Aerospace & Defense

  • June 22, 2020

    High Court Won't Touch Trump's Security Tariffs

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a steel importer group's attempt to overturn duties imposed by President Donald Trump, leaving in place the administration's broad authority to restrict trade on the basis of national security.

  • June 20, 2020

    Trump Loses Bid To Block Bolton's White House Memoir

    A D.C. federal judge on Saturday denied the Trump administration's request to immediately block the publication of former national security adviser John Bolton's highly anticipated memoir, ruling it was too late to stop a book that has already "been printed, bound, and shipped across the country."

  • June 19, 2020

    Gov't Fights Acquittal For Ex-CIA Coder In WikiLeaks Case

    Federal prosecutors want a New York federal judge to uphold a former CIA programmer's conviction for lying to federal investigators and to deny his acquittal bid on espionage charges that prosecutors plan to retry after a jury deadlocked, they said on Friday.

  • June 19, 2020

    Fluor Says There's No Jurisdiction For Afghan Bombing Suit

    Fluor Corp. urged a South Carolina federal judge Friday to end a suit alleging it is liable for a U.S. Army soldier's injuries from a 2016 suicide bombing in Afghanistan, arguing that the case doesn't belong in the state.

  • June 19, 2020

    DOD Official's Emails Dispute Ligado Interference Concerns

    An official in the Pentagon's chief information office disagrees with the U.S. Department of Defense's official assessment that satellite operator Ligado's planned 5G network will wreak havoc on GPS technology, documents obtained by Law360 show.

  • June 19, 2020

    Small Satellite Operators Criticize FCC's C-Band Defense

    A trio of small satellite companies seeking to eviscerate the Federal Communications Commission's C-Band spectrum reorganization plan told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that the agency hasn't justified its slate of drastic changes.

  • June 19, 2020

    $7.95M Deal Ends DOD Drivers' Overtime Suit

    The federal government will pay $7.95 million to end a collective action claiming it underpaid U.S. Department of Defense truck drivers by relying on a formula that miscalculated rest breaks and hours worked, the drivers' attorney told Law360.

  • June 19, 2020

    Bid To Halt John Bolton's White House Memoir Met With Doubt

    A D.C. federal judge expressed strong skepticism Friday of President Donald Trump's emergency bid to immediately block the publication of former national security adviser John Bolton's highly anticipated memoir, saying thousands of copies have already been printed and distributed across the country and shipped internationally for next week's release.

  • June 19, 2020

    S. Korea Escalates WTO Brawl Over Japanese Export Block

    South Korea wants the World Trade Organization to create a panel to review Japan's export restrictions on chemicals sent to the country, alleging the move unfairly singles it out in violation of global trade agreements, according to a notice circulated Friday.

  • June 19, 2020

    GOP Lawmakers Float Outline For Wider Broadband Access

    Two House and Senate Republicans teamed up Thursday to roll out a set of legislative principles designed to expand broadband access, including funding for safer telecom equipment and better mapping initiatives at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • June 19, 2020

    Navy Ship Captain Won't Be Reinstated After COVID-19 Probe

    U.S. Navy leaders said Friday they will not reinstate the former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after an internal investigation highlighted several mistakes he had made in handling a COVID-19 outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier.

  • June 19, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen the Vatican dragged into court by companies connected to a real estate deal that has come under criminal scrutiny, an investment company lodge an appeal following a legal setback in a painting dispute with a London art dealer, and a spread betting service sue tycoon Robert Tchenguiz. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 18, 2020

    New York City To Force NYPD To Reveal Surveillance Tools

    The New York City Council voted Thursday to require the NYPD, the nation's largest police department, to reveal details on the facial recognition software, cellphone trackers and other surveillance tools it uses to monitor people.

  • June 18, 2020

    GAO Denies Protests Over $190M Nuclear Clean-Up Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has shot down protests from two nuclear waste remediation companies — including one from the current contractor — ruling that the Department of Energy was reasonable in rejecting their bids for a $190 million contract.

  • June 18, 2020

    Agency Can't Claw Back Full $1.1B From Afghan Food Deal

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals ruled that the Defense Logistics Agency can't claw back the full $1.1 billion the agency alleged it overpaid to a food supplier in Afghanistan, saying some disputed cost claims had been legitimate.

  • June 18, 2020

    Remington Says Revised Sandy Hook Suit Still Lacking

    Remington on Wednesday asked a Connecticut state court to strike the claims brought by families of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying they failed to show facts linking the firearms company's advertising to the shooter's attack.

  • June 18, 2020

    New Bill Floats Green Cards For Nat'l Security Innovators

    Legislators have proposed a new path to permanent U.S. residency in a bipartisan bill that would establish a special visa program for foreign citizens working to protect U.S. national security concerns.

