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New Laws in Local Jurisdictions

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following: In Virginia: Employers are no longer permitted to require workers or job...more

U.S. Senate Proposes Bill Requiring Warrants Prior To Use Of Drones By Federal Law Enforcement

Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) have introduced a bill that would require a warrant prior to the use by any federal entity—including federal law enforcement—of a “mobile aerial-view device.” Such...more

Drone on Drones: Fly into the Danger Zone

It’s wildfire season in California, a dangerous time of year made worse by the ongoing drought. Yet, another threat entirely is plaguing firefighters this year. During at least five fires over the past month, aircraft...more

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Small Business (the Committee) held a hearing, titled “Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft,” aimed at exploring small business use of drones. The...more

U.S. Navy first to launch and recover underwater drone in military operation

We have been watching the growth of drones in the sky and the FAA and states’ attempts to regulate them. Now we will start watching the growth of underwater drones. The USS North Dakota submarine sailed into Groton,...more

Drones in Florida — New Laws and Regulations

If you are one of the cool kids, or cool adults, or a techie, you might have received a drone for a gift during the past year. Like a toy out of the future, drones allow observation from above and afar. They are very cool....more

National Companies Considering Commercial Drones Must Consider State Privacy Laws

On Feb. 15, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a regulatory framework applicable to small commercial drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, meaning those weighing less than 55 pounds. The comment period on this...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

(US) Limiting the Sky: Is There Space for Drones in Real Estate Law?

Real property is generally conceived of as tangible and two dimensional. We acquire land described by courses and distances in a deed, depicted by lines on a survey. The laws respecting that land are well-formed; most in the...more

Energy Companies and Utilities Are Well Advised to Engage in Drone Privacy Discussions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that, as of July 9, 2015, it has granted 746 Petitions for Exemption under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 authorizing commercial operations with...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an update on the Department of Justice’s initiation of an antitrust investigation of alleged pricing and capacity collusion among the major U.S. airlines,...more

2015 Florida Legislative Update: Environment, Growth Management and Water

The Florida Legislature concluded its 2015 regular session on May 1, 2015. However, for all practical purposes, the session ended on April 28, when the House unexpectedly adjourned three days early after it became clear the...more

Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly...more

Cleared for Takeoff: Do You Need FCC Permission to Operate that Drone?

In recent years, the drone industry has proliferated, enjoying exponential growth in popularity and technological sophistication. Drone technology available to the general public has become increasingly advanced. Now, drones...more

DOJ Issues Internal Guidance On Drone Use

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance on May 22, 2015 regarding its domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, which was developed by an internal working group...more

Drones: New Technology, New Opportunity?

The guidance states that drones recently “have emerged as a viable law enforcement tool.” In addition to affirming DOJ’s commitment to civil rights and privacy laws, the guidance imposes rules on who can order drone support...more

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: How The Courts Are Responding

As published in PublicCEO* The world of law enforcement is changing rapidly. In the last few years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds altering the way police officers do just about everything. New technology...more

Mountain High Aviation receives approval from FAA to fly wildlife monitoring drones

On May 28, 2015, Mountain High Aviation LLC (MHA) received the okay from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly its drones in U.S. airspace under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. MHA is a wildlife monitoring...more

Made In China 2025 Plan Designates Unmanned Aircraft As A Key Sector

Support Includes Government Funding, Policy Bank Loans, And Preferential Tax Policies - On May 19, 2015, China’s State Council issued a long-range planning document that specifically designates China’s unmanned aerial...more

DOJ releases guidelines on drone operation by federal law enforcement

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or, as more commonly called, drones, by federal law enforcement. Currently, the FBI is the only agency using...more

Drone on Drones: Justice Department Drone Policy Emphasizes Privacy and Transparency

Federal agencies deploying surveillance drones in domestic airspace will be required to conduct annual privacy reviews, the Department of Justice announced last week. The new policy aims to require DOJ employees to assess the...more

Florida drone bill passed into law, more concerns raised about its restrictions

At the end of April, we posted on the passing of S.B. 766 through the Florida State legislature, and now on May 14, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, in the State of...more

Drones: FAA Announces Pathfinder Program to Explore BVLOS and Urban Drone Operations

The FAA’s regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry—and those looking to use this technology in their own sectors—to keep their eyes...more

Maryland Governor signs drone regulation bill into law

On May 13, 2015, Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, signed the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research, Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015 into law. This new Maryland state drone Act gives the state government the...more

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