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Vermont issues updated energy plan

Vermont energy regulators have completed an update of key energy and electricity plans for that state. The Vermont Department of Public Service has updated the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) and Electric Plan, two...more

Why is the Government Interested in my Drone?

Everyone has heard of drones. Amazon is going to use them to deliver packages soon, right? What is a drone and what do individuals and businesses need to know about drone usage? Drones are defined simply an unmanned,...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more…...more

California DMV Now Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

After the release of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations in December, the agency held two public workshops over the past week to allow the public to weigh in. The workshops,...more

Super Bowl Sunday: No drone zone

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a youtube video on Wednesday letting drone operators know that the air above Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco is off limits on Super Bowl Sunday. Labeled a “No Drone Zone,”...more

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2

Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent and patent ligation issues. Part 2 continues this discussion with the...more

How far have we gone with license-plate photos and locational tracking? Too far…

Vigilant Solutions is a company that takes photographs of cars and trucks using its network of cameras. What’s the big deal, traffic cameras are always recording our plates? Well not only is Vigilant Solutions taking photos...more

Is point-of-sale drone registration next? Retailers say no way

In the first 30-days of drone registration, nearly 300,000 owners have registered their drones. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small drone user registration has sparked much debate, and now, the FAA is...more

Aviation Contractor Glides Away From Liability After Receiving Unsolicited Email Containing Trade Secrets

If a third party sends you someone’s trade secrets, and you delete them as soon as you know they’re trade secrets, you’re off the hook for misappropriation. That, in a nutshell, is what a Florida federal judge held on...more

Twitter, the Drone Selfie and Charting a Course for New Technology

A recently published patent application filed by Twitter provides a possible glimpse into the future of social media and selfies—and it’s a future arriving on the wings of that poster child of modern technology, the unmanned...more

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Consumers can expect many benefits from their cars’ increased data collection programs, running the gamut from simple location services like GPS and OnStar to “networked” cars that can communicate their location with other...more

Competition News January 2016

Record fine imposed on Orange by the French Competition Authority despite being reduced by the early application of the settlement procedure - By decision of December 17, 2015, the French Competition Authority imposed a...more

The Rise of Driverless Cars

Automotive industry experts claim that we will be sharing the road with totally autonomous cars within the next five years. The benefits of driverless cars are obvious. People on average spend about two hours per day in a car...more

Navy Launches “Great Green Fleet” Featuring Biofuel Powered Ships

On January 20, 2016, U.S. Navy (Navy) Secretary Ray Mabus and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) of ships running up to 50 percent biofuels as part of the "Great...more

FAA Releases Interim Rule for Drone Registration

Owners of many small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS” or “drones”) and model airplanes will have to register them with the government. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the requirement in an interim final rule on...more

“Proactive Safety Principles” Agreement Reached with NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all of the major automakers doing business in the United States have agreed on a Statement of Proactive Safety Principles that are intended to reaffirm the agency...more

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars...more

2016 Outlook: NHTSA, Automotive Safety, and Cybersecurity

2016 will likely be an active year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and increased enforcement actions and new technology and privacy measures are expected. Below are four things to keep in mind...more

Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Can Lawyers Avoid Being Back-Seat Drivers?

The old joke in my family is that my Mom, Sandy Wagner, was generations ahead of her time when it came to the now ubiquitous Google Maps and Garmin direction devices. “Shelly! Turn here! NO, not here, there! In 100 feet! ...more

MICHauto Annual Meeting Kicks Off Detroit Auto Show Week

The North American International Auto Show is in full swing this week in Detroit, with 40 new model introductions amid a frenzy of discussions about Mobility. Events kicked off last week with the Annual Meeting of MICHauto,...more

New York AG Requires Transportation Company to Enhance Data Security Practices

On January 6, New York AG Schneiderman announced a settlement with a California-based transportation network company that requires the company to enhance its data security protection practices to ensure protection of...more

Geeking Out on Transportation

This week, our transportation attorneys attended the Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, which is affectionately deemed the nexus of all-out, unabashed transportation “nerdom” by industry insiders....more

Aerial trespass, privacy violations, and the drone slayer

John David Boggs’s drone was shot down out of the sky last summer when he flew it over another individual’s home. Bogg’s claims that he was flying his drone over Class G airspace –federal protected airspace. Bogg’s claims...more

Uber Enters Into Settlement Regarding May 2014 Data Breach, Halting New York Attorney General’s Investigation Into Uber’s...

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, New York’s Attorney General announced a settlement with Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), which requires the company to institute a number of practices intended to increase the data privacy of...more

Uber settles with NY AG over “God View” tracking of riders

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that his office has settled its investigation of Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber), over allegations that Uber executives could access an aerial view of riders’ locations...more

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