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DOJ Reports on Drones Flying Contraband to Prisons

While drone delivery services are certainly on the agendas are large retailers like Amazon, inmates in jails across the U.S. are already using drones to receive their own aerial contraband shipments. Through a Freedom of...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

New Statistics Predict Drone Production Will Soar to $73.5 Billion Over Next 10 Years

According to recent studies and statistics, unmanned aerial systems (or drones) promise to have the most dynamic growth of any sector in the aerospace industry. With the ease of airspace regulations and operational...more

Drug Companies – Peddlers of opiates?

Opioids put nearly 1.3 million people in the hospital in one year. Yet another example of the devastating effects of Fentanyl and other opiate abuse in our country. We have had a front row seat to this epidemic in Palm...more

The State of the Drones: Unclear Laws and Anti-Drone Technology

Over the past decade, since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first permitted the use of drones for commercial and hobbyist purposes, after the 2012 directive of Congress for the FAA to come up with a “comprehensive...more

NJ Law Restricting Drones will have to be Rewritten

The town of Garfield, New Jersey has introduced new regulations related to hobbyist drone operation—or better yet, the non-operation of drones above residences other than your own, commercial zones, roadways, government or...more

EPA Delivers on Promise to Delay Risk Management Plant Requirements for Chemical Plants and Refineries

On June 12, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced another extension to the effective date of the Obama-era rule amending federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements for...more

Senate Bill Provides Parity: Tribal Government Regulation of UAS on Tribal Lands

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on May 25, 2017, introduced the Drone Federalism Act of 2017 to allow any state, local or tribal government to protect...more

MLB Teams Extend Protective Netting After Series of Spectator Injuries at Parks

Anyone involved in organized sports already knows the importance of remaining alert and keeping an eye on the ball during a game, both to make a play and to avoid a potentially serious injury. What about spectators at the...more

FAA Drone/