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Uber and Lyft to Return to Austin, Texas?

by Fisher Phillips on

One year after Uber and Lyft terminated operations in Austin, Texas, the ride-sharing platforms may be ready to return. The issue stems from a City of Austin ordinance that requires all “transportation network companies”...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 61 - Regardless of Status (Broker/Motor Carrier): Contract & Control Still Matter

by Benesch on

Courts continue to review the circumstances surrounding the degree of control exercised over transportation service providers. This has held true in several different segments of the transportation industry whether it is home...more

Appellate Court Vacates Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rule Requiring Recreational Drone Owners to Register with the FAA

by Lane Powell PC on

On May 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Registration Rule as it pertains to model aircraft. The Panel’s opinion defined model aircraft as...more

“Statutory Interpretation Does Not Get Much Simpler”–the FAA’s Registration Rule Gets its Wings Clipped

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in John Taylor v. Michael Huerta striking down the Federal Aviation Administration’s Registration Rule, which required the owners of small...more

New Federal Railway Administration Requirements For Maintenance-Of-Way Workers Take Effect June 12, 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (“FRA”) final rule expanding drug and alcohol testing to maintenance-of-way (“MOW”) employees takes effect on June 12, 2017. MOW employees are...more

D.C. Circuit Revokes Drone Registration Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, less than a month after the National Park Service’s first use of a drone in a Grand Canyon search and rescue mission, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Federal Aviation...more

Vehicle Event Data Recorders

by Bryan Cave on

Event data recorders, also known as “black boxes” or “sensing diagnostic modules,” capture information such as the speed of a vehicle and the use of a safety belt. In the event of a collision this information can be used to...more

Is it a bird... is it a plane? CJEU confirms that bird strikes are extraordinary under EC Regulation 261/2004

by DLA Piper on

On 4 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment in Marcela Pešková, Jirí Peška -v- Travel Service A.S, ruling that bird strikes should be classified as 'extraordinary circumstances'...more

Model Aircraft Registration Rule Shot Down by DC Circuit

Last Friday, in Taylor v. Huerta, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a rule requiring individuals who fly small (weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds on takeoff) drones and other model aircraft for hobby or recreational...more

A Simple Case of Statutory Interpretation: The FAA Lacks Authority to Require Model Aircraft Operators to Register

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down an integral part of the FAA’s attempt to safely monitor and integrate small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS”) into the national airspace. The D.C. Circuit found...more

DOT’s DBE Program Helps Promote Growth

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) Program provides opportunities for small businesses, owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, Tribes...more

Fast Buses May Bring Major Development Opportunities to Richmond

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Beginning in October 2017, the City of Richmond’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, known as the PULSE, will operate through the center of Broad and East Main streets. The PULSE Corridor will run from Willow Lawn to Orleans...more

That Won’t Fly: The D.C. Circuit Strikes Down the FAA’s Registration Regime for Recreational Drones

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) struck down an FAA regulation that required the owners of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) to register with the agency (the...more

Texas Passes State-Wide Texting While Driving Ban

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Good news middle aged drivers! Today the Texas Legislature has passed HB 60, making it illegal to text and drive in Texas. The new legislation is headed to Governor Abbot’s desk, who is expected to sign the bill. ...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

110th Tennessee General Assembly Session Ends for 2017

The Tennessee Legislature completed its first session of the 110th General Assembly this Wednesday. The flag flying over the Capitol, signifying the body is in session, was taken down. The General Assembly will reconvene on...more

Air transportation: amendments to the Canada Transportation Act tabled before Parliament

by DLA Piper on

On Tuesday, 16 May 2017, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau introduced Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Bill, amending several key provisions of the Canada Transportation Act (the “Act”). The Bill is in line with...more

New Federal Infrastructure Plan Coming Soon

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently informed the U.S. Senate that the President’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan will be announced by the end of the month. The new plan is anticipated to rely upon public-private...more

Travel Agencies Hail Proposed Legislation Providing Overtime Exemption, But Employment Bills in General Face Uphill Battle

by Littler on

Last week Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a bill that would remove travel agents from the Department of Labor's list of workers that cannot qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime exemption for retail...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - May, 2017 #3

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly the Senate focused on moving legislation through committees while House Budget leaders focused on the budget bill (S 257). House leaders have indicated they hope to hold votes on the budget...more

DC Circuit overturns FAA's registration system for model aircraft; tells FAA

by Dentons on

In December 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rushed out an interim rule creating a new registration system for both commercial unmanned aircraft and model aircraft. In a long-awaited decision, the US Court of...more

Public Perception And Policy Regarding Drones And Autonomous Vehicles

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a college class regarding public perception and policy regarding drones and other autonomous vehicles. In preparing for my presentation, I realized several things that I already...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 12th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s GSB weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 12, 2017 is below. Rhetoric Over AHLA’s Planned Lobbying Efforts Ramps Up [OTA]. Not surprisingly, Priceline Group CEO Glenn Fogel...more

CarSure Sued For DPPA Violations

by Reed Smith on

CarSure, LLC, a Texas-based aftermarket automotive warranty seller, faces a lawsuit brought by a group of Wisconsin car owners who claim that the company violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”) by purchasing the...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Forest Service’s Construction of New Roads in Grizzly Bear Habitat

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s (Forest Service) decision to construct 4.7 miles...more

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