Aerospace & Defense

  • April 01, 2020

    2nd Circ. Told DEA Testimony Dooms Iran Missile Dealing Trial

    A former electrical engineer convicted of trying to sell surface-to-air missiles and military aircraft parts to the Iranian government on Wednesday asked the Second Circuit to vacate his conviction and order a new trial, saying the lower court erred in allowing government agents to comment on the defendant's credibility.

  • April 01, 2020

    Theranos Judge Rips 'Tone' Of Attys' Pandemic-Related Filing

    A California federal judge on Wednesday took issue with the "tone" of a request by ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' counsel to let them violate shelter-in-place orders to prepare for her upcoming trial, saying it wasn’t necessary and they should have had a “rational discussion” instead of filing a proposed order.

  • April 01, 2020

    EPA Watchdog Confirms Dramatic Enforcement Drop

    Enforcement activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are down across the board over a recent 10-year period, in some categories by more than 50%, the EPA's internal watchdog said in a report issued Wednesday.

  • April 01, 2020

    Huntington Ingalls Can Keep $129M Award, Judge Says

    The U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls can collect a $128.9 million award, a Mississippi federal judge has said, rejecting claims that the company failed to comply with an arbitration agreement with the Venezuela Ministry of Defense.

  • April 01, 2020

    Fox News Talking Head's Boies Schiller Suit Halted In Texas

    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., halted a defamation lawsuit in Texas federal court brought by a Fox News guest commentator and wealth manager against a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner and an associate there, saying it’s too similar to a lawsuit first filed in his court.

  • March 31, 2020

    Coronavirus Response To Test Limits Of Location Privacy

    U.S. authorities may be able to use location data culled from smartphones to track people amid the coronavirus pandemic without breaching privacy laws, but they should explain how they are masking that data and taking steps to avoid targeting individuals, attorneys told Law360.

  • March 31, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Says VA Didn't Flub Math On $2.4B Contract Award

    An Anthem unit didn't lose out on a $2.4 billion U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contract because the department was bad at math, the Federal Circuit said Tuesday in a ruling that signed off on the agency's calculations.

  • March 31, 2020

    Due Process Claims Trimmed In No-Fly List Suit

    A Texas federal judge has denied the government’s attempt to drop a Muslim woman from a proposed class action challenging the use of the federal no-fly list, but he also cut due process claims from another class member who has been removed from the list.

  • March 31, 2020

    Israeli Firearm Co. Founders Want Out Of Libel Dispute

    Two brothers who founded the Israeli firearm accessories maker CAA Industries Ltd. told a Florida federal court on Tuesday that Florida company ME Technology Inc. didn't properly serve them in its libel suit alleging that CAA sent a damaging letter to ME Technology's customers.

  • March 31, 2020

    DOJ Watchdog Faults FBI's Surveillance Warrant Process

    A Justice Department watchdog report released Tuesday found significant lapses in the FBI's surveillance warrant process for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications, and said the bureau often falls short of the “scrupulously accurate” standard the applications should be held to.

  • March 31, 2020

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus, Wall, Missile Defense

    The coronavirus has dominated headlines for all industries, including government contracts. Here are Law360’s top picks for coronavirus-related contracts awarded in March, along with other notable technology and defense deals.

  • March 31, 2020

    Law Firm Pay Cuts, Layoffs Will Likely Multiply

    As Cadwalader pauses partner distributions and cuts staff pay and Pryor Cashman furloughs associates, a slew of other firms are likely to follow suit as the legal industry goes into crisis mode to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.

  • March 30, 2020

    LGBT Org Beats Pentagon's Shutout Bid In HIV Policy Suit

    A Virginia federal court on Friday refused to shut out an advocacy organization from a National Guardsman and two Air Force members' suits accusing the U.S. Department of Defense of upholding a policy that unconstitutionally singles out HIV-positive service members.

  • March 30, 2020

    4th Circ. Says Boeing Workers May Testify In UK Arbitration

    Three Boeing employees may have to provide testimony in a U.K. arbitration initiated after a Rolls-Royce engine installed on a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire, with the Fourth Circuit ruling for the first time that U.S. law allows such orders to be issued for private commercial arbitration.

  • March 30, 2020

    Satellite Web Startup Hits Ch. 11 With $1.7B In Debt

    Startup satellite internet provider OneWeb Global has filed for Chapter 11 in a New York bankruptcy court, saying it is seeking a buyer to escape the $1.7 billion in debt it racked up attempting to implement its plan for global internet access.

  • March 30, 2020

    Ex-Haliburton Consultant Appeals Decade-Old Kickback Case

    A former consultant to oil field service company Halliburton’s one-time subsidiary KBR Inc. urged the Fifth Circuit Friday to review his bid to dismiss kickback charges that were kept sealed for 10 years in what he argued was a violation of his right to a speedy trial.

