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Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

President Trump Revises U.S. Policy on Cuba

by Jones Day on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced revisions to U.S. policy toward engagement with Cuba and a limited rollback of certain sanctions relief provided by the Obama Administration....more

A Patchwork Quilt of Regulations for Self Driving Vehicles – No Way, Says Congress!

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Big news! Next week, on June 27th, a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing to discuss “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation.” As reported by Wired, “last week, the Senate published...more

Texas Transportation Legislation Overview of the 85th Regular Legislative Session

by Locke Lord LLP on

The 85th Texas Regular Legislative Session was a challenging one for transportation issues and advocates. The Legislature succeeded in passing a Sunset bill for the Texas Department of Transportation (“TxDOT”) extending the...more

Germany Permits Automated Vehicles

by White & Case LLP on

On 21 June 2017, Germany enacted a bill legalizing automated vehicles ("AV Bill"). The AV Bill modifies the current Road Traffic Act and defines the requirements for highly and fully automated vehicles to use public roads. It...more

Our Cuba Sanctions Predictions: How Did We Do?

In our last post, we made a few cocky predictions about the new Trump Administration’s Cuba policy. We correctly asserted that the President would try to chart a narrow course between the Scylla of conservative Cuban-American...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

Power Outage Shows Unique Risks for Airport Cybersecurity

by Baker Donelson on

On May 27, 2017, thousands of British Airways passengers across the globe were stranded when a simple power failure took down critical systems, including those used to check in passengers. As images of crowded terminals and...more

SB1025 Amending Section 12-820.03 Relating to Immunity for Public Entities

On May 1, 2017, Governor Ducey approved SB1025. This Bill amends A.R.S. § 12-820.03, which provides immunity to public entities and employees for claims arising from a plan or design for construction, maintenance, or...more

Supreme Court's Refusal Keeps Electronic Logging Device Rule on Track

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an earlier article (see Holland & Knight's alert, "Is There an Opening to Withdraw or Modify Electronic Logging Device Rule?," Jan. 13, 2017), we described the controversial final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule,...more

United States Announces New Cuba Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued the "National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba" (the "Cuba Memorandum") describing the Administration’s policy on Cuba and...more

Shipowner Who Tried to Skirt Club Rules Runs Aground in Court

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued a decision finding that a shipowner member was bound to a P&I Club’s board of directors’ decision to deny coverage for that member’s losses arising...more

Bikers Who Love that 'Wind-in-My-Hair' Feeling Still Hoping for Legislative Relief

by PretiFlaherty on

When I was 18 and a freshman at Northeastern, my sister-in-law, Sue, was a recent graduate of the Mt. Auburn Hospital school of nursing (Cambridge) and working as an operating room nurse at that hospital. One day she asked...more

Trump Administration Discusses The Future Of Drones

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the Trump Administration’s focus on jobs and building the economy, it makes perfect sense that it would explore opportunities in one of the fastest growing industries right now: drones. In what may be the first direct...more

Iran and Russia Sanctions Pass US Senate

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Senate acted to pass both new Iran and Russia sanctions by large bipartisan margins. The House of Representatives has not yet acted on either piece of legislation. We anticipate that Congress will...more

First Circuit Finds FAA Applicability A Question For Court And Holds FAA Exemption Applicable To Independent-Contractor...

by Carlton Fields on

The case presented two issues to the court: 1) whether a court must determine the applicability of the FAA to the case when asked to compel arbitration, where parties delegated questions of arbitrability to the arbitrator;...more

Senators Announce Principles for Bipartisan Legislation on Self-Driving Vehicles

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Congress has started to explore potential legislation governing the testing and regulation of autonomous vehicles (AV). Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing,...more

Sobering Results: Recent Study Suggests Drug Use Is Up Among American Workers

A recent study conducted by the drug testing company Quest Diagnostics indicates that the rate of positive drug test results among the U.S. workforce is at a 12-year high, driven by increased cocaine, amphetamines, and...more

President Trump Announces Changes to Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced changes to the U.S. policy toward Cuba aimed at tightening travel restrictions on U.S. persons and limiting the Cuban military’s access to U.S. dollars. Although announced on June...more

Little Action During Presidential "Infrastructure Week"

by Clark Hill PLC on

President Trump declared an “Infrastructure Week” but did not accompany it with specific actions to increase infrastructure expenditures. President Trump campaigned on promises to increase infrastructure spending. If this...more

Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

Cuba Sanctions: President Trump Announces Tightening of U.S. Sanctions While Maintaining Certain Sanctions Relief Implemented by...

On June 16, 2017, the Trump administration issued a national security presidential memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” (the “Presidential Memorandum”). Related to this...more

The Future Has Arrived For Self-Driving Cars

We first began studying the implications of self-driving cars, or “AVs”, two years ago. At that time, observers predicted that fully autonomous “Level 5” cars (i.e., a car with no steering wheel) would not appear in...more

New hope for Atlanta traffic in driverless cars

by Dentons on

The world came to know Atlanta at the height of the civil rights struggle as “the city too busy to hate.” Now, in spite of vigorous efforts by civic and political leaders to remedy the constellation of red tail lights that...more

ATC Privatization: What’s Drones Got to Do With It?

The Trump Administration has proposed that Air Traffic Control (“ATC”) functions be shifted away from the FAA to a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, arguing that the move would allow for increased efficiency...more

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