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February 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...more

How President Trump’s Anti-Regulation Policy Could Undermine Aviation Industry Interests

For eight years, the Obama administration was proactive in adopting and enforcing a large volume of new “passenger protections” regulations affecting many aspects of airline services, including fare disclosures, the display...more

Developments in Title VII and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Many state anti-discrimination laws, such as those in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, specifically prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation. To the surprise of many...more

New Ohio Decision Clarifies Role of Judge and Jury in Eminent Domain Cases

As a general rule, injuries that are shared in common with the general public are not compensable under Ohio eminent domain law. Ohio’s 4th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that the question of whether an injury is...more

“Way Mo” Autonomous Cars Coming Fast

It’s a race to beat all races: several car makers, including Ford, General Motors, Volvo, BMW and Tesla are promising fully autonomous vehicles within the next five years. Not far behind the pack, Google recently renamed its...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

DOT To Add Synthetic Opioids To Its Drug Testing Panel

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in which it proposes to amend its drug testing program regulation to add four synthetic opioids (hydrocodone,...more

Are You Ready for Self-Driving Vehicles?

The transportation industry is on the verge of a major revolution as personal and commercial vehicles transition from incorporating some driver-assisting technologies to actually becoming highly autonomous, self-driving...more

MDOT Files New Bridge Condemnations

Notwithstanding Maroun Court of Claims lawsuit attacking propriety of the Gordie Howe Bridge Project, the MDOT has filed dozens of new condemnations including against Maroun entities. On Friday, I posted a blog...more

Key Goals For The Next Secretary Of Transportation

A safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transportation system is the lifeblood of this nation. It is critical to the economic prosperity of this country and to the well-being of everyone who lives here. It connects us to...more

Will the Trump Administration Hit the Brakes on the Speed Limiter Rule?

One controversial rule proposal that many expect will not become final under the new Trump Administration is the Speed Limiter rule proposed by two agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway...more

Moroun Seeks to Block Gordie Howe Bridge Condemnations

Companies controlled by Mannie Maroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge, have filed a lawsuit seeking to block MDOT condemnations to acquire property for the Gordie Howe Bridge. Mannie Maroun has spent years attempting to...more

Aviation Reform Under the Trump Administration: What to Expect

President-Elect Donald Trump has indicated strong interest in two areas: infrastructure development and regulatory reform. Several potentially important developments in the aviation sector are anticipated in both...more

DBE Contracting Opportunities under the Trump Administration

With President-elect Trump’s promise to turn America’s crumbling infrastructure into an opportunity for accelerated economic growth, there are likely to be significant investments in the next four years in transportation,...more

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution...more

PHMSA Sets Standards to Enhance Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

On December 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation (DOT), issued an Interim Final Rule (the “IFR”) to implement safety standards for the...more

Proposed Rule Would Mandate Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication On Light Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The aim of the...more

DOT Weighs Whether to Permit Voice Calls on Airlines with Advance Notice to Passengers

Imagine boarding a cross-country flight and finding yourself next to someone who will be talking on his or her cell phone for the next three hours. Would it make a difference if you knew ahead of time that the flight allowed...more

Long-Awaited Federal Driverless Car Policy

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently updated its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy for the first time since 2013. In her Daily Journal article “Long-Awaited...more

December 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s proposed rule on the use of cell phones to make voice calls on commercial flights, the results of DOT’s negotiated rulemaking on accessible...more

District Court’s NEPA Judgment Vacated In Case Rendered Moot

On December 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided the case of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, et al., v. North Carolina Department of Transportation, et al. The Fourth Circuit concluded that, “[b]ecause...more

Financiación del Transporte Público con Desarrollos Orientados al Transporte

Desde la aparición de los primeros sistemas de transporte público, se ha reconocido que los espacios contiguos a las estaciones de trenes son idóneos, especialmente, para urbanizaciones de usos múltiples. La gente está...more

FMCSA Announces CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

In 2012, Congress directed the Department of Transportation to establish a national clearinghouse containing Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operators’ violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and...more

Disturbing Facts About the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Driving distractions endanger the lives of drivers, passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. By educating the American public about the danger that distracted driving imposes and the impact it has throughout...more

2017 California Construction Law Update

To say it’s been an exciting year in politics would be an understatement. While most of the nation’s attention was focused on the presidential election, state legislatures, including California’s, were busy at work. The...more

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