Aerospace & Defense

  • July 09, 2020

    Trial Judge Asks Full DC Circ. To Revive Michael Flynn Case

    U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan on Thursday took the unusual step of urging the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its recent ruling ordering him to immediately end the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

  • July 09, 2020

    Investors Ink $3M Deal In Taiwanese Co. Trade Secrets Suit

    Counsel for investors of United Microelectronics Corp. informed a New York federal judge Wednesday that they inked a $3 million deal in a stock-drop suit against the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer, in which they alleged the company lied about stealing trade secrets from an American competitor.

  • July 09, 2020

    Attys Seek $2.8M In Fees In Navy Federal Robotext Settlement

    The attorneys for consumers in a class action alleging Navy Federal Credit Union sent unwanted robotexts have asked for a third of the $9.25 million settlement fund they helped secure.

  • July 09, 2020

    Watchdog Says Ex-VA Official Steered $5M Deal To Friend

    A former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs unethically steered a $5 million leadership training contract, which was of no practical use to the agency, to a company owned by friends, according to the VA watchdog.

  • July 08, 2020

    Alsup Rips Feds' 'Mumbo Jumbo' In Russian's Hacking Trial

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup expressed frustration Wednesday with a federal prosecutor's attempt to tie online personas to a Russian national on trial over 2012 cyberattacks on LinkedIn and Dropbox, calling the government's efforts "mumbo jumbo" and wondering aloud whether prosecutors were wasting the jury's time.

  • July 08, 2020

    Tenet Unit, DOJ Ink $72M Deal To End FCA Kickback Suit

    A Tenet Healthcare Corp. unit inked a $72.3 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve whistleblower allegations that the company helped orchestrate a scheme in which doctors received kickbacks for referring patients to an Oklahoma hospital it owns, the department said Wednesday.

  • July 08, 2020

    DOD Acquisition Chief Wants Industrial Capacity 'Reshored'

    The U.S. Department of Defense's acquisition chief said Wednesday that she would like to "reshore" as much of the DOD's overseas supply chain as possible, saying the COVID-19 pandemic had highlighted vulnerabilities in the defense industrial base.

  • July 08, 2020

    Amazon Dinged For Violating Sanctions On Iran, Syria, Crimea

    Amazon was fined $134,523 for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, Syria and Crimea after it processed transactions and delivered consumer goods to individuals there, the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Wednesday.

  • July 08, 2020

    Facebook Bans Accounts Linked To Stone For Manipulation

    Facebook said Wednesday it has taken down a U.S.-based network of more than 100 pages and accounts affiliated with longtime Donald Trump ally and GOP operative Roger Stone, because they were being used to run "coordinated manipulation campaigns" to influence public debate.

  • July 08, 2020

    DC Circ. Orders Release Of Secret Surveillance Records

    A D.C. Circuit panel has ordered a district judge to unseal electronic surveillance records and related materials in closed federal criminal investigations, undoing a lower court's order that blocks a reporter and a media advocacy group from accessing the long-sought information.

  • July 08, 2020

    Judge Slows Alleged Ghosn Accomplices' Release Bid

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Wednesday hinted she wouldn't rush her decision on releasing from custody a former Green Beret and his son who are wanted by Japan for allegedly helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn jump bail in 2019. 

  • July 08, 2020

    Ministry Wants Venezuela Oil Assets Shielded In $138M Fight

    The Venezuela Ministry of Defense on Tuesday accused a U.S. shipbuilder of creating a "false sense of urgency" to seize Venezuela's holdings in Delaware and fulfill a $138 million arbitral award, conflating the country with its defense ministry along the way.

  • July 08, 2020

    GAO Says Virus Lockdown Can't Excuse Sysco Filing Failure

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office refused to revisit its decision to dismiss Sysco's protest over an $86.1 million Defense Logistics Agency food supply deal, saying an attorney's COVID-19-related lockdown didn't excuse his failure to meet a filing deadline.

