Aerospace & Defense

  • March 22, 2018

    House Panel Grills Ross Over Economic Risks Of Steel Tariffs

    A day before a national security-based global steel and aluminum tariff is set to take effect, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tried to ease fears of House Ways and Means Committee members that the trade action could hurt U.S. businesses and fair-trading allies more than it helps U.S. producers level the playing field with China.

  • March 22, 2018

    Bolton To Replace McMaster As National Security Adviser

    Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will resign as national security adviser and will be replaced by John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said Thursday.

  • March 22, 2018

    Enviros Challenge Trump Border Wall Fast Track In N.M.

    The Trump administration is violating numerous federal laws by aiming to waive environmental oversight regulations to help speed the process of building approximately 20 miles of a wall along the border between eastern New Mexico and Mexico, several environmental organizations alleged Thursday in District of Columbia federal court.

  • March 22, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Take Appeal Over Navy Aircraft Crash

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday refused to consider an intermediate appeal in a wrongful death suit against an L3 Technologies unit over a Navy training flight crash, saying L3 had not shown that the purported implication of sensitive Navy decisions in the case required immediate review.

  • March 22, 2018

    Congress Averts Shutdown By Passing $1.3T Spending Package

    Congress has now approved a bill that would fund the government through September to the tune of $1.3 trillion, with the Senate voting 65-32 early Friday to send legislation that would avoid a government shutdown to President Donald Trump.

  • March 22, 2018

    Defense Gets Big Boost In $1.3T Federal Spending Bill

    The omnibus fiscal 2018 spending bill passed by the House Thursday will give defense programs a significant funding boost over 2017 and the flexibility to avoid rushing to spend that additional money, but an impasse means several U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs aren’t included in the legislation.

  • March 22, 2018

    Tech Cos. Want Security Cameras Supplier Held In Contempt

    A pair of technology contractors asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to hold in contempt a company they accuse of breaching a contract to provide security camera systems for the Iraqi government, saying the business and its manager aren’t complying with subpoenas, continuing their trend of not participating in the litigation.

  • March 22, 2018

    Lawmakers Ask Zuckerberg To Testify About Data Misuse

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one step closer to testifying before Congress, after a House committee Thursday asked him to answer lingering questions about how his firm allowed a data research company with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to harvest personal information on some 50 million Americans.

  • March 21, 2018

    Congressional Leaders Agree To $1.3T Long-Term Funding Bill

    House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement Wednesday on federal spending for the next six months, kicking off a race to keep the government open ahead of a Friday funding deadline.

  • March 21, 2018

    Fla. Man Pleads Guilty To Exporting Military Items To Russia

    A Florida man has pled guilty to illegally exporting military-grade night vision and thermal vision devices and ammunition primers to Russia, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    GOP Rep. Wants Commission To Study Artificial Intelligence

    Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduced legislation Wednesday to study the potential national security implications of artificial intelligence, saying the technology is likely in the future to “touch every aspect of our lives.”

  • March 21, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To AT&T's $2.6B NSA IT Services Deal

    The National Security Agency sufficiently justified its decision to pick AT&T Corp. for a $2.55 billion information technology services contract over rival Enterprise Services LLC’s significantly cheaper bid, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in decision made public Tuesday, denying ES’ protest.

  • March 21, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Review VA's Agent Orange Policy Tweak

    A majority of Federal Circuit judges declined Wednesday to revisit a decision rejecting Vietnam War Navy veterans' challenge to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs manual tweak instructing adjudicators to deny certain Agent Orange-related benefit claims, after a court panel previously ruled that it lacked jurisdiction.

  • March 21, 2018

    US Must Disclose Docs To Defend Transgender Military Ban

    A Washington federal judge declined Tuesday to rethink her decision ordering the federal government to disclose all the information it may use to defend a ban on transgender military service members, deeming the administration's attempt to invoke executive privilege belated and its current disclosures insufficient.

  • March 21, 2018

    Trump Dossier Author Can Be Deposed In BuzzFeed Libel Suit

    A judge in England on Wednesday ordered former British spy Christopher Steele to answer questions regarding a dossier he compiled containing allegations Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump, saying he can give limited testimony in a Russian billionaire's defamation suit against BuzzFeed in the United States.

  • March 21, 2018

    US Allies May Earn Immediate Steel, Aluminum Tariff Relief

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer indicated Wednesday that several close U.S. allies may earn immediate exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs set to take effect this week and that the U.S. aims to wrap up a permanent set of country-specific exclusions by the end of April.

  • March 20, 2018

    Gov’t Litigation Tactics ‘Kafkaesque,’ 9th Circ. Judges Say

    A Malaysian woman who was wrongfully placed on the U.S. “no fly” list appeared to convince some Ninth Circuit judges Tuesday that the government litigated the decadelong case in bad faith and she is entitled to $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees, with two judges calling the federal legal strategy "Kafkaesque."

  • March 20, 2018

    NASA Reaches $15M Deal After Breaching Audit Contract

    NASA has reached a $15 million settlement with recovery audit contractor Horn & Associates Inc., the company announced Tuesday, after the Court of Federal Claims previously found the agency had unfairly harmed H&A’s ability to conduct audits under an audit deal and wrongly denied related recovery claims.

  • March 20, 2018

    Iranian Charged With Sneaking $115M Through US Banks

    A scion of the family behind Iranian conglomerate Stratus Group was arrested by U.S. authorities Monday and charged with evading sanctions, money laundering and bank fraud for funneling $115 million for a Venezuelan housing complex through the American financial system.

  • March 20, 2018

    Boeing Drops Opposition To $23B UTC, Rockwell Deal

    Aerospace giant Boeing Co. has given its blessing to United Technologies Corp.’s $23 billion cash and stock bid to buy Rockwell Collins Inc. after previously expressing concerns about the deal, saying it has reached “win-win agreements” with both suppliers.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How The Export Control Reform Act Would Impact Companies

    Mario Mancuso

    Last month, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, which could have a significant impact on restricting access to U.S. technology, even within the United States. Companies should be aware that the act would increase compliance complexity and heighten enforcement risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • Aviation Update: Air Traffic Control Privatization Stalls

    Alan Hoffman

    Last month saw the end of a congressional effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The initiative was opposed by groups who saw it as a ploy to hand air traffic control to the airlines. But given its support from the airline industry and the Trump administration, privatization will likely resurface, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.