Aerospace & Defense

  • August 23, 2019

    Contractor Can't Duck Abu Ghraib Torture Suit, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit refused to shield a unit of CACI International from torture claims brought by former prisoners at Abu Ghraib, although one judge warned in a concurrence that the decision could carry serious consequences for future challenges to U.S. military activities.

  • August 23, 2019

    Second GPS III Satellite Launched, Air Force Says

    The second Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite has been successfully launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of an effort to send new GPS satellites into orbit with better accuracy and revamped anti-jamming capabilities, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday.

  • August 23, 2019

    Northrop Grumman Wants Experts Dropped From ERISA Suit

    Northrop Grumman Corp. urged a California federal judge Friday to exclude testimony from two experts a class of workers sought to support claims the company squandered workers’ retirement savings by using an active rather than passive management style for a 401(k) plan investment fund.

  • August 23, 2019

    Putin Calls For 'Reciprocal Response' To US Missile Test

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday promised a “reciprocal response” to recent U.S. missile testing, claiming that the test breached a Cold War-era arms control treaty that the U.S. left earlier this month.

  • August 23, 2019

    DHS' Cyber Agency Says Chinese Threat Is A Priority

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new cyber agency said that dealing with the threat posed by China is among its top priorities in a report that comes as the White House has endeavored to address security and trade threats from Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

  • August 23, 2019

    Tribe, Ex-Gov't Officials Argue Against Border Wall Funding

    A Native American tribe, former government officials, law professors and scores of religious groups threw their weight behind the states and advocates challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to use defense funds to build a southern border wall, filing amicus briefs Thursday at the Ninth Circuit.

  • August 22, 2019

    Claims Court Wants GAO's Advice In $82B Army Deal Protest

    A Court of Federal Claims judge has said he will seek out an advisory opinion in AECOM's protest over an $82 billion U.S. Army logistics contract after the company's earlier U.S. Government Accountability Office protest was cut off just days before its decision was due.

  • August 22, 2019

    NASA Contract May Have Changed Under Duress: ASBCA

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals refused to throw out a dispute between NASA and a contractor seeking additional compensation, saying there is a genuine dispute over whether the contractor signed a contract modification under duress.

  • August 22, 2019

    DOJ Hammers 'Unprecedented' Rejection Of FCA Dismissal

    The U.S. Department of Justice is lambasting a California federal judge's rejection of its request to end a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit, deeming it an "unprecedented decision" that usurps executive branch powers.

  • August 22, 2019

    The Fog Of Huawei: Trump's China Clash Squeezes Telecom

    President Donald Trump's Huawei strategy is getting complicated. The White House is trying to take a hard line on the security and trade threats posed by the Chinese telecom giant while not disrupting an intricate supply chain, resulting in an opaque business climate that is frustrating U.S. companies.

  • August 22, 2019

    World Fuel To Pay $170M For Aviation Fueling Biz UVair

    An affiliate of Miami-based fuel logistics company World Fuel Services Corp. has agreed to buy the UVair fuel business from Houston-headquartered Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. in a deal worth $170 million, the companies said Thursday.

  • August 21, 2019

    VA Sued Over Alleged Failure To Record Ex-Secretary's Emails

    Two watchdog groups sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday, claiming it shirked its legal duty to chase emails sent between a former VA secretary and a group accused of acting as "shadow rulers" of the agency.

  • August 21, 2019

    OIG Says It's Unclear If DOD Can Afford $7.7B Missile System

    The U.S. Army may not be able to fully fund a $7.7 billion air-and-missile defense program — already beset with technical delays — through 2049, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.

  • August 21, 2019

    Senate Dems Push Arms Control Provisions In Defense Bill

    A group of Senate Democrats are calling for an extension of an arms control deal between the U.S. and Russia and seeking to block deployment of a nuclear warhead with provisions in the defense policy bill for the 2020 fiscal year.

  • August 21, 2019

    Pentagon Drops $5.8B Missile Defense Contract With Boeing

    The Boeing Co.'s $5.8 billion government contract to develop a redesigned "kill vehicle" for destroying enemy warheads in space met its end Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Defense citing technical problems with the design.

  • August 21, 2019

    DOJ Seems Gun-Shy With New FCA Penalty Firepower

    Three years after a dramatic doubling of potential False Claims Act penalties, many defense attorneys have yet to see their worst fears realized, and there are signs the U.S. Department of Justice may be wary of wielding its new punitive powers.

  • August 21, 2019

    China Threatens Sanctions Over $8B Sale Of F-16s To Taiwan

    China on Wednesday vowed to impose sanctions on U.S. companies involved in a planned $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, a day after the Trump administration formally notified Congress of the deal, which has garnered bipartisan backing.