  • July 08, 2020

    Miles & Stockbridge, Tech Co. Seek To Duck Conspiracy Row

    Miles & Stockbridge PC and a technology company sought Wednesday to toss a suit filed in Virginia federal court by an engineering rival that accuses them of orchestrating a ruse to nix the rival from a $100 million U.S. Army contract, arguing that it is seeking to split claims between two cases.

  • July 08, 2020

    Iran Shipping Firms Can't Escape EU Sanctions Again

    A group of Iranian shipping companies cannot escape a list of entities hit with asset freezes under European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the bloc's second-highest court ruled on Wednesday.

  • July 07, 2020

    Pensioners Chide Northrop For Reaching Out To Retiree

    Defense contractor Northrop Grumman should be ordered to stop trying to contact a retiree in connection with a benefits lawsuit the company faces, a class of pension plan participants told a California federal judge Monday.

  • July 07, 2020

    Boeing Says 90% Of Claims Settled In Lion Air Crash Suit

    Boeing told an Illinois federal court Tuesday that it has inked deals to resolve more than 90% of wrongful death claims stemming from the October 2018 Lion Air crash involving the now notorious 737 Max 8 model airplane, which killed all 189 passengers on board.

  • July 07, 2020

    Alsup Slams Feds' 'Stunts' In Trial Of Alleged Russian Hacker

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup criticized a prosecutor Tuesday for presenting "obviously prejudicial" jailhouse phone records instead of "real evidence" against a Russian national on trial in California for allegedly hacking into LinkedIn and Dropbox, saying, "You may end up losing this case because of stunts like that."

  • July 07, 2020

    Top Gov't Contract Policies Of 2020: Midyear Report

    Federal agencies made a raft of policy changes and revitalized a previously obscure law to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of the year. Here are five areas of policy adjustments in 2020 that have made an impact on government contracting so far.

  • July 07, 2020

    3.5 GHz Band's Neighbor Is Good For Sharing, NTIA Says

    With the 3.5 GHz band slated for auction later this month, a new report says that the piece of spectrum just below it should encounter few problems with commercial sharing if the Federal Communications Commission chooses to sell it off as well.

  • July 07, 2020

    House Appropriators Reveal $695B 2021 Defense Funding Bill

    The House Appropriations Committee released a draft $694.6 billion defense funding bill for 2021 on Tuesday, reinforcing other proposed appropriations bills by blocking the use of defense funds for border wall projects.

  • July 07, 2020

    Sens. Urge DOD To Speed Up Turkey Removal From F-35 Work

    A bipartisan group of senators is urging the U.S. Department of Defense to speed up efforts to remove Turkey from the F-35 program, raising concerns in a letter released Tuesday that Turkish suppliers are still providing parts for the fighter jets despite a congressional prohibition.

  • July 07, 2020

    Congress Plans New Funding Bill To Aid USCIS Shortfall

    The chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security said Tuesday that a supplemental bill to address the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' funding shortfall caused by the pandemic will move through Congress this month in an effort to prevent the agency from furloughing about 70% of its staff on Aug. 3.

  • July 07, 2020

    Alleged Accomplices To Ghosn Escape Can't Nix US Arrests

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday shot down a bid to invalidate the arrests of a Green Beret and his son who face extradition to Japan for allegedly helping Carlos Ghosn escape the country while on bail over criminal financial misconduct charges.

  • July 06, 2020

    Roger Stone Cites COVID-19 In Renewed Bid To Delay Prison

    Roger Stone told a D.C. federal appeals court on Monday that a lower court hadn't properly considered the longtime conservative operative's susceptibility to COVID-19 when ordering him to report to prison in a matter of weeks, rather than months, as he'd requested.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Considerations When Shopping For Legal Tech Software

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    When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups, and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Publicizing Laterals Amid Lockdowns

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    With business development dinners and social events no longer viable for new lateral hires, law firms need a refreshed game plan — one that fully exploits the digital landscape, say Andrew Longstreth and Jesse Dungan at Infinite Global and Michael Coston at Coston Consulting.

