News sources recently reported that one of the Dallas nurses infected with the Ebola virus visited a retail establishment before boarding a plane from Cleveland to Dallas. Since then, retailers and customers have been...more
The Seventh Circuit recently held that although an employee’s employer was too small to be covered by the FMLA (less than 50 employees), because the employee also provided services to a second company and together the two...more
Panel Will Explore Flight Attendants' Pivotal Role in Enforcement of Title VII Prohibition Against Sex Discrimination -
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's...more
Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll look back to the developments from the first half of 2014, and look ahead to market-based sourcing and other issues on the...more
On September 30, 2014, in Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Coakley, No. 13-2307 (September 30, 2014), the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s refusal to preempt a Massachusetts independent...more
The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) quashed the decision of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), now the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), to close its investigation into pricing arrangements entered into by...more
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
On September 24, 2014, Southwest Airlines (Southwest) signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC (RRB) to purchase renewable jet fuel to use in their Bay Area Operations. The agreement "covers the purchase of...more
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
On September 2, 2014, the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in the case of Loyalty Conversion Systems Corporation v. American Airlines, Inc. that the plaintiff's business method patents concerning...more
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
Airlines offer frequent-flyer programs to reward loyal customers and attract new ones by awarding various perks based on the “miles” each member accumulates. In practice, however, frequent-flyer programs too often attract...more
Airline Rewards Conversion Method Invalid Under Alice and Bilski -
On September 2, 2014, Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that two patents on a...more
In early 2012, Citibank started issuing Form 1099-MISC to customers who were given "thank you points" in exchange for opening bank accounts. The points could be redeemed for an airline ticket, similar to frequent flyer miles....more
Last week, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to the top ten revenue generating passenger airlines in the United States, opening an inquiry into their practices related to charging additional fees for optional...more
Against the background of recent European Union (EU) sanctions targeting Russian airline Dobrolet, this note provides a general overview of relevant issues – especially in the context of the aircraft sector.
On July 31, Moody’s released its rating methodology for global manufacturing companies. On July 25, Fitch released its global rating criteria for Corporate CDOs. On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in...more
Bank of England Publishes Statement on Enforcement Action Against Lloyds Bank PLC and Bank of Scotland PLC -
On July 28, the Bank of England published a statement on Financial Conduct Authority enforcement action...more
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Campbell v. Air Jamaica, Ltd. is a favorable one for the aviation industry. The court confirmed that non-economic damages, including emotional distress and...more
Ukraine Crisis -
Last week, the Malaysian Government negotiated and secured from the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the black boxes from the downed passenger airliner (MH17). The Malaysian Government also secured...more
The shocking news of recent airline disasters brings into sharp focus for employers the sometimes unforeseeable risks facing employees who frequently travel for work.
In today's world, the ability to dispatch the right...more
Sheppard Mullin client, Otay Tijuana Venture, announced this week that a cross-border pedestrian bridge linking San Diego with Tijuana’s A.L. Rodríguez International airport will be set to open next year. The project, which...more
Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded, in Dilts v. Penske Logistics, LLC, that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA) does not preempt the application of...more
Disciplinary letters issued to three members of a safety “Policy Committee” were not retaliatory under the Canada Labour Code, the Canada Industrial Relations Board has decided.
Air Canada issued letters to three...more
On June 24th, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that the government’s no-fly list, which seeks to prevent people with suspected terrorism ties from traveling to or within the United States, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was...more
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