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FAA to Begin Integrating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace

The FAA’s draft rule opens up the possibility of using so-called small “commercial drones” in the National Airspace, thus encouraging the emerging UAS industry. Introduction - Since 2007, Congress has been calling...more

Small UAS comment countdown begins: FAA publishes notice of proposed rulemaking

On February 23, the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operation was published in the Federal Register. The proposed rule, titled "Operation and...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House of Representatives adopted several ethics reform measures (public meeting notice, Freedom of Information Act/public records, and public official reporting requirements) this week. In addition, the House Ways and...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - February 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s long-awaited proposed rule on small unmanned aircraft commercial operations, the White House’s statement on privacy issues...more

FAA Proposes Generally Favorable Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Seeks Comment on Need for Flexibility and MicroUAS Rules

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for small unmanned aircraft weighing up to 55 lbs. The proposed rule would create a new Part 107...more

Colorado Continues Its Support for CNGs in 2015

Despite the uncertainty created by low oil prices, Colorado is pushing ahead in 2015 with efforts to expand the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel. Earlier this month, the Colorado Energy Office...more

Proposed Public/Private Partnership Infrastructure Legislation

A recent report by The Brookings Institution noted that the infrastructure in the U.S. has over the years failed to receive an adequate investment to maintain national growth and economic health. Because of stringent...more

Supervisor Not "Qualified Individual" Under ADA after Failing DOT Medical Certification

Determining the essential functions of a job can be tricky, especially if there is no information or documentation with which to compare and consider. In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit considered...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects - Bloomberg - Feb 18: Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest, and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that...more

U.S. Export Policy for Commercial and Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On February 17, the Obama Administration announced a new U.S. export control policy for military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs"). The policy, the details of which have not been released, reportedly includes...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Sinkhole/Appraisal: reversing non-final order compelling appraisal of sinkhole claim because one is not appropriate under section 631.54(3)(c), Florida Statutes – Fla. Ins. Guar. Ass’n, Inc. v....more

Will we see a trend for direct pension fund investment in US greenfields infrastructure?

Although historically the investment profile for pension funds has focused on established brownfields assets, the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has recently invested $525 million AUD into the greenfields...more

Energy Industry News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Department of the Interior opens areas for oil and gas drilling through...more

Week in Review - February 2015 #3

Pay Raises/Ebola Funding - Reacting to the firestorm over the Governor’s recent salary increases for his Commissioners, the House had inserted language to cut the funding for one year for the Departments of Health, HHS...more

Florida Court Holds That Engineering Company Cannot be Held Liable for Third Party Injury Despite Open and Obvious Design Defect

Vanessa Cruz was tragically killed on July 15, 2008, in a single vehicle accident on the Florida Turnpike. Vanessa was the front seat passenger in a vehicle when the driver lost control, left the roadway, and struck the end...more

FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Commercial Drones; White House Launches Drone Privacy Policy

On February 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (applicable to UAS weighing...more

News from Second and State

As another relatively quiet session week comes to a close, our embattled row officers continue to make headlines. On Tuesday, two weeks after being charged, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord appeared in federal court...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

The release of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s MNSure report this week dominated conversations at the Capitol. Commissioner pay raises were also in the spotlight while Governor Mark Dayton tried to direct attention toward...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update, March/April 2015

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving state taxation on consecutive days in December. On 12/8/14, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Direct Marketing Ass'n v. Brohl, where the Court has...more

FAA Proposes Long-Awaited Commercial Drone Guidelines as White House Issues Privacy Memo On Government Drone Use

On Feb. 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration released a set of long-awaited proposed rules for commercial drone operation that paves the way for commercial drone usage in the United States by 2017. At the same time,...more

Senators Trying to Hit the Brakes on Smart Cars, Citing Privacy and Security Concerns

On February 11, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that they would introduce legislation intended to address the data privacy and security vulnerabilities with Internet-connected cars. The...more

Setting the Table - February 2015: Misguided Standards Could Cause Food Waste and Freight Claims to Skyrocket

The FDA’s proposed food safety rule, entitled “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” presents significant change for all involved in the food transportation industry. In a previous issue of Setting the Table, we...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Needs for Electric Generation—Not What Would be Expected

While Congress and the President continue their “Keystone XL Pipeline Dance”, a new report from the Department of Energy (DOE) discusses the changing needs for additional domestic natural gas infrastructure to meet increased...more

CEQA Roundup – Recent Developments

Numerous CEQA-related developments have recently been in the news. Some of possible interest include: Kings and Kern Counties, the Kings County Farm Bureau, and a number of other groups filed a petition on February 9 with the...more

Drone on Drones: FAA’s Proposed Rules Would Allow for Expanded Use

The FAA unveiled its proposed rules for unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week, beginning a process that could eventually allow for thousands of businesses to fly drones. At the same time, the White House issued a...more

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