  • August 21, 2019

    Mass. State Police Union Head, Lobbyist Charged With Fraud

    The former head of the Massachusetts State Police union and a high-powered Boston lobbyist conspired to steal union funds and dole out kickbacks, with the union leader funding lavish meals and romantic getaways with ill-gotten money, federal authorities said Wednesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    American Airlines To Pay $22M To End False Mail Time Claims

    American Airlines will shell out $22.1 million to resolve claims it lied about delivery times on mail it delivered in the United States as well as abroad, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    Trump Calls Off Danish Summit Amid Friction Over Greenland

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off his scheduled meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in light of Frederiksen’s unwillingness to discuss selling the autonomous territory of Greenland to the U.S. government.

  • August 20, 2019

    Trump Revises Nuclear-Powered Spaceflight Policy

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday released new guidelines for the use of nuclear power for spaceflight, intended to aid both NASA's push toward Mars and commercial space missions, according to the White House.

  • August 20, 2019

    Ex-CEO To Pay $20M Over Small-Biz Contracting Scheme

    A Virginia defense contractor’s former CEO agreed to fork over $20 million to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently winning small-business contracts his company wasn’t eligible for, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    Claims Court Says SC Must Chase Congress For Nuke Funds

    The U.S. Department of Energy can’t be forced to make payments to South Carolina for its failure to meet milestones to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium if Congress didn’t provide funds to do so, a Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Tuesday.

  • August 20, 2019

    Legal Challenge To Military 'Transgender Ban' Trimmed

    A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday trimmed the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge to the Trump administration's military "transgender ban," holding that transgender people currently serving hadn't shown how they would be harmed by the grandfathered changes.

  • August 20, 2019

    Army Contractor Says Unpaid Rest Breaks Didn't Violate Law

    VSE Corp. urged a Texas federal judge Monday to issue an order declaring that the Army contractor did not violate federal labor law by requiring unpaid 15-minute rest breaks in a union contract with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Expert Analysis

  • Government Contracting's Organic Cybersecurity Evolution

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    Even as government contract practitioners are inundated with new federal cybersecurity regulations and enforcers, cybersecurity enforcement is developing through the existing, fundamental mechanisms of bid protests, False Claims Act litigation, and suspension and debarment, say Jerald Howe and Kristin Grimes at Leidos.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Finance Can And Should Protect Its Reputation

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    This month’s controversy surrounding alleged financial misrepresentations by Burford Capital underlines the need for litigation financiers to unite in educating the public about the value of litigation finance, lest opportunists use cases like this to disparage the industry as a whole, says Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors.

  • Coast Guard Cybersecurity Guidance Puts Shippers On Notice

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    Recent cyberattacks have spurred the U.S. Coast Guard to publish a marine safety information bulletin and a marine safety alert addressing vulnerabilities of shipboard computer systems, potentially triggering significant legal obligations for owners and operators, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • What 2 Recent OFAC Cases Say About Compliance Priorities

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    Findings of violation issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control earlier this month to U.S. companies DNI Express Shipping and Southern Cross Aviation are illustrative of the continued focus, by OFAC and other agencies, on completeness and accuracy in both responsive and voluntary disclosures, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • 2 Insurance Coverage Issues Raised By Cyber Warfare

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    As politics and cyberrisks become increasingly intertwined, policyholders and insurers alike would benefit from more certainty in relation to the cyber insurance war exclusion, and from more options in the market that would cover a cyberattack on the U.S. power grid, says Thomas Hunt of Robert M. Currey & Associates.

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • The Escalating Sanctions Against Venezuela, Russia And Iran

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    The past few weeks saw a flurry of activity demonstrating that imposition and enforcement of economic sanctions against Venezuela, Russia and Iran — and by extension China — continues to be a key driver for the Trump administration in confronting foreign policy challenges, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Unpacking The OFCCP's Proposed Audit Compliance Letters

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    If implemented, the new compliance review scheduling letters proposed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will demand more detailed data at the commencement of an audit than ever sought before, say attorneys at Jackson Lewis.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • Next US Move Against Iran Could Block Humanitarian Aid

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    If the U.S. government uses its anti-money laundering authority under the USA Patriot Act to further isolate Iran, the consequences are likely to extend far beyond the purported aim of ensuring the exclusion of Iranian banks from the international financial system, says Jeremy Paner at Ferrari & Associates.

  • A Look At The SBA's All Small Mentor-Protégé Program

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    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s growing All Small Mentor-Protégé Program can benefit protégés and mentors alike, but, as a recent case before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals illustrates, the rules for joint-ventures bidding remain confusing, says Ambika Biggs of Hirschler Fleischer.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Mistakes Vs. Falsehoods In Trade Controls Submissions

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    Federal regulators have dramatically increased the number of economic sanctions enforcement actions this year — with many investigations focusing on whether companies have made false statements in submissions. There are seven key steps that companies can take to keep trade submissions accurate and reduce criminal liability, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: RFP Detail, Presumptions, Data Rights

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Locke Bell of Morrison & Foerster discusses three July decisions — a U.S. Government Accountability Office reminder that proposals must be well written, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision depicting the presumption in favor of agency fairness and an example of the GAO’s unwillingness to decide third-party data disputes.

  • Opinion

    Clients Benefit From Law Firm Expense Growth

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    Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.