scheme to defraud the government.

  • April 28, 2017

    Tillerson Pushes For New Sanctions Against North Korea

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday called on members of the United Nations to levy new sanctions on North Korean entities and individuals supporting the insular country’s weapons and missile programs, in addition to tightening existing restrictions. 

  • April 28, 2017

    Rare Defense-Focused Trade Probes Might Not Work: Report

    A rarely used trade law invoked by the Trump administration to call for investigations into potential national security threats from aluminum and steel imports has seen even rarer success, according to a report this week from the Congressional Research Service.

  • April 28, 2017

    Congress Passes Government Funding Band-Aid

    Congress has passed a short-term government funding resolution, sending a one-week federal funding extension to the president’s desk and potentially avoiding a government shutdown at midnight.

  • April 27, 2017

    Boeing Wants ITC Look At Bombardier Sales

    Boeing Co. said that Bombardier Inc. is selling its planes at unfairly low prices thanks to Canadian subsidies, asking the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate its northern rival’s sales practices.

  • April 27, 2017

    Congress To Agree To Push Short-Term Funding Band-Aid

    Government funding could soon have a third Band-Aid this year, as congressional leaders indicated Thursday they would push for another short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown over the weekend.

  • April 27, 2017

    House Dems Say Army Nom Can’t Be Trusted On LGBT Rights

    A group of House Democrats wants the Senate to oppose President Donald Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of the Army, arguing that Tennessee state Sen. Mark E. Green’s comments and actions show he “cannot be trusted” to safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soldiers.

  • April 27, 2017

    Claims Court Says No Bias In $26M Army Support Deal

    There was no evidence that the U.S. Army implicitly required bidders on a $25.8 million military housing privatization initiative contract to have prior Army MHPI experience, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in a decision made public Thursday, rejecting a protest alleging it had unfairly favored the winning bidder.

  • April 27, 2017

    Pentagon Warned Flynn Over Foreign Pay, Top Dem Says

    Defense officials had warned former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to clear any foreign payments before accepting them or risk violating the U.S. Constitution, but he made no attempt to do so, a senior Democratic lawmaker alleged Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Spy Court Won’t Consider Conservative Group’s Leak Claims

    The secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court won’t be tackling allegations from a conservative legal organization that government officials have sought to undermine President Donald Trump through improper spying on his advisers and leaks of classified information about those probes, finding no entry point for the group’s participation.

  • April 26, 2017

    Aluminum Probe Marks Trump Admin.'s 2nd Use Of Rare Law

    The Donald Trump administration on Wednesday launched a new investigation assessing national security threats from aluminum imports that could potentially lead to new tariffs, wielding an obscure trade law that allows for such probes for the second time in seven days.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • How Due Process Limits Personal Jurisdiction

    Daniel Jaffe

    For purposes of general jurisdiction, multinational or multistate companies must consider the litigation attributes of the state where they choose to incorporate, or locate their principal place of business, as well as where they locate relatively large portions of their operations. Personal jurisdiction issues in each state should be assessed as part of sound risk management, says Daniel Jaffe of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • In Congress: A Major Fiscal Deadline

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    The current continuing resolution expires at midnight on April 28, leaving Congress very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown. Complicating things are reports that the White House may also be pressuring House leadership to schedule a vote this week on a new version of the health care “repeal and replace” bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Trump Sanctions Policy At 3 Months

    Melissa Duffy

    Recent references by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to an ongoing review of whether to continue suspending U.S. sanctions on Iran — and a host of other foreign policy challenges — raise questions about whether changes in sanctions policy are on the horizon, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Impact Of 'Buy American And Hire American' On H-1B

    Elizabeth Espin Stern

    President Trump recently signed an executive order addressing the protection of U.S. jobs and preferences for U.S.-manufactured products and goods. While the order has no immediate effect on the processing of H-1B visa petitions, it does give us a clear picture of the administration’s views on the program. The “feeding frenzy” that characterizes the H-1B cap season may well become a thing of the past, say partners of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.