Aerospace & Defense

  • January 30, 2024

    Man Asks 11th Circ. To Reduce Sentence For Med Device Fraud

    A businessman who received a 10-year prison sentence for buying discounted medical devices intended for Afghanistan but instead reselling them in the U.S. told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that the district court overstated the loss to the medical device makers and erroneously enhanced his sentence as a result.

  • January 30, 2024

    SpaceX Wants Workers Out Of NLRB Constitutionality Fight

    SpaceX has urged a Texas federal judge to prevent four fired employees from intervening in its challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's structure in Texas federal court, saying the workers cannot prove they're entitled to get involved in the case.

  • January 30, 2024

    Justices Urged To Review Nix Of FCA Sanction Evasion Suit

    A Wyoming company urged the U.S. Supreme Court to look into whether lower courts and the U.S. Department of Justice unlawfully snubbed its allegations that London's Standard Chartered Bank cleared roughly $56 billion in violation of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran.

  • January 30, 2024

    Global Anti-Corruption Fight Is Fizzling, Study Says

    Efforts to combat corruption in the public sector have stalled in the U.S. and globally while some developed countries, including the United Kingdom and Iceland, appear to be drifting backward, according to an annual study released Tuesday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Reps Want More From VA On AI Transparency, Enforcement

    Members of the House of Representatives on Monday grilled officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on how they plan to protect veterans' privacy and ensure transparency in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence models.

  • January 29, 2024

    Colo. Water District Suit Says Base Contaminated Supply

    A water district serving about 6,500 customers near Colorado Springs claims the Peterson Space Force Base contaminated its water supply by using aqueous film forming foams containing PFAS chemicals for decades, despite knowing the dangers they posed.

  • January 29, 2024

    Veterans Org. Wants Court To Prod VA On Transgender Petition

    A veterans group for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan told the Federal Circuit on Monday that a yearslong delay by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover gender confirmation surgery abdicates a "sacred obligation" to those who served in the military.

  • January 29, 2024

    FCC Updates Rules For Ship, Aircraft Communications

    The Federal Communications Commission is updating its spectrum rules to allow for additional broadband access on ships and aircraft.

  • January 29, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Revives Protest Over Rejected Bid For $22B VA Deal

    The Federal Circuit on Monday revived a dispute over a $22.3 billion U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contract, saying a protester had shown it had a "substantial" chance at the deal if its allegation about VA assessment mistakes were true.

  • January 29, 2024

    The Top Attys In Clinton's Impeachment Trial, 25 Years Later

    One of them just went to federal prison, and another famously beat a federal indictment. One has been seeking the White House, and another has been steering a BigLaw powerhouse. Each was among the two dozen attorneys who litigated President Bill Clinton's historic impeachment trial 25 years ago this month — and then saw their lives go in dramatically different directions.

  • January 29, 2024

    3 Ex-DHS Staffers Get Prison, Probation For Software Theft

    Three former U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees have been sentenced to prison or probation for their alleged roles in conspiring to steal proprietary software and sensitive law-enforcement databases from the government in a scheme to develop a commercial product for sale.

  • January 29, 2024

    Military Contractor Pays $16M In Wages After DOL Probes

    A disaster management company and 61 subcontractors cheated about 2,800 workers out of approximately $16 million in wages and almost 25,000 hours of paid sick time while they provided aid to Afghan refugees at a New Jersey military base, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Russian Says Seized $300M Superyacht Is His, Not Oligarch's

    A Russian businessman and former CEO of a state-owned oil conglomerate has told a Manhattan federal judge that an attempt by the U.S. government to seize a $300 million yacht owned in his name should be tossed, rejecting claims that he was ever a stand-in owner for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

  • January 29, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Told Duty Expansion Was Based On Wrong Sources

    An automotive supplier pressed the Federal Circuit to free its heat-treated aluminum imports from tariffs targeting Chinese aluminum, arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce incorrectly relied on a nonpublic source to pull its imports under the duties' umbrella.

  • January 29, 2024

    V&E Atty Joins Debevoise As National Security Co-Leader

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has hired an attorney with over 30 years of experience working in government and private practice to co-lead the firm's national security practice in Washington, D.C., according to a Monday announcement.

  • January 27, 2024

    Justices Asked To Bar West Point From Considering Race

    Students for Fair Admissions Inc. is back at the U.S. Supreme Court, this time asking the justices to prohibit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from using race in admission decisions while a legal challenge is pending.

