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Newsgathering Drones Take Flight

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The era of newsgathering drones is upon us. Since new Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing limited commercial operation of drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) weighing 55 lbs. or less took...more

FAA Drone Panel's Report a Major Step Toward Newsgathering Over People

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Yesterday, April 6, a panel of industry experts assembled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) submitted its report recommending a new regulatory framework for the flight of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones,...more

Cleared for Takeoff: Do You Need FCC Permission to Operate that Drone?

by Carlton Fields on

In recent years, the drone industry has proliferated, enjoying exponential growth in popularity and technological sophistication. Drone technology available to the general public has become increasingly advanced. Now, drones...more

Drones: FAA Announces Pathfinder Program to Explore BVLOS and Urban Drone Operations

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The FAA’s regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry—and those looking to use this technology in their own sectors—to keep their eyes...more

Weigand v. N.L.R.B: A Double Standard for Social Media?

by BakerHostetler on

On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) decision finding a local branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union (“Union”) could...more

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon...more

NTIA Kicks Off Drone Privacy Best Practice Process

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Federal efforts to formulate a series of rules governing the commercial use of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), took another step forward on March 5, 2015, when the National Telecommunications and Information...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The House of Representatives adopted several ethics reform measures (public meeting notice, Freedom of Information Act/public records, and public official reporting requirements) this week. In addition, the House Ways and...more

Drone on Drones: Website Promises to Create “No-fly” Zones for Drones

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A new website promises to allow property owners to establish a no-fly zone over their land by registering their address with an online database. “NoFlyZone.org” will then partner with drone manufacturers, which will add the...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Spirit Airlines v. U.S. Dep’t of Transportation

Brief Of Amici Curiae CATO Institute And The National Federation Of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center In Support...

by Cato Institute on

It is axiomatic that the freedom of speech is vitally important to our democratic society and that being able to criticize the government is at the core of this freedom. Yet government officials are constantly inventing new...more

Feds Hang Up On Commercial Drivers

by Sands Anderson PC on

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

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert: Distraction By Curtis N. Stambaugh

Distracted driving has become a catch-phrase to summarize the many things that take our concentration away from the task at hand when we are behind the wheel of a vehicle. It has also become a hot topic in transportation law,...more

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