Aerospace & Defense

  • June 03, 2024

    IT Co. Says Blank Space Wrongly Cost It $10B Army Deal

    An Ohio information technology company urged the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to have the U.S. Army reinstate its eligibility for a pending $10 billion U.S. Army procurement, saying it shouldn't have been booted for an empty pricing spreadsheet cell.

  • June 03, 2024

    No Sanctions For 'Fraudulent' Signatures In 3M Earplug MDL

    A Florida federal judge has decided against sanctioning two law firms that signed documents in place of their clients but chastised their lawyers' "obviously improper" act, which could have cut their clients out of their share of the $6 billion settlement in the 3M combat earplugs multidistrict litigation.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ex-Official Says Menendez Sparked Fear Of Ag Industry 'Harm'

    A former U.S. Department of Agriculture official conceded under cross-examination Monday that a phone call he received from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez about an acquaintance's certification business for meat exported to Egypt was like dozens he received from lawmakers advocating for their constituents, but he said it still left him worried for the industry. 

  • June 03, 2024

    Sens. Say DOD Risks Security With Reliance On Microsoft

    Lawmakers told the U.S. Department of Defense that they want information on a reported plan to require an expensive Microsoft software upgrade for department components, expressing concern the Pentagon will risk security by increasing dependence on the technology company.

  • May 31, 2024

    Judge Axes Class Claims In Navy Federal Discrimination Suit

    A Virginia federal judge has cut claims and denied class certification in a suit accusing Navy Federal Credit Union of racial lending discrimination, saying the statistical evidence from media reports does not establish intentional discrimination.

  • May 31, 2024

    Intelsat Worries Over Reg Fee Spike For FCC Space Bureau

    Satellite network provider Intelsat is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to slow down with fee increases for its new Space Bureau, telling the commission in a series of meetings that rate changes proposed in March would bring about massive hikes for the industry.

  • May 31, 2024

    Ex-GOP Candidate Sues Air Force Over Records Disclosure

    A former Republican U.S. House candidate alleged in a new lawsuit in D.C. federal court that the U.S. Department of the Air Force illegally disclosed her confidential military records to a Democratic-linked research firm in the run-up to election day, contending the disclosure violated the federal Privacy Act.

  • May 31, 2024

    Former Navy Vice Chief Indicted On Bribery Charges

    Retired U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert Burke and the co-CEOs of a Navy contractor, Yongchul "Charlie" Kim and Meghan Messenger, have been indicted over an alleged bribery scheme to steer contracts to the executives' company, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Mountain Of Messages Dominates Week 2 In Menendez Trial

    The wife of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez asked her "handsome senator" husband for a favor that allegedly furthered a bribery scheme, coached him on what to say to Egyptian officials, and let an attorney use her phone to make a deal with him, jurors learned during the second week of trial in the government's corruption case.

  • May 31, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Health, Spacecraft And Bombs

    The U.S. Defense Health Agency unveiled contracts worth tens of billions of dollars in May, including a scrutinized $43 billion medical staffing vehicle, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration added $6 billion to a spacecraft deal. Here, Law360 looks at some of the most noteworthy government contracts over the last month.

  • May 30, 2024

    Jury Awards Electric Jet Startup $72M In Boeing IP Case

    A Washington federal jury said Thursday that The Boeing Co. should pay Zunum Aero Inc. $72 million for misappropriating the electric jet startup's trade secrets and souring a deal with a potential investor, in an award partially subject to trebling under state law.

  • May 30, 2024

    FAA Caps 737 Max Production Amid Boeing Safety Plan Fixes

    The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it will continue to limit Boeing's production of 737 Max jets as the company presses ahead with overhauling its safety culture under an FAA-mandated corrective action plan following January's midair blowout aboard an Alaska Airlines flight.

  • May 30, 2024

    Judge Finds US Owns Fla. Island In Long-Running Dispute

    A federal judge ruled that the government owns a vacant island off the harbor of Key West, Florida, in rejecting a developer's long-running claim to title, finding that the U.S. Navy has used the site as a buffer from forces such as hurricanes and private development.

  • May 30, 2024

    Judge Exits Military Families' Suit Over Fatal Osprey Crash

    A California federal judge recused himself from the wrongful death lawsuit launched by the families of the U.S. Marines killed when a Bell-Boeing-made V-22 Osprey went down, a recent court filing shows.

  • May 30, 2024

    Menendez's Wife Hires Coburn Greenbaum For Bribery Case

    Nadine Menendez, wife of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, has hired Coburn Greenbaum & Eisenstein PLLC partner Barry Coburn to defend her in the government's case accusing her and her husband of accepting bribes from three businessmen.

  • May 30, 2024

    DOJ Says Okla. School District Violated Military Leave Law

    A school district in Oklahoma violated federal law by failing to reinstate a music teacher after he returned from military deployment in the Air Force Reserve, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged in a lawsuit. 

  • May 30, 2024

    Ex-Air Cargo Exec Who Took $6.7M In Kickbacks Gets 4 Years

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a German-born former air cargo executive to four years in prison Thursday for a decadelong course of corruption in which he personally took over $6.7 million in kickbacks, saying the wealthy defendant acted out of "pure greed."

  • May 29, 2024

    Honeywell Ends Suit Over $8.75M Bond For Army Base Work

    A Pennsylvania federal court has approved a request from Honeywell International Inc. to drop its lawsuit over an $8.75 million performance bond whose issuer allegedly balked at paying to replace a bankrupt subcontractor for a long-delayed job at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

  • May 29, 2024

    FCC Chief Floats Plan To Cut Down On Orbital Satellite Debris

    The Federal Communications Commission's chair proposed new rules Wednesday aiming to reduce the chances of spacecraft explosions that leave debris in orbit.

