Aerospace & Defense

  • February 26, 2024

    Justices Decline Standard Chartered Sanction Evasion Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider whether a whistleblower should've been granted a hearing in a lower court to support allegations that Standard Chartered Bank cleared roughly $56 billion in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

  • February 23, 2024

    Russia Assets Seen As Key To Tipping The Scales For Ukraine

    The 500-plus sanctions the U.S. added against Russia and its enablers Friday will continue to make the Kremlin's war more costly, but experts say the key to a real sea change in Ukraine is giving it Russia's seized assets abroad.

  • February 23, 2024

    Judge Trims Bulk Of Investor Suit Against Oil, AI Companies

    A California federal judge retained only a small part of an investor suit against artificial intelligence company C3.ai and oil company Baker Hughes, cutting Baker Hughes entirely, and finding only some claims accusing C3.ai and its executives of misleading investors about its financial performance and partnership with the oil company could survive dismissal.

  • February 23, 2024

    DOD Watchdog Flags Increased Emphasis On Contract Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Defense's internal watchdog has been expending more effort to fight procurement fraud, in "a shift" from healthcare fraud being the primary focus for federal investigators, according to Inspector General Robert Storch.

  • February 23, 2024

    VA Nixes Trans Vets' Request For Gender-Affirming Surgery

    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that it had formally rejected an 8-year-old petition for rulemaking by the Transgender American Veterans Association that sought to add gender-affirming surgery as part of VA-covered medical services, urging the Federal Circuit to toss TAVA's mandamus petition as moot.

  • February 23, 2024

    Trump Says He Has Immunity In Classified Docs Case

    Former President Donald Trump filed a slew of motions late Thursday night asking a Florida federal judge to dismiss the criminal charges against him over the alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, arguing that he has presidential immunity from prosecution and that the appointment of the special counsel is unlawful.

  • February 23, 2024

    Lawyers Question UK's Sanction Muscle 2 Years After Invasion

    A lack of enforcement over suspected sanctions breaches two years on from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has left lingering doubts about the effectiveness of the U.K.'s response — even though prosecutors recently opened the first such criminal case, legal experts say.

  • February 23, 2024

    US Hits Russia With Largest Sanctions Since Ukraine Invasion

    The U.S. announced over 500 new sanctions on Russia Friday following the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, marking the largest number of sanctions since Moscow invaded Ukraine two years ago.

  • February 23, 2024

    Aversion To Fixed-Price Deals May Compel Gov't To Change

    An emerging trend among large defense contractors to avoid fixed-price contracts with the federal government may force agencies to ease up on inflexible terms that undermine contractors' efforts to mitigate the lingering effects of COVID-19 and current inflation.

  • February 22, 2024

    Russian Bank President Charged With Sanctions Violations

    The head of a Russian-state-owned bank has been charged in New York federal court with evading economic sanctions by conspiring with others to maintain his two super-yachts and a luxury home in Aspen, Colorado, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • February 22, 2024

    DOJ Reports $2.7B False Claims Act Haul In 2023

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday released its latest data on recoveries under the False Claims Act, saying there were nearly $2.7 billion in settlements and judgments in the 2023 fiscal year, an increase from the prior year's haul. 

  • February 22, 2024

    Fire Product Makers Try To Move PFAS Suit To Fed. Court

    A group of chemical companies that produce fire suppressants are seeking to move to federal court a suit brought by the Connecticut attorney general looking to rein in the use of PFAS chemicals, saying they are entitled to a federal forum to exercise a "government contractor" defense.

  • February 22, 2024

    Things To Watch As Boeing's 737 Max Crisis Grows

    Boeing is bracing for another round of government investigations, production pauses and mounting litigation in its enduring 737 Max crisis after last month's midair panel blowout, but experts say a leadership shakeup and promises to enhance inspections offer cold comfort to regulators, airlines and passengers.

  • February 22, 2024

    TitleMax Accused Of 'Usurious' Lending To Troops

    TitleMax was hit with a proposed class action in Georgia federal court Wednesday demanding the lender void thousands of allegedly illegal loans that saddled military members with skyrocketing debt thanks to prohibitively high interest rates.

  • February 22, 2024

    Judge Partially Tosses Suit Over Texas Beirut Bombing Suits

    A Texas federal judge has partially dismissed a lawsuit between two Houston attorneys and a Maryland firm they've accused of unfairly terminating a joint venture for litigation over the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, writing that the firm can't face suit in the Lone Star State because the duo initiated and executed the representation agreement while on the East Coast.

  • February 22, 2024

    GAO Backs VA's Need For Licensed Contractor

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office backed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' requirement for an Illinois company to be licensed in Oregon for a security guard service deal in the state, rejecting the company's contention that the requirement unduly restricted competition.

  • February 21, 2024

    DOJ Says Yakuza Boss Tied To Trafficking Nuclear Materials

    A Japanese national — who authorities allege is a leader of the Japanese Yakuza crime syndicate — conspired to traffic nuclear materials from Myanmar to other countries, including to a person he thought was an Iranian general, authorities alleged in New York federal court Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    GAO Backs Army Rejection Of Unclear Bid For Deals In Korea

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed with the U.S. Army's decision to deem unacceptable an engineering firm's bid for construction deals in South Korea, as the watchdog found the bids unclear on who would perform certain quality control and safety activities.

