Aerospace & Defense

  • 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.

  • January 31, 2024

    Worker Claims Boeing Owed Duty To Future Children

    A family suing Boeing in Washington state court for allegedly using factory chemicals that induced birth defects is arguing that the aerospace giant owed a duty of care to the employee's child because it knew about the risk of reproductive harm for decades before the employee became a father.

  • January 31, 2024

    5th Circ. Backs Lockheed's Win In Black Ex-Worker's Bias Suit

    The Fifth Circuit declined Wednesday to reinstate a Black former employee's lawsuit accusing Lockheed Martin of demoting her after she complained to human resources about colleagues' race-based comments, saying her claims failed to rise to the level of severity that federal discrimination law requires.

  • January 31, 2024

    Drowned Dredging Worker's Widow Hits Feds With $4M Suit

    The Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly ensure safe working conditions for workers contracted to dredge the Delaware River led to the death of a man who fell from an elevated work platform and drowned, according to a $4 million suit by the man's widow.

  • January 31, 2024

    Bombardier Beats Black Ex-Technician's Race Bias Suit

    Airplane maker Bombardier defeated a Black former technician's lawsuit alleging he was given less lucrative assignments because of his race, with a Florida federal judge ruling he failed to show he was expected to do things that other employees were not.

  • January 31, 2024

    US Tells Fed. Circ. Greece's $23M Arms Sale Suit Was Late

    Federal attorneys urged the Federal Circuit against reviving the Greek government's $23 million lawsuit over a decades-old arms sale, saying the claims court correctly determined that Greece had waited too long to file the case.

  • January 30, 2024

    Aviation Expert Returns To Crowell & Moring In DC

    An aviation attorney and former Department of Transportation regulator has moved her practice back to Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C., office after leaving the firm eight years ago, as she continues her focus on assisting clients with issues including compliance, investigations and commercial transactions.

  • January 30, 2024

    West Point Tells Justices Challenge To Admissions Is Too Late

    West Point military academy urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to deny Students for Fair Admissions Inc.'s request for a court order prohibiting the academy from using race in admissions decisions while a lawsuit is pending, alleging the group's "manufactured" need for relief is too late.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Says VA Court Must Rehear Vet's Benefits Bid

    The federal government must reopen a veteran's application for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-provided employment benefits, the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday, finding that a VA court incorrectly declined to add new documents that would potentially bolster the case for benefits.

  • January 30, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Satellites And AI Fighter Jets

    The federal government opened the new year with contracts seeking various military satellite capabilities, all while the U.S. Air Force pushed forward its $5.8 billion campaign for a fleet of autonomous military aircraft. These are Law360's most significant contracts in January.

  • January 30, 2024

    Missing Clearance Dooms Protest Over $57M Navy Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has tossed a protest over an option issued under a $56.9 million task order for Navy parachute training, saying that the protester's lack of a required security clearance meant the challenge was effectively futile.

  • January 30, 2024

    Chancery Tosses Drone Co.'s Claims Against Software Vendor

    A Massachusetts provider of drone software has beaten accusations that it breached a software licensing agreement with a Utah-based drone maker, with Delaware's Court of Chancery on Tuesday dismissing all claims against the software vendor.

  • January 30, 2024

    4th Circ. Revives Combat IP Theft Suit Against Israeli Co.

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday revived an American combat training company's trade secret theft lawsuit against an Israeli company, its U.S. affiliate, a military officer and the Israeli Ministry of Defense, finding the trial court wrongly relied on a prior judgment, which didn't address the Delaware-based affiliate.

  • January 30, 2024

    WeChat And DHgate Listed On USTR's Counterfeiting Report

    The latest counterfeiting report from the U.S. Trade Representative on Tuesday found that Chinese platforms like WeChat and DHgate have continued to cost the U.S. billions of dollars through the sale of counterfeit products in 2023 and highlighted growing concerns about the promotion of fake products by social media influencers.

  • January 30, 2024

    Man Asks 11th Circ. To Reduce Sentence For Med Device Fraud

    A businessman who received a 10-year prison sentence for buying discounted medical devices intended for Afghanistan but instead reselling them in the U.S. told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that the district court overstated the loss to the medical device makers and erroneously enhanced his sentence as a result.

  • January 30, 2024

    SpaceX Wants Workers Out Of NLRB Constitutionality Fight

    SpaceX has urged a Texas federal judge to prevent four fired employees from intervening in its challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's structure in Texas federal court, saying the workers cannot prove they're entitled to get involved in the case.

  • January 30, 2024

    Justices Urged To Review Nix Of FCA Sanction Evasion Suit

    A Wyoming company urged the U.S. Supreme Court to look into whether lower courts and the U.S. Department of Justice unlawfully snubbed its allegations that London's Standard Chartered Bank cleared roughly $56 billion in violation of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran.