  • May 29, 2024

    GAO Claims Jurisdiction And Denies Novel AI Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled it had the authority to hear a novel dispute over a company's exclusion from an Army prize competition for artificial intelligence technology because the competition could have eventually led to a contract, but ultimately rejected the protest.

  • May 29, 2024

    Israeli Nanotech Startup, Canadian Biotech Plot US IPOs

    An Israeli nanotech startup launched plans Wednesday for an estimated $75 million U.S. initial public offering, while a Canadian-listed biotechnology company also filed documents to tap U.S. markets, adding to a recent spate of cross-border listings.

  • May 29, 2024

    House Judiciary Leaders Seek Briefing On FISA Court Access

    The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are looking for an update on a request by members of Congress for access to the secretive proceedings of the court that hears matters on the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance law.

  • May 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Doctor's Military Bias Suit

    An Arizona hospital defeated a doctor's discrimination lawsuit for the second time, with the Ninth Circuit upholding an Arizona federal judge's decision to toss the doctor's claims that the hospital showed bias against his military status by not renewing his contract after he deployed.

  • May 29, 2024

    Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

    The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

  • May 28, 2024

    Boeing Jury Urged To Reject Electric Startup's $200M IP Ask

    Counsel for Boeing Co. told a jury to reject Zunum Aero Inc.'s claim it deserves nearly $200 million for alleged trade secrets misappropriation, saying during closing arguments Tuesday that Zunum wants to shift blame away from its own failures.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Timely Gov't Contractor Registration Renewal Is Key

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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent decision in TLS Joint Venture makes clear that a lapse in System for Award Management registration, no matter how brief, renders a government contractor ineligible for a negotiated procurement, so submit renewals with plenty of time to spare, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • Data Protection Steps To Consider After Biden Privacy Order

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    A recent White House executive order casts a spotlight on the criticality of securing sensitive content communications, presenting challenges and necessitating a recalibration of practices, especially for lawyers, says Camilo Artiga-Purcell at Kiteworks.

  • Inside OMB's Update On Race And Ethnicity Data Collection

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    The Office of Management and Budget's new guidelines for agency collection of data on race and ethnicity reflect societal changes and the concerns of certain demographics, but implementation may be significantly burdensome for agencies and employers, say Joanna Colosimo and Bill Osterndorf at DCI Consulting.

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    Whitewater Kayaking Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Whether it's seeing clients and their issues from a new perspective, or staying nimble in a moment of intense challenge, the lessons learned from whitewater kayaking transcend the rapids of a river and prepare attorneys for the courtroom and beyond, says Matthew Kent at Alston & Bird.

  • GSA's Carbon-Free Power Plan: Tips For Electricity Suppliers

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    The U.S. General Services Administration's recent request for information concerning its intent to acquire a large amount of carbon pollution-free electricity over the next decade in the PJM Interconnection region offers key insights for companies interested in becoming electric power suppliers to federal government agencies, say Shaunna Bailey and Nicholas Dugdale at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Contract Disputes Recap: Interpretation And Jurisdiction

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    Edward Arnold and Sarah Barney at Seyfarth examine three decisions by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that show the importance of knowing who your contracting partner is, addressing patent ambiguities in a solicitation prior to award and keeping basic contract principles in mind when evaluating performance obligations.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • New Proposal Signals Sharper Enforcement Focus At CFIUS

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    Last week's proposed rule aimed at broadening the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' enforcement authority over foreign investments and increasing penalties for violations signals that CFIUS intends to continue expanding its aggressive monitoring of national security issues, say attorneys at Kirkland.

  • Analyzing New EU Measure To Prevent Reexports To Russia

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    Niels Ersbøll, Alexander Italianer and Laura Beuls at Arnold & Porter offer a comprehensive overview of the European Union's new rule requiring export agreements to contain a clause prohibiting the reexport of goods to Russia, and discuss what companies should do to ensure compliance.

  • Exploring Patent Trends In Aerospace Electrification

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    As blue-chip companies lead the charge to power large-scale commercial airplanes with electricity, and startups advance the trend on a regional scale, patent applications directed at improving energy storage and electric motor efficiency are on the rise, say attorneys at Finnegan.

  • What Minority Biz Law Ruling Could Mean For Private DEI

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    A Texas federal court’s recent decision to strike down key provisions of the Minority Business Development Act illustrates the wide-reaching effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2023 Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard decision across legal contexts, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • When Trade Secret Protection And Nat'l Security Converge

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    The Trump administration's anti-espionage program focused on China is over, but federal enforcement efforts to protect trade secrets and U.S. national security continue, and companies doing business in high-risk jurisdictions need to maintain their compliance programs to avoid the risk of being caught in the crosshairs of an investigation, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Cos. Should Prepare For Foreign Data Transfer Regulations

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    A new regulatory regime designed to protect U.S. sensitive data from countries of concern may complicate an already intricate geopolitical landscape and affect even companies beyond the data industry, but with careful preparation, such companies can endeavor to minimize the effect on their business operations and ensure compliance, say David Plotinsky and Jiazhen Guo at Morgan Lewis.

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    Playing Hockey Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Nearly a lifetime of playing hockey taught me the importance of avoiding burnout in all aspects of life, and the game ultimately ended up providing me with the balance I needed to maintain success in my legal career, says John Riccione at Taft.

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