Aerospace & Defense

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-Director Denies Agreeing To Keep Pharma Firm's Info Secret

    The former director of government sales for Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC has struck back in North Carolina's business court against allegations that he took trade secrets to a rival, claiming he didn't sign any confidentiality agreements concerning documents he needed for legal purposes.

  • January 22, 2024

    New US Sanctions Target Iraqi Airline And Hamas Financiers

    The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday imposed sanctions on Iraqi airline Fly Baghdad for allegedly helping Iran's Quds Force, and on Hamas-affiliated financial networks that the department said facilitated funds transfers, including cryptocurrency transfers, from the Iranian military unit to Hamas.

  • January 22, 2024

    WTO Reports Less Wheat In Suez Canal Over Red Sea Attacks

    Reports of cargo ship attacks in the Red Sea have caused wheat-carrying ships to avoid the Suez Canal, according to the World Trade Organization, which said wheat shipments through the canal fell nearly 40% over the past two weeks.

  • January 22, 2024

    Strong Oversight Coming For New Air Force Missile Program

    Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chair of the House Armed Services Committee, pledged to conduct "vigorous oversight" of the U.S. Air Force's new intercontinental ballistic missile program following an update from the military service that the program had exceeded its budget.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-DHS Official Wants Probation For Software Theft Case

    A former senior official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's watchdog asked a D.C. federal judge to spare him prison time for stealing proprietary software he helped design for the government, saying he never profited from the theft.

  • January 22, 2024

    Fluor Suit Relators Say FCA Was Never Ruled Unconstitutional

    Former military officers accusing Fluor Corp. of having defrauded the U.S. military in a massive logistics support contract countered Fluor's contention that they can't sue it on the government's behalf, saying that no court has ever made such a ruling.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Thales Looks To Halt Sale Of Avionics JV While Arb. Plays Out

    A New York federal judge Friday ordered defense contractor L3 Technologies to appear before him next month to defend itself in litigation filed by French aerospace firm Thales over the contested sale of L3's majority stake in the companies' aviation electronics joint venture.

  • January 19, 2024

    GAO Calls For Better Foreign Farmland Data Management

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve how it collects, tracks and reports data on foreign purchases of U.S. farmland, after finding flaws with its current process.

  • January 19, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Missile Systems Engineer's $2M Award

    The Eleventh Circuit has upheld an Alabama federal jury's award of about $1.96 million to a missile defense engineer who won a suit claiming his former employer breached a contract, saying there weren't any grounds for reversal.

  • January 19, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Blamed In New Suit Over Boeing 737 Blowout

    Four passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight over the West Coast earlier this month when a panel of the Boeing 737 Max jet blew off at 16,000 feet say the air carrier is partly to blame for the incident for deciding the aircraft was safe to fly over land — but not over water — following warnings from pilots.

  • January 19, 2024

    House Passes Bill To Create Customs 'Global Trade Specialist'

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to create a global trade specialist position at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which the legislation's sponsors say would enable the agency to be more nimble in enforcing U.S. trade policy.

  • January 19, 2024

    Judge Says Beirut Bombing Row 'Doesn't Reflect Well' On Bar

    A Houston federal judge said Friday that a contract dispute between two law firms involved in litigation over the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing "doesn't reflect well upon the bar" as he weighed whether to move the case to Maryland or dismiss it in its entirety.

  • January 19, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Ex-Lab Director Can't Revive Retaliation Suit

    The Ninth Circuit backed the dismissal Friday of a former laboratory director's suit alleging he was forced out after facing microaggressions about his East Asian heritage and retaliated against when he tried to walk back his retirement, ruling both claims lacked detail.

  • January 19, 2024

    Commerce Removes 3 Foreign Cos. From 'Unverified List'

    Three companies from China, the United Arab Emirates and Canada can now receive U.S. products including sensitive technology and software because the U.S. Department of Commerce has cleared them from its list of entities whose ultimate use of the products can't be verified as needed for national security reasons.

  • January 19, 2024

    Army Corps Escapes Ohio River Tugboat Service Suit

    An Ohio federal judge has let the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers out of a construction and asphalt company's suit over an allegedly unauthorized tugboat service on the Ohio River, writing in his opinion that the Corps is not properly a defendant just for owning the land the service is using.

