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Lawsuit Over MH370 Not Likely to Survive Long

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On March 4, 2017, roughly three years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, a suit was filed in South Carolina on behalf of the estates and next of kin of over 40 of the presumably deceased passengers against the...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

New Turbulence App May Prevent In-Flight Injuries

by Howard Ankin on

US aircraft experience 65,000 incidences of moderate to severe turbulence each year. Turbulence-related injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures, broken bones, and serious spinal and head injuries. A flight...more

Aviation emissions – new global deal looks likely

by Dentons on

Government officials are negotiating a market-based mechanism to reduce emissions in the international aviation industry. Ministers from over 190 countries have gathered at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s...more

Is Air Travel Still Safe?

by Howard Ankin on

With so many airline crashes in the news, one has to wonder if it’s safe to fly anymore. Despite the threat of terrorist attacks, bombs and mid-air explosions, the International Air Transport Association assures passengers...more

EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Air Pollution and Climate Change

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: EPA’s recent finding paves the way for the Agency to develop standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Businesses in the commercial jet manufacturing and aviation transportation industry should...more

Transformational FAA Proposal Taxis for Takeoff

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (“AIRR Act”) introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) would reshape the U.S. air traffic control (ATC)...more

Iran – Don’t Forget the General License!

by Baker Donelson on

Iran entered into a historic nuclear agreement with the U.S. and other world powers on July 14th 2015. The agreement will allow the licensing of the export, re-export, sale, lease or transfer to Iran of commercial passenger...more

Aircraft Deregistration and Repossession in India: Lessons from Kingfisher and SpiceJet

In 2012, Kingfisher Airlines, one of India's major airlines, ceased operations. India and its courts delayed responses to the request of lessors and financiers to deregister and repossess their aircraft, upsetting the market...more

The GAO Issued A Report Recommending Improvements For Aircraft Cybersecurity

by King & Spalding on

On April 14, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report highlighting cybersecurity challenges as the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) transitions to the Next Generation Air Transportation System...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

by Buchalter on

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

An Update on FAA Regulatory Revisions, DOT and FAA Enforcement Actions, and Other Aviation-Related Regulatory Matters

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update provides an overview of recent FAA regulatory initiatives involving crew pairing, alcohol and drug testing rates, the use of aviation fuel taxes by airports and...more

Shipping hazmats by air? Follow the rules or pay the price: FAA imposes substantial penalties for hazardous materials violations

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is increasingly cracking down on senders of hazardous materials by air, and your company could be its next target. Shippers and carriers of hazardous materials sent via...more

Drones: A Bird’s-Eye View of the (Non-Privacy) Legal Landscape for UAS

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A recent near midair collision between U.S. Airways Flight 4650, a CRJ-200 jet with a 50- passenger capacity, and a drone has (deservedly) sparked a flurry of commentary regarding safe drone operation. This near miss, which...more

The Cape Town Convention: An Evolving Process (with a Side Note on Non-Citizen Trusts)

by McAfee & Taft on

Introduction - This is the second article for the International Comparative Legal Guide series. Our first article covered the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the “Convention”) and the...more

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