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Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

Model Aircraft Registration Rule Shot Down by DC Circuit

Last Friday, in Taylor v. Huerta, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a rule requiring individuals who fly small (weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds on takeoff) drones and other model aircraft for hobby or recreational...more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017 Part 2

Part 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Supreme Court Affirms Presumption Against Preemption...more

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rules Federal Law Preempts Local Airport Regulations

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

“Noise policy must be carried out at the national level.” So says the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in overruling the Town of East Hampton’s attempt to locally control airport noise. The Second...more

AOPA Asks Supreme Court to Review Sikkelee Decision; Urges FAA Preemption

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a notable amicus curiae brief, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Third Circuit), which allowed...more

Ninth Circuit Issues “Antitrust Primer for Aftermarket Issues” in Aerotec

by Perkins Coie on

In a precedent-setting opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Aerotec International, Inc. v. Honeywell International, Inc., No. 14-15562, 2016 WL 4709868 (9th Cir. Sept. 9, 2016), affirmed the summary...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center Challenges FAA’s New Drone Rules Over Lack Of Privacy Safeguards

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, August 22, the non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) brought suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), challenging the lack of...more

Recreational model aircraft hobbyist files appeal against FAA for drone registration

We previously reported that model aircraft hobbyist John Taylor filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) challenging the requirement to register with the FAA in order to fly his model aircraft near his...more

Seventh Circuit: "Frivolous" Argument Saves Jurisdiction

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Seventh Circuit issued an important opinion by Judge Easterbrook today, Lu Junhong v. Boeing Co., No. 14-1825, a clump of cases that arose after an Asiana Airlines jet manufactured by Boeing struck a seawall while landing...more

Kern County’s CEQA Mitigation Measure For Wind Farm Project Relying On FAA Review and Determination of Aviation Safety Impacts Is...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Alleged land use conflicts between newly proposed land uses and existing nearby airports are nothing new, and can produce heated CEQA battles as project opponents often raise “life safety” issues as potential project impacts....more

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