William O’Connor

William O’Connor

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Drones: Hollywood’s Requests for Regulatory Exemptions from the FAA Could Get UAS for Commercial Use Off the Ground

The lack of certainty regarding the use and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is prompting companies to seek creative ways to get their drones off the ground. This week, seven aerial photo and video production...more

6/5/2014 - Drones Entertainment Industry Exemptions FAA Oil & Gas Regulatory Standards Utilities Sector

Drones: A Bird’s-Eye View of the (Non-Privacy) Legal Landscape for UAS

A recent near midair collision between U.S. Airways Flight 4650, a CRJ-200 jet with a 50- passenger capacity, and a drone has (deservedly) sparked a flurry of commentary regarding safe drone operation. This near miss, which...more

5/21/2014 - Aircraft Airlines Aviation Industry Drones FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unruly Passengers Beware: ICAO Delivers Montreal Protocol 2014 to Enhance Enforcement Measures Against Unruly Passengers

This month the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) officially adopted a Protocol to amend the Tokyo Convention on offenses committed on aircrafts. The culmination of a four-year effort to modernize the Tokyo...more

4/30/2014 - Airline Passengers Aviation Industry ICAO

Ventress III Provides Another Tool for Airlines: Ninth Circuit Says Federal Aviation Act Preempts Pilot’s State Law Employment...

On March 28, 2014, the Ninth Circuit strengthened its Federal Aviation Act (the “Act”) preemption jurisprudence, holding that state law claims for retaliation and constructive termination are preempted under the Act when they...more

4/1/2014 - Airline Employees Airlines Federal Aviation Act Preemption Retaliation

Narayanan v. British Airways: Ninth Circuit Says the Montreal Convention’s Statute of Limitations May Begin to Run Before Claim...

On March 19, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued its ruling in Narayanan v. British Airways, No. 11-55870 (9th Cir. 2014), holding that the two-year statute of limitations set forth in Article 35(1) of the Montreal Convention...more

3/25/2014 - Aircraft Montreal Convention Statute of Limitations Tolling

SCOTUS: Airlines Are Entitled to Immunity under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act Unless Statements Are Materially...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, 571 U.S. ---, No. 12-315 (2014), holding that immunity for an air carrier under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, 49...more

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

ATSA Immunity: Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Bounds for Applying Immunity Under the Aviation Transportation Security Act

The Supreme Court granted certiorari yesterday to decide whether a court can deny immunity under the Aviation Transportation Security Act (ATSA) in a defamation case without first deciding whether an airline’s report to the...more

6/19/2013 - Airlines ATSA Certiorari Defamation Immunity SCOTUS Transportation Security Administration

New Year, New Ways to Fight the FNC Battle in Illinois Fennell v. Illinois Central Railroad Co.

A recent Illinois Supreme Court case represents an encouraging turn for aviation defendants in a state where it has been nearly impossible to achieve dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds in foreign aviation accident...more

1/9/2013 - Aviation Industry Forum Non Conveniens Illinois Central Railroad Jurisdiction

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