  • January 26, 2024

    EU Investment Plans Play To US Nat'l Security Concerns

    Three new measures adopted by the European Commission stand to close alternate pathways to advanced technology and funding that have plagued U.S. efforts to thwart adversaries like China and Russia.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ore. Sen. Calls Out NSA Web Browser Info Buying

    Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is calling on the Biden administration to help prevent intelligence agencies from purchasing information that has been unlawfully taken by data brokers, after disclosing that the National Security Agency buys the internet records of Americans.

  • January 26, 2024

    Gov't Urges Claims Court To Reject $40B Ligado Takings Suit

    The federal government has urged the Court of Federal Claims to toss Ligado Networks' $40 billion suit alleging the government has unconstitutionally misappropriated and blocked the company's use of exclusively licensed 5G spectrum, arguing Ligado filed the case in the wrong court.

  • January 26, 2024

    No 'Receipts' For Northrop Grumman Rent At Superfund Site

    A California appeals court cracked open its Urban Dictionary in an opinion letting Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. off the hook for $1.4 million in speculative back rent at a property where it's cleaning up an environmental mess, saying the current site owner can only go after actual damages and must "show the receipts" to win.

  • January 26, 2024

    GAO Rejects Challenge To Pentagon's $44B Medical Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office rejected a medical firm's efforts to again upend a pending $44 billion defense contract for professional medical services, saying the Defense Health Agency's revamped evaluation methodology appropriately accounted for bidders' proposed pricing.

  • January 26, 2024

    FCC Rejects Bids To Alter Some Orbital Satellite Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission has issued new guidance on how best to comply with 2020 rules designed to reduce debris from communications satellites, but rejected requests from aerospace firms to ease up on some requirements.

  • January 26, 2024

    Man Mailed Bias Suit Against Air Force Just In Time, Judge Says

    A man who sued the U.S. Air Force for discrimination might have "dilly-dallied," but he served papers just in time, a Georgia federal judge ruled in refusing to toss the age- and race-bias suit Wednesday.

  • January 26, 2024

    Appeals Board Lets Contractor's CARES Act Claims Proceed

    An Oklahoma contractor can pursue reimbursement from the Air Force for the cost of keeping its employees ready to work during COVID-19 lockdowns, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has ruled, rejecting the government's view that the board lacked jurisdiction.

  • January 26, 2024

    SolarWinds Says SEC Aims To 'Revictimize' It With Cyber Suit

    SolarWinds on Friday urged a New York federal judge to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit accusing the software provider of failing to tell investors about cybersecurity weaknesses prior to a Russian-linked data breach, saying the charges are "as unfounded as they are unprecedented."

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Best Practices For Defense Tech Startup Financing

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    Navigating the expanding and highly regulated defense technology sector requires careful planning and execution, starting at incorporation, so startups should prepare for foreign investor issues, choose their funding wisely and manage their funds carefully, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Looking For Defense Contract Appeal Trends In Annual Report

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    A deep dive into the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals annual report for the 2023 fiscal year reveals increases in the number of cases filed, pending motions and expedited or accelerated cases, while the board disposed of fewer cases than in prior fiscal years, say Scott Flesch and Alexandra Prime at Miller & Chevalier.

  • A Closer Look At The Sen. Menendez Indictment

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    Attorneys at Dowd Bennett analyze the latest charges filed against Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and four co-defendants — from bribery to acting as a foreign agent — potential defenses that may be mounted, and broader lessons for white collar attorneys.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Deal Over Jets Stranded In Russia May Serve As Blueprint

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    In the face of a pending "mega-trial" over leased airplanes held in Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, a settlement between leading aviation lessor AerCap Holdings NV and NSK, the Russian state-controlled insurance company, could pave the way for similar deals, say Samantha Zaozirny and Timeyin Pinnick at Browne Jacobson.

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    ESG Around The World: South Korea

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    Numerous ESG trends have materialized in South Korea in the past three years, with impacts ranging from greenwashing prevention and carbon neutrality measures to workplace harassment and board diversity initiatives, say Chang Wook Min and Hyun Chan Jung at Jipyong.

  • SolarWinds Ushers In New Era Of SEC Cyber Enforcement

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent lawsuit against software company SolarWinds Corp. and its chief information security officer is the first time the SEC has ever filed suit over scienter-based fraud involving cybersecurity failures, illustrating that both companies and CISOs need to be extra cautious in how they describe their cybersecurity practices, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

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