  • Security Fears Over HK Cable Reveal 'Team Telecom' Priorities

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    Because the federal agencies known as "Team Telecom" have raised national security concerns regarding a proposed submarine cable system connecting the U.S. to Hong Kong, companies involved in similar projects should expect increased federal scrutiny and consider mitigation strategies, says Caroline Brown at Crowell & Moring.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Limitations, Timeliness, Cost-Realism

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    In their June bid protest roundup, Rachael Plymale and Lyle Hedgecock at MoFo review three notable decisions: The Court of Federal Claims reaffirmed the limitations surrounding sole-source awards, while the Federal Circuit expanded the bounds of the Blue & Gold Fleet timeliness rule and confirmed the wide latitude agencies have when conducting cost-realism evaluations.

  • Are Your Slack Communications Primed For E-Discovery?

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    With the increasing use of channel-based platforms such as Slack, Messenger and Teams in the work-from-home era, companies should assume they may be compelled to produce channel-based data in litigation and take proactive steps to protect sensitive information, say Jessica Brown and Collin James Vierra at Gibson Dunn.

  • 6 Dispute Prevention Steps As Lawsuits Rise Amid Pandemic

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    With the inundation of lawsuits resulting from the pandemic, now is an opportune time for companies and their advisers to implement prevention measures explicitly designed to break the dispute cycle early and to de-escalate possible legal actions as they form, says arbitrator and mediator Janice Sperow.

  • CFIUS Latest Annual Report Reveals Key Enforcement Trends

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    Attorneys at Reed Smith discuss five takeaways from the new annual report of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which assessed the 229 notices and 21 declarations filed for CFIUS' review in 2018 and provided a first look at the impact of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.

  • Opinion

    Time To Consider Percentage Rental Agreements For Lawyers

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    It has long been the law that attorneys cannot use percentage rental agreements because doing so would constitute an impermissible sharing of fees with nonlawyers, but such arrangements can help lawyers match expenses with revenues in lean times like now, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson at Holland & Knight.

  • 'Settle And Sue' Malpractice Cases Have New Clarity In Calif.

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    A California state appellate court's recent decision in Masellis v. Law Office of Leslie F. Jensen provides a road map for proving causation and damages in settle-and-sue legal malpractice cases — an important issue of long-standing confusion, says Steven Berenson at Klinedinst.

  • A Midyear Look At Key US Sanctions Developments

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    During an active first half of 2020, the Office of Foreign Assets Control strengthened its sanctions programs, issued new guidance documents and announced several enforcement actions, underscoring that even during a pandemic, sanctions compliance is indispensable, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • What You Say In Online Mediation May Be Discoverable

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    Mediation conducted online with participants in different states makes it harder to determine where communications were made, increasing the risk that courts will apply laws of a state that does not protect mediation confidentiality, say mediators Jeff Kichaven and Teresa Frisbie and law student Tyler Codina.

  • 10 Tips For A Successful Remote Arbitration Hearing

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    As I learned after completing a recent international arbitration remotely, with advance planning a video hearing can replicate the in-person experience surprisingly well, and may actually be superior in certain respects, says Kate Shih at Quinn Emanuel.

  • PE Deals Should Consider Gov't Contractors' Small Biz Status

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    Private equity firms targeting government contractors that receive preferential treatment in federal procurement should know how to spot red flags that result in loss of small-business status and the deal structures that mitigate this risk, say Elizabeth Leavy and Robert McCann at Reed Smith.

  • Opinion

    To Achieve Diversity, Law Firms Must Reinvent Hiring Process

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    If law firms are truly serious about making meaningful change in terms of diversity, they must adopt a demographically neutral, unbiased hiring equation that looks at personality traits with greater import than grades and class rank, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University College of Law.

  • What Hong Kong Policy Shift Means For US Finance Cos.

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    Now that the U.S. no longer considers Hong Kong autonomous from China, stateside financial services companies should monitor public company audit reporting, non-U.S. futures and swaps trading, and international capital reporting, say Matthew Kluchenek and Matthew Bisanz at Mayer Brown.

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