Aerospace & Defense

  • November 26, 2019

    Claims Court Won't Revisit Ruling In Air Force Crypto Dispute

    A Court of Federal Claims judge refused Tuesday to issue a written decision in a dispute over the U.S. Air Force's move to award a cryptography contract to a federal research center instead of industry, saying any opinion would be academic after a bench ruling.

  • November 26, 2019

    Commerce Tees Up Rules For Trump's Network Security Order

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday floated its plan for implementing President Donald Trump's executive order on network security, saying it will evaluate transactions affecting U.S. networks through a fact-specific, case-by-case method.

  • November 26, 2019

    Finjan Wants Fed. Circ. To Reverse Cisco Cybersecurity IP Win

    Cybersecurity firm Finjan is asking the Federal Circuit to overturn a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating parts of its malware detection patent challenged by Cisco, notably arguing that the board was inconsistent in its analysis of “similarly situated claims.”

  • November 25, 2019

    Wigdor Says Fox Guest's Defamation Suit Lacks Ties To Texas

    A former Fox News guest commentator who accused Wigdor LLP founder Douglas H. Wigdor of orchestrating a campaign suggesting the pundit pushed a bogus murder conspiracy story on the cable news network has failed to show why his suit should be heard in Texas federal court, the attorney said Monday.

  • November 25, 2019

    Roger Stone's Bid To Shake Guilty Verdicts Falls Flat

    Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone can't escape guilty verdicts on the seven felony charges against him because he made no argument that the evidence used to convict him was lacking in any way, a D.C. federal judge explained Monday.

  • November 25, 2019

    US Sues Contractor Over 'Sham Office' Used To Earn $52M

    The U.S. government has accused an Idaho-based company of fraudulently obtaining more than $52 million in federal contracts by allegedly creating a sham office with no-show employees to qualify for benefits intended to help small businesses in economically depressed areas.

  • November 25, 2019

    GAO Issues Full Ruling Backing Blue Origin Air Force Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office fully explained its decision to sustain Blue Origin’s protest over the U.S. Air Force’s pending space launch contract, saying bidders lacked a fair chance to win the deal on their own merits.

  • November 25, 2019

    Feds Say DC Court Can't Review Vets' Citizenship Denial

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services urged a D.C. federal court to toss a lawsuit from four U.S. Army veterans who were denied citizenship, saying the court lacks the authority to review their claims.

  • November 25, 2019

    Army Corps Will Review Wash. Dam Discharges To Settle Suit

    The Army Corps of Engineers agreed Friday to an environmental group's demand that it apply for a Clean Water Act permit for its use of oils and lubricants at a dam on the Columbia River in Washington state, adding that it would research greener alternatives.

  • November 25, 2019

    Assange Not Fit For US Extradition Hearing, Doctors Say

    More than 60 doctors have written to British authorities saying they fear Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could die in prison unless he gets medical treatment before a trial hearing as the U.S. seeks to extradite him to face espionage charges.

  • November 22, 2019

    Freed WaPo Reporter Gets $180M Default Win Against Iran

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday ordered Iran to pay $180 million in damages to a former Washington Post reporter who spent 18 months in an Iranian prison, calling Iran's conduct "outrageous, deserving of punishment and surely in need of deterrence."

  • November 22, 2019

    Contractors Exposed To Civil Suits Under New Reporting Rule

    Federal contractors may face increased litigation under a new regulation that expands requirements to report counterfeit items in their supply chains, but fails to offer protection when suppliers dispute those reports.

  • November 22, 2019

    3rd Circ. Says Feds Aren't Liable In NJ Weapons Cleanup Case

    A Third Circuit panel said on Friday that the owner of a property in New Jersey that was once a military weapons plant waited too long to sue the federal government to recover cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act.

  • November 22, 2019

    Former Raytheon Worker Wins $1M In Whistleblower Suit

    A Colorado federal jury on Thursday awarded more than $1 million to a former Raytheon Co. engineer who said the defense contracting behemoth wrongly reassigned him after he reported problems with tests being run for a U.S. military contract to develop satellite navigation technology.

  • November 22, 2019

    Senior DHS Cyber Official Jeanette Manfra To Step Down

    Jeanette Manfra, who served as a key liaison between the government and private sector from her post at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency, will step down at the end of the year.

  • November 22, 2019

    FCC Eyes Broader Restrictions On Huawei, ZTE Products

    The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted Friday to prohibit U.S. telecom providers from using agency subsidies to buy equipment from telecom vendors that may pose a threat to U.S. communications networks.

  • November 22, 2019

    Trump May Veto HK Protest Bills To Protect China Trade Talks

    President Donald Trump suggested Friday that, to protect trade talks with China, he may veto bipartisan bills threatening trade sanctions against Hong Kong, which has seen months of protests against mainland China's increasing authoritarian influence.

  • November 22, 2019

    Justices Consider FBI Agent Liability In No-Fly List Case

    The Supreme Court on Friday took up a case examining whether a group of Muslim men can rely on a law protecting religious freedom to seek damages from individual FBI agents who allegedly put them on the no-fly list in retaliation for refusing to become informants in a terrorism investigation.

  • November 21, 2019

    Boustani Atty Downplays Bribery To Close $2B Fraud Case

    In his closing statement at a Brooklyn federal conspiracy trial Thursday, an attorney for Privinvest Group executive Jean Boustani diminished the seriousness of bribery — comparing it to tipping — and argued that his client should be acquitted despite funneling millions to bankers and Mozambican officials.

