Aerospace & Defense

  • November 08, 2023

    Justices Skeptical Of Limiting Army Vet's Education Benefits

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared receptive to a veteran's challenge to an en banc Federal Circuit ruling that said he wasn't owed more education benefits, with the chief justice calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' view of what he was entitled to a "raw deal."

  • November 08, 2023

    Trump Atty Docs Fair Game As Soon As He Raises Defense

    A D.C. federal judge ruled Wednesday that former President Donald Trump must tell prosecutors by Jan. 15 whether he intends to blame his lawyers as a defense in his election interference case — and if so, he'll have to simultaneously give the government all relevant privileged communications with his lawyers.

  • November 08, 2023

    Navarro Says Feds Have No Way To Compel Email Handover

    Former Trump administration adviser Peter Navarro told the D.C. Circuit that the federal government couldn't lean on the 1978 law governing the preservation of official presidential records to demand he hand over emails from his time at the White House.

  • November 07, 2023

    Weiss Says He's 'Decision-Maker' In Hunter Biden Probe

    Special counsel David Weiss told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he is the "decision-maker" in the ongoing investigation of Hunter Biden and that no one in the U.S. Department of Justice has "blocked" him from pursuing the case.

  • November 07, 2023

    Boeing Exec Calls IP Manager Untrustworthy In Age Bias Trial

    The former boss of a Boeing IP manager suing the company for age bias testified Tuesday the plaintiff manipulated facts to cast himself in the best light, as the company rebutted claims it demoted the employee for speaking up about toxic treatment of older workers. 

  • November 07, 2023

    GAO Says Not All Blind Vendors Can Get Army Service Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a Houston-based food servicer's contention that any licensed blind vendor should be prioritized for a U.S. Army food staffing contract, saying the company ignored parts of a regulation that narrowed the eligible pool down to specifically licensed vendors.

  • November 07, 2023

    GOP Lawmakers Push To Renege On $6B Iran Hostage Deal

    Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee advocated for legislation Tuesday that would lock $6 billion in Iranian assets the U.S. had agreed to release as part of a hostage negotiation, a move Democrats said would imperil future talks.

  • November 07, 2023

    Citizens Bank Says Hedge Fund Undercut AeroCision's Ch. 11

    Citizens Bank said the hedge fund owner of bankrupt airplane parts maker AeroCision reneged on its approval of prepackaged Chapter 11 plans, forcing the company to auction and costing Citizens more than $5 million, according to an adversary action filed in Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • November 07, 2023

    DOJ Probing BAE's $5.6B Bid To Buy Ball Aerospace Arm

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division is looking into BAE Systems PLC's $5.6 billion acquisition of rival Ball Corp.'s aerospace subsidiary, Ball disclosed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • November 07, 2023

    FISA Plan Demands Probable Cause To Get Americans' Data

    Ahead of a year-end deadline, a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers unveiled legislation on Tuesday to reauthorize and reform the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance program, but the Biden administration is already raising objections.

  • November 07, 2023

    Manatt Opens San Diego Office, Former US Atty To Head It

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP is opening an office in the San Diego area in California, and bringing in a former U.S. attorney to head it, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 07, 2023

    Watchdog Pans Handling Of Nuclear Leak Investigation

    The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Energy faulted its intelligence arm's handling of an investigation into a potential nuclear information leak, reporting Tuesday that the intel office failed to notify the relevant official of the suspected incident. 

  • November 07, 2023

    After Exit, Palestinian American Couple End Gaza Rescue Suit

    A Palestinian American couple dropped their lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. to evacuate them from the Gaza Strip, after their attorneys announced Tuesday that the couple were able to leave the besieged coastal enclave and enter Egypt.  

  • November 07, 2023

    The 2023 Law360 Prestige Leaders

    Check out our Prestige Leaders ranking, analysis and interactive graphics to see which firms stand out for their financial performance, attractiveness to attorneys and law students, ability to secure accolades, and positive legal news media representation.

  • November 07, 2023

    How Law Firms Build And Protect Stellar Reputations

    Now more than ever, BigLaw firms depend on the strength of their brand to land clients, attract recruits and justify top-shelf hourly rates. But in the world of the 24/7 news cycle, where any slip-up can instantly go viral, how do firms manage their prized reputations?

  • November 06, 2023

    Boeing IP Manager's Age Bias Trial Reveals 'Crying Chair'

    Current and former Boeing workers took the stand Monday on the first day of a bench trial in an age discrimination suit brought by a longtime manager in the company's intellectual property licensing department, describing an atmosphere so toxic that the office had a "crying chair" for upset workers.

  • November 06, 2023

    Gov't Says Contractor On 'Fishing Expedition' In Bribery Case

    The federal government has pushed back against a U.S. Navy contractor CEO's bid to delay sentencing in his bribery case so he can pursue evidence of potential misconduct by a federal agent, saying he has access to all relevant information already.

  • November 06, 2023

    DOJ Pans SpaceX's Constitutional Attack On Bias Complaint

    The U.S. Department of Justice refuted SpaceX's efforts to end an agency review of its refugee hiring practices, telling a Texas federal court that the judge overseeing the probe was constitutionally authorized.

