Aerospace & Defense

  • March 14, 2024

    Sen. Menendez Loses Bid To Nix Corruption Charges

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rejected U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's bid to dismiss his bribery case, ruling none of the government's allegations target actions that could be considered protected activity under the U.S. Constitution.

  • March 14, 2024

    Mnuchin Says He's Forming Investor Group To Buy TikTok

    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he is forming an investor group to buy TikTok, one day after a measure to separate the social media platform from its Chinese owners passed the House.

  • March 14, 2024

    In 3rd Win, Sig Sauer Beats ICE Agent's Defective-Gun Suit

    Sig Sauer has defeated a third product liability lawsuit from a user who claimed its P320 pistol spontaneously discharged, injuring him without the trigger being touched, convincing another federal judge that the plaintiff's expert witness testimony should be disqualified.

  • March 14, 2024

    Lockheed Offloaded Pensions In Risky Deal, Retirees Say

    A group of retirees claim aerospace defense company Lockheed Martin committed an "egregious act of disloyalty" when it passed off $9 billion in pension responsibilities for 31,000 beneficiaries to a risky annuity provider, according to a suit filed in Maryland federal court.

  • March 14, 2024

    DOD's Weapons Monitoring In Iraq Fell Short, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense failed to properly inspect and account for military equipment sent to Iraq to fight ISIS, raising the possibility of weapons going missing and falling into adversaries' hands, the department's internal watchdog said.

  • March 14, 2024

    Biden Comes Out Against $14.9B US Steel-Nippon Merger

    President Joe Biden came out in opposition of U.S. Steel's planned $14.9 billion merger with Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. on Thursday, echoing lawmakers who have expressed concerns about the sale of an American institution to a foreign power. 

  • March 13, 2024

    Jewish Group Sues UN Relief Agency Over Hamas Massacre

    An advocacy group that defends Jewish rights has sued in Delaware federal court an American charity that aids a United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it purportedly bears accountability for the Hamas attack in Israel in October.

  • March 13, 2024

    Judge Says 'Exotic' Camp Lejeune Files Must Stay Intact

    A North Carolina federal judge ruled that the federal government must produce water modeling project files in litigation over alleged injuries caused by decades-long water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, ordering the government to avoid changing the format of some "exotic" files that could make them harder to parse.

  • March 13, 2024

    BP, ADNOC Shelve $2B NewMed Deal Amid Gaza War

    BP and the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. are suspending talks surrounding a $2 billion offer to acquire a controlling interest in Israel-based NewMed Energy, with the two oil giants citing "uncertainty created by the external environment" as the war in Gaza continues with no end in sight.

  • March 13, 2024

    GAO Backs $12.3M DISA Support Deal Despite Lower Quote

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a business consultant company's protest of a $12.3 million Defense Information Systems Agency task order, backing the agency's decision not to choose the company despite its lower price quotation and same ratings as the awardee.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-Boeing IP Manager's Counsel Secures $224K In Fees

    A Washington federal judge has awarded more than $224,000 in attorney fees to a former Boeing intellectual property manager after finding that the company retaliated against him for speaking up against the poor treatment of other workers.

  • March 13, 2024

    Autism Claims Tossed In Lockheed Martin Toxic Land Suit

    A Florida federal judge has thrown out autism-related claims in a suit alleging Lockheed Martin Corp.'s weapons factory in Orlando leaked toxic chemicals, saying the science underlying the plaintiffs' expert's opinion "is just not there."

  • March 13, 2024

    House OKs TikTok Divestment Bill Despite Free Speech Worry

    The House voted 352-65 on Wednesday to pass legislation that would require ByteDance Ltd. to divest TikTok or face a ban in the United States, in a vote that transcended party lines.

  • March 12, 2024

    1st Amendment Only The Start Of Woes Facing TikTok Ban

    Federal lawmakers are making an aggressive push to exclude TikTok from the U.S. market unless it severs ties with its Chinese parent company, but First Amendment concerns and questions over the proposal's breadth and its interplay with a recent executive order restricting certain foreign data sales threaten to hinder these efforts. 

  • March 12, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions More Iran-Backed Terrorist Operatives

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions against a handful of individuals with ties to the designated terrorist group Al-Ashtar Brigades, singling out "key Iran-based operatives" as well as a financier for the group.

  • March 12, 2024

    Contractor Seeks Arbitration In $3M Guam Military Base Fight

    An electrical contractor has petitioned a Guam federal court to order a California-Japanese joint venture that had hired it for a project to improve U.S. military facilities to arbitrate their dispute related to nearly $3 million in allegedly unpaid costs.

  • March 12, 2024

    Camp Lejeune Water Plaintiffs Push For Jury Denial Appeal

    The plaintiffs suing the U.S. government over contamination of water at Camp Lejeune are urging a North Carolina federal court to allow them to appeal an order striking their bid for a jury trial, arguing there is substantial room for disagreement over whether the Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows for jury trials.

