Aerospace & Defense

  • May 29, 2020

    Ex-Judges Slam Flynn's Appeal In Dismissal Bid Fight

    A group of retired federal judges urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to reject a petition by Michael Flynn asking the appeals court to order a judge to immediately grant the Trump administration's controversial request to dismiss the criminal case against the president's former national security adviser.

  • May 29, 2020

    Intel Chief Declassifies Transcripts Of Flynn's Russia Calls

    Newly confirmed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Friday declassified the highly sought-after transcripts of Michael Flynn's conversations with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. during President Donald Trump's transition to office in December 2016.

  • May 29, 2020

    Pierce Bainbridge Calls Interim Class Lead Bid Premature

    Pierce Bainbridge's remaining lawyers have urged a Texas federal judge not to appoint a new firm formed by their ex-colleagues as interim lead counsel in a proposed class action against Southwest Airlines and Boeing, saying the move would be "premature."

  • May 29, 2020

    Dems Ask Pentagon How It's Spending $10.6B In Virus Funds

    Democratic lawmakers called on the U.S. Department of Defense to detail how it is spending $10.6 billion in taxpayer dollars provided for efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and questioned why only 23% of the funds had been spent so far.

  • May 29, 2020

    Ligado Opposes NTIA's Push To Stall 5G Plan Approval

    Satellite operator Ligado Networks pushed back on the U.S. Department of Defense's bid to nix its planned 5G network by defending the Federal Communications Commission's green light for the project in a filing Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Corporate Bond Rush Brings A Big Wave Of Firsts

    The tidal wave of corporate debt offerings in recent months has enabled companies to raise billions in cash and gain much-needed breathing room to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, setting records and ushering in several first-of-their kind deals along the way.

  • May 29, 2020

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus, Space And Google Deals

    The federal government looked to the future in May, injecting $1.2 billion into AstraZeneca's candidate COVID-19 vaccine and infusing billions into the U.S.'s space-bound ambitions. Other megadeals include remediation of a nuclear site and Google's partnership with the Pentagon.

  • May 29, 2020

    Trump Blocks Visas For Chinese Students With Military Ties

    President Donald Trump issued an order Friday banning Chinese citizens with ties to the country's military from entering the U.S. on student visas to attend graduate programs, citing concerns that these students could steal American technology.

  • May 29, 2020

    Trump Says He Will Peel Away Hong Kong's Trade Status

    President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will begin to strip away Hong Kong's special trading status in the wake of the U.S. Department of State's determination that the region is no longer autonomous from China, further ratcheting up his showdown with Beijing.

  • May 29, 2020

    Feds Will Contribute $7.5M To Exit Landfill Cleanup Fight

    The federal government will pay $7.5 million to exit a long-running dispute over the cleanup of hazardous waste at a Washington state landfill, according to an agreement filed in federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    Energy Co. Says It Hasn't Seen $63M Award 5th Circ. Upheld

    Renewable energy company Soaring Wind Energy asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to order the American arm of China's state-run aerospace corporation to hand over a nearly $63 million arbitral award it allegedly has refused to pay even after the Fifth Circuit upheld it in January.

  • May 28, 2020

    NSA Warns On Russian Military Launching New Cyberattacks

    The same Russian military unit that U.S. officials say hacked Democratic National Committee servers to interfere with the 2016 presidential election is actively attacking vulnerable email servers across the globe, the U.S. National Security Agency warned Thursday in a rare public alert.

  • May 28, 2020

    DOJ Clears Satellite Cos. Merger With Conditions

    Global electronic components maker Communications and Power Industries LLC clinched U.S. Department of Justice approval Thursday to acquire a business unit of General Dynamics Corp. for $175 million, as long as the California-based company sells its satellite business subsidiary.

  • May 28, 2020

    N. Korea's Secret Foreign Banks Laundered $2.5B, DOJ Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice accused 28 North Korean bankers of helping launder more than $2.5 billion out of the sanctioned country in a scheme that involved setting up secret branches of a state-owned bank in foreign countries, according to an indictment unsealed in D.C. federal court Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    FCC Chair Pushes Back On Lawmakers' Ligado 5G Protests

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission fired back at lawmakers protesting the agency's recent approval of Ligado Networks' contentious plan to roll out a next-generation wireless network on a portion of the airwaves also used by the military.

  • May 28, 2020

    GOP Sens. Offer Bill Restricting Visas For Chinese Students

    Two Senate Republicans have proposed legislation that would bar Chinese citizens from securing student visas to study math, science and technology fields at graduate and postgraduate levels, citing U.S. national security concerns.

