Aerospace & Defense

  • January 23, 2020

    Gov’t Must Pay Co.’s Atty Fees In FCA Suit Over Army Deal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has concluded that the government must pay attorney fees to a contractor that won a whistleblower suit challenging its fulfillment of a military contract, saying that the U.S. Army was at fault.

  • January 23, 2020

    Gov't Dinged For Not Weighing Lowest Price In Supply Bids

    The Government Accountability Office backed a Massachusetts-based company's protest over how the federal government solicited hardware products for the military, saying the government is required to consider whether a bid is the cheapest when making its pick.

  • January 22, 2020

    Execs On Notice After Report Of Saudi Bezos Cellphone Hack

    Revelations that Saudi Arabian leader Mohammed bin Salman may have personally duped Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos into clicking on a WhatsApp file loaded with malware, allowing Saudi spies to snoop on his cellphone, should make executives consider submitting their devices to security scans even if it means sacrificing their privacy.

  • January 22, 2020

    Michael Flynn Wants Sentence Of 'No More Than' Probation

    Former Trump administration adviser Michael Flynn asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge Wednesday to hand down a sentence of “no more than” probation in a case in which Flynn stands accused of lying to the FBI during a probe of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

  • January 22, 2020

    Oracle Says Microsoft Winning JEDI Doesn't Moot Protest

    Oracle argued to keep alive its lawsuit alleging that the Pentagon's search for a company for its $10 billion cloud computing contract unfairly favored Amazon, saying Microsoft ultimately winning the deal doesn't render its challenge moot.

  • January 22, 2020

    5th Circ. Asked To Revisit OK Of Wind Investors' $63M Award

    The American arm of China's state-run aerospace corporation has urged the Fifth Circuit to reconsider its decision to enforce a $62.9 million arbitral award in favor of fellow investors in a failed wind energy joint venture, saying the decision threatens to "eviscerate" safeguards essential to ensuring fairness.

  • January 22, 2020

    Dems Say DOD Funds Are For Nat'l Security, Not Border Wall

    House Democrats urged the Trump administration to rethink using $7.2 billion in military funding to build a wall, saying that a national security plan for potential global conflicts should be prioritized over a nonexistent threat at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • January 22, 2020

    Trump Revives Tariff Threat Against EU Cars

    President Donald Trump renewed his threat to set tariffs on cars imported from the European Union on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, upping the pressure on Brussels to strike a broad-ranging trade agreement with the U.S.

  • January 21, 2020

    Army Corps Withdraws Contentious Water Supply Rule

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will withdraw a proposed rule covering the use of water from its reservoir projects after states, tribes and lawmakers raised concerns that the rule would “federalize” the control of water in many rivers, it announced Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2020

    States To Sue Trump Admin. Over 3D-Printed Gun Rules

    Washington will lead 20 other states in a lawsuit over the Trump administration's new arms export rules that allegedly fail to meaningfully regulate 3D-printed guns, doubling down on a similar previous lawsuit, Washington's attorney general has announced.

  • January 21, 2020

    CACI Wins $13.3M Anti-Drone Deal

    CACI International Inc. has been tapped for a $13.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide engineering, program management and technical services for anti-drone systems, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced.

  • January 21, 2020

    Calif. Water Utility Sues Feds For $1.3M Water Treatment Cost

    A California water utility said in a lawsuit Tuesday the government should pay for a $1.3 million water treatment system it installed to clean up a well near a former U.S. Air Force base it blames for contaminating the well's water.

  • January 21, 2020

    Bill Would Cut Off US Intel For Allies That Use Huawei For 5G

    A bill introduced in the House on Tuesday would block the government from sharing intelligence with foreign countries that allow parts from a Chinese telecommunications company in next-generation networks.

  • January 21, 2020

    Tech Biz Says Too Late To DQ Firm In $100M Army Bid Fight

    A technology company fired back at a former business partner's bid to disqualify Miles & Stockbridge PC in a dispute over a $100 million U.S. Army contract, slamming the move as "untimely."

  • January 21, 2020

    Medical Device Co. Accused Of Upending $2B VA Contract

    A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contractor accused a medical device manufacturer of illegally disrupting its $2.1 billion medical supply contract, calling its conduct “unconscionable.”

  • January 17, 2020

    EU Mulls Temporary Ban On Face ID Tech In Public Places

    The European Commission is weighing a temporary ban on both public entities' and private companies' using facial recognition technology in public places, amid privacy concerns about the mass monitoring of EU citizens, a report made public Friday shows.

  • January 17, 2020

    GAO Denies Raytheon Protest Over $288M Ship Defense Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied Raytheon’s protest over a $287.6 million U.S. Navy contract for a ship self-defense system awarded to rival Lockheed Martin, saying the Navy had properly vetted both companies' bids.

  • January 17, 2020

    Supreme Court Calls For More Briefing After ADEA Hearing

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ordered the parties in a federal age discrimination case to file supplemental briefs about alternative ways to remedy age bias in the workplace other than the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, just days after the court heard oral arguments.

