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Seventh Circuit Blazes Truck Driver’s Failure to Hire Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed a summary judgment decision in favor of the employer on the plaintiff’s race discrimination and civil conspiracy claims where the employer did not hire the plaintiff after the plaintiff...more

Navigating Your DBE Certification

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) Disadvantage Business Enterprise (“DBE”) program is not as well-known as the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) 8(a) and other small business programs, but it offers an...more

U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the FAA’s regulatory reform review, the FAA’s and PHMSA’s increases in civil penalty amounts, recent amendments of hazardous materials regulations, the...more

Autonomous Vehicles: Job Killer?

by LeClairRyan on

According to the 2014 Census data, more than 4.4 million Americans work as drivers. Will autonomous vehicles kill most of these driver required jobs? With the growth and advancement in autonomous vehicle technologies, many...more

Some Not-So-Good News Out of Washington, D.C. for Pipeline Operators – Feds Increase Fines for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

President Trump’s recent executive orders have benefited the oil pipeline industry in a number of ways, including most notably, giving the final “okay” to the Dakota Access Pipeline. But some legislative mandates have been...more

South Carolina Senate Passes Road Funding Bill

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Over the last two weeks, members of the South Carolina Senate held a lengthy debate on H.3516, one of the most important bills of the 2017 legislative session. This legislation by Representative Gary Simrill (R-York),...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 28, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget Release: Congressional staff is suggesting that the President’s full 2018 budget should be released on May 22nd. Continuing Resolution: The House gave lawmakers one more week to agree on a spending bill to fund...more

It’s Tax Season: Virgin Fined for Slightly Imperfect Disclosure

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

On March 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (the “Enforcement Office”) continued its activist pursuit of hyper-technical violations of the DOT’s hallowed full fare...more

Congress Should Resist Legislating in Reaction to United Airlines’ Recent Passenger Bumping Incident

by Cozen O'Connor on

The recent forced removal of a United Airlines passenger by airport security officers from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make room for the airline’s employees has prompted calls in Congress for...more

State of Michigan Lacks Standing in M22 Case

by Revision Legal on

On April 21, 2017, Western District of Michigan Judge Gordon J. Quist ruled the State of Michigan lacks standing in a declaratory judgment action to declare the use and registration of federally registered marks are unlawful....more

Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group Discuss Transportation, Recreation, and Historical Preservation

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group met for its 16th meeting on April 24th. The Advisory Group reviewed a 2040 transportation land use analysis prepared by FCDOT. FCDOT estimates ridership of the proposed bus rapid...more

Are We There Yet? Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicle Claims

Autonomous or self-driving vehicles (AVs), once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now a reality. Most vehicles on the road today rely on some aspect of autonomous technology. Vehicles of the future will be...more

National League of Cities Releases Guide on Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The National League of Cities just released “Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide,” giving municipalities a much-needed resource around tracking legislative developments and having a voice in the policy discussion...more

OIG to Audit FAA Drone Waiver Processes

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “approval and oversight processes” for Part 107 waivers for...more

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

Are You Exempt? FDA Announces Waivers for Certain Businesses Subject to the Sanitary Transportation Rule

by Dickinson Wright on

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final and on April 5, 2017, the FDA published three waivers for certain qualifying businesses. The Sanitary...more

“Some Truckers Say the Darndest Things”

In a time where companies are getting better at documenting and keeping track of incidents, we are faced with a dilemma in the trucking field with these incident reports pinning the driver, and ultimately the company, to...more

USDOT Publishes National Transportation Noise Map

by Clark Hill PLC on

The United States Department of Transportation has published an interactive national map attempting to identify the levels of aviation and road noise. Noise from transportation related activities can be a major problem....more

Privacy Shield: Recent Developments

by White & Case LLP on

The Article 29 Working Party has released new procedural documentation concerning complaints under the Privacy Shield scheme, comprising rules of procedure and a form for individuals to submit complaints. This comes against a...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to...more

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update - March 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Welcome to the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update. Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the...more

National Push for Speed Limit Increase a Bad Idea

by Michigan Auto Law on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

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