Aerospace & Defense

  • February 14, 2024

    BAE's $5.6B Bid For Ball Aerospace Arm Clears Review

    The U.S. Department of Justice has ended its review of BAE Systems PLC's acquisition of Ball Corp.'s aerospace subsidiary for $5.6 billion, providing the last approval needed for the transaction, the companies said Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Honeywell Misused Forfeited 401(k) Contributions, Suit Says

    Honeywell International has been unlawfully using ex-employees' forfeited 401(k) funds to offset its retirement plan contributions rather than covering plan expenses, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Indian Satellite Co. Wants Justices' View On US Courts' Purview

    The Ninth Circuit erred in ruling it had no jurisdiction over a commercial division of an Indian space agency and, therefore, could not enforce a $1.3 billion arbitral award, an Indian satellite company said in its request to stay the ruling while it takes the matter up with the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 13, 2024

    FinCEN Eyes Enlisting Fund Managers In Illicit Finance Fight

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network moved Tuesday to expand federal anti-money laundering requirements to hedge fund managers, private equity firms and other so-called investment advisers, issuing a proposal that seeks to harden a multitrillion-dollar segment of the financial sector against exploitation by criminals.

  • February 13, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Kicks Back Veterans' Combat Compensation Win

    The Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court's ruling granting a class of veterans represented by a late-filing former U.S. Marine retroactive special compensation, finding that his compensation is limited by a six-year statute of limitations.

  • February 13, 2024

    SpaceX Says It Deserves Injunction In NLRB Structure Fight

    A Texas federal judge should block a National Labor Relations Board case against SpaceX from proceeding while the company challenges the constitutionality of the agency's structure in federal court, SpaceX argued in a brief docketed Tuesday, claiming it has met the criteria for a preliminary injunction.

  • February 13, 2024

    Boeing Hit With Bias Suit By Ex-Defense Division Attorney

    Boeing was hit with an employment discrimination suit in Washington state court from a former top attorney in one of the company's finance departments who alleged that she was fired because of her race after anti-Asian sentiment saw a rise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • February 13, 2024

    Creditors Want Ch. 11 Trustee For NJ Defense Contractor

    Creditors of bankrupt defense contractor Marine Electric Systems Inc. asked a New Jersey court to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee, saying that one is needed to counter the "gross mismanagement" by the company's CEO and to save the company "from falling further into chaos and debt."

  • February 13, 2024

    Freedom Caucus Demands Warrants In FISA Overhaul

    House Freedom Caucus members on Tuesday said the reauthorization of the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance program must include a warrant requirement for Americans' information.

  • February 13, 2024

    Judge Orders Revival Of Improperly Canceled Air Force Deal

    The U.S. Air Force must revive a solicitation for a refueling tanker console, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ordered, agreeing with a bidder that the service hadn't met a condition to cancel the deal.

  • February 13, 2024

    Feds Argue US Used Island With 'Intent' In Ownership Suit

    The United States filled in land off Key West, Florida, with a clear intention to use it for the U.S. Navy, entitling it to ownership of what is now Wisteria Island, the federal government said this week in its written closing arguments in a land dispute dating back more than 100 years.

  • February 13, 2024

    Fluor Fights FCA's Legality In Bid To Escape Fraud Suit

    Fluor Corp. pressed the South Carolina federal court to knock out a False Claims Act suit by former military officers, arguing that the law supporting the entire case unconstitutionally vests private citizens with government powers.

  • February 13, 2024

    Senate Approves $95B Aid Bill For Ukraine, Israel

    The U.S. Senate passed a $95 billion aid package Tuesday morning after months of delay over failed border security reforms, greenlighting emergency security assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, along with humanitarian aid for Gaza.

  • February 13, 2024

    Feds Defend Search Warrants In Sen. Menendez Bribery Probe

    The federal government shot back at a bid by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and businessman Wael Hana to nix gold bars and other evidence uncovered while pursuing its second corruption case against the New Jersey Democrat, arguing in an opposition brief Monday that the search warrants were complete and sufficiently narrow.

  • February 13, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Beefs Up Government Contracts Team In DC

    Fox Rothschild LLP has added an experienced government contracts attorney from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP to its Washington, D.C., office.

  • February 13, 2024

    Blocked Emails No Excuse For Missed Deadline, GAO Says

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency reasonably eliminated a Virginia consulting company's bid for a $71.1 million task order because it did not receive the company's emailed revisions by a deadline, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled, even though the agency's cybersecurity software blocked the emails.

  • February 12, 2024

    Canadian Admits To Aiding Illicit Russian Export Scheme

    A Canadian woman on Monday admitted to laundering funds from what prosecutors say was a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions by secretly exporting millions of dollars in sensitive technology to Russia, some of which has been used in the war against Ukraine.

  • February 12, 2024

    Private Cos. Back Gov't Move to Toss $40B Ligado Suit

    Ligado Networks hasn't been allowed to launch its long-planned and controversial 5G foray into the L-Band because it would be dangerous, not because of any secret government conspiracy, a coalition of companies and aviation groups have lined up to tell the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • February 12, 2024

    Aerospace Supplier Can Kick Gulfstream Supply Deal

    A Texas bankruptcy court has said bankrupt supply-chain management company Incora can ditch its contract to buy aerospace parts on behalf of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which would repurchase them for fixed prices.

  • February 12, 2024

    NY Judge Keeps Navy Contract Trade Secrets Suit Alive

    A New York federal judge partially upheld a trade secrets case against L3 Harris Cincinnati Electronics Corp., finding that BAE Systems plausibly alleged that it was cut out of a government contract for naval defense technology after sharing its proprietary information.

  • February 12, 2024

    Biden Signs Law To Protect Servicemembers' Personal Info

    President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill that aims to protect the personally identifiable information of servicemembers when their private household goods are shipped internationally. 

  • February 12, 2024

    Newman Cleared To Fight Law In DC, But Not Suspension

    U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman may challenge the law she has been suspended under, but she cannot get an injunction that would allow her to hear cases on the Federal Circuit again, nor fight how the law has been directly applied to her, a D.C. federal judge said Monday.

  • February 09, 2024

    DC Circ. Affirms Union Pension Fund Can Dodge Arb. Awards

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed two employers' losses in two suits brought by a pension fund for the International Association of Machinists, finding an actuary can set assumptions for a measurement date after the fact based on information that was available as of that date.

  • February 09, 2024

    House Dems Press Army For Data On Ammo Production Deal

    Two House Democrats raised concerns Thursday that the U.S. Army wasn't tracking ammunition produced in a government-owned, contractor-run plant, saying without proper oversight, ammunition in that plant could wind up in the hands of a mass shooter.

  • February 09, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Disputes Newman's Filing Alleging Listserv Cut

    In response to Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's filing alleging she has been cut from the circuit's judicial listserv, the other circuit judges on Friday told the court overseeing her lawsuit challenging her suspension that they "dispute both the accuracy and relevance of those legal and factual points" in her brief.

Expert Analysis

  • What's On Tap For Public Corruption Prosecutions In 2024

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    All signs point toward another year of blockbuster public corruption prosecutions in 2024, revealing broader trends in enforcement and jurisprudence, and promising valuable lessons for defense strategy, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

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    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • The 5 Most Important Bid Protest Decisions Of 2023

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    Attorneys at Bradley Arant discuss noteworthy 2023 bid protest decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Government Accountability Office, offering perspectives on standing, document production, agency deference, System for Award Management registration requirements and mentor-protégé joint venture proposal evaluations.

  • 4 Questions On Groundbreaking New Foreign Bribery Law

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    The recently enacted Foreign Extortion Prevention Act will significantly alter the anti-corruption landscape under U.S. law by allowing prosecutors to pursue foreign officials for soliciting or accepting bribes, but it’s not yet clear how the statute will be used and by whom, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • DOD's Proposed Cyber Rule: What Contractors Must Know

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    A review of the U.S. Department of Defense's recently published Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification proposed rule, requiring independent third-party cybersecurity assessments for many defense contractors, suggests that there will be a competitive advantage to prompt demonstration of full compliance with the rule, says Robert Metzger at Rogers Joseph.

  • Tips For Contractors Preparing For Potential Gov't Shutdown

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    With elements of the Congress’ latest continuing resolution expiring on Jan. 19, companies that may be fatigued by preparing for potential shutdown after potential shutdown should consider the current political climate and take specific steps now, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Expect National Security Scrutiny Of Higher Ed To Continue

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    In 2023, the federal government significantly elevated the national security responsibilities of academic communities, so universities and research laboratories should take a more rigorous approach to research partnerships, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Must Put Officers On Alert

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    Recent government actions against FTX and other crypto companies have put a laser focus on corporate compliance failures, with added pressure on compliance officers — making the need for personal risk assessment particularly acute given today's novel anti-money laundering issues, say Poppy Alexander at Constantine Cannon and Caleb Hayes-Deats at MoloLamken.

  • What To Know About FCA Cybersecurity Enforcement

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    Now is a good time for practitioners, government contractors and potential relators to review recent developments in cybersecurity-related False Claims Act enforcement, and consider best practices for navigating this space in the new year, say Ellen London at London & Stout, and Li Yu and Molly Knobler at DiCello Levitt.

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    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • What May Define Contract Disputes Act Jurisdiction In 2024

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    Now is a good time to reflect on how several recent decisions may have limited the government's ability to weaponize jurisdictional prerequisites under the Contract Disputes Act, and how this new direction may affect government contractors and practitioners filing CDA appeals in 2024, say attorneys at Seyfarth.

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