  • November 21, 2019

    Ex-Airport X-Ray Exec Hit With Insider Trading Charges

    A former executive for airport X-ray developer OSI Systems has been charged with using his inside knowledge of OSI and another company to earn more than half a million dollars on illegal securities transactions, federal prosecutors in California said Thursday, months after securities regulators sued over the same transactions.

  • November 21, 2019

    OIG Says Part Shortage Forcing Navy To Take From Other Jets

    The U.S. Navy is being forced to "cannibalize" some F/A-18 fighter jets to keep other jets in the air due to a lack of available spare parts, a U.S. Department of Defense watchdog said in a report released Thursday.

  • November 21, 2019

    Camera Suppliers Owe Contractors $2M, Judge Suggests

    A federal magistrate recommended hitting two Massachusetts-based companies with a $2 million default judgment Thursday after they didn't respond to claims that they cost two Iraqi government contractors more than $1 million by breaching deals to provide security cameras.

  • November 21, 2019

    FCC’s Starks Says Carriers Need Cash For Huawei, ZTE Purge

    On the eve of the Federal Communications Commission’s planned vote on a national security proposal to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from U.S. networks, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks argued that rural carriers will be hit the hardest and deserve help covering the cost, which could climb upward of $1 billion.

  • November 21, 2019

    Gov't Expands Counterfeit Reporting Rule To All Contractors

    A requirement for defense contractors to report counterfeit electronic parts in their supply chain was expanded to include all U.S. federal contractors and more parts, under a final regulation that the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued Thursday.

  • November 21, 2019

    Contested 9th Circ., Trial Court Picks Move Forward

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced two Ninth Circuit picks Thursday despite opposition from home-state Democratic senators, while the chamber's majority leader teed up confirmation votes for eight district court nominees, including one who's drawn bipartisan opposition over her anti-abortion advocacy.

Expert Analysis

  • How AbilityOne Bid-Protest Case Clarifies GAO's Limits

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    A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office decision in Team Wendy provides guidance on the scope of GAO authority to review protests involving additions to the AbilityOne procurement list, with implications for protesters, intervenors and procuring agencies alike, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant.

  • Where Law Firm Partners Go When Changing Jobs

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    We reviewed 177 law firm partners' job changes from the last seven years and discovered some migration patterns and gender dynamics, say James Bailey of the George Washington University School of Business and Jane Azzinaro of Cognizant.

  • Consumer Protection Issues For Single-Family Rental Market

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    As institutional appetite for single-family rental properties surges, investor landlords need to understand the applicable consumer protection laws — including a new series of fair housing bills — to manage their legal risk amid increasing scrutiny, say attorneys with King & Spalding.

  • 3 Ways To Leverage Vulnerability For Lawyer Well-Being

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    Admitting to imperfection is an elusive construct in the legal industry, but addressing this roadblock by capitalizing on vulnerabilities can increase personal and professional power, says life coach and attorney Julie Krolczyk.

  • Locating 'Tax Abode' For US Workers Abroad

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    Two recent U.S. Tax Court cases shed light on Internal Revenue Code Section 911's highly fact-sensitive definition of U.S. tax abode and when foreign earned income can be excluded from income tax, says Bryan Camp, a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law.

  • Navigating US-China Trade Amid New Era Of FinCEN

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    Following the launch of the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's new Global Investigations Division, FinCEN’s enhanced powers should be on the radar of U.S. and Chinese companies engaging in cross-border transactions, says James Berger at Jia Law Group.

  • OFAC Measures Soften US Sanctions Against Turkey

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    An Oct. 14 executive order provides broad authorities to issue harsh economic sanctions against Turkey, but their effect is largely mitigated by actions announced the same day by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, say attorneys at Davis Polk.

  • New Data Shows BigLaw's True Profitability

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    Based on an analysis adjusting BigLaw operating income and revenue to account for equity partners and taxes, the profitability of firms is lower than commonly thought, says Madhav Srinivasan at Hunton.

  • Why Trump's Orders On Agency Guidance Are Significant

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    ​Two recent executive orders ​​on the use of guidance documents by federal agencies​ represent a major change for virtually every executive agency ​and a historic assertion of the president’s authority under Article II to oversee the independent regulatory agencies, says Paul Noe, former counselor to the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

  • Opinion

    Courts Keep Rejecting Litigation Funding Discovery Campaign

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    As shown by recent case law, including a New Jersey federal court holding last month in Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, there is no "shifting tide" in favor of disclosing litigation funding arrangements, say Matthew Harrison and Stephanie Southwick of Bentham IMF.

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • Chinese Acquisitions Even More Uncertain In New CFIUS Era

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    While hostility toward Chinese-led investment in U.S. companies is not new, the proposal expanding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' authority to scrutinize such deals casts further doubt over how many inbound Chinese investments in the U.S. will actually close, says Jing Zhao at Saul Ewing.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Fed. Circ. GE Case Reveals IPR Appellants' Standing Burden

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    In light of the recent Federal Circuit decision in General Electric v. United Technologies, which illustrates the Federal Circuit's demanding standard for demonstrating Article III standing in appeals of inter partes reviews, counsel for appellants are well advised to focus carefully on injury in fact, says Richard Stark of Cravath.

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