Aerospace & Defense

  • October 17, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Class Cert. For Private Iraq Guards

    The full Ninth Circuit on Tuesday let stand its decision that thousands of armed guards at U.S. military bases in Iraq can collectively pursue claims that the private security contractor they worked for forced them to work far in excess of the hourly limits imposed by the federal government.

  • October 17, 2017

    Investors Say Orbital Withheld Info On $9.2B Northrop Deal

    Stockholders of aerospace and defense contractor Orbital ATK Inc. filed a putative class action Monday in Virginia federal court to stop a proposed $9.2 billion sale of the company to Northrop Grumman, saying shareholders have been left in the dark regarding key aspects of the sale.

  • October 17, 2017

    Turkish Banker Can’t Duck Iran Sanctions Case, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors urged a New York federal judge Monday not to dismiss charges against a Turkish banker accused of helping gold trader Reza Zarrab lie to banks to dodge U.S. sanctions on Iran, arguing his bid to duck the allegations or get a separate trial are rehashing already-rejected contentions.

  • October 17, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump Pick For DOD Deputy Secretary

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s pick for a top civilian policy official at the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday as the administration continues to struggle to get its appointees through Congress.

  • October 17, 2017

    Bombardier, Airbus Notch Deal That May Hamper Trade Case

    European airplane maker Airbus SE and Canada's Bombardier Inc. announced a partnership Monday to assemble C-Series aircraft in Alabama, a move that could foil or complicate Boeing's trade case against the line.

  • October 17, 2017

    DOJ Says Suit Over Transgender Military Ban Is 'Premature'

    A lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from serving in the military is “premature several times over,” the U.S. Department of Justice told a Washington federal court on Monday, saying the policy has yet to take effect and thus no injury can be shown.

  • October 17, 2017

    UK Wants To Subject More Mergers To Nat'l Security Review

    The British government wants to limit exceptions to national security reviews of would-be mergers under a proposal unveiled on Tuesday that would sharply narrow the financial thresholds of hookups in specific industries such as military and “dual-use" products subject to scrutiny and potential intervention.

  • October 17, 2017

    Venezuela Says Mining Co. Can't Claim $1.4B In BNY Funds

    Venezuela’s Ministry of Defense told a New York federal judge Friday that Canadian mining company Crystallex can’t satisfy a $1.4 billion award the government owes it by seizing funds held in a Bank of New York Mellon account, arguing that the money belongs entirely to another company.

  • October 17, 2017

    ZwillGen Nabs Ex-DHS Cyber Pro From Hogan Lovells

    Technology and cybersecurity-focused law firm ZwillGen on Monday announced that it has brought on a former Hogan Lovells and U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney to serve as counsel at its Washington, D.C., office.

  • October 16, 2017

    Trump Fights Hawaii's Bid For Temporary Halt To Travel Ban

    The Trump administration fought back Saturday against a bid by the state of Hawaii to pause the federal government’s latest attempt to install a travel ban against nationals of several countries, asserting that arguments that the move is based on animosity toward Muslims fall flat.

  • October 16, 2017

    Former US Army Sergeant Charged With Murder For Hire

    A former member of the U.S. Army and two accomplices have been charged with committing murder for hire related to the killing of a woman in the Philippines in 2012, according to an announcement of a grand jury indictment by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office on Monday.

  • October 16, 2017

    Ex-Navy Comptroller To Serve 3 Years For Kickback Scheme

    A former Navy comptroller who oversaw the budget of a regional maintenance facility was sentenced in Virginia federal court Friday to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to allegations he collaborated with a defense contractor in a scheme to defraud the federal government of millions of dollars.

  • October 16, 2017

    Snowden Filmmaker Received All Public FOIA Docs, FBI Says

    The FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection told a D.C. federal court Friday that they’ve provided filmmaker Laura Poitras with all information available under the Freedom of Information Act related to why she was continually detained at airport security checkpoints for six years, fighting her allegation that they’re wrongly withholding information.

  • October 16, 2017

    15 AGs Say Transgender Military Ban Is 'Unconstitutional'

    A D.C. federal court should halt the Trump administration’s plan to reinstate an unconstitutional ban against transgender members of the military, as it would discriminate against capable recruits without providing any proven benefits to the armed forces, 15 state attorneys general argued Monday.

  • October 16, 2017

    FAA Looking Into Pilot's 'Turkey Drops' During Festival

    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it is examining whether federal safety regulations were violated when a pilot flying at a low altitude dropped live turkeys over a city park during a weekend festival in Yellville, Arkansas.

  • October 16, 2017

    Insurers Sue Saudi Arabia For $1.5B In Losses After 9/11

    A group of 17 insurance companies from the U.S., Europe and Canada sued Saudi Arabia, two Saudi financial institutions and the construction company founded by Osama bin Laden’s father on Friday in New York federal court over their alleged roles in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, seeking compensation exceeding $1.5 billion.

  • October 16, 2017

    Bowe Bergdahl Found Guilty Of Desertion, Misbehavior

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held prisoner for five years by the Taliban after he walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009, was found guilty Monday at a military tribunal in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

  • October 13, 2017

    Honeywell Antitrust Lawsuit Headed To Mediation

    A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge on Friday referred to mediation a price discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit against Honeywell International Inc. brought by a security products competitor alleging violation of a decade-old agreement, ordering the costs to be split between both companies.

  • October 13, 2017

    Feds Slam Researcher's Bid To Revive FCA Counterclaims

    The federal government on Thursday slammed an energy researcher’s request that a South Dakota federal court reconsider its August decision tossing his counterclaims against the U.S. in a False Claims Act suit over claims the researcher fraudulently obtained a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant, saying his arguments are “little more than nonsense.”

  • October 13, 2017

    General Dynamics, Others Infringed Radio Patent, Suit Says

    General Dynamics and four other companies have infringed a patent for a radio communication method, Zavala Licensing LLC claimed in five separate suits filed Wednesday and Thursday in Delaware federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    The new book "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" is a lively tour of colorful incidents and personalities that have populated the U.S. Supreme Court for the past 23 decades. Do authors Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of their examples are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Learning From DOJ’s Parker Hannifin Merger Challenge

    Jack Sidorov

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent lawsuit challenging Parker Hannifin’s consummated acquisition of Clarcor serves as an important reminder that the agencies can — and in some limited instances will — challenge consummated transactions that were reported to them under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, says Jack Sidorov of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • An Important Message For Midsized Government Contractors

    Thomas McVey

    Government contracts firms frequently ask questions about the application of International Traffic In Arms Regulations requirements, including how ITAR is applied to small and midsized companies. The Bright Lights case squarely addresses many of these questions, says Thomas McVey of Williams Mullen.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Revoking Sudan Sanctions Brings New Prospects, Old Risks

    Brendan Hanifin

    Revocation of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations will create additional opportunities for U.S. companies to do business in — and with — Sudan. Effective Oct. 12, the step also follows a broader trend across U.S. sanctions policy in favor of narrower sanctions targeting specific actors and categories of transactions, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.