Aerospace & Defense

  • 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."

  • January 26, 2024

    House Small Biz Committee Investigating $61B VA IT Deal

    Leaders of the House of Representatives' Small Business Committee have said they will investigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' decision to award only 30 contracts under a high-profile $60.7 billion information technology contract, raising concerns that small businesses had been "unnecessarily" excluded from the deal.

  • January 26, 2024

    Records Agency Clears Backlog That Held Up VA Benefits

    The archivist of the United States is touting the elimination of the pandemic-induced backlog of military service records that veterans need to access benefits and services.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 25, 2024

    Newman Suspension Row Should Stay In Fed. Circ., Judge Told

    U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman can't take her challenge of her Federal Circuit suspension to an outside judge, a D.C. federal judge heard Thursday as he considers if he has the authority to intervene in the circuit's investigation of the 96-year-old's alleged "significant mental deterioration."

  • January 25, 2024

    Northrop Grumman Reveals $1.56B Hit Over B-21 Bomber

    Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Thursday that it took a nearly $1.56 billion hit on the initial production phase for its B-21 Raider stealth bomber, saying that the first batch of five of the aircraft would likely come at a loss.

  • January 25, 2024

    Vet Fighting Volvo USERRA Win Faces Skepticism At 7th Circ.

    A U.S. Army veteran faces some "insurmountable legal obstacles" in her push to reinstate a $7.8 million trial win in a long-running case accusing Volvo of illegally firing her over military-related absences, a Seventh Circuit judge said at oral arguments Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Instructions, Jurisdiction, Scrutiny

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Michaela Thornton at MoFo examines three recent protests resolved in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Government Accountability Office that arose from indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract awards and offer important reminders about the fundamentals of procurement law.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

  • Del. Dispatch: Refining M&A Terms After Twitter Investor Suit

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision in Crispo v. Musk — invalidating a merger agreement provision that has been commonly used to disincentivize buyers from wrongful merger termination — should cause target companies to consider new approaches to ensure the payment of lost premium damages, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • A Look At DOJ's New Nationwide Investment Fraud Approach

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    Investment fraud charges are increasingly being brought in unlikely venues across the country, and the rationale behind the U.S. Department of Justice's approach could well be the heightened legal standards in connection with prosecuting investment fraud, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • Unpacking GAO's FY 2023 Bid Protest Report

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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent bid protest report reflects an increase in sustained protests, illustrating that disappointed offerors may see little reason to refrain from seeking corrective action — but there is more to the story, say Aron Beezley and Patrick Quigley at Bradley Arant.

  • Takeaways From Iran Missile Procurement Advisory

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    Companies should familiarize themselves with the entities and practices highlighted in the recent multiagency Iran Ballistic Missile Procurement Advisory, to avoid falling prey to deceptive practices that help bad actors evade sanctions, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • White House AI Order Balances Innovation And Regulation

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    President Joe Biden’s recently issued executive order on artificial intelligence lays out a sprawling list of directives aimed at establishing standards for safety, security and privacy protection, and may help strike the balance between the freedom to innovate and the need to impose regulation in this rapidly evolving space, say Kristen Logan and Martin Zoltick at Rothwell Figg.

  • How Biden's AI Order Stacks Up Against Calif. And G7 Activity

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    Evaluating the federal AI executive order alongside the California AI executive order and the G7's Hiroshima AI Code of Conduct can offer a more robust picture of key risks and concerns companies should proactively work to mitigate as they build or integrate artificial intelligence tools into their products and services, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • What Can Be Learned From 3M's Iran Sanctions Settlement

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    3M’s recent agreement to pay $9.6 million to resolve potential liability for violation of Iran sanctions provides insight on the complexity of U.S. sanctions compliance, the duration of enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the benefits and potential drawbacks of voluntary disclosure, says Thaddeus McBride at Bass Berry.

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