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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

Drones: When, Why, and How Will the FAA Investigate Unauthorized UAS Use?

On July 15, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its latest National Policy Notice concerning drones, titled “Education, Compliance, and Enforcement of Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators.”...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Oil and Gas Operations—Q and A

The desire to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations is steadily building. A wide variety of businesses would like to use these devices to improve efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. One field that...more

The FAA’s “Regulations” Pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Amazon’s ambitious proposal to use a fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver packages may seem like a novelty announced years before its time, but the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is already here. The...more

The Impact of New Heavy Vehicle Regulations in the Road Transport Industry

With the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) beginning in February 2014 and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's first Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) commencing in early May 2014, this year promises to be challenging...more

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Gas Utility's Rate Schedule Containing a Cost of Service Adjustment Clause

On January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Railroad Commission of Texas (the "Commission") has the authority to adopt a gas utility rate schedule providing for automatic annual adjustments based on increases...more

2013 California Construction Law Update

More than 4,000 bills were introduced in the California State Legislature during the 2011-2012 legislative session. Of these bills, 996 made it to Governor Brown’s desk, of which 876 were signed into law, and 120 were...more

Up in the air – the suspension of the aviation EU ETS for non-EU airlines: UPDATE

Since our client alert last week, the European Commission has published a draft Decision and ‘Questions and Answers’ (“Q&As”), elaborating on its proposal to ‘stop the clock’ on the international aviation elements of the EU...more

Hailing New Cab Rules

Chicago taxis may seem annoying but studies of urban areas show that cabs reduce traffic congestion and allow some city dwellers the luxury of not owning an automobile....more

Fortune 500 CEOs Receive Request Letter on Cybersecurity From Senator Rockefeller

“The cyber threat we face is unprecedented and we need an innovative and cooperative approach between the private sector and the federal government to protect the country from it.” —Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV...more

Ten Simple Suggestions for Avoiding Dealership Problems

As we move towards the end of 2012, most dealers continue to experience increased sales and improved profitability. Unfortunately, good times often engender complacency. When times are tough, dealers scrutinize operations,...more

California Court Validates Piece-Rate Pay for Drivers

In a significant victory for trucking companies operating in California, in Carson v. Knight Transportation, No. VCU234186, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Hicks decertified a class of California truck drivers who...more

Port State Control Detention Over Two Hour Temporary Defect Upheld

In a decision handed down last week, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal upheld a PortState Control decision to detain a ship for a defect which was rectified within approximately two hours of the inspection. Whilst the...more

A Special Event Taking Over Your City?

Corporate counsel increasingly have a role to play in helping their corporations plan for the unusual. Some of the issues being faced in London this year are illustrative of those issues others will face when planning around...more

Episode 65 – John Kalb Talks Electric Vehicle Charging Strategies

In Episode 65 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on June 2, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Bill Acevedo, chair of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes John Kalb, founder of EV Charging...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - May 2012: Many commercial vehicles now regulated by the FMCSA By Jared Burden

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the branch of the Department of Transportation that oversees rules and regulations regarding highway travel. The FMCSA is most widely associated with freight haulers...more

FERC Denies Market-Based Rate Application

Failure to provide detailed cost data relating to the provision of oil transportation service causes FERC to deny a pipeline's request to charge market-based initial rates....more

IRS to Extend 7.5 Percent Federal Excise Tax to Cover Business Aircraft Operations -- Tax Significantly Impacts Business Aircraft...

If your aircraft is managed by a third party (or potentially by a related entity), or if your company manages aircraft, the IRS’s recent guidance expanding the applicability of federal excise tax will significantly impact...more

Transactions - The Top 10 Issues Facing the LNG Industry in 2012

A version of this article was published in the Oil & Gas Journal, Volume 110, Issue 2. Already witness to a number of changes in recent years, the global LNG industry in 2012 is likely to see further changes as...more

Proposed New Rules for In-Bond Transportation of Imports and Opportunity to Submit Comments

On February 22, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes changes to regulations affecting in-bond transportation of imported merchandise. The Notice can be...more

Piracy Update: Conwartime, Piracy, and Owners' Obligations Revisited

A recent decision of the Commercial Court in London (handed down on 8 November 2011) has clarified the limits of a ship owner's obligation under the Conwartime 1993 clauses to obey his charterer's orders to navigate waters...more

Feds Hang Up On Commercial Drivers

In a continued effort to reduce accidents from distracted driving, the federal government has banned as of January 3, 2012, all commercial motor vehicle drivers from using hand-held mobile phones while driving. The new...more

New Rules Prohibit Commercial Drivers From Using Hand-Held Mobile Devices

In September, we discussed the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that commercial truck drivers be banned from using mobile devices while driving on the job. The recommendation was made, in part, due to an...more

New Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Virginia Local Government Law – November 4, 2011

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions today. Two opinions relate to Virginia local government or laws applied by Virginia local governments. One opinion involves a Virginia local government (Montgomery County)...more

Air Transportation in 41 Jurisdictions Worldwide 2012 - United States

General 1) Which bodies regulate aviation in your country, under what basic laws? Aviation in the US is regulated primarily by the US Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Federal Aviation...more

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