Aerospace & Defense

  • February 08, 2024

    DHS Can Better Explain Joint Task Force Decisions, GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is missing criteria for establishing or terminating joint task forces meant to combat security concerns, including along the southern border, making it hard to determine whether a task force is needed, a report revealed.

  • February 08, 2024

    Homeland Security's AI Use Records Faulty, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to accurately note that some of its cybersecurity programs use artificial intelligence as required under a presidential executive order, according to a government watchdog assessing vulnerabilities to cyberattacks.

  • February 08, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Club Med, Galderma, Sierra Space

    China’s Fosun is exploring a Club Med minority-stake sale, Galderma's IPO could yield a $20 billion value, and Sierra Space Corp. is making its own IPO plans. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • February 07, 2024

    Judge Newman's Options Dwindle After Suspension Is Upheld

    Following Wednesday's decision by the national panel that reviews judicial misconduct cases upholding Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension, she faces a difficult path to getting reinstated without complying with an investigation into her mental fitness, experts say.

  • February 07, 2024

    Chinese Hackers Accessed Infrastructure For Years, US Warns

    United States intelligence agencies and allies confirmed on Wednesday that a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group called Volt Typhoon has infiltrated critical industries, including communications, transportation, energy, and water and wastewater systems, some of which have been compromised for at least five years.

  • February 07, 2024

    Supplier Says 'Eleventh-Hour' Lockheed Claim Doesn't Belong

    A titanium parts supplier has told a Texas federal judge that it's too late for Lockheed Martin Corp. to add a claim to its lawsuit seeking to force the supplier to deliver F-35 parts, saying the defense giant was merely strategizing.

  • February 07, 2024

    Pratt & Whitney Docs Shielded From Airline's $30M Suit

    RTX Corp. subsidiary Pratt & Whitney won't be forced to hand over internal sales documents and communications as part of a $30 million feud between a competing airplane maintenance contractor and a British Airways affiliate that is playing out in an Illinois court, a Connecticut federal judge has ruled.

  • February 07, 2024

    Board Says Facts Need Sussing In ICE, Charter Biz $64M Battle

    The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has refused to grant summary judgment to either U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or an airline charter in a $64 million fight over canceled flights, saying too many factual disputes remain in the case.

  • February 07, 2024

    Contractor Admits To Sourcing Vital Military Parts Abroad

    A defense contractor admitted to illegally obtaining parts for the U.S. military from China and other foreign countries on contracts requiring the items to be purchased from domestic companies, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Senate Dems Push Biden To Boost Export Control Funding

    Democratic lawmakers from the Senate Banking Committee urged President Joe Biden to increase funding for export control enforcement in his upcoming budget request for fiscal year 2025, stressing the importance export controls have had on addressing national security risks.

  • February 07, 2024

    Engineer Charged With Stealing Missile Detection Designs

    An engineer who worked at an unnamed Malibu, California-based technology company stole trade secrets regarding nuclear missile detection after previously seeking to aid Chinese military research, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged in a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Aircraft Co.'s Claims Narrowed In Hurricane Coverage Suit

    A Florida federal judge pumped the brakes on some of a Florida aircraft company's claims against its insurer related to its relocation in 2017 after Hurricane Irma, saying the company can't introduce previously concealed damages in the nearly $250,000 dispute. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Camp Lejeune Plaintiffs Can't Get Jury Trial In Water Suit

    A group of North Carolina federal judges overseeing the Camp Lejeune contaminated-water litigation have struck the plaintiffs' bid for a jury trial, finding the Camp Lejeune Justice Act does not clearly and affirmatively grant a right to a jury trial in an action against the government.

  • February 07, 2024

    Judge Newman's Suspension Upheld By US Panel

    The national panel that reviews judicial misconduct cases on Wednesday affirmed Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension for refusing to undergo medical tests as part of a probe into her mental fitness, saying she hadn't shown good cause for not complying.

  • February 06, 2024

    SpaceX Accused Of Sex Harassment, Retaliation In Calif.

    California's Civil Rights Department has received complaints that SpaceX has fired engineers who raised concerns about sexual harassment, gender discrimination and a hostile work environment created by CEO Elon Musk's public comments, according to complaints viewed by Law360 on Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    3rd Circ. Frees Coast Guard From Suit Over Rescue Attempt

    The U.S. can't be held civilly liable for the drowning death of a conch fisherman, the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday, saying the seaman's estate could only maintain claims if the U.S. Coast Guard's rescue mission had actually put the man in more danger.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Review $1.3B India Award Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revisit its decision overturning the enforcement of a $1.3 billion arbitral award issued to an Indian satellite communications company on jurisdictional grounds, despite a scathing dissent from several judges criticizing the appellate court's outlier position on the relevant issue.