  • February 21, 2024

    Gov't Says Camp Lejeune Litigants Must Show Specific Cause

    The federal government has said that Camp Lejeune plaintiffs need to show that their illnesses were specifically caused by their exposure to contaminated water at the Marine base, not just that they spent 30 days at the base and have an illness that can be caused by exposure.

  • February 21, 2024

    GAO Says IT Co. Challenging $79M Gov't Deal Wasn't Misled

    A Virginia information technology company lost its protest of a $79 million U.S. Special Operations Command deal for cybersecurity services after the U.S. Government Accountability Office rejected its contention that USSOCOM engaged in misleading and unfair discussions during procurement.

  • February 21, 2024

    PE Firm Can't Shake Ex-CEO's Retaliation Suit In NC

    A North Carolina federal judge has maintained the bulk of a former executive's suit accusing a private equity firm of duping him into accepting a top role at a defense supply unit and firing him when he refused to hide the company's financial reality from a major defense contractor client, reasoning that he satisfied pleading standards.

  • February 21, 2024

    FCC Commissioner To Meet With Indian Gov't On TikTok Ban

    FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is finally getting the chance to chat with Indian officials about the country's decision to ban TikTok over concerns about the Chinese government's influence over the app, a decision he has pushed for here in the United States, during a visit to India.

  • February 21, 2024

    Boeing Ousts Head Of Embattled 737 Max Program

    Boeing on Wednesday replaced the chief of its 737 Max program as the American aerospace giant rejiggers the executive team overseeing its most popular line of jets after high-profile safety mishaps such as last month's midair panel blowout and two deadly crashes overseas five years ago.

  • February 21, 2024

    AT&T Says Satellite Cell Coverage Must Rely On Leases

    The Federal Communications Commission will soon vote on new rules allowing satellite companies to use spectrum to beef up mobile connectivity, helping eliminate "dead zones."

  • February 21, 2024

    How Trump's Hush Money Trial Helps Or Hurts Jack Smith

    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's porn star hush money case against Donald Trump is set to be the first criminal trial of a former president in U.S. history, a development that carries potential risks and benefits for special counsel Jack Smith, especially as one expert characterized the New York case as "legally and factually weak."

Expert Analysis

  • Contract Disputes Recap: The Terms Matter

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    Stephanie Magnell and Zachary Jacobson at Seyfarth examine recent decisions from the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which offer reminders about the importance of including contract terms to address the unexpected circumstances that may interfere with performance.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • How DOD Can Improve Flexibility Under Proposed Cyber Rule

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    The U.S. Department of Defense should carefully address some of the more nuanced aspects of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to avoid unintended consequences, specifically the proposal to severely limit contractor use of plans of actions and milestones, say Joshua Duvall at Maynard Nexsen and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Helps Clarify When Gov't Clawback Is Timely

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    The Federal Circuit’s examination of claims accrual in a January decision that allows the Defense Contract Management Agency to pursue overpayment claims under a cost-reimbursement contract serves as a reminder that the government can lose such claims by waiting too long to file, say Evan Sherwood and Peter Hutt at Covington.

  • 6th Circ. Ruling Breathes New Life Into Article III Traceability

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent decision in Hardwick v. 3M Co. to vacate a district court's certification of one of the largest class actions in American jurisprudence for lack of Article III standing has potentially broader implications for class action practice in the product liability sphere, particularly in medical monitoring cases involving far-fetched theories of causation, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Aviation Watch: 737 Max Blowout Raises Major Safety Issues

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    The sudden in-flight loss of a side panel on an Alaska Air 737-9 Max last month, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the plane's cabin, highlighted ongoing quality issues at Boeing, the jet's manufacturer — but the failure also arose from decisions made by the airline, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • Exporters Should Approach Self-Disclosure With Caution

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    A January Bureau of Industry and Security memorandum created an abbreviated process for disclosing export control violations that lack aggravating factors, but deciding which disclosure method to utilize remains a complex strategic undertaking to which companies must give careful consideration, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • How Recent Laws Affect Foreign Purchase Of US Real Estate

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    Early diligence is imperative for U.S. real estate transactions involving foreign actors, including analysis of federal and state foreign investment laws implicated by the transaction, depending on the property's nature and location, the parties' citizenship, and the transaction's structure, say Massimo D’Angelo and Anthony Rapa at Blank Rome.

  • Freight Forwarders And Common Carriers: Know Your Cargo

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    Freight forwarders and other nonprincipal parties involved in global cargo movement should follow the guidance in the multi-agency know-your-cargo compliance note to avoid enforcement actions should they fail to spot evasive tactics used in supply chains to circumvent U.S. sanctions and export controls, say attorneys at Venable.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Opinion

    The PLUS Act Is The Best Choice For Veterans

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    Of two currently pending federal legislative proposals, the Preserving Lawful Utilization of Services Act's plan to diversify and expedite the processing of veterans' claims through an expanded network of accredited providers offers the better solution, say Michael Andrews at McGuireWoods and Matthew Feehan at Nearside Solutions.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Standing And A Golden Rule

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Victoria Angle at MoFo examines one recent decision that clarifies the elements necessary to establish prejudice and federal claims court standing in multiphase protests, and two that exemplify a government procurements golden rule.

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