Aerospace & Defense

  • August 17, 2017

    Despite Thaw, Dems And Trump Still Cold On Nominees

    Although Senate leaders reached an agreement to push through dozens of nominees before the summer recess, Democrats and President Donald Trump’s administration remain at odds over many of the close to 140 officials and judges still in the pipeline. 

  • August 16, 2017

    Global Cyberattack Expected To Cost Maersk Up To $300M

    Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday that it expects the June cyberattack that compromised its systems, along with DLA Piper and several other multinational companies, will cost the Copenhagen-based conglomerate between $200 million and $300 million.

  • August 16, 2017

    Judge Quashes ‘Fat Leonard’ Capt.'s Gin Distilling Dreams

    A retired Navy captain ensnared in the broad-reaching “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal may have watched his dreams of becoming a master distiller sail into the sunset, after a federal judge on Tuesday rejected his request to leave the country for what he said was a make-or-break meeting with potential investors in a potential gin operation.

  • August 16, 2017

    Navy Contractor Can’t Stay $43M Submarine Oxygen Contract

    A Federal Claims decision unsealed on Wednesday refused a bid for an injunction, finding that neither the threat of “irreparable harm” nor the likelihood of success existed that was necessary to put on ice a $42.8 million U.S. Navy contract for oxygen-generating systems aboard submarines currently being challenged by the rejected bidder.

  • August 16, 2017

    GAO Won't Rethink Denying Lockheed's $600M Bid Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office, in a decision made public on Tuesday, said it will not revisit its rejection of Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc.’s bid protest over a $600 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers management and tech support contract, saying that alleged errors in the decision did not warrant reopening the dispute.

  • August 16, 2017

    NIST Expands Info Security Guidance To Include Industry

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Tuesday issued an updated draft of its security and privacy control guidance for federal information systems, providing more guidance for securing “internet of things” devices and for applying those standards to organizations outside of the government.

  • August 15, 2017

    Contractor Seeks High Court Review Of Agency Rule Deference

    A federal contractor whose employees were denied access to a construction project at a Montana nuclear missile complex after the Air Force base cracked down on prisoner-employees has asked the Supreme Court to revisit a pair of decades-old decisions granting federal agencies discretion to interpret their own regulations.

  • August 15, 2017

    Charlottesville Victims Hit Protesters With $3M Terrorism Suit

    Two women injured in the deadly car crash during a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, accused the driver who hit them, event organizers and websites including AltRight.com and The Daily Stormer of inciting violence and aiding terrorism in a $3 million suit in state court on Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says NRC's Rules Trump ADA In Worker Firing Suit

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday said Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a security officer at a nuclear power plant who purportedly grappled with mental health issues and alcoholism, finding the move protected under U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidelines.

  • August 15, 2017

    U.S., Chinese Military Sign Communications Agreement

    The Chinese and U.S. governments Tuesday signed an agreement in Beijing to improve communications between the two countries’ militaries in the hopes of preventing “miscalculations” by the two nations that could lead to a potential crisis.

  • August 15, 2017

    Iran Threatens To Quit Nuke Deal Unless US Sanctions Stop

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened Tuesday to pull out of a 2015 agreement to halt Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the easing of certain international sanctions, if the U.S. does not stop imposing new sanctions on Iran.

  • August 15, 2017

    DC Circ. Rejects Claim TSA Retaliated Over Patent Suit

    A D.C. Circuit panel Tuesday rejected arguments from SecurityPoint, the holder of a patent related to bins used in airport security lines, that the Transportation Security Administration retaliated against the company through restrictive contract requirements after it hit the TSA with an infringement suit.

  • August 15, 2017

    UK Man Tied To Trump Dossier Must Testify In BuzzFeed Row

    A Florida federal judge declined Tuesday to allow a British security company director who is widely believed to have compiled a dossier alleging Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump to intervene in a Russian technology executive's defamation suit against BuzzFeed over the publication of his name in the dossier.

  • August 15, 2017

    Huntington Ingalls To Pay $9.2M For False Billing Claims

    Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. has agreed to a $9.2 million settlement to resolve a whistleblower False Claims Act suit alleging that it overcharged for labor costs related to building ships for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Whistleblower Says 4th Circ. Should Rehear KBR FCA Dispute

    A whistleblower who accused KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. of overcharging the government for water purification services urged the full Fourth Circuit to reconsider a decision that the False Claims Act’s first-to-file bar blocked his case, saying Monday that the ruling clashed with another circuit’s interpretation of the rule.

  • August 15, 2017

    Turkish Banker Denied Bail In Iranian Sanctions Case

    An executive at Istanbul-based Türkiye Halk Bankası AŞ accused of helping Turkish trader Reza Zarrab evade U.S. sanctions was denied bail Tuesday when a New York federal judge ruled there were no conditions or combination of conditions that would assure his appearance in court.

  • August 15, 2017

    GAO Tosses Protest Over $514M Observatory Contract

    The Government Accountability Office has nixed a bid protest over a $514 million contract for support services for the world’s largest airborne astronomical observatory, rejecting a contractor’s claim that the winning proposal should have been tossed for failing to include sufficient information related to subcontractor compensation plans.

  • August 15, 2017

    Privacy Groups Urge Justices To Look At FISA Surveillance

    Privacy advocates have urged the high court to review and overturn a ruling enabling the government to intercept and sift through the personal data of U.S. citizens without a warrant, arguing that a foreign surveillance law is overbroad and fails to protect the constitutional rights of Americans.

  • August 14, 2017

    Iran Votes To Increase Missile Spending, Sanction US

    Iran's parliament on Sunday backed a bill to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and impose sanctions on U.S. officials for alleged ties to terrorism, pushing back against recently imposed U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing the missile program.

  • August 14, 2017

    Trump Signs $2.1B Extension Bill For VA Choice Program

    President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a bill providing an additional $2.1 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice Program, as well authorizing new medical facility leases and giving VA leaders additional hiring authorities.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • FAA Regs Still Apply To 'Commercial' Drone Use

    Tod Northman

    The Federal Aviation Administration has promulgated rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems. A recent D.C. Circuit case struck down the application of the rules to recreational use, but they remain in force for commercial use. And that raises the thorny issue of what constitutes commercial use, says Tod Northman of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • When Are Appellate Time Limits Jurisdictional?

    Eric Miller

    During its upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court will examine Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(5), which limits a district court's authority to extend the time for filing appeals. The court’s decision should further clarify the distinction between jurisdictional and nonjurisdictional time limits, says Eric Miller, chairman of the appellate practice at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • 4 Cases That Could Affect Gov't Contracts For Tech

    Kristen Ittig

    The intersection of federal procurement and intellectual property law is a strange place, occupied by far more questions than answers. It is unusual that the past few months have brought so many decisions relevant to this area of law, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Escobar Provides New Grounds For Seeking Gov't Discovery

    Ethan Posner

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Escobar should alter the way the government, defendants and courts approach discovery into the government’s knowledge and deliberations in False Claims Act cases, say Ethan Posner and Noam Kutler of Covington & Burling LLP.