  • February 06, 2024

    Amazon Says Class Cert. Not Appropriate In Military Bias Suit

    Claims that Amazon systematically demoted and fired workers who took military leave should not move forward on a class basis, the online retail giant said, telling a Washington federal court that evidence shows thousands of military workers took time off without a hitch.

  • February 06, 2024

    GOP Chided For Turning On Border Policies They 'Demanded'

    Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday criticized Republicans for turning on a $118 billion border security package ahead of a Senate vote scheduled for Wednesday, with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., saying Republican lawmakers were renouncing border policies they themselves insisted on.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Accepts DHA's Course-Correct For $65B Tricare Deal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims explained Tuesday why it cleared an embattled deal for healthcare services for the U.S. Department of Defense, saying the department appropriately handled claims challenging the winning company's small business participation plan.

  • February 06, 2024

    737 Max In Alaska Air Blowout Had 'Missing' Bolts, NTSB Says

    A mid-cabin panel that blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet mid-flight last month appeared to have been missing four bolts meant to secure it in place, before the aircraft was ever delivered to Alaska Airlines, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Toyota Sued For Fraud Over Maintenance Plan's Value

    Toyota allegedly deceived thousands of customers by falsely claiming its maintenance plan had a "superior value" to paying for each service individually, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court Monday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Express Scripts Cites Low Bar To Keep AG Suit In Fed. Court

    Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. pressed the Ninth Circuit on Monday to let it force its part of a California attorney general antitrust suit over skyrocketing insulin prices into federal court, arguing the enforcer and a U.S. district judge imposed the wrong standards in sending the case back to state court.

  • February 06, 2024

    Thousands Hit Feds With Third Suit Over Fuel Spill

    More than 2,200 military family members and civilians hit the U.S. government with a third suit over the Navy's allegedly negligent role in causing and responding to a large fuel leak affecting drinking water systems serving Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawai'i

  • February 06, 2024

    Feds Fight Sen. Menendez's Bids To Nix Charges, Split Trials

    Federal prosecutors have asked a New York federal court to reject requests from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to dismiss his corruption case and to sever his trial from his wife's, arguing that the senator made "premature" factual arguments and incorrectly claimed immunity from prosecution as a senator.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • The Space Law And Policy Outlook For 2024

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    Expect significant movement in space law, regulation and policy in 2024, as Congress, the administration and independent federal agencies like the Federal Communications Commission address the increasingly congested, contested and competitive nature of space and the space industry, say Paul Stimers and Leighton Brown at Holland & Knight.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • AI Executive Order's Life Science, Healthcare Industry Effects

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    The recent White House executive order to manage risks associated with artificial intelligence includes provisions specific to healthcare and life sciences that merit special attention, including transparency, human oversight of AI output, and real world performance monitoring, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • Bribery Bill Fills Gap In Foreign Corruption Enforcement

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    Congress recently passed the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act, significantly expanding the U.S. government's ability to prosecute foreign officials who seek or demand bribes, but if enacted, the legislation could also create tension with other nations, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray and Mayer Brown.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Contract Claims Recap: Termination and Accrual

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    Edward Arnold and Bret Marfut at Seyfarth Shaw examine three recent decisions that illustrate why contractors should consider, during the bidding process, impediments to their ability to meet contract requirements, and the need to track the accrual dates of individual claims that may arise during performance to avoid being time-barred.

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • What DOD Commercial Product Rule Means For Contractors

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    A recent amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, along with forthcoming changes to the definition of what constitutes a subcontract, will offer some relief for commercial products and services contractors, but the U.S. Department of Defense should do more to reduce regulatory burdens, say Daniel Ramish and Jonathan Shaffer at Haynes Boone.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Inside New Classified Contract Guidance For Joint Ventures

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    A recent Information Security Oversight Office notice clarifies the interplay between small business joint-venture rules and eligibility determinations for U.S. Department of Defense classified contracts, but it's still unclear how this should be interpreted for non-DOD procurements, says Todd Overman at Bass Berry.

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