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Proceed with Caution: Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Technology

Will the brave new world of automobiles include talking vehicles? According to a plan by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), the answer is yes. NHTSA has provided advanced notice that it intends to...more

California Eyes Groundbreaking Privacy and Cybersecurity Legislation

In California, home to Silicon Valley, Biotech Beach, drones and some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting personal and consumer privacy, legislators are grappling with how to balance popular innovations in technology...more

TAXI! Uber and Lyft Sued in Memphis

Adding to a growing number of lawsuits around the country, a Memphis taxi company has filed a class action against Uber and Lyft for unlawfully interfering with its business....more

White House Releases Memorandum On Safeguarding Privacy In Domestic Use Of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On February 15, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum setting out rules to safeguard privacy, civil rights and civil liberties in the domestic use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), sometimes referred to as UAVs...more

New California Committee on Privacy Introduces Legislation To Address Emerging Issues

As new technology creates increased possibilities for surveillance — including drones, body-worn cameras, automated license plate readers, red light cameras and even potentially your television – the California Legislature is...more

Smart Car Legislation Suggests Different Approach To Internet Of Things Regulation

On February 11, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced legislation aimed at establishing federal data security and privacy standards for Internet-connected automobiles (“smart cars”). This...more

Senators Trying to Hit the Brakes on Smart Cars, Citing Privacy and Security Concerns

On February 11, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that they would introduce legislation intended to address the data privacy and security vulnerabilities with Internet-connected cars. The...more

From Carjacking to Carhacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a...more

Australian Competition Law Update For The Aviation Industry

Airlines operating in Australia currently face an unprecedented degree of legal and regulatory change. This shifting landscape presents both opportunities and risks. The below table summaries key competition cases in the...more

Dealing with High Risk Data

When people think of high risk data, most think of Personal Health Information and Personally Identifiable Information as it relates to HIPAA and the health care industry, but Steve Shebest’s very informative article “High...more

What's Next for NHTSA and Automotive Safety?

This past year, we witnessed the GM Ignition Switch investigation, which involved massive recalls, multiple Congressional hearings, and civil penalties; the ongoing Takata airbag inflator investigation and recalls (and more...more

Privacy obligations and legal risks of drones

Privacy breaches and potential liabilities might increase as a consequence of the usage of drones that represent a massive resource in a number of different sectors, but might also trigger some “new” unexpected legal risks....more

On the Eleventh Day of Privacy, the Drones Brought to Me…..

..new insurance coverage endorsements - A few days ago, media outlets released a video of a kangaroo knocking a drone out of the sky. Apparently, this “privacy loving” kangaroo was less than pleased with the...more

UBER: Is it Safe?

Uber hires “independent contractors” to serve as drivers, while it’s software (in particular, it’s cell phone apps) serves as the dispatch center and handles payment. It is an innovative use of technology, and it has been...more

New Jersey’s Proposed Ridesharing Insurance Requirements May Simplify Coverage Litigation

In the midst of price wars and resistance from municipalities with a strong traditional taxi presence, so-called “ridesharing” companies—such as Uber and Lyft—must now navigate the initial legislative steps towards regulation...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

FTC Comments Favorably on NHTSA’s Proposed Privacy and Security Framework for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a press release announcing its endorsement of the privacy and security framework proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to...more

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Considers Privacy Implications for New Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) announced in 2014 that it would begin steps toward implementing vehicle-to-vehicle (“V2V”) technology with an aim toward decreasing...more

Frequent-Flyer Class Actions Likely To Be Less Frequent

Airlines offer frequent-flyer programs to reward loyal customers and attract new ones by awarding various perks based on the “miles” each member accumulates. In practice, however, frequent-flyer programs too often attract...more

In Flight Catalog: Senator Rockefeller Opens Inquiry Into Consumer Data Practices by Airlines

Last week, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to the top ten revenue generating passenger airlines in the United States, opening an inquiry into their practices related to charging additional fees for optional...more

DOT Releases Passenger Protection Rulemaking #3; FAA Considers Commercial Drone Operations; Other Regulatory Issues

It has been a busy month at the Department of Transportation, with the DOT finally releasing its long-anticipated proposed rule on Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees and Other Consumer Protection Issues, better known as...more

FDA Proposes Regulations on Safe Food Transport

In early February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its seventh and final major rule as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The proposed rule seeks to prevent the contamination...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Intends to Add Trichloroethylene (TCE) To Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxicity Lis: BNA - Dec 12 - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 24, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -Interior Department offers new rules for 'fracking': Los Angeles Times - May 16 - The U.S. Department of the Interior proposed new rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on...more

HBSS Secures $1.4 Billion Settlement in Toyota SUA Case

Back in 2010, a media firestorm erupted when Toyota owners across the United States reported that their vehicles were accelerating suddenly out of their control. Toyota issued several recalls impacting millions of vehicles,...more

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