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The Drone “Waiver” Of The Future

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The FAA has recently partnered with various digital platforms to create the “Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability” (LAANC) in an effort to streamline waiver authorization in controlled airspace. Normally,...more

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

Sale of Fractional Aircraft Shares Not Taxable Under New York Law

by Benesch on

New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance recently released an Advisory Opinion concluding that the sale of fractional aircraft shares are not taxable under state law. New York tax law imposes sales and use tax on retail...more

Sabre Appeals to the Second Circuit After $15M Jury Verdict for US Airways

Last week, Sabre filed its principal brief on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the jury’s verdict of $15 million and find for Sabre or, in the alternative, grant a new trial in US Airways...more

Lawsuit Against “Drone Slayer” Dismissed

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The federal district court for the Western District of Kentucky dismissed a lawsuit filed by a UAS pilot, David Boggs, against the “drone slayer” William Meredith. In 2015, Meredith shot down Boggs’s UAS while it was flying...more

Airline Passenger Mistreatment Claim Dismissed

by Benesch on

Recently, airlines have been subject to intense public scrutiny over several high-profile incidents over alleged mistreatment of passengers. These reports are not limited to one particular incident where a customer was...more

Congress Moving into the Driver's Seat for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On July 19, 2017, the first federal draft bill that addresses developing autonomous vehicle technology advanced to the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce ("Committee"). On autonomous...more

Buckle Up: Autonomous Commercial Vehicles are Coming to a Road Near You

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While most of the buzz about autonomous vehicles involves passenger vehicles, autonomous trucks soon will become a reality, too. Large driverless trucks! Although it sounds implausible, and perhaps frightening to some, it...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A number of updated and new stories in this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 14, 2017. We hope you enjoy. Expedia’s MeetingMarket Now Speaks English [OTA/GROUP] ("Expedia extends...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes. However,...more

Latest Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban for Nationals of Iran, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia: Close Relatives are...

by Mintz Levin on

This is a follow-up to the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26, 2017 which allowed the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban affecting nationals of the six designated Muslim-majority countries to be partially implemented until...more

Tariff Charge reduction for electric vehicles

by Dentons on

The past 29th of June of 2017, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued Decree 1116 of 2017, by which it established the following tariff charges...more

New Fund Presents Opportunity For Local Proponents Of Zero-Emission Vehicles And Related Infrastructure

by McCarter & English, LLP on

States, local governments, and businesses interested in zero-emission vehicles—such as electric cars—may get a needed boost from the Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Fund. This fund was established in the wake of the...more

Drone Noise vs. Traffic Noise

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We have previously noted that people often view new technology with skepticism, and even trepidation bordering on fear. That perception changes as both costs decrease (resulting in more people using and adapting to the new...more

Get Off My Lawn (OK-Airspace): Legal Issues Raised By Drones Hovering Over Private Property

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Hardly a week goes by that someone does not ask me “What can I do if a drone flies or hovers over my property?” or the converse, “What restrictions are there on my operation of a drone over private property?”....more

House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

Coast Guard, DHS Mandate Cybersecurity Reporting, Move to Require Maritime Cybersecurity Programs - Trump Administration, Congress...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Cybersecurity risks to the nation's critical infrastructure (CI) – defined as 17 CI sectors, including the transportation and maritime sector – continue to grow exponentially. The U.S. government and Department of Homeland...more

US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

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A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

A Blogster's Miscellany: From Flatterers to Casino Boozing to Angus vs. Scottie

by PretiFlaherty on

Kissing Not Welcome in this Room. Here’s another reason to like Tackey Chan, the Quincy rep just appointed House chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure: he does not like to be...more

California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision to Invalidate SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan EIR for its GHG...

by Allen Matkins on

In Cleveland Nat’l Forest Found. v. San Diego Ass’n of Gov’ts (July 13, 2017), the California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal decision regarding the inadequacy of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impacts analysis...more

DHS Continues Focus on Border Security With Enhanced Aviation Security Measures

On June 28, 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the implementation of enhanced security measures for all commercial flights arriving in the United States. These enhanced procedures are set to affect 280...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – What’s Its Future?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s been almost one year since the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) came into existence. Its upcoming annual review in September by the European Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – its...more

Travel Ban Update

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that a limited version of the 90-day Travel Ban contained in President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 could go into effect. The limited Travel Ban went into effect on June 29, 2017....more

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under...more

The Sharing Economy: Ride Sharing Provides Unique Challenges to Automotive Manufacturers Going Forward

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent study published by AlixPartners estimates that for each car-sharing vehicle on the road, 32 personal vehicle purchases do not occur, which to date has resulted in 500,000 missed vehicle sales for automotive...more

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