  • June 18, 2020

    Italian Exec Gets 2 Years For Breaking Russia Sanctions

    An Italian business owner at the heart of a conspiracy to export an American-made turbine to Russia has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • June 18, 2020

    FCC's Pai Defends Ligado Decision Process To Congress

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is defending his agency's approval of Ligado Networks' ground-based 5G system to congressional military advocates, pushing back on some assertions that the agency tried to covertly push the plan through without proper vetting.

  • June 18, 2020

    Senators Target Theft Of Universities' IP From China, Others

    A group of bipartisan senators led by Ohio Republican Rob Portman announced Thursday that it was introducing a bill to prevent China and other foreign governments from stealing intellectual property developed at U.S. colleges and universities.

  • June 18, 2020

    Senate Bill Seeks To Protect IGs After Ousters By Trump

    A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at beefing up protections for government watchdogs following the Trump administration's ouster of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson and State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

  • June 18, 2020

    NLRB Turns Away Boeing's Bid To Sink Union Firing Case

    The National Labor Relations Board rejected The Boeing Co.'s effort to sidestep allegations that it unlawfully fired employees who were speaking up in favor of unionizing a manufacturing plant in South Carolina.

  • June 18, 2020

    Trump's Bid To Block Bolton's Book Set For Friday Hearing

    A D.C. federal judge scheduled oral arguments for Friday to hear President Donald Trump's emergency request to block the publication of a highly anticipated memoir by former national security adviser John Bolton about his tenure in the Trump White House.

  • June 18, 2020

    GAO Rejects 2nd Protest Over $7.7B Navy Network Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied Perspecta Enterprise Solutions LLC's protest over a $7.7 billion Navy information technology contract, potentially clearing the way for the deal to move forward after earlier rejecting a related protest.

  • June 18, 2020

    Mobile Industry Asks DC Circ. Not To Halt C-Band Auction

    Major players in the mobile industry urged the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to forego a requested stay of the Federal Communications Commission's C-Band reorganization plan, saying that small satellite operators are merely speculating about future financial losses from the shake-up.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • 5 Tips For Emergency Relief Petitions During COVID-19

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    Business disputes are not a priority for courts right now, so companies looking to protect their trade secrets or rights to contractual performance must tailor their requests for emergency relief to the unique circumstances of this time, says Shannon Armstrong at Holland & Knight.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • DOJ's Arguments In Flynn Case Could Aid Future Defendants

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent motion to dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn holds the potential to assist other federal criminal defendants and make future prosecutions of false statement cases more difficult for the government, says Ronald White at MoFo.

  • Fewer Fed. Circ. Oral Arguments Diminish Judicial Process

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    Due to COVID-19, the frequency of oral arguments in the Federal Circuit has significantly decreased, which may affect the number and content of the court's written opinions, with a consequent loss of depth to the judicial process, say Patrick Coyne and Benjamin Saidman at Finnegan.

  • Considerations For Gov't Contractors In Bankruptcy: Part 2

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    Companies holding even one government contract may be able to use the unique rules of government contracting to their advantage when seeking bankruptcy protections, but should proceed cautiously if they plan to seek relief under the Contracts Disputes Act, say Steven Diamond and Thomas Pettit at Arnold & Porter.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • With Friends Like These: The Amicus Questions In Flynn Case

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    A D.C. federal judge's recent appointment of amicus curiae to address whether the Michael Flynn case can proceed is reminiscent of the judicial overreach that the U.S. Supreme Court criticized and reversed this month in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Aviation Watch: The Industry After COVID-19

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    The commercial airline industry has borne the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, and the result will likely be an acceleration of existing trends toward smaller, more economical planes, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • Considerations For Gov't Contractors In Bankruptcy: Part 1

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    Government contractors seeking relief from coronavirus-related losses through restructuring or reorganization must think strategically about how standard provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Anti-Assignment Act and other unique rules affect their rights in bankruptcy, say Steven Diamond and Thomas Pettit at Arnold & Porter.

  • How USPTO Examiner Type Affects Patents: Part 1

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    Michael Sartori and Matt Welch at Baker Botts analyzed 10 years of data and found that certain types of examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allow and examine disproportionately more U.S. patents each year than other types of examiners, resulting in few allowing many, and many allowing few.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Minimizing Damages In Gov't Procurement Antitrust Cases

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    The U.S. Department of Justice has been employing an underutilized statute to seek treble civil damages in antitrust prosecutions involving government procurement, but there are ways companies can minimize the damages, says Juan Arteaga at Crowell & Moring.

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