Aerospace & Defense

  • November 30, 2020

    Boeing Can't Limit Forum For Shareholder Suits, 7th Circ. Told

    A Boeing shareholder told the Seventh Circuit during oral arguments Monday that the aerospace giant's bylaws deprive shareholders of their rights to bring federal derivative claims over allegedly misleading proxy statements made about its 737 Max jets.

  • November 30, 2020

    Ex-Trump Aide Files $75M Suit Over Russia Probe Surveillance

    Former Trump 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page has sued the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and several former top-ranking bureau officials in D.C. federal court, demanding $75 million and other relief for "multiple violations" allegedly caused by the FBI's controversial surveillance of him as part of its probe into Russian election interference.

  • November 30, 2020

    Moderna Seeks FDA Approval For COVID-19 Vaccine

    Moderna on Monday said it is filing an emergency approval request with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking the regulator to sign off on its COVID-19 vaccine that the drugmaker claims is 100% effective at preventing severe cases and 94% effective at preventing infection.

  • November 30, 2020

    FCC's Pai To Step Down On Inauguration Day

    Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday that he will depart the agency on President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration Day, ending his four-year chairmanship that saw a contentious deregulation of net neutrality policies as well as major crackdowns on illegal robocallers and Chinese telecom equipment. 

  • November 25, 2020

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2020 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • November 25, 2020

    The Firms That Dominated In 2020

    The eight law firms topping Law360's Firms of the Year managed to win 54 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, for guiding landmark deals, scoring victories in high-profile disputes and helping companies navigate uncharted legal seas made rough by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • November 25, 2020

    GAO Says $75M DOD Health IT Support Deal Was Fair

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a protest over a $75.3 million Defense Health Agency program management deal, saying the awardee wasn't advantaged by access to the protester's personnel information, much of which was public on LinkedIn anyway.

  • November 25, 2020

    GAO Denies Protest Of Vaccine Research Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a bid protest from the global research firm Battelle Memorial Institute on Wednesday, the company's third such protest, because it found that the company's proposal had not been disparately evaluated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • November 25, 2020

    FCC Won't Reverse Move Labeling ZTE As Nat'l Security Risk

    The Federal Communications Commission held to its designation of Chinese telecom ZTE as a national security threat and its decision to deny federal funds to telecom companies that use its equipment, saying the company hasn't taken solid steps to reduce risks to U.S. networks.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump Pardons Former Nat'l Security Adviser Michael Flynn

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted twice to lying to FBI agents about his 2016 contacts with Russia and has been trying to rescind his plea.

  • November 25, 2020

    Calif. Airport, City Tangled In Service Monopoly Lawsuit

    A Los Angeles man and a partnership created to purchase property at a Southern California airport filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two companies that act as fixed-base operators, claiming they have monopoly control over services and operations rendered at the airport.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump's Exit Draws Fresh Battle Lines Over Tariff Power

    Lawmakers tried but failed to mount a meaningful challenge to President Donald Trump's aggressive use of tariffs over the last four years, but his ouster will not necessarily make Congress' goal to claw back more tariff power any easier.

  • November 24, 2020

    4 Firms Steer TransDigm's $965M Deal For Aerospace Biz

    Aerospace company TransDigm said Tuesday it will buy U.K.-based antenna and radio business Cobham Aero Connectivity in a roughly $965 million deal steered by BakerHostetler, Reed Smith, Jones Day and Weil Gotshal.

  • November 24, 2020

    Defense Committees Told To Stay Wary Of Ligado Interference

    Congress shouldn't remove a set of provisions from the U.S. Department of Defense's budget aimed at shoring up the effects of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to let Ligado Networks build out a mobile network next to airwaves used by the military, industry heavyweights say.

  • November 24, 2020

    Patchy DOL Reports Mean Ineligible Cos. May Win Gov't Deals

    The U.S. Department of Labor's failure to consistently inform other agencies about contractors that violate a prevailing wage law means federal contractors may be winning deals they shouldn't be eligible for, according to a watchdog report.

  • November 24, 2020

    Gov't Pushes To Stall Refunds On Turkish Steel Duties

    The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to once more hold off on forcing the government to refund duties paid by importers of Turkish steel as the case remains pending at the Federal Circuit.

  • November 24, 2020

    Full Fed. Circ. Told Engine-Washing IP Can't Survive Alice

    Certified Aviation Services has asked the full Federal Circuit to rehear a split panel decision saying it infringed two EcoServices' jet engine-washing patents, arguing that the patents should have been found abstract and that if left to stand, the majority's nonprecedential decision will "sow only confusion."

