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Viewpoint: Analysis of New Framework for Transportation Impact Under CEQA

Viewpoint: Analysis of New Framework for Transportation Impact Under CEQA - On August 6, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a preliminary discussion draft of amendments to the California...more

Drones: The FAA Grants Hollywood the First Regulatory Exemptions Permitting the Commercial Use of UAS

Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that—before now—wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Department of Interior -...more

Hollywood Leads The Way On Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that — before now — wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes in...more

It’s a Bird…it’s a Plane…it’s a Drone; FAA Approves Limited Use of Drones as Camera Platforms for Film and TV Production

Unmanned aerial cameras have been legal in other parts of the world but prohibited for commercial use in the United States until last week, with the limited exception of two commercial-drone operations, which the FAA had...more

California Proposes Overhaul of Standards for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Last month Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released for public review and debate proposed draft amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s implementing guidelines (CEQA Guidelines)....more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of September 2014

They say a week is a lifetime in politics, and given how much happened last week, we can see where that saying comes from. During the final session days of September, we saw the legislature finally pass the Philadelphia...more

New Ridesharing Legislation Highlights Insurance Uncertainty in Emerging Industries

Managing a company’s exposure to new types of risks is often a complicated endeavor. We’ve previously reported on the uncertainty that can arise when existing coverage models are applied to a new risk—such as losses arising...more

2014 Connecticut Legislative Summary - September 2014

The 2014 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly closed with only a few new laws on the books that will affect the design and construction industry. The summaries below highlight the most significant of these....more

To Hell With “Oh, Hell, Why Not” – The Fifth Circuit en banc Reverses Estis v. McBride Well Service, L.L.C.

In a much anticipated ruling, the Fifth Circuit en banc has reversed the original panel ruling in Estis v. McBride Well Service, L.L.C., 731 F.3d 505 (5th Cir. 2013), which sent shockwaves through the maritime bar and...more

California Governor Signs Bill Regulating Oil by Rail

On September 25, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will provide California’s emergency responders with more information about trains carrying crude oil and require railroad companies to provide...more

Last Call for Liner Exemptions in Australia?

The Competition Policy Review Panel (the Panel) has recommended the repeal of the current statutory exemptions for the liner shipping industry, potentially exposing conference agreements to the full rigour of Australia's...more

CPUC Determines Carpooling Services of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Violate California Law

The California Public Utilities Commission recently sent letters to transportation network companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar asking them to cease operations of their new carpooling features, on grounds that the companies are...more

New Insurance Regulations for Transportation Network Companies

The insurance requirements for transportation network companies operating in California, including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, were increased under an amendment signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law requires drivers of...more

NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to...more

National Mediation Board Rejects Jurisdiction Over Airline Service Provider

On September 11, 2014, the National Mediation Board (NMB), in a split decision, refused to exercise jurisdiction over an airline service provider performing cabin cleaning services for an airline at John F. Kennedy...more

FAA Approves Use of Drones on Movie Sets

On Sept. 25, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the limited use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, for film production on some movie sets. Current FAA regulations prohibit...more

US Department of Transportation P3 Panel Calls for Central P3 Office

Introduction & Background - On September 17, 2014, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships, a special panel of the US House of Representatives, issued a report in which it...more

Drones and Commercial Real Estate - The Wait Continues

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been playing catch-up with the developers and manufacturers of "drones," a term those in the media have grown fond of using, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/unmanned aerial...more

Public–Private Partnerships Core Toll Concessions Contract Guide

On September 10, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published its final Model Public – Private Partnerships Core Toll Concessions Contract Guide (“Guide”) presenting key concepts for the structuring and...more

From Second and State: Legislative Preview — September 2014

The legislature returns to Harrisburg next week for three of the remaining nine days of the 2013-2014 legislative session. While it is still unclear as of Friday what bills will see floor action, these three session days are...more

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Panel on Public-Private Partnerships Release Recommendations

On September 17, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) released its report and recommendations. The group, empaneled in February of this year, was tasked with...more

Airline Industry Legal Alert: Ninth Circuit Hears Argument on Strike Injunction Against Non-Union Employees

Yesterday, Douglas Hall, a partner in the Airline Group of FordHarrison, appeared before an en banc panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to defend an injunction obtained on behalf of Aircraft Service...more

Level of Detail Adequate in High Speed Rail Authority’s Program EIR for Central Valley to Bay Area Rail Corridor

Town of Atherton v. California High-Speed Rail Authority (7/24/14, C070877) - The appellate court upheld the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Program EIR for the Central Valley to Bay Area portion of the route,...more

Real Estate and Land Use - Sep 2014

Evidence of Economic Infeasibility of CEQA Alternatives Explained (SPRAWLDEF v. San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission) - Why it matters: In upholding the approval of a 260-acre expansion to the...more

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