  • November 06, 2023

    Rewards Program Co. Settles Sanctioned Payouts For $206K

    A corporate rewards company will pay more than $206,000 for more than 12,000 transactions it enabled in sanctioned regions including Crimea, Cuba, Iran and Syria over the last five years, according to settlement details released Monday.

  • November 06, 2023

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    After a Halloween break, today's roundup includes two weeks' worth of Chancery Court treats, including morsels about Gilead, Twitter, Boston Scientific, Fiesta Restaurants, Berkshire Hathaway and more.

  • November 06, 2023

    3M Earplug Judge Drops Over 3,500 Claims In MDL

    The Florida federal judge overseeing the 3M earplug multidistrict litigation has closed several claims due to duplicate cases and overlapping representation, which she said have "plagued" the case, after her deadline ordering dupes be dropped and overlapping counsel issues be resolved passed.

  • November 06, 2023

    GE Unit Pays $9.4M To End Probe Of Military Parts Inspections

    General Electric Co.'s aerospace business will pay $9.4 million to settle civil claims that it improperly inspected military aircraft engines it sold to the Pentagon and delivered some of the propulsion units with "unallowable metal fragments" inside, according to a deal announced Monday.

  • November 06, 2023

    3 Firms Lead Bain's $5.3B Deal For PE-Owned Guidehouse

    Milbank LLP and Covington & Burling LLP are steering Guidehouse and its private equity owner Veritas Capital on a new agreement to sell the Virginia-based consultancy to Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Bain Capital Private Equity for $5.3 billion, Guidehouse said Monday. 

  • November 03, 2023

    DC Circ. Halts Trump Gag Order In Election Interference Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday evening hit pause on a gag order preventing former President Donald Trump from harassing or intimidating witnesses as part of his ongoing criminal conspiracy and obstruction case over the 2020 election.

  • November 03, 2023

    Flooded Landowners Say Ruling Supports Suit Against Feds

    Hundreds of Houston property owners who sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after their properties flooded during Hurricane Harvey told the Court of Federal Claims that a recent decision in a similar case supported a ruling in their favor.

Expert Analysis

  • RICO Trade Secret Standard Prevails Within 9th Circ. Courts

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    Federal courts in the Ninth Circuit seem to be requiring a relatively high degree of factual detail — arguably more than is expressly mandated by statute — to plead and maintain Racketeer and Corrupt Organizations Act claims in trade secret disputes, says Cary Sullivan at Jones Day.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Self-Disclosure Lessons From Exemplary Corp. Resolutions

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    With scant examples of corporate resolutions in the wake of U.S. Department of Justice self-disclosure policy changes last fall, companies may glean helpful insights from three recent declination letters, as well as other governmental self-reporting regimes, say Lindsey Collins and Kate Rumsey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Unfair Advantage, Buy American Waiver

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, James Tucker at MoFo offers takeaways on one decision that considers unfair proposal development advantages in the context of an employee's access to nonpublic information in a prior federal government position, and another decision that reconsiders a contract award based on an inadequately supported waiver of Buy American Act restrictions.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Opinion

    Russia Ruling Should Lead UK To Review Sanctions Policy

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    The High Court's recent dismissal of the first-ever court challenge to Russian sanctions in Shvidler v. Secretary of State sets a demanding standard for overturning designation decisions, highlighting the need for an independent review of the Russia sanctions regime, says Helen Taylor at Spotlight on Corruption.

  • Schumer Framework May Forge US Model On AI Governance

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    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's proposed SAFE Innovation Framework may have the potential to generate thoughtful understanding and governance of artificial intelligence within a meaningful time frame, say Alan Charles Raul and Rimsha Syeda at Sidley.

  • Covington Ruling Strengthens SEC's Enforcement Powers

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    A Washington, D.C., federal court’s recent order that Covington & Burling provide the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with the identities of its clients in response to a subpoena reinforces the agency’s broad authority to investigate cybersecurity violations, and suggests law firms must take steps to strengthen data privacy, say Elisha Kobre and Ryan Dean at Bradley Arant.

  • The Self-Disclosure Calculus After Tri-Seal Compliance Note

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    With the recent note from three government agencies emphasizing the incentives for voluntarily self-disclosing potential violations of sanctions, export control and other national security laws, companies’ risk-based analyses of whether to disclose even minor, technical offenses may shift, say attorneys at Akin.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • The Pros And Cons Of The Senate's DOD Data Rights Plan

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    The Senate's latest defense spending bill stands to benefit big business by clarifying that the government should not automatically obtain unlimited rights in certain contractor data, but the reduction of other protections elsewhere may put small businesses at risk, say Tyler Evans and Anna Menzel at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • SBA 8(a) Contractors Must Prepare To Reestablish Eligibility

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    A Tennessee federal court's recent decision in Ultima Services v. U.S. Department of Agriculture has massive implications for the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program, whose participants will soon need to reestablish their status as socially disadvantaged, say Edward DeLisle and Andrés Vera at Thompson Hine.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

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