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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – What’s Its Future?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s been almost one year since the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) came into existence. Its upcoming annual review in September by the European Commission (Commission) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) – its...more

Massachusetts Employers See Medical Marijuana Defense Go Up In Smoke - Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Requires Employers To Engage...

by Fisher Phillips on

The highest state court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a decision yesterday announcing that handicapped employees who have been prescribed medical marijuana may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the...more

INFRA Grant Program Encourages Use of P3s

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has revised and renamed a federal grant program that provides federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance to support projects...more

DOT Announces $226 Million in Grant Funding for Buses and Bus Facilities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Federal Transit Administration released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for approximately $226 million in grant funding under Section 5339, which covers the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit...more

U.S. Senators Introduce the Safe DRONE Act of 2017

Yet another piece of drone legislation is in circulation; the Safe DRONE Act of 2017 was recently introduced by U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, John Hoeven, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Dean Heller. ...more

NAS Releases Its Compliance Safety Accountability System Report - Proposed Legislation May Further Impact the Use of the Program's...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may overhaul how it evaluates the safety of the carriers it regulates following the release of a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and...more

From IDOT to School Gardens: Providing Sanctuary for Monarch Butterflies

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently joined a national campaign to protect endangered monarch butterflies. As of May 2017, IDOT is mowing only 15 feet from the edge of roadways, reducing the total amount...more

USDOT Proposals May Help Reduce the Shortage of Drivers by Making it Easier to Obtain a Commercial Driver's License

by Holland & Knight LLP on

It is common knowledge that a shortage of qualified drivers is a chronic problem in the trucking industry. For instance, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has estimated that there are 48,000 open jobs in the...more

DOT Rebrands and Expands FAST Act Grant Opportunities for Infrastructure Projects

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a discretionary grant program called the Infrastructure Rebuilding America Grants program. The program is a rebranding and expansion of the FASTLANE program, which stems...more

Natural Gas Pipeline and Underground Storage: Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes two recent updates in the area of natural gas pipeline and underground natural gas storage safety. Latham & Watkins will continue to provide updates as additional events unfold in this area of rapid...more

Federal and State Regulation of the Safety of Pipelines and Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This White Paper provides general background on the regulation of natural gas pipelines with special emphasis on underground storage, as context for recent and ongoing developments in this area by the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

CSA Study Results Released

by Benesch on

On June 27, 2017, the National Academy of Sciences (“NAS”) released its highly anticipated report on the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (“CSA”) initiative as mandated by Congress in the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Congress Faces Tough Questions on the Road to Governing Self-Driving Cars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Self-driving cars must also scare the hell out of Congress too. This past June 14 – long after states began their forays into regulating self-driving cars – the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee...more

Texas Transportation Legislation Overview of the 85th Regular Legislative Session

by Locke Lord LLP on

The 85th Texas Regular Legislative Session was a challenging one for transportation issues and advocates. The Legislature succeeded in passing a Sunset bill for the Texas Department of Transportation (“TxDOT”) extending the...more

Supreme Court's Refusal Keeps Electronic Logging Device Rule on Track

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In an earlier article (see Holland & Knight's alert, "Is There an Opening to Withdraw or Modify Electronic Logging Device Rule?," Jan. 13, 2017), we described the controversial final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule,...more

Senators Announce Principles for Bipartisan Legislation on Self-Driving Vehicles

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Congress has started to explore potential legislation governing the testing and regulation of autonomous vehicles (AV). Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing,...more

Cuba Sanctions: President Trump Announces Tightening of U.S. Sanctions While Maintaining Certain Sanctions Relief Implemented by...

On June 16, 2017, the Trump administration issued a national security presidential memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” (the “Presidential Memorandum”). Related to this...more

Trump Administration Seeks Input on Red Tape to Cut to Speed Infrastructure Projects

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT” or “Department”) is seeking input from stakeholders on the regulatory and administrative burdens that impede transportation infrastructure projects. According to a notice published...more

Florida Preserves Employer Protections in Medical Marijuana Bill

Voters in the November 8, 2016, general election in the state of Florida approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The initiative required a supermajority vote to pass, with at least 60 percent of voters...more

Trump’s Infrastructure Weak

This past week was President Trump’s “Infrastructure Week.” A week dedicated, according to the White House’s official blog, “to addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure” and to try to build support for the President’s...more

USDOT Seeks Input on Unnecessary Rules and Policies Impeding Transportation Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today that it has initiated a review of its existing policies, guidance documents and regulations to identify “unnecessary obstacles to” transportation infrastructure...more

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will publish notices on June 8, 2017, soliciting public comments to help shape their regulatory reform efforts under Executive Order (EO) 13771,...more

Supreme Court of Wisconsin Holds That Private Subcontractor Is Immune to Property Damage Claims by Adjoining Landowners Because it...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Melchert v. Pro Elec. Contrs., 2017 Wis. Lexis 169 (April 7, 2017) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (“DOT”) contracted with Payne & Dolan (“P&D”) as General Contractor on a road improvement project. P&D in turn...more

[Event] Driving into the Future - June 20th, Menlo Park, CA

by Hogan Lovells on

The future of mobility is being increasingly shaped by technological innovations and trends. Are you still in the driver's seat when it comes to questions like: Which innovations will further disrupt the automotive...more

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