Aerospace & Defense

  • 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."

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Time To Ban Deferred Prosecution For Fatal Corporate Crime

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    As illustrated by prosecutors’ deals with Boeing and other companies, deferred prosecution agreements have strayed far from their original purpose, and Congress must ban the use of this tool in cases where corporate misconduct has led to fatalities, says Peter Reilly at Texas A&M University School of Law.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Suspension And Debarment: FY 2023 By The Numbers

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    A comparative analysis of System for Award Management data, culminating with fiscal year 2023, reveals a year-over-year drop in annual suspension and debarment numbers so significant as to leave the government contracting community trying to figure out what is happening, says David Robbins at Jenner & Block.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Best Practices For Cos. Navigating US-China Investigations

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    Given recent enforcement trends and the broad jurisdictional reach of U.S. laws, companies with operations in China must enhance their compliance programs in order to balance new corporate enforcement expectations with Chinese data protection and privacy requirements, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Contracts Disputes Recap: Expect Strict Application Of Rules

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    Zachary Jacobson and Sarah Barney at Seyfarth examine four recent cases highlighting the importance, for both contractors and government agencies, of strict compliance with the Contract Disputes Act’s jurisdictional requirements and with the Federal Acquisition Regulation's remedy-granting clauses.

  • Unpacking The FAR Council's Cybersecurity Rules Proposal

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    New reporting and information sharing requirements in the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's recently proposed cybersecurity regulations would create new False Claims Act enforceability risks, and could be a focus for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Cyber Fraud Initiative, say Townsend Bourne and Lillia Damalouji at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Avoiding Bribery, Corruption And Sanctions Risks In Int'l M&A

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    Given the evolving merger and acquisition landscape — as evidenced by the Justice Department’s recently announced safe harbor policy — acquirers conducting international transactions must build bribery, anti-corruption and sanctions risk considerations squarely into their due diligence processes, say Brian Markley and Jennifer Potts at Cahill Gordon.

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