Charles Tobin

Charles Tobin

Holland & Knight LLP

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DC Circuit Clarifies Public-Interest and News-Media Fee Waivers Under FOIA

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a lower court ruling that imposed burdensome requirements on a fledgling nonprofit that prevented it from obtaining...more

8/27/2015 - Appeals Fee Waivers FOIA FTC Non-Profits Public Interest

FAA Concedes Merely Posting Drone Video Does Not Violate Federal Regulations - A New Directive Notes Agency Lacks Authority to...

The Federal Aviation Administration, after more than a year of warning media companies and hobbyists that posting or linking to any footage filmed by drones may violate the law, has finally acknowledged that its inspectors...more

4/14/2015 - Administrative Authority Drones FAA Popular Unmanned Aircraft Systems Video Recordings Young Lawyers

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Rules As White House Issues Executive Order - Pending Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rules Would...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as...more

2/18/2015 - Drones Executive Orders FAA NPRM Privacy Concerns Public Comment Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Court Rules Reporting on Teen's Felony Cyberbullying Case Privileged

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Jeter v. McKeithen et al., dismissed defamation and defamation by implication claims brought by a teenager against Florida television station WJHG challenging...more

2/5/2015 - Confidentiality Criminal Prosecution Cyberbullying Defamation Facebook Minors Television Broadcast Stations

FAA Ramps Up Drone Ban Enforcement by Enlisting State/Local Police Assistance - FAA Guidance Document Identifies Specific Actions...

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued new written guidance that enlists police departments to help enforce the government's ban on the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) in the national air space....more

1/12/2015 - Commercial Use Drones Enforcement Guidance Exemptions FAA Law Enforcement Unmanned Aircraft Systems

NTSB Says Drones Subject to Federal Aviation Regulations - The Ruling Calls Attention to the Need for New, Sensible Regulations...

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has overturned an administrative ruling in favor of an aerial photographer, upholding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) determination that unmanned aerial systems...more

11/19/2014 - Aircraft Drones FAA NTSB Photographs Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Federal Aviation Administration Appeals Most Recent Drone Ruling

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has appealed this month's ruling by an administrative law judge striking down a fine against paid photographer who had strapped cameras to a model airplane and photographed the...more

3/11/2014 - Drones FAA

Decision Yesterday Deals Blow to FAA Prohibition on the Use of Commercial Drones

In a setback to the FAA's ban on the unlicensed use of commercial drones, a federal administrative law judge has ruled that the FAA could not fine a Virginia man who used a model aircraft to take photographs and film for...more

3/10/2014 - Drones FAA NTSB

Drones in the United States: What Will It Take to Fly?

The civilian use of unmanned aerial technology — UAVs, UASs or drones — is inevitable, and right now, the government is sorting through regulatory, aviation, telecommunications, First Amendment and privacy issues. Given the...more

2/5/2014 - Drones FAA First Amendment Right to Privacy Unmanned Aircraft Systems

U.S. Supreme Court Adds "Relevant Reader or Listener" to "Material Falsity" Defamation Analysis

In its decision in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that "the relevant reader or listener" must be considered in assessing the falsity element in defamation lawsuits. The Air Wisconsin...more

1/29/2014 - Air Wisconsin v. Hoeper ATSA Defamation First Amendment SCOTUS Transportation Security Administration

Court Spares Third-Party Service Providers from Contributory Trademark Infringement

Trademark owners frustrated by cybersquatting will not be able to sue third-party service providers for contributory infringement, according to a new decision by the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In its...more

1/28/2014 - Infringement Third-Party Risk Trademark Litigation Trademarks

Third-Party Service Providers Not Liable for Contributory Trademark Infringement

Trademark owners frustrated by cybersquatting will not be able to sue third-party service providers for contributory infringement, according to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit....more

12/10/2013 - Cybersquatting Infringement Third-Party Liability Trademark Litigation Trademarks

FAA "Roadmap" May Advance Opportunities for Aerial Journalism

Inexpensive aerial newsgathering may be inching closer to takeoff in a few years, with the federal government's release this week of its first detailed plan for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States....more

11/11/2013 - Drones FAA Surveillance

Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Newsroom Plans for Drones

Commercial drones for news gathering may be grounded from takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns playing out this month in the U.S. Congress....more

9/8/2013 - Drones FAA Media Political Debates Right to Privacy

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