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Florida Law Creates Right of Action against Drone Operators for Surveillance of Private Property

A bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law earlier this year expands Florida’s Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act (F.S. 934.50) to prohibit the use of a drone to record images of private property, or the...more

Whopping $1.9 million fine issued for unauthorized drone use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a whopping $1.9 million fine against SkyPan International Inc. (Skypan), an aerial photography company, for carrying out 65 unauthorized drone flights from March 2012 to...more

FAA Weighs in on Preemption in Product Liability Litigation

Courts across the county have long struggled with the scope of federal preemption in aviation safety and with how an aircraft type certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) affects aircraft product...more

Is There a Doctor On the Plane? Medical Emergencies in the Air

Approximately two weeks ago I was on a plane traveling back home from New York. The flight was fairly typical. We boarded, we took off, we were given peanuts and we landed. However, what was very unusual about this flight...more

Drone users to lawmakers: ‘Should I stay or should I go?’

California Governor Jerry Brown has just vetoed drone legislation passed by the California legislature that relates to a matter of significant interest to the real estate sector: Flight-level restrictions....more

Declaring War on Drones Part Deux: Is a Drone Operator/Owner Liable for Trespassing?

Last month Tilting discussed whether Daisy Duke and her Uncle Jesse faced civil or criminal liability for shooting down Boss Hogg’s drone trespassing over their property. To recap: Daisy Duke was sunbathing by her Uncle...more

California City Becomes First To Ban Drone Flights Over Incidents Interfering With Firefighting

On September 1, 2015, the Poway, California City Council approved an ordinance banning the flight of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, over a significant portion of Poway, California. In...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate: We are half way through a busy September, and Congress will focus much of the rest of the month on a continuing resolution. Energy and climate issues will garner some attention in committee...more

The FAA’s Drone Dilemma: The Need for Regulation vs. Liberal Licensing

Perhaps no issue has drawn as much attention to the Federal Aviation Administration in recent months as its much anticipated final regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, expected in the early part...more

The Future Is Now! Drones Are Coming to Public Schools… But Are We Ready?

During a recent meeting with a school district client they casually mentioned they were using a "drone." Surprised, I asked “Why… to mercilessly bomb al-Qaida strongholds with Graham crackers?" Ignoring my attempt at humor,...more

Tax Policy Update: The Emerging Fall Fiscal Cliff

If you read one thing... - Congress’ tax and budget challenges include funding the government for FY 2016 and a required federal debt ceiling increase to avoid catastrophic default on the nation’s debt. These legislative...more

And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture

Unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” or more commonly, “drones”) have become a valuable agricultural decision-making tool on the 21st Century farm. American farmers increasingly look to the skies to improve their crops and...more

Strange Bedfellows: Technology Issues in Real Estate Transactions, Part 1

Technology continues to infuse our homes, businesses, and places of employment. For example, the “Internet of Things” – as it is sometimes called – brings a lot of promise to a wide variety of industries and sectors,...more

Airline Industry Alert: Court Finds Federal Law Preempts State Drug-Testing Law as Applied to Flight Attendant

In a decision that is good news for airline employers, a federal trial court in Minnesota has held that the state drug-testing statute, which prohibits discharging an employee the first time the employee fails a drug test, is...more

FAA’s commercial drone application process to be audited by the DOT

While by law, any aircraft operation in the national airspace requires a certificated and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot, and operational approval, § 33 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, permits the FAA...more

FAA Announces Crackdown on Unauthorized Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced on its website that it was stepping up enforcement actions against individuals and organizations that operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as...more

Game of Drones: UAV Entertainment and the FAA

With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) (also called drones) anticipated to become a multi-billion dollar industry in a few years, many are betting that drone gaming will explode as the next big thing in competitive...more

August 2015 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 launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s...more

Where Does an Airline Employee File a Workers’ Comp Claim if an Injury Occurred While Traveling?

Turbulence in flight might make passengers nervous. But for flight attendants, it can be the cause of serious injury that may ground them for months or years, sometimes ending their careers. A survey of accidents by...more

Drone on Drones: L.A. City Council Proposal Could Turn The City into a No Drone Zone

While the FAA continues its rulemaking process and state legislators propose drone regulations of their own, the City of Los Angeles is considering creating its own drone regulations rather than waiting for the state or...more

Supplement — Curtin’s California Land Use

This Supplement is intended for use in conjunction with Curtin’s California Land Use & Planning Law, Thirty-Fourth Edition (2014), authored by Perkins Coie attorneys Cecily Talbert Barclay and Matthew S. Gray. In lieu of...more

First meeting of drone privacy stakeholders; will it result in any privacy guidelines?

In a previous post, we discussed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed drone regulations, and now, on August 3, 2015, the first drone privacy stakeholder meeting ensued in Washington, D.C., led by the National...more

Marketing real estate with drones: When can we take to the skies?

If high-end properties could talk, they might say something like Norma Desmond said in the Hollywood classic, “Sunset Boulevard”: "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Thanks to drone technology, residential...more

Drone on Drones: Amazon Has its Eyes on a Slice of the Sky

Amazon, long in the process of trying to persuade the FAA to remove its line-of-sight requirements to allow delivery by drone, announced a new plan this week it claims would solve many of the FAA’s reservations. The delivery...more

EEOC Finds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Prohibited by Title VII

In a landmark ruling, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held that an employee alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation states a viable claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The...more

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