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Aviation Happenings - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Air Carrier Not Responsible for Rancid Cheese Under Montreal...more

Choice of Law: Hairu Chen v. L.A. Truck Centers, LLC Clears The Air On The Doctrine of Dépeçage

Hairu Chen v. L.A. Truck Centers, LLC (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 18, 2017) 2017 WL 192724 involved an action by several foreigners for wrongful death, negligence, strict products liability, and loss of consortium. Plaintiffs were 10...more

Your Cyber Minute: Top threats for 2017 [Video]

Hogan Lovells Partner Harriet Pearson and Managing Principal of our Cyber Risk Services Jeff Lolley look ahead to 2017's major cyber vulnerabilities and where clients need to safeguard. ...more

Warranty Issues in 2017

While the jury is out on whether 2017 will be a peak year for new vehicle sales, elevated OEM warranty and recall costs are likely to continue. OEMs, likely will continue to pay the largest share of these expenses, but...more

Washington Supreme Court Rejects Implied Federal Field Preemption of Aviation Product Liability Claim

In a unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court held that implied field preemption under federal law does not bar state-law product liability claims. The decision in Estate of Becker v. Avco Corporation (Jan. 26, 2017),...more

SEC – GM Settle Internal Controls Action

Effective internal controls are critical to any organization. The Commission has focused on these controls, brining enforcement actions in recent months tied to internal control issues. Its latest case in this area names...more

Automobile Dealerships and Part Suppliers: Unintended Consequences in Whistleblower Rules?

OSHA enforces laws that protect whistleblowers under 22 whistleblower statutes ranging from the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act to the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century. This article...more

Was Negligence the Cause of the Fatal Hoboken Train Crash?

Tragedy recently struck the New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken Terminal when a speeding train crashed through several safety barriers before ultimately smashing into the passenger depot. One person was killed and over 100 were...more

AOPA Asks Supreme Court to Review Sikkelee Decision; Urges FAA Preemption

In a notable amicus curiae brief, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Third Circuit), which allowed...more

Hot Pocket: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Highlights Risk of Lithium Batteries During Air Transportation

Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. See Samsung Recalls...more

NHTSA Releases Guidance on Enforcement of Safety-Related Defects in Automated Vehicle Technologies - Agency’s stance raises...

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its final Enforcement Guidance Bulletin on Safety-Related Defects and Automated Safety Technologies. The Guidance makes clear that the agency’s...more

NHTSA Issues Guidance for Manufacturers of Highly Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided much-anticipated guidance to manufactures of automated vehicles with the release of the new Federal Automated...more

NHTSA Proposes Adding Electronic Communication to Notify Consumers of Recalls

Last week, NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to allow manufacturers to notify owners and purchasers of a safety recall through electronic means. Currently, under the National Traffic and Motor...more

Courts Continue to Reaffirm Preemptive Effect of Statute Protecting Aircraft Lessors

A decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii joins a growing list of holdings reaffirming the proposition that an owner, lessor or secured party not in actual possession or control of an aircraft is...more

Is the Rapidly Evolving Landscape for Vehicle Technology About to Hit Regulatory and Legal Speedbumps?

In a nation with over 250 million vehicles, accidents occur daily, and many of those result in injuries and fatalities. Rarely do they receive national attention. Yet, an incident involving a vehicle in early May has...more

“Auto-Pilot” May Not Be Perfect, But It May Be Better

Virtually every day there are media reports regarding the introduction of driverless cars to mainstream consumers. As driverless cars rapidly accelerate from concept to commercialization, it is becoming increasingly apparent...more

Product Safety and Liability Prevention

When companies make products that are not safe, they automatically increase their liabilities. This is not in anyone’s interest. Costs increase. Bad PR increases. Good will is lost. Insurance rates go up. And, most...more

Safe-Driving Technology: Increasing danger behind the wheel?

Is safe-driving technology increasing our risk behind the wheel? While airbags, crash warning systems, improved child safety restraints, and shoulder belts offer safety benefits, so-called “infotainment systems” and...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: A Moment to Reflect, Collaborate and Innovate

The recent fatal accident in Florida involving a Tesla with its “Autopilot” technology reportedly engaged has put even more eyes on the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it works on regulatory guidance. NHTSA...more

Connected Cars and Self-Driving Cars: Not on Auto Pilot in Terms of Legal Risks

The next car you buy may not need you in the driver’s seat. While the self-driving car may be rolling up to your driveway soon, there are still many issues related to legal risks that do not seem to be on auto pilot. Whether...more

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: When the Bubble Bursts

Since 2008, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSs) have been mandatory in passenger cars, which include SUVs. As early as 2006, however, 30 percent of new passenger cars were already equipped with TPMSs. A TPMS alerts the...more

Commercial Drones Set To Take Flight

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled a landmark set of new rules for the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), more popularly known as drones. The new rules will take...more

Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice...more

Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Do Not Need to be Shielded from Lawsuits

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go...more

U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science...more

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