Aerospace & Defense

  • February 04, 2024

    $118B Senate Bill Proposes Sweeping Border Changes

    A group of bipartisan senators unveiled a $118 billion border security package Sunday that would usher in sweeping changes to the asylum system and boost border security measures, while providing nearly $48.5 billion in aid to Ukraine.

  • February 02, 2024

    Health Net Loses Bid To Stop $65B Contract Award

    The U.S. Department of Defense prevailed over Health Net's challenge to a $65 billion contract award to TriWest Healthcare Alliance, as a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Friday that TriWest's bid passed fair and square.

  • February 02, 2024

    US Chamber Calls SEC SolarWinds Suit An FCPA 'Power Grab'

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday urged a New York federal court to ax the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against software provider SolarWinds Corp., saying the agency is using a provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as a power grab for broader corporate policing authority.

  • February 02, 2024

    Feds Charge 9 With Trafficking Sanctioned Iranian Oil

    Nine foreign nationals have been charged with running an oil trafficking network to sell sanctioned fuel that helped finance the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. government considers a terrorist organization, the Department of Justice said Friday.

  • February 02, 2024

    ACLU Atty On How To Protect Civil Liberties In The AI Era

    Because artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems often operate in the shadows, there's a new need for legislation, regulation and enforcement to ensure the technology doesn't undercut civil liberties by engaging in discrimination in housing, education or employment, according to Cody Venzke, senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • February 02, 2024

    Coast Guard Owes $35M For 'Kidnapping,' Fishermen Say

    Two fishermen claim they were kidnapped for 10 days at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard, forced to watch as the Coast Guard destroyed their ship, and then were imprisoned for six years on drug trafficking charges that were ultimately dismissed, according to a New Jersey federal lawsuit seeking more than $35 million in damages.

  • February 02, 2024

    Dems Ask GAO To Review Tuberville's Military Hold

    A pair of top House Democrats asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday to review the impact of the "unprecedented" hold on over 400 military nominations and promotions by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.

  • February 02, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Dentons sued by a former high-profile partner in Saudi Arabia, Jaguar Land Rover rev its engine in the intellectual property court against automotive company HaynesPro, and the Russian National Reinsurance Company tackle a settlement with BOC Aviation over stranded aircraft. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 02, 2024

    Supreme Court Lets West Point Consider Race For Now

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point can continue considering the race and ethnicity of applicants in its admissions decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, leaving in place a policy the military claims helps its forces prepare for war while Students For Fair Admissions Inc. challenges it in court.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Hires Ex-Lewis Brisbois Team In Chicago

    Law firm Clyde & Co. LLP announced Thursday that it had hired nine Chicago-based insurance law and general liability attorneys from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, including that firm's former managing partner in the city.

  • February 02, 2024

    NLRB Constitutionality Fight Must Stay In Texas, SpaceX Says

    A constitutional challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's structure shouldn't head to a California district court, SpaceX contended, saying the case must proceed in Texas because fired workers in the dispute "caused substantial disruption" to the company in that state.

  • February 01, 2024

    Binance Enabled Hamas Fundraising, Oct. 7 Survivors Say

    A mother and daughter taken by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack in Israel as well as the family of two victims sued crypto-exchange Binance for allegedly allowing Hamas-linked accounts to transact on its platform and hiding that activity from U.S. regulators.

  • February 01, 2024

    GAO Nixes Protests To Army's Costly Pick For $549M Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office freed the U.S. Army Materiel Command from claims it unreasonably snubbed two contractors for an installation support deal in favor of a company with a more expensive bid, saying the command justified the price differential.

  • February 01, 2024

    EPA Floats New PFAS Rules For Hazardous Waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed two rules that would clear the way for extensive new regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

  • February 01, 2024

    Kirkland Under Chancery Fire In Space Biz Merger Suit

    Scant disclosures from Kirkland & Ellis LLP about its partners' potential financial stake in a $1.2 billion deal the firm was advising drew sharp scrutiny from Delaware's Court of Chancery at a hearing in Wilmington on Thursday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Chinese Nationals Charged With Smuggling US Tech To Iran

    The United States government has charged four Chinese nationals in Washington, D.C., federal court with unlawfully smuggling technology to entities in Iran that manufacture military products, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Gov. Study Shows Higher Cancer Rates On Camp Lejeune

    Military and civilian workers at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with a variety of cancers compared to those on a base with uncontaminated water, according to a government study officially published a month after people suing the government urged for its release.

  • February 01, 2024

    Oil Price Cap Coalition Outlines Top Evasion Tactics

    The countries behind the Russian oil price cap, or OPC, issued new guidance Thursday outlining the primary tactics used to evade the $60 per barrel limit, including the increasing use of byzantine corporate structures to hide prohibited transactions.

  • February 01, 2024

    Texas County Can't Escape Suit Over SpaceX Beach Closures

    A state appellate court ruled Thursday that several governmental entities can't escape an environmental group's challenge to the closure of a southern Texas beach for SpaceX activities, finding immunity is waived because the groups are challenging the validity of a state statute.

  • February 01, 2024

    How Will AI Impact The Environment? Dems Want To Find Out

    As attempts to integrate artificial intelligence into products and processes speed up, Congress wants a close look at how the technology's electricity use, water needs and waste consequences are affecting the environment.

  • February 01, 2024

    Biden Admin. Sanctions Israeli Settlers In West Bank

    President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday imposing financial and visa restrictions on "extremist" actors in the West Bank, with the first round of sanctions being levied against four Israeli settlers found to have assaulted Palestinian civilians and Israeli activists. 

  • February 01, 2024

    Worker Says Helicopter Co. Fired Her For Remote Work Ask

    A helicopter manufacturer refused to allow an employee who suffers from anxiety to continue working from home after the company brought workers back to the office in October 2020, then fired her when she refused to resign, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-CIA Coder Who Sent Secrets To WikiLeaks Gets 40 Years

    Joshua Schulte, a former CIA programmer convicted of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks and of child pornography charges, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday by a Manhattan federal judge, who declined prosecutors' request to put the Texas computer expert away for life.

  • February 01, 2024

    Michigan Co. To Pay $5M To Resolve Army Overcharge Claims

    A Michigan company will pay $5 million to the U.S. government to resolve a former employee's whistleblower claims it overstated pricing data for subcontractor work in a deal to manufacture armored vehicle upgrades for the U.S. Army, federal prosecutors announced.

  • January 31, 2024

    NASA's Pricey Pick For $60M Deal Was 'Rational,' Judge Says

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims backed a $60.3 million NASA deal for technical workforce education and training, finding that the agency rationally assessed each company's proposal and reasonably decided that a protester's cheaper bid wasn't worth its risks.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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