  • January 17, 2020

    Sen. Wants Homeland Security Info On Iran Visa Scrutiny

    A key U.S. senator on domestic security policy has told the Trump administration he's worried that the visa program allowing entry into the U.S. could pose a threat from Iranian nationals and the regime’s supporters following the recent U.S.-Iran crisis.

  • January 17, 2020

    FCC Commissioners Push Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Tech

    Despite agreeing that multiple users should be able to share the same swath of the airwaves, some of the most prominent supporters of so-called dynamic spectrum sharing are split over whether implementing sharing technology should be a top priority or a backup plan.

  • January 17, 2020

    Bradley Arant Nabs Former Assistant US Atty In NC

    A former assistant U.S. attorney has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a partner in the firm's government enforcement and investigations practice group.

  • January 17, 2020

    Commerce And State Depts. Finalize Rules Over Gun Exports

    The Trump administration on Friday finalized contentious rules easing export restrictions on small arms and ammunition not considered to be military equipment, a move that will likely boost international sales by U.S. arms manufacturers.

  • January 17, 2020

    Immigrants Win Access To USCIS Data In Vetting Program Suit

    A class of immigrants challenging a national security program that they believe illegally delays immigration applications from Muslims won their bid to take a peek at the internal workings of the vetting process when a Seattle federal judge found that data is directly relevant to the case.

  • January 17, 2020

    DOD To Overhaul Vetting For Foreign Military Students

    A month after a deadly shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station by a Saudi military officer in the U.S. for training, the Pentagon on Thursday flagged future changes to the vetting process for foreign military students.

  • January 17, 2020

    FAA Properly Vetted Boeing Max Jets, Review Panel Finds

    The Federal Aviation Administration vetted Boeing's 737 Max jet according to rigorous aircraft certification procedures, a special review committee has said, suggesting any heavy-handed overhaul of the FAA's program could upend aviation safety.

Expert Analysis

  • Federal AI Panel Report May Help Guide New Export Controls

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    The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s recommendations on the use of export controls to bolster the United States’ commercial and military position illustrates that blunt controls on artificial intelligence as a category of emerging technologies are not practical, says Hdeel Abdelhady at MassPoint.

  • Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

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    Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Reining In Runaway Loss Calculations For Procurement Fraud

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    In criminal prosecutions of procurement fraud cases involving set-aside contracts, prosecutors frequently argue that the victim’s loss is the total face value of the wrongfully awarded contracts, but this reasoning cannot survive basic scrutiny, say David Chaiken and Tiffany Bracewell at Troutman Sanders.

  • How OFCCP's Systemic Discrimination Audit Proposal Is Flawed

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    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' recently proposed new rule, laying out statistical thresholds for finding systemic discrimination, would implement a problematic method of statistical analysis and notice provisions that may provide government contractors inadequate time to respond, say Chris Wilkinson and Necia Hobbes at Orrick.

  • DOJ's Trade Security Reporting Policy Boosts Transparency

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    Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division on the voluntary self-disclosure part of its sanctions and export controls enforcement program continues the DOJ’s movement toward increased transparency, but leaves unanswered questions about how the policy will be applied in practice, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Iran Airspace Bans May Lead To EU Passenger Claims

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    After the recent killing of Qasem Soleimani and the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, the commercial aviation sector must consider how resulting restrictions on air travel may affect passenger compensation claims under European Union rules, says James Jordan of Holman Fenwick.

  • Key Trends In Energy Antitrust Enforcement And Litigation

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    Antitrust agencies and private litigants continued to focus on the energy industry in 2019, and new antitrust policy initiatives announced by the U.S. Department of Justice last year will offer energy companies opportunities to avoid prosecution in certain cases, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: 2019's Most Noteworthy Decisions

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Victoria Angle at MoFo highlights two December decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, looks back at five of the most interesting bid protests of 2019 and provides a few takeaways from the GAO's fiscal year 2019 report.

  • Managing Money Laundering Risk In The Art Trade

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    The Office of Foreign Assets Control's recent declaration that a Lebanese art dealer's gallery was used to conceal Hezbollah financing is a reminder to the art community of the need for strict compliance with U.S. criminal anti-money laundering laws, say Nicole Horowitz and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • What's Changed And What's The Same In Final CFIUS Rules

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s final rules implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act complete the revamp of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which will be more complex and better resourced to address evolving national security risks that arise in the context of foreign investments, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Gov't Contractor Suspension And Debarment: 2019 In Review

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    Attorneys at Covington look back at last year's policy trends and developments, legislative and rulemaking activity, and notable federal district court rulings related to the exclusion of contractors from doing business with the federal government.

  • OFAC's New Iran Sanctions May Not Signal Seismic Change

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    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order expands the ability of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to sanction non-U.S. entities doing business with Iran, it remains to be seen whether OFAC will pursue aggressive enforcement of its strengthened secondary sanctions authority, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Dyk Reviews 'Democracy And Equality'

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    In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

  • What Employers Still Don't Get About Benefits For Veterans

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    Although the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act recently turned 25, employers remain relatively unfamiliar with its requirements, potentially exposing them to litigation and reputational harm, say Jason Ranjo at Morgan Lewis and Kurt Perhach at Novartis.