  • November 24, 2020

    HHS Says It's Working With Biden, Touts AstraZeneca Vaccine

    After appearing to hedge last week on the potential of a Joe Biden transition, the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that he's working with the president-elect's team and that the agency has high hopes for one of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine candidates.

  • November 23, 2020

    Northrop Ex-Workers Get 2 Subclasses OK'd In ERISA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday certified two subclasses of former Northrop Grumman employees in a class action accusing the company of violating ERISA by only telling certain laid-off workers about cash severance benefits.

  • November 23, 2020

    7 National Security Names To Watch In The Biden Admin.

    President-elect Joe Biden has so far prioritized both experience and diversity in his choices for a national security team. Here are seven key people likely to take the helm in guiding U.S. foreign policy over the next four years.

  • November 23, 2020

    Shipbuilder Says Kinder Morgan Owes Asbestos Coverage

    Shipbuilding giant Huntington Ingalls Inc. has demanded Kinder Morgan provide insurance coverage for millions of dollars worth of asbestos-injury claims, telling a Virginia federal court that the energy company inherited the risk by buying Huntington's former parent company.

  • November 23, 2020

    Justices Won't Weigh In On Whether Title VII Covers Soldiers

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a race bias case from a Black ex-Marine who argued that the D.C. Circuit's finding that Title VII did not apply to uniformed service members conflicted with the justices' blockbuster holding that the federal civil rights law bars discrimination against gay and transgender workers.

  • November 23, 2020

    Claims Court Denies Bid Protest Over VA IT Contract

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has ruled that a U.S. technology firm was properly excluded from a solicitation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because its proposal had been fairly rated as "unacceptable."

  • November 23, 2020

    Biden Names John Kerry To New Climate Envoy Position

    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday made clear his commitment to tackling climate change, saying he'll name former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special White House climate envoy, a position that also features a seat on the National Security Council.

  • November 23, 2020

    Fenwick Guides Rocket Builder In $500M Fundraise

    Three-dimensional printing company Relativity Space said Monday it raised $500 million with help from Fenwick & West LLP, funds the company said would help it "build toward humanity's multiplanetary future."

Expert Analysis

  • Aviation Watch: Why Boeing-Airbus Trade War May End Soon

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    The prolonged trade war between Boeing and Airbus — and between the U.S. and the European Union — has led to economic losses on all sides, but various factors, including a less adversarial attitude from the Biden administration, could lead to a resolution soon, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule

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    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • 3 Fed. Circ. IP Cases For Gov't Contractors To Watch

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    Nathaniel Castellano at Arnold & Porter discusses recent oral arguments at the Federal Circuit in three cases — Boeing v. Secretary of the Air Force, Bitmanagement Software v. U.S. and Harmonia Holdings v. U.S. — and the broad implications the decisions will have on government contractors and agencies dealing in proprietary data and software.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Expect Major Changes In Aerospace And Defense Under Biden

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    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to significantly shift aerospace and defense industry priorities, revoke certain Trump administration government contractor policies, strengthen "Buy American" requirements, and increase use of defense and NASA budgetary authority to combat climate change, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Related To Uighur Forced Labor

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    In light of recent U.S. actions concerning China’s purported forced labor of Uighurs — an ethnic minority long targeted by the Chinese government — companies should conduct human rights due diligence, implement grievance mechanisms to capture abuses in their supply chains, and review supplier contracts, says Betsy Popken at Orrick.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Gov't Contractors Can Promote Diversity Despite Trump Order

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    While federal contractors are required to comply with the Trump administration’s recent ban on certain racial sensitivity trainings, it’s likely that President-elect Joe Biden will overturn the restrictions after taking office, and there are many ways to advance diversity and inclusion agendas in the meantime, says Allison Powers at Barack Ferrazzano.

  • Trends In Fiscal 2020 Bid Protests Sustained By GAO: Part 2

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    Many bid protests sustained by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in fiscal 2020 involved emerging issues, including conflicts of interest, corrective actions, solicitation challenges and eligibility of awardees — concerns that will continue to arise, say Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Trends In Fiscal 2020 Bid Protests Sustained By GAO: Part 1

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    A review of bid protest grounds most frequently sustained by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in fiscal 2020 shows the GAO is unlikely to question agency judgment over solicitations, but is willing to reconsider an agency's application of mandatory criteria in evaluations, say Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

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