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National Push for Speed Limit Increase a Bad Idea

Lawmakers who are pushing for speed limit increases nationwide aren’t listening to the research about how dangerous this is — as the combination of speed and distracted driving means more deaths on the road....more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

EPA to Reconsider Previous Determination on Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Light-Duty Cars and Trucks

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation will jointly reconsider EPA’s January 12, 2017 determination not to change greenhouse gas...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Hearings Exceed 100 Hours and Counting - The Appropriations and Financial Affairs...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

Automated Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Automotive Industry

A renaissance of epic proportion is quietly underway in the United States, where 4,000-pound objects will soon be motoring alongside us on freeways, through intersections, crosswalks, and school zones without a driver. Ground...more

Automated Vehicles: NHTSA Has Spoken

Not surprisingly, NHTSA’s regulatory stance on automated vehicles is simple: improve vehicle safety by preventing driving errors. As automated vehicles begin to populate the roads, two themes arising from this stance have...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

Autonomous Vehicles: A Regulatory Perspective

The coming innovation of autonomous vehicles (i.e. self-driving cars) has been covered pretty widely in the news over the past 18-24 months. Not long ago, the reality of autonomous vehicles was unknown to most Americans. ...more

Litigation and Federal Regulations Under Part 107 in the Coming Era of Drones

A drone crashed into Seattle’s iconic Space Needle on New Year’s Eve. The accident — which was recorded in dramatic fashion on the onboard camera — is likely a sign of things to come in 2017 and beyond as the Federal Aviation...more

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

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