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Aerospace & Defense

  • March 22, 2019

    Senators Want To Know How DOJ Interprets Carpenter

    A bipartisan group of senators is seeking answers from the U.S. Department of Justice on how it goes about collecting cellphone location data in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Carpenter v. U.S., which found law enforcement must obtain a warrant before accessing such information.

  • March 22, 2019

    House Will Vote On Denouncing Transgender Military Ban

    The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on March 28 to condemn the Trump administration's policy heavily restricting transgender people from serving in the military, shortly before the contentious policy is due to take effect, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

  • March 22, 2019

    Raytheon Asks To Be Cut From Contractors' Tax Info Suit

    Raytheon should be dismissed from a suit by Northrop Grumman employees alleging their tax information was exposed and they were given faulty tax advice because they have not implicated the company in wrongdoing, Raytheon told a Texas federal court Friday.

  • March 22, 2019

    Wilmington Trust Can't Dodge $30M Bill To Retirement Plan

    Wilmington Trust is still on the hook for a nearly $30 million payment to a Constellis Group employee stock ownership plan after the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court's finding that the bank had flouted its fiduciary duties as the plan's trustee.

  • March 22, 2019

    Justices Urged To Let Military Members Bring Med Mal Suits

    The widower of a naval officer who died after childbirth has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to loosen long-standing precedent barring military members' claims for injuries "incident" to their service, saying the justices should carve out an exception for medical malpractice claims because of their unique nature.

  • March 22, 2019

    Contractor Asks 9th Circ. For Fees After Getting Award Nixed

    An American contractor has asked the Ninth Circuit for nearly $92,000 in attorney fees after the appeals court tossed an Afghan subcontractor's $1.07 million arbitral award against it.

  • March 22, 2019

    Gov't Escapes CACI Torture Case Despite Lack Of Immunity

    The federal government has no sovereign immunity from claims it violated norms of international law, but a previous settlement nonetheless bars CACI International from seeking indemnity from the government for torture allegations surrounding Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, a Virginia federal judge ruled Friday.

  • March 22, 2019

    US Tightens Grasp On Venezuela With State Bank Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury hit Venezuela’s state-owned national bank with sanctions on Friday, ramping up its efforts to choke off President Nicolás Maduro’s regime amid a political power struggle.

  • March 22, 2019

    Mueller Finishes Russia Probe With No New Indictments

    After nearly two years of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has ended his probe without charging any more individuals, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • March 22, 2019

    Trump Tweet Sows Confusion Over N. Korea Sanctions

    The White House’s sanctions policy toward North Korea was briefly thrown into upheaval Friday as President Donald Trump appeared to reverse a new enforcement action against two shipping companies via Twitter, only for the move to be abruptly walked back hours later.

  • March 22, 2019

    Capitol Hill Growing Antsy Over Potential Car Tariffs

    As the Trump administration considers whether to impose sweeping new tariffs on cars and auto parts in the name of national security, a bipartisan group of senators came forward Friday to demand more information on the justification for the duties.

  • March 22, 2019

    EU Clears $6.4B Marsh-JLT Merger With Antitrust Fixes

    The European Commission said Friday that it has approved plans by Marsh & McLennan to buy its rival broking giant Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group for $6.4 billion, on the condition that JLT ditches its aerospace insurance business to address antitrust concerns.

  • March 21, 2019

    Afghan Man Can’t Duck Counterclaims in Army Contract Suit

    An Afghan national suing an American man for breach of contract over their partnership on a joint venture in Afghanistan can’t escape counterclaims from his former business partner, a Tennessee federal judge has ruled.

  • March 21, 2019

    Marine Chief Says Hurricanes, Border Work Straining Budget

    Recent hurricanes, alongside deployments to the southern border and other unexpected events, have resulted in the U.S. Marine Corps facing unprecedented financial challenges and "unacceptable risk" to its combat readiness, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in a pair of internal memos, publicly leaked Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Commerce Hit With FOIA Suit For Auto Tariff Report

    A conservative nonprofit on Wednesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Commerce to turn over a copy of the agency’s findings from its probe into whether imported cars threaten U.S. national security interests.

  • March 21, 2019

    GAO Axes Bid Protest In Army Cyberspace Deal

    The U.S. Army reasonably rejected MacAulay-Brown Inc.’s bid for a cyberspace operations deal after the Ohio-based company failed to meet certain technical and management-related requirements, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Obama Adviser As Privacy Co-Chair

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Retirees' Win Nixed In Honeywell Early Retirement Row

    An Eighth Circuit panel on Thursday handed Honeywell International Inc. a win in a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action, giving the company the go-ahead to cut off health care benefits for a group of Minnesota workers who retired before age 65.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOD Awards Boeing $4B Multiyear Fighter Jet Deal

    Boeing has won a $4 billion contract to supply 78 F/A-18 fighter jets to the Navy over the next several years, the U.S. Department of Defense announced, saying the use of a multiyear deal will save hundreds of millions of dollars over short-term agreements.

  • March 21, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Lion Air, Ferretti, KKR

    Lion Air is getting ready to go public in its homeland of Indonesia, yacht maker Ferretti is getting ready to go public once again, and KKR is raising its debut real estate fund focused on Asia and is looking to reap $1.5 billion in investments.

Expert Analysis

  • Record Keeping And Forum Selection Can Limit ESI Requests

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    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent ruling in KT4 Partners v. Palantir highlights how proper corporate record keeping can prevent exposure of internal emails. But it also emphasizes the value of forum selection clauses in directing books and records litigation to a specific venue, say Tod Northman and Daniel Schiau of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    After Air Crashes, Prompt Compensation Is The Best Option

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    With Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft grounded worldwide, and investigations underway into two recent crashes, Boeing, the airlines involved and their insurers can choose either to engage in years of unnecessary and costly lawsuits or move quickly to compensate the families of the passengers, says Robert Alpert of the ICALM Group.

  • US Policy On Cuba Litigation Comes With Risks For Cos.

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    A newly effective embargo measure that allows U.S. claimants to sue the Cuban government in U.S. courts for confiscated Cuban property may soon be expanded to permit lawsuits against non-Cuban entities operating in Cuba. Attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss key issues surrounding the policy change.

  • Assessing Compliance Risk Under DOJ China Initiative

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative should be a signal to Chinese companies, multinational companies with Chinese subsidiaries, and U.S.-based investors in Chinese companies — it's time to design and implement strong anti-corruption and anti-bribery programs, says Jean Chow-Callam of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • How China's Version Of CFIUS Will Expand Security Reviews

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    China's foreign investment security review regime shares many characteristics with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. And as tensions rise between the two countries, China, like the U.S., is set to scrutinize more deals, says Guogang Li of the Tahota Law Firm.

  • Keeping Up With DOD Cybersecurity Compliance Demands

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    The Defense Contract Management Agency recently updated its contractor purchasing system review guidebook, assuming obligations beyond those imposed by the defense federal acquisition regulation supplement clause. Contractors should be aware of the new requirements which will likely show up in future contracts or modifications to existing contracts, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.