  • May 28, 2020

    Hong Kong Policy Shift Could Usher In Trade Firestorm

    The Trump administration's declaration that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China has opened the door for a wave of potential new trade and investment restrictions that could severely curtail American companies' ability to do business in the region.

  • May 28, 2020

    Insurer Seeks Out Of Metal Co.'s Suit For COVID-19 Losses

    Selective Insurance Group Inc. has urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to toss a suit from a metal fabricator seeking coverage for its losses from COVID-19 and state-mandated closures, saying the company failed to allege direct physical damage and income loss.

  • May 28, 2020

    Advocacy Orgs Say Clearview AI Broke Biometric Privacy Law

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups hit Clearview AI Inc. with a lawsuit in Illinois state court Thursday claiming the facial recognition technology company has violated the biometric privacy rights of their members, program participants and other Illinois residents on a "staggering scale."

  • May 28, 2020

    Dems Press Pompeo For Info On Russian Ventilator Purchase

    Top House Democrats were alarmed Thursday by the possibility that the Trump administration skirted a sanctions order against a Russian company to obtain faulty ventilators from Moscow, demanding in a letter that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turn over information on the purchase.

  • May 28, 2020

    Trump Tweets Kill Bipartisan FISA Surveillance Bill

    House Democratic leaders on Thursday canceled votes to reauthorize lapsed national security surveillance powers with some changes meant to prevent abuses, dropping a previously bipartisan bill after President Donald Trump tweeted that Republicans should oppose it.

  • May 27, 2020

    Request To Extradite Huawei Exec Clears Key Benchmark

    A Canadian court on Wednesday removed a key barrier for the potential extradition to the U.S. of Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou to face charges in New York stemming from a purported scheme to deceive banks about Huawei's operations in Iran.

  • May 27, 2020

    Latham Cut From $33B Deal Suit After Repping Rival Bidders

    Latham & Watkins LLP was booted from a $33 billion lawsuit because it had "unfettered access" to information crucial to a defense contractor's claims that the government favored a competitor with a spotty record for a defense deal, according to an unsealed opinion.

  • May 27, 2020

    3D-Printed Gun Firm Urges 9th Circ. To Revive Blueprint Deal

    An organization that develops blueprints for 3D-printed guns has urged the Ninth Circuit to reinstate a deal with the U.S. Department of State allowing it to publish the firearm schematics online, calling states' challenge to the agreement a move against its First Amendment rights.

  • May 27, 2020

    Gov't Can Depose Manafort's Banker And Obtain Assets Docs

    Federal prosecutors attempting to seize assets from former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort have been cleared to obtain testimony from an ex-bank executive accused of attempting to bribe the onetime chairman with $16 million in risky loans in exchange for a job in the administration.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • How Anti-Terrorism Act Extension Affects Mainstream Cos.

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    Expansion of the Anti-Terrorism Act to include secondary aiding and abetting claims, in conjunction with a stream of pro-plaintiff legislation, is increasing both liability and loss-of-reputation risk for private companies and banks operating in troubled foreign regions, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • The Legal Risks Of Bias In Artificial Intelligence

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    Bias in artificial intelligence algorithms is inevitable, so companies that use AI should take proactive steps to avoid disparate impact on legally protected classes and minimize the risk of lawsuits, say Brig. Gen. Patrick Huston at the Army JAG Corps and Lourdes Fuentes-Slater at Karta Legal.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Justices' SEC Disgorgement Ruling May Shape FCPA Matters

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • CFIUS Proposal May Disproportionately Hit Certain Countries

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    A recent Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States proposal would change the trigger for mandatory CFIUS filing from industry group designation to nationality-based export controls, facilitating investment from favored countries while discouraging investment from others, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Contempt Inquiry Is Vital To Judicial Independence

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    The D.C. Circuit should uphold the district court's authority to investigate whether Michael Flynn acted in criminal contempt, which is important for affirming judicial independence in this era of partisan prosecuting, says Harold Krent at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Lessons On Trade Secret Claims From Possessor, Not Owner

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    The Third Circuit's recent trade secrets decision in Advanced Fluid Systems v. Huber is particularly important for companies in relationships whereby vendors create, use or apply confidential information and trade secrets to develop solutions or manufacture products for other entities pursuant to a contract, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Judge Should Not Change Role Of Amicus Curiae

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    As an appellate attorney who has authored numerous amicus briefs, I am deeply concerned about some fast-moving developments in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, where a D.C. federal judge is transforming amici curiae into 11th-hour prosecutorial intermeddlers, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate.

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