Aerospace & Defense

  • June 17, 2020

    Judge: Fox Reporter Deposition Fight 'Flattering For My Ego'

    A D.C. federal judge sarcastically said he found it "flattering" when a Williams & Connolly attorney characterized a recent order tossing a Fox News reporter's bid to stop her from being deposed in an ongoing defamation suit "as some big deal, path-breaking decision" that would have a devastating precedential impact on newsgathering. 

  • June 17, 2020

    Trump Seeks Emergency Block On Ex-Adviser Bolton's Book

    President Donald Trump asked a D.C. federal court Wednesday to order an emergency block on the publication of a highly anticipated memoir by former national security adviser John Bolton, saying the book contains classified information whose disclosure could damage national security.

  • June 17, 2020

    Flynn Blasts 'Partisan Assault' By Court-Appointed Counsel

    Michael Flynn claimed on Wednesday that a retired federal judge had engaged in a "personal and partisan assault" after he was tapped to argue against the government's move to dismiss the case against the former Trump national security adviser.

  • June 17, 2020

    State Dept. OKs $862M Canadian Jet Fighter Upgrade Deal

    The U.S. Department of State has approved an estimated $862.3 million deal to upgrade Canada's F-18 Hornet fighter jets, extending their service life while the Canadian government decides on a replacement for its aging fleet.

  • June 17, 2020

    Willkie Sues Defense Agencies For Info On Taliban Payments

    International law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has sued U.S. defense agencies for records of protection payments that government contractors in Afghanistan allegedly made to the Taliban, saying the agencies have failed to hand over the requested documents.

  • June 17, 2020

    King & Spalding Beats DQ Bid In WhatsApp Hacking Suit

    A California federal court has denied WhatsApp's bid to block King & Spalding LLP from defending spyware company NSO Group from allegations of hacking WhatsApp users' phones, finding that the BigLaw giant's prior work for WhatsApp is not a conflict of interest.

  • June 17, 2020

    DOD Says $10B JEDI Correction May Be Delayed

    The U.S. Department of Defense told the Court of Federal Claims that it will likely need to further tweak its contentious $10 billion JEDI cloud procurement, saying it may take longer to complete ongoing corrective action than initially planned.

  • June 17, 2020

    'Team Telecom' Tells FCC To Stop Hong Kong Undersea Cable

    A group of federal agencies known as "Team Telecom" on Wednesday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission block Google and Facebook's proposal seeking an undersea direct connection cable between the U.S. and Hong Kong, citing national security concerns.

  • June 17, 2020

    US Hits Syrian Gov't With Sanctions To Force Peace Talks

    The U.S. sanctioned dozens of Syrian officials and companies on Wednesday, including President Bashar al-Assad, in a move intended to force the Syrian government into negotiations to end its long-running civil war.

  • June 17, 2020

    Olin Says Arbitrator Issued Own 'Industrial Justice' To Union

    Olin Corp. told an Illinois federal court Tuesday that an arbitrator issued "his own brand of industrial justice" when he reversed its firing of an employee, saying his decision not to discipline the worker conflicts with explicit provisions in a collective bargaining agreement.

  • June 16, 2020

    Trump Sues To Delay John Bolton's White House Memoir

    President Donald Trump hit former national security adviser John Bolton with a breach of contract suit in D.C. federal court Tuesday, seeking to delay the release of his highly anticipated memoir about his time in the White House due to national security concerns.

  • June 16, 2020

    Tricky Formatting Can't Sink Winning Bid On $301M DOD Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office rejected CACI's allegation that the winning bidder on a $301 million Defense Intelligence Agency solicitation ignored bid formatting requirements in order to squeeze in more information than allowed, saying the disputed formatting tweaks were allowed.

  • June 16, 2020

    DOJ Whistleblowers To Testify On Political Interference

    One of the four career prosecutors who quit Roger Stone's case after senior U.S. Department of Justice officials intervened in the prosecution of the confidant of President Donald Trump will testify before a House committee next week and will be joined by another official set to discuss allegations of political interference at the agency's Antitrust Division.

  • June 16, 2020

    Small Satellite Cos. Ask DC Circ. To Pause C-Band Overhaul

    Small satellite operators are asking the D.C. Circuit to press pause on Federal Communications Commission plans to auction off swaths of spectrum for 5G use, saying that without a stay, parties with business in the band will begin incurring heavy costs that may be hard to reverse.

  • June 16, 2020

    Senators Propose FAA Reforms In 737 Max Aviation Safety Bill

    Senate lawmakers on Tuesday proposed bipartisan legislation mandating tighter controls on the Federal Aviation Administration's aircraft certification process after two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes exposed gaps in the government's oversight and jet makers' outsized role in vetting their own aircraft safety.

  • June 16, 2020

    Report Says CIA's 'Lax' Security Allowed Vast '16 Data Breach

    The Central Intelligence Agency's 2016 data breach in which an employee stole a trove of U.S. hacking secrets unfolded after the agency failed to enact safeguards despite breaches at other U.S. government agencies, an internal report released Tuesday found.

  • June 16, 2020

    Federal COVID-19 'Prize' Opportunities Come With Pitfalls

    The government's practice of crowdsourcing solutions for pressing problems has been increasingly used during the coronavirus pandemic, but the so-called prize challenges used to solicit the private sector's help come with pitfalls such as one-sided risks and limited protest opportunities.

