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Four Takeaways from the Ongoing Air Cargo Price-Fixing Litigation

Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd last week agreed to pay $36.55 million to settle claims that it conspired with other airlines to fix rates for air cargo services in the early 2000s. Two dozen airlines have settled in the...more

Congress Enacts Legislation to Incentivize National Gas Vehicles

On December 19, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes significant non-defense provisions, including one that reforms the process by which the National Highway Safety...more

Flash No. 44 - 2014 … A Year In Review

2014 was uncomfortably fast. When did you last write 2013 on a check or a letter by mistake? If you did, rest assured that you are not alone. So, while we still have a few weeks before we have to face the start of a new year...more

Setting the Table - The FDA’s Proposed Food Safety Rule: What Warehouse Leaders Need to Know

Although the FDA has characterized the risk of food contamination during transportation as “low,” a proposed FDA regulation, entitled “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food” will impose new restrictions which all...more

Trade Sanctions Roundup: U.S. Closes Out 2014 with Major Actions on Cuba, Russia, and Syria

The end of 2014 has seen major developments in U.S. foreign relations and sanctions policy with broad implications for the maritime industry. On December 17, President Obama announced a paradigm shift in relations with Cuba,...more

LNG as a Fuel

The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel for ships, barges, and ferries has surged in recent months. This surge is due, in large part, to the boon in the production of natural gas in the U.S.; new low...more

Legislation Alters Shipping Act Treatment of Attorneys’ Fees

Late yesterday, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed S. 2444, the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014....more

Drone on Drones: FAA Issues Commercial Drone Permits to Additional Companies

In the face of increasing public and congressional pressure to speed up access to domestic skies for commercial drone use, the FAA granted four companies permission to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site...more

Consumers Looking For Deliveries at the Speed of Light

With the holidays fast approaching, and sales during November and December accounting for an estimated 30% of retailers’ annual revenue, retailers are pulling out all the stops in the ongoing fight for customer dollars, with...more

Piracy, Kidnap & Ransom: UK Bans Ransom Payments by Insurers

On 26 November 2014 the British Home Secretary introduced the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (the Bill) to Parliament, part of which deals specifically with prohibiting the payment of insurance claims in respect of...more

The (Damaged) Freight Stops Here. (But Now What Do We Do With It?) The Pitfalls Of Salvage And Damage Mitigation

Unfortunately, amongst the millions of freight shipments of all modes that occur on a daily basis, some freight does get damaged. These damages spawn freight claims, and some of them generate litigation. A defense often...more

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

A Bridge To Somewhere: Public Private Partnerships and America's Infrastructure Dilemma

Deferring infrastructure investment is not a viable option. Studies show that deferring timely maintenance, repair, and replacement can greatly increase the total cost of infrastructure repairs by a ratio of 15:1 to more than...more

Drone on Drones: “Amazon Air” Testing Takes Off in the U.K.

Last year, Amazon raised eyebrows in a now-famous announcement that it was considering launching a same-day delivery service for certain products through the air, using quadcopter drones. At the time, many in the tech and...more

District Court Evaluates Express Warranty of "Airworthiness" - Texas Court Determines That "Airworthy" Is an Unambiguous Term That...

In Luig v. North Bay Enterprises, Inc., a Texas District Court recently considered a seller's obligation to deliver an "airworthy" aircraft in the context of an aircraft purchase agreement that also contained an "as is"...more

BPT Not Prohibited on Freight Brokerage Services

A divided panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a city was not prohibited from imposing its Business Privilege Tax on the gross receipts of a freight broker. S & H Transport, Inc. v. City of York, No. 165 C. D. 2014 (Pa....more

Auto Coverage for UberX Drivers Meets SC Requirements According to SCDOI

In July 2014, UberX, a ridesharing service, expanded into South Carolina, offering transportation in four of the state’s major urban areas – Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Greenville. UberX’s transportation service...more

Boeing And The Commercial Aircraft Corporation Of China Open Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project

On October 22, 2014, Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) opened the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project, a demonstration facility that will turn used cooking oil into aviation biofuel at a...more

Drones: Why You Should Start Thinking Now About the Anticipated UAS Regulations

With drone technology rapidly advancing and the FAA recently starting to open the door to commercial drone use, companies across industries should begin evaluating how drones can add value to their businesses, if they have...more

Japanese Shipping Company Rolls Over, Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

On September 26, 2014 Japanese transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, bid rigging and allocating customers for international ocean shipping services for “roll-on,...more

New California Law Sets the Stage for Insurance Regulation of Uber, Lyft

The emergence and success of ridesharing companies has sparked questions and debates over the gaps in insurance coverage created when private drivers offer commercial driving services. Ridesharing companies – such as Lyft,...more

CEQA Alert: CEQA Does Not Apply to Approval of Proposed Railroad Operations – Express Preemption by ICCTA

California’s First Appellate District has held that federal law preempts CEQA’s application to the approval of proposed railroad operations. Although this was an issue of first impression for a California appellate court,...more

Dealing With Shipping Companies: A Consistent Challenge for Manufacturers/Distributors

One of the most important things for a manufacturer/distributor is ensuring that its products are shipped in a reliable fashion so they arrive on time and in good condition. Similarly, manufacturers rely heavily on shipping...more

State of the Union Talking Points from the White House

The President is going to talk directly to the American people about restoring security for middle class families after a lost decade of declining wages, eroding retirement security and escalating health care and tuition...more

FAA Allows First Commercial Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Continental United States

On September 25, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the requests of six video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in their businesses. The six companies were among the first to...more

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