Aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been awarded as much as $6.7 billion for an eight-year contract to sustain its F119 fighter engines for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday.
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Air Force Awards $6.7B Engine Contract To Pratt & Whitney

Aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been awarded as much as $6.7 billion for an eight-year contract to sustain its F119 fighter engines for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday. Read more »

Turkish Banker Denies Guilt As Judge Rips Cross Of Ex-Cop

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, told a Manhattan jury Friday he was not in on any lawbreaking, taking the witness stand on a day that was punctuated by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s sharp critique of the defense’s aggressive handling of a former Istanbul cop. Read more »

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DOJ Atty Says Surveillance Program Vital For US Security

A high-level Justice Department official warned Thursday of grave threats to national security if Congress fails to extend authorization for a controversial surveillance program or significantly rolls it back, saying communications between foreign individuals abroad collected through the program have thwarted terrorist plots and saved American lives. Read more »

Trump Lays Out New Visa Waiver Traveler Restrictions

Countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa will have to use U.S. counterterrorism information to better screen travelers and bolster aviation security measures, according to new restrictions on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program the Trump administration revealed Friday. Read more »

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NASA Stresses Human Element In Navy Jet Oxygen Issues

The U.S. Navy needs to focus on the human element and not just the aircraft if it wants to address pilot breathing problems on fighter jets, according to a recent report by NASA. Read more »

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Gov't Tax Dispute Over FBI Office Space Will Go To Trial

A dispute between the General Services Administration and the owner of a Washington, D.C., commercial building over the government’s tax obligation for rented office space must go to trial, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge said Thursday. Read more »

FBI Agent's Ex-Wife Won't Get 1st Circ. Redo Of Privacy Row

The First Circuit on Thursday stood by its refusal to revive a lawsuit in which the ex-wife of an FBI agent accused the federal government of negligently supervising his use of the bureau's surveillance equipment, which she said he used to keep track of her during their marriage. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC. Read more »

Opinion

Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

2nd Circ. Gets Kozinski Sex Probe Amid New Reports

Federal court leaders moved quickly Friday to answer accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, sending a misconduct investigation to an oversight council at the Second Circuit amid new reports that brought the total number of public accusers to 15. Read more »

IRS Floats Tiered Partnership Rules Under New Audit Regime

The IRS on Friday released highly anticipated guidance on a new partnership tax audit regime to address, among other things, how tax adjustments should be taken into account by so-called tiered partnerships that have pass-through entities as partners. Read more »

Litigation Attorney Hiring To Tick Up In 2018

Litigation is expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legal hiring market during the first six months of 2018, a survey of 200 law firm and corporate legal department hiring professionals has found. Read more »

Law Firm Diversity Is Uneven Across US Cities

African-American and other minority lawyers continue to be underrepresented in U.S. law firms, a nationwide report released Thursday has found, but the failure to build a diverse workforce is much more stark in some cities, such as Boston, than in others, such as Miami. Read more »

Social Media Can Create Confidentiality Exception, ABA Says

The fact that a piece of information about a former client is publicly available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not subject to the lawyer’s duty to keep their confidences close, according to a Friday opinion from the American Bar Association. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts shared with Law360 tips for helping employers keep the holiday festivities merry while limiting their legal risk, President Donald Trump tapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum for a new term and two Senate Democrats challenged the National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read more »

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