  • January 19, 2024

    4 Firms Steer $1.8B Kaman Corp. Go-Private Deal

    Aircraft component maker Kaman Corp. said Friday it has agreed to be acquired by Arcline Investment Management in a take-private deal that carries a roughly $1.8 billion enterprise value, in a deal steered by four law firms.

  • January 18, 2024

    Feds Attack Trump's 'Baseless' Evidence Bid In Criminal Case

    The Special Counsel's Office on Thursday urged a Florida federal judge to reject former President Donald Trump's recent discovery request in the criminal case over allegedly mishandled classified documents, slamming Trump's motion alleging interagency collusion as "replete with mischaracterizations and baseless arguments."

  • January 18, 2024

    GAO Backs Air Force's Bid Rejection On $960M Support Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest over a security services company's exclusion from a $960 million U.S. Air Force support services contract, saying the Air Force reasonably found the firm's experience wasn't relevant enough to the contracted work.

  • January 18, 2024

    Success Of DOD Industrial Strategy Hinges On Missing Details

    A new Pentagon strategy aimed at boosting capacity and improving workforce shortages within the defense industry has left stakeholders yearning for more details on how supply chain limitations and potential budgetary shortfalls could affect its successful implementation.

  • January 18, 2024

    Groups Fight To Add Claims In FAA, SpaceX Launch Row

    Environmental groups challenging the Federal Aviation Administration's environmental review underpinning its decision to allow a SpaceX rocket launch facility in Texas have pushed back against attempts by the company and agency to block their proposed supplemental complaint.

  • January 18, 2024

    Man Sent Sensitive Tech To Sanctioned Russian Co., Feds Say

    A businessman was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles and subsequently charged for allegedly shipping microchips and other sensitive technology without licenses to a Russian electronics and intel company that's been sanctioned over its role in assisting the Russian military's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

  • January 18, 2024

    US Sanctions Emirati Shipper For Oil Price Cap Violations

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday sanctioned a United Arab Emirates-based owner of a ship that transported Russian crude oil above a $60 per barrel price cap, marking the department's first oil price cap enforcement action of the new year.

  • January 18, 2024

    No 6th Circ. Redo For PFAS Class Targeting 3M, Others

    The Sixth Circuit will not rethink a panel's decision to vacate class certification for 11 million Ohio residents accusing 3M Co. and others of irresponsibly selling products with "forever chemicals" that put people's health at risk, according to a Thursday order stating no judge called for a rehearing vote.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What To Watch As The FCC Leans Into National Security

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    Information and communications technology and services operators and investors should keep a close eye on the Federal Communications Commission's increasing activity in national security matters, which could slow transactions and subject providers to additional oversight, say David Plotinsky and Patricia Cave at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Calif. Right To Repair Law Highlights A Growing Movement

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    New legislation in California is a comprehensive victory for the "right to repair" movement — signaling that this push for legal reform represents a multifaceted challenge to the status quo not only on the consumer rights front, but also in the fields of copyright, software, antitrust and warranty law, says Courtney Sarnow at Culhane Meadows.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Deference Limit, Close-At-Hand Doctrine

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Roke Iko at MoFo examines a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims about the parameters of agency deference, and one from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that highlights the risk to offerors of relying heavily on evaluators’ prior knowledge.

  • New DOJ Roles Underscore National Security Focus

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent creation of two new leadership positions signals to the private sector that federal law enforcement is pouring resources into corporate investigations to identify potential national security violations, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What Justices' Cert. Denial Of Terrorism Suit Means For Banks

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's denial of certiorari in Freeman v. HSBC Holdings lets stand the Second Circuit's decision on the narrow scope of conspiracy liability under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, providing protection for banks that otherwise could have faced liability for finance activities with limited connections to third parties' unlawful acts, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • EPA's Final PFAS Rule Greatly Expands Cos.' Reporting Duties

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently released final regulation requiring reporting by entities that have manufactured or imported products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances will require considerable time and attention from affected companies — including many that have not previously faced such obligations, say Lawrence Culleen and Judah Prero at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

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