  • June 16, 2020

    Officials Hold Out Little Hope Of Compromise On Ligado

    The head of the Senate Commerce Committee used a nominations hearing on Tuesday afternoon to grill three candidates for separate agency posts over what the federal government could do to hammer out a consensus on Ligado's controversial satellite 5G plan.

  • June 16, 2020

    CIT Questions Reach Of Trump's Security Tariff Power

    A U.S. Court of International Trade panel raised questions about President Donald Trump's efforts to adjust his national security duties on imported steel Tuesday, pressing the government on the limits of presidential tariff authority.

  • June 16, 2020

    Army Contractors Pay $1.1M To End Unpaid Rest Breaks Suit

    Army contractor VSE Corp. and two subcontractors have agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle claims that they violated federal labor law by requiring unpaid 15-minute rest breaks in a union contract, according to a deal approved by a Texas federal judge Tuesday.

  • June 16, 2020

    Fort Hood Families Say On-Post Housing Was 'Deplorable'

    Nine military families have filed fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against a Fort Hood on-post housing landlord and management company for allegedly exposing them to toxic mold that caused health problems and personal property damage.

  • June 16, 2020

    WTO Shoots Down Saudi Arabia's Security Defense In IP Fight

    The World Trade Organization rejected national security-based trade restrictions for the first time ever on Tuesday in a case over Saudi Arabia's failure to prosecute a broadcaster for stealing a Qatari media company's content.

  • June 16, 2020

    Kratos To Buy Satellite Antenna Biz For $35M

    Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc., a publicly traded national defense technology company and drone maker, said Tuesday it plans to purchase satellite antenna manufacturer ASC Signal for $35 million in cash from Communications & Power Industries, which was advised by Skadden, to expand its space technology offerings.

  • June 16, 2020

    Harvard Prof Pleads Not Guilty To Lying About China Ties

    The former chair of Harvard University's chemistry department pled not guilty Tuesday to an indictment claiming he lied to federal authorities about his ties to a Chinese university while reeling in millions of dollars in U.S. grants.

  • June 15, 2020

    US Softens Huawei Ban For 5G Cellular Network Development

    The Trump administration announced Monday that companies will be allowed to work with the blacklisted Chinese telecom giant Huawei on the fifth generation of cellular networks, saying the U.S. can't be left out of this development.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Power Equipment Security Order Adds Compliance Burdens

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    President Donald Trump's recent executive order on securing the U.S. bulk power system may result in a new licensing regime or preapproval mechanism for certain electric power equipment, creating compliance challenges for companies dealing with such equipment, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Theranos Offers Defense Lessons For Multi-Agency Probes

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    The recent Theranos discovery dispute demonstrates the need for defense counsel to request a clear exculpatory evidence order to identify the investigating agencies early in a criminal case, say ​​​​​​​Samuel Feldman and Michael Kendall at White & Case.

  • 12 Steps For Reducing CARES Act Enforcement Risks

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    Federal contractors and other companies receiving money under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act should prepare for the possibility of investigations and enforcement actions by tracking the evolving regulatory guidelines, bolstering compliance procedures, documenting government communications and maintaining easily accessed records, say attorneys at Blank Rome.

  • How Law Firms Can Maximize COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

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    Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.

  • Protecting Privilege When Communicating With Contractors

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    Courts continue to define where information shared with independent contractors and specialists fits for purposes of the attorney-client privilege, and recent decisions show that jurisdictions vary in their application of the third-party waiver exception, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.

  • Opinion

    OMB Should Clarify Plan To Pay Contractors' COVID-19 Costs

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    To avoid undermining the contractor industrial base and facing years of unnecessary litigation, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget should adopt our proposed guidance making it clear that costs arising from COVID-19 are presumptively recoverable, say attorneys at Nichols Liu.

  • Virtual Caucuses Can Improve The Mediation Process

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    Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.

  • Next Steps For Regulation Of The US Telecom Sector

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    The newly established Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Services Sector elevates national security equities and formalizes preexisting telecom regulation, cementing a trend toward more robust supply chain monitoring and ongoing compliance obligations, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • What All Attorneys Can Learn From Female Rainmakers

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    Soon lawyers may find an unrecognizable competitive landscape in which most firms will be vulnerable — if they don't rapidly start upgrading their client development tactics to ones like those used by female rainmakers, says marketing consultant Craig Levinson, who recently interviewed Jennifer Trock, Desiree Moore and Debra Fischer about their secrets to success.

  • 12 Takeaways From GSA's Implementation Of The CARES Act

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    The General Services Administration’s recent memorandum implementing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act takes a conservative approach to offering relief to contractors and provides contracting officers with numerous justifications for denying modifications to contracts, say Michael McGill and Thomas Pettit at Arnold & Porter.

  • The 1st COVID-19 Prosecutions Under Defense Production Act

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    Based on two complaints recently filed by prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York, it is not clear how the government believes the Defense Production Act's use of the phrase "prevailing market prices" should be understood, says Dylan Smith at Freeborn & Peters.

  • An Early Look At Congressional Oversight Of The Pandemic

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    Oversight of the public and private sectors' responses to the COVID-19 crisis will dominate Capitol Hill's attention for many years, and we can already see what some of those efforts may entail, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • How PTAB Privity Ruling Constrains Federal Contractors

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    The recent Microsoft v. Science Applications International decision, in which the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied inter partes review because the petition was time-barred and Microsoft was in privity with the government, has important implications for the timing of federal contractors' claims, say attorneys at Finnegan.

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