  • March 12, 2024

    5th Circ. Backs Insurer's Win In Widow's Benefits Suit

    The Fifth Circuit declined to reinstate a widow's lawsuit seeking nearly $1 million from an insurer after she said her husband died during a business trip, saying the carrier showed it provided a full review before denying her request because she didn't qualify for the payment.

  • March 12, 2024

    Contractor Says Claims Over Nixed $18M Army Corps Deal Valid

    An Army Corps of Engineers construction contractor told a Court of Federal Claims judge it had properly supported its arguments that the Corps waived a contract deadline before terminating an $18.1 million contract for default, and that the company had been entitled to a time extension.

  • March 12, 2024

    Unions Say China's Shipbuilding Boom Is Based On Unfair Trade

    The United Steelworkers and other labor unions called on the Biden administration to investigate unfair trade practices in China's shipbuilding sector in a 4,000-page petition Tuesday, calling empty U.S. shipyards a threat to national security and critical supply chains.

  • March 12, 2024

    Court Bars Ex-Exec From Sharing Info On Co.'s Body Armor

    A North Carolina federal court granted a defense contractor's request to stop a former sales executive from sharing confidential information and export-controlled data with a foreign rival, while the court reviews the contractor's allegations.

  • March 12, 2024

    House Dems Seek Probe Of Claims X Verified Sanctioned Entities

    Democrats on the House of Representatives' oversight committee say social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, must be investigated over recent allegations that it allowed terrorist groups and other U.S.-sanctioned entities to buy premium subscriptions and make money off advertising revenue.

  • March 12, 2024

    4th Circ. Revives Navy Surgery Wrongful Death Claims

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday reversed an order dismissing claims from the estate of a woman who died after an allegedly botched surgery at a Navy hospital, saying the trial court was wrong to conclude that Navy regulations for implementing Federal Tort Claims Act procedures created jurisdictional requirements beyond what the FTCA's text includes.

  • March 12, 2024

    GE Aerospace Plans $650M Manufacturing Investment

    GE Aerospace said Tuesday it plans to invest $650 million into its manufacturing facilities and supply chain this year to bolster support for its commercial and defense customers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Biden Calls For More Cybersecurity Funding Across Agencies

    The Biden administration on Monday pushed Congress to make significant monetary investments in efforts to bolster the federal government's cybersecurity posture, including by earmarking $13 billion to support initiatives across civilian agencies and devoting additional funding to help the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services combat a growing scourge of cyberattacks on healthcare providers. 

Expert Analysis

  • AI Executive Order's Life Science, Healthcare Industry Effects

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    The recent White House executive order to manage risks associated with artificial intelligence includes provisions specific to healthcare and life sciences that merit special attention, including transparency, human oversight of AI output, and real world performance monitoring, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • Bribery Bill Fills Gap In Foreign Corruption Enforcement

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    Congress recently passed the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act, significantly expanding the U.S. government's ability to prosecute foreign officials who seek or demand bribes, but if enacted, the legislation could also create tension with other nations, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray and Mayer Brown.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Contract Disputes Recap: Termination and Accrual

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    Edward Arnold and Bret Marfut at Seyfarth Shaw examine three recent decisions that illustrate why contractors should consider, during the bidding process, impediments to their ability to meet contract requirements, and the need to track the accrual dates of individual claims that may arise during performance to avoid being time-barred.

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • What DOD Commercial Product Rule Means For Contractors

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    A recent amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, along with forthcoming changes to the definition of what constitutes a subcontract, will offer some relief for commercial products and services contractors, but the U.S. Department of Defense should do more to reduce regulatory burdens, say Daniel Ramish and Jonathan Shaffer at Haynes Boone.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Inside New Classified Contract Guidance For Joint Ventures

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    A recent Information Security Oversight Office notice clarifies the interplay between small business joint-venture rules and eligibility determinations for U.S. Department of Defense classified contracts, but it's still unclear how this should be interpreted for non-DOD procurements, says Todd Overman at Bass Berry.

  • DOJ Officials' Remarks Signal New Trends In FARA Activity

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    Three U.S. Justice Department officials' remarks at a recent forum reinforce the department's renewed focus on aggressively enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been transformed into a significant national security and criminal enforcement tool, and its efforts to tightly regulate the activities of foreign agents in the U.S., say attorneys at Covington.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 7 Enforcement Predictions For US Export Controls, Sanctions

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    Federal agencies' assertions of coming increases in export-control and sanctions-violations enforcement are not new, but recent improvements in resources and inter-agency cooperation allow for certain predictions about how the administration’s latest approach to enforcement may be applied going forward, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Energy Sector Takeaways From Biden's AI Executive Order

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    While the U.S. Department of Energy begins to establish rules in accordance with President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence, in-house counsel can work with business lines and executive teams to consider implementing their own AI governance process, say Joel Meister and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

  • How AI Executive Order Aims To Compete For Foreign Talent

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    Immigration provisions within the Biden administration's executive order on artificial intelligence take a strategic approach to promoting the U.S. as a destination for AI and STEM talent by streamlining visa processing, enhancing educational and exchange programs, and improving current visa programs and pathways to permanent residency, says Eric Bord at Morgan Lewis.

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