  • March 30, 2020

    Northrop Asks 9th Circ. To Ground 'Improper Erosion' Theory

    Northrop Grumman Corp. urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday not to affirm a lower court’s finding that it must repay part of excess insurer Axis Reinsurance Co.'s coverage of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit settlement, saying the secondary insurer lacks legal authority to challenge decisions of the underlying insurers.

  • March 30, 2020

    Pentagon Gets Boost From Industry For 8,000 Ventilators

    The Pentagon announced that it has struck deals with four companies to obtain 8,000 ventilators as part of an "aggressive" partnership with the private industry to address acute medical supply shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • March 30, 2020

    Fed. Workers Union Demands Hazard Pay For Virus Exposure

    Federal employees on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are being unlawfully denied pay increases for working under hazardous conditions as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, according to a proposed class action filed Friday by the American Federation of Government Employees.

  • March 30, 2020

    Law Firm Mergers Dry Up Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

    After two record years for U.S. law firm combinations, deal-making has come to a screeching halt this spring as the nation grapples with a pandemic, in what could be the first time in four years the industry will see a decline in deals.

  • March 27, 2020

    US Hits New Batch Of Iranian, Iraqi Cos. With Sanctions

    Undeterred by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday blocked five new Iran- and Iraq-based companies and more than a dozen officials and business associates, accusing them all of supporting or acting on behalf of terrorist groups.

  • March 27, 2020

    The Attys And Legal Logic Behind Stay-At-Home Orders

    The attorneys helping draft cities’ and states’ stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic have been tiptoeing through a legal minefield, working long hours to carve out the kind of work that should be considered “essential” and to ensure local governments aren’t overstepping their authority.

  • March 27, 2020

    GAO Calls On Gov't To Improve Upkeep Of Nuclear Weapons

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has said that some of the government's nuclear weapons, including submarines from the 1980s, are deteriorating, and called for the U.S. Department of Defense to improve their upkeep and track its progress better.

  • March 27, 2020

    Stimulus Package Pumps Billions Into Gov't Contracts

    President Donald Trump signed off on a $2 trillion stimulus package Friday that pumps billions of dollars into wide-ranging government contracts intended to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but legal experts say questions linger on spending restrictions and long-term regulatory oversight.

  • March 27, 2020

    Mich. Co.'s Former Air Force Work Isn't A Bidding Conflict

    An aluminum extrusion producer's work developing a next-generation cargo pallet for the U.S. Air Force doesn't disqualify it from bidding on a contract to produce those pallets, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said. 

Expert Analysis

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • Key Takeaways From DOJ's 2019 FCA Recovery Stats

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    While $3 billion in False Claims Act recoveries by the U.S. Department of Justice in fiscal year 2019 represents only a marginal increase over 2018, it shows the FCA remains a powerful tool for combating fraud in health care and an expanding array of industries, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 FCA Enforcement Predictions After Coronavirus Relief Bill

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    Although the False Claims Act is not mentioned in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, this unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package likely has significant implications for FCA enforcement, says Andrew Schilling at Buckley.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • Tips To Mitigate Future COVID-Funding Enforcement Risks

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    To reduce the risk of allegations of fraud or misuse of government funds, federal contractors engaged in coronavirus emergency response should go beyond their usual practices by designating a primary point of contact and reinforcing workforce compliance, among other steps, say Dominique Casimir and William Lawler at Blank Rome.

  • The 1918 Flu Pandemic And High Court Jurisprudence

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    The five U.S. Supreme Court opinions related to the 1918 to 1919 flu pandemic make an eclectic mix, some hardly pertinent anymore and others, sadly, dealing with issues that could be litigated today, says Mark Jensen at Nutter.

  • Pandemic Poses Distressed Debt Opportunities, CFIUS Risks

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    Although a coronavirus-prompted uptick in U.S. debt restructurings may lead to distressed asset investment opportunities, non-U.S. investors and lenders should be wary of transactions that could trigger the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' jurisdiction, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Create The Right Home Office Environment

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    In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.

  • 10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

  • BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout

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    The financial impact of COVID-19 is already starting to ripple through law firms in the form of diminished demand and time entry. A few lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and some new ideas can help firm leaders navigate the storm, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • Federal Gov't Memos Can't Override State COVID-19 Closures

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    Recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Defense memoranda identify essential critical infrastructure industries, but they don’t overrule state and local directives requiring businesses to close during the coronavirus outbreak, creating difficult choices for some, say Jeffrey Bialos and Erin Park at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Remote Work For Lawyers

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    Remote working doesn’t work when people feel they must apologize for or hide it, and lawyers often feel that way — even in unavoidable, disaster-related scenarios like we see with the pandemic today, says David Pierce at Axiom.

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