  • January 30, 2024

    Global Anti-Corruption Fight Is Fizzling, Study Says

    Efforts to combat corruption in the public sector have stalled in the U.S. and globally while some developed countries, including the United Kingdom and Iceland, appear to be drifting backward, according to an annual study released Tuesday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Reps Want More From VA On AI Transparency, Enforcement

    Members of the House of Representatives on Monday grilled officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on how they plan to protect veterans' privacy and ensure transparency in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence models.

  • January 29, 2024

    Colo. Water District Suit Says Base Contaminated Supply

    A water district serving about 6,500 customers near Colorado Springs claims the Peterson Space Force Base contaminated its water supply by using aqueous film forming foams containing PFAS chemicals for decades, despite knowing the dangers they posed.

  • January 29, 2024

    Veterans Org. Wants Court To Prod VA On Transgender Petition

    A veterans group for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan told the Federal Circuit on Monday that a yearslong delay by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover gender confirmation surgery abdicates a "sacred obligation" to those who served in the military.

  • January 29, 2024

    FCC Updates Rules For Ship, Aircraft Communications

    The Federal Communications Commission is updating its spectrum rules to allow for additional broadband access on ships and aircraft.

  • January 29, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Revives Protest Over Rejected Bid For $22B VA Deal

    The Federal Circuit on Monday revived a dispute over a $22.3 billion U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contract, saying a protester had shown it had a "substantial" chance at the deal if its allegation about VA assessment mistakes were true.

  • January 29, 2024

    The Top Attys In Clinton's Impeachment Trial, 25 Years Later

    One of them just went to federal prison, and another famously beat a federal indictment. One has been seeking the White House, and another has been steering a BigLaw powerhouse. Each was among the two dozen attorneys who litigated President Bill Clinton's historic impeachment trial 25 years ago this month — and then saw their lives go in dramatically different directions.

  • January 29, 2024

    3 Ex-DHS Staffers Get Prison, Probation For Software Theft

    Three former U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees have been sentenced to prison or probation for their alleged roles in conspiring to steal proprietary software and sensitive law-enforcement databases from the government in a scheme to develop a commercial product for sale.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • A Look At DOJ's New Nationwide Investment Fraud Approach

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    Investment fraud charges are increasingly being brought in unlikely venues across the country, and the rationale behind the U.S. Department of Justice's approach could well be the heightened legal standards in connection with prosecuting investment fraud, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • Unpacking GAO's FY 2023 Bid Protest Report

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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent bid protest report reflects an increase in sustained protests, illustrating that disappointed offerors may see little reason to refrain from seeking corrective action — but there is more to the story, say Aron Beezley and Patrick Quigley at Bradley Arant.

  • Takeaways From Iran Missile Procurement Advisory

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    Companies should familiarize themselves with the entities and practices highlighted in the recent multiagency Iran Ballistic Missile Procurement Advisory, to avoid falling prey to deceptive practices that help bad actors evade sanctions, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • White House AI Order Balances Innovation And Regulation

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    President Joe Biden’s recently issued executive order on artificial intelligence lays out a sprawling list of directives aimed at establishing standards for safety, security and privacy protection, and may help strike the balance between the freedom to innovate and the need to impose regulation in this rapidly evolving space, say Kristen Logan and Martin Zoltick at Rothwell Figg.

  • How Biden's AI Order Stacks Up Against Calif. And G7 Activity

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    Evaluating the federal AI executive order alongside the California AI executive order and the G7's Hiroshima AI Code of Conduct can offer a more robust picture of key risks and concerns companies should proactively work to mitigate as they build or integrate artificial intelligence tools into their products and services, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • What Can Be Learned From 3M's Iran Sanctions Settlement

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    3M’s recent agreement to pay $9.6 million to resolve potential liability for violation of Iran sanctions provides insight on the complexity of U.S. sanctions compliance, the duration of enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the benefits and potential drawbacks of voluntary disclosure, says Thaddeus McBride at Bass Berry.

  • Opinion

    Time To Ban Deferred Prosecution For Fatal Corporate Crime

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    As illustrated by prosecutors’ deals with Boeing and other companies, deferred prosecution agreements have strayed far from their original purpose, and Congress must ban the use of this tool in cases where corporate misconduct has led to fatalities, says Peter Reilly at Texas A&M University School of Law.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Suspension And Debarment: FY 2023 By The Numbers

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    A comparative analysis of System for Award Management data, culminating with fiscal year 2023, reveals a year-over-year drop in annual suspension and debarment numbers so significant as to leave the government contracting community trying to figure out what is happening, says David Robbins at Jenner & Block.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Best Practices For Cos. Navigating US-China Investigations

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    Given recent enforcement trends and the broad jurisdictional reach of U.S. laws, companies with operations in China must enhance their compliance programs in order to balance new corporate enforcement expectations with Chinese data protection and privacy requirements, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • 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.

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