Aerospace & Defense

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Google Software Engineer Stole AI Secrets, Feds Say

    A former Google software engineer was arrested Wednesday on accusations he illegally downloaded alleged trade secrets involving machine learning and taking them to startups he was involved with in China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 06, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions Ship Owners It Says Enable Houthi Attacks

    The Department of Treasury says it's taking new action against Iranian commodity shipments, targeting ship owners in Hong Kong and the Marshall Islands with sanctions for moving Iranian goods that officials say help to fund Houthi attacks on container ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

  • March 06, 2024

    DOJ Says Another Korean Co., Officer Behind Bid-Rig Scheme

    A second South Korean company and its CEO allegedly defrauded the Pentagon in a scheme to rig bids and fix prices for subcontract work on U.S. military installations in South Korea, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Experts Urge 'Transformational' Change To DOD Budgeting

    An expert panel urged the U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday to make a "transformational change" to its budgeting and resource allocation processes, saying the DOD's current processes limit effective and timely responses to changing needs and technologies.

  • March 06, 2024

    Judge Rejects Equity Challenge To Virgin Orbit Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday told Virgin Orbit LLC shareholders that she wouldn't retract confirmation of the satellite launch company's Chapter 11 liquidation plan, because Virgin Orbit appropriately sought approval even if the scheme left equity holders without hope of recoveries.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sidley Adds 11-Year Wiley Rein Leaders To DC Group

    Sidley Austin LLP has hired two members of Wiley Rein LLP's leadership, one of whom joins to help co-lead its global arbitration, trade and advocacy practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    L3Harris Deal For DE Shaw Board Seats Prompts Suit In Del.

    An L3Harris Technologies Inc. stockholder has sued the aerospace and defense company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, challenging an agreement obliging it to recommend the election of two activist investor-backed board candidates.

  • March 05, 2024

    Claims Court Won't Block Radio Deliveries Bought Under Nixed Deal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims refused to block the U.S. Navy from receiving radio management systems development work that was completed before it canceled the underlying contract, saying official actions after the contract's termination were outside its purview.

  • March 05, 2024

    'Secret Informant Love' Accused Of Divulging Classified Info

    A retired U.S. Army officer arrested for allegedly divulging classified defense information on a dating website gave secret information on Russia's war against Ukraine to a woman who called him her "secret informant love," according to a newly unsealed indictment.

  • March 05, 2024

    Look At Settlement, Atty Tells 5th Circ. In Arguing For $1M Cut

    The attorney representing a KBR Inc. whistleblower countered the federal government's assertion that his client should not benefit from a $13.7 million settlement stemming from kickback allegations, telling the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to look at the deal's terms.

  • March 05, 2024

    Gibson Dunn AI Leader On Weathering The AI Policy Blizzard

    Like a mountaineer leading a team through a snowstorm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's artificial intelligence co-chair Cassandra L. Gaedt-Sheckter is guiding companies developing and using artificial intelligence through a blizzard of new laws and regulations coming online in Europe and the U.S., saying that assessing AI risks is the North Star to mitigating them.

  • March 05, 2024

    Amazon Workers Push For Class Status In Military Leave Suit

    Current and former Amazon employees urged a Washington federal court to grant them class status in their lawsuit accusing the company of demoting or firing workers who took time off for military leave, saying the 15,000 members of the proposed class have plenty in common.

  • March 05, 2024

    Feds Say Sen. Menendez Knew 'Loans' Were Bribes

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his wife were charged with obstruction of justice in a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court, raising the stakes in the corruption trial facing the New Jersey Democrat.

  • March 05, 2024

    ADI Can't Recoup Full Quinn Emanuel Bill In IP Theft Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday compared Analog Devices Inc.'s pricey hiring of a Quinn Emanuel attorney to monitor its former engineer's trade secrets trial in person to paying "a brain surgeon to pop a pimple" in an order denying restitution for those costs.

  • March 04, 2024

    Camp Lejeune Plaintiffs Say Specific Illness Link Is Not Required

    Litigants in the Camp Lejeune contaminated-water litigation on Sunday told a North Carolina federal court that Congress set a unique standard to show that their illnesses were caused by exposure to the water at the Marine base, given that it's been decades since some veterans were first exposed.

  • March 04, 2024

    Army Corps Says It Considered Dredged Waste Plan Correctly

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has urged an Illinois federal judge to reject environmental claims targeting dredged sediment it is storing on part of Lake Michigan's shoreline, arguing the Corps' "robust" public interest study proves its decision-making process followed all statutory and regulatory requirements.

  • March 04, 2024

    Feds Urged Not To Let Mobile Cos. 'Centralize' Airwaves

    Mobile networks should not be allowed to amass so much of the airwaves that they inadvertently crowd out national security technologies or sideline shared spectrum models, a group of experts told the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • March 04, 2024

    FAA Audit Flags Boeing 737 Max 9 Production Lapses

    Boeing and its key supplier, Spirit AeroSystems, failed to comply with manufacturing quality control requirements across several departments, according to findings from a Federal Aviation Administration audit of the 737 Max 9 jets after January's harrowing Alaska Airlines midair panel blowout.

  • March 04, 2024

    Appeal Of $20.5M Terminated Deal Too Late, Says Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Monday declined to revive a construction company's untimely challenge over the termination of a $20.5 million National Guard contract, saying the company had enough information to be aware of the deadline to appeal.

  • March 04, 2024

    US Ends Old Curbs On Zimbabwe, But Sanctions Its President

    The Biden administration on Monday ended more than two decades of U.S. economic sanctions on Zimbabwe in an apparent pivot toward a program covering "clear and specific targets," including the country's current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

  • March 04, 2024

    Vista Outdoor Rejects $2B Takeover Bid From MNC Capital

    Vista Outdoor Inc. has rejected a $2 billion takeover bid from MNC Capital Partners LP, saying the proposal does not take into account increased earnings the company will see when it separates its outdoor and sporting goods divisions.

  • March 04, 2024

    Menendez Loses Bid To Suppress Gold Bars In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused to suppress explosive evidence — including gold bars, cash and an engagement ring — the federal government unearthed in its second bribery case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his associates, reasoning that the omissions the embattled New Jersey Democrat targeted in prosecutors' affidavits weren't material.

  • March 04, 2024

    L3Harris Agrees To Pay $650K To Wrap 401(k) Class Action

    Defense contractor L3Harris will pay $650,000 to end a class action accusing it of running afoul of federal benefits law by saddling retirement plan participants with high fees and expensive investment options, according to a Florida federal court filing.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pentagon Leaker Faces Lengthy Prison Term After Plea

    Jack Teixeira, the 22-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman charged with one of the most significant military intelligence leaks in U.S. history, is facing more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty Monday to multiple violations of the Espionage Act.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ga. Tech Prof Gets Most China-Tied Fraud Charges Tossed

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday overruled a federal magistrate in dismissing nine of 10 criminal charges against a former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who was accused of using his post to help bring foreign nationals into the U.S. to covertly work for Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

Expert Analysis

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Bias, Unequal Discussions, Timeliness

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, James Tucker at MoFo offers takeaways from three bid protests in the U.S. Government Accountability Office relating to the high standard for protests that allege agency bias, seeking revised proposals from just one offeror, and untimely objections to solicitation terms.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • What New DHS Cybersecurity Policy Means For Bid Protests

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently unveiled policy of factoring cybersecurity self-assessments into its overall evaluation of contractors could raise novel bid protest considerations for offerors in both the pre-award and post-award contexts, say Amy Hoang at Seyfarth and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 1 Year In, Money Laundering Law Tweak May Have Big Impact

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    Despite receiving little attention, Congress' quiet extension of the statute of limitations for money laundering offenses involving foreign bribery offenses is a powerful prosecutorial tool that defense counsel can nevertheless counter by using certain pretrial challenges, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

  • How FinCEN's Proposed Rule Stirs The Pot On Crypto Mixing

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    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued proposal aims to impose additional reporting requirements to mitigate the risks posed by convertible virtual currency mixing transactions, meaning financial institutions may need new monitoring techniques to detect CVC mixing beyond just exposure, say Jared Johnson and Jordan Yeagley at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • Key Takeaways From DOJ's Recent FARA Advisory Opinions

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    The U.S. Department of Justice recently published several redacted advisory opinions on the Foreign Agents Registration Act, clarifying its current thinking on when a person or entity is required to register as a foreign agent under the statute, and when they may qualify for an exemption, says Tessa Capeloto at Wiley Rein.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Contracts Disputes Recap: Be Mindful Of Termination Clauses

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    Edward Arnold and Sarah Barney at Seyfarth examine three recent rulings — one from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and two from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals — that highlight the termination clause as one of the most potent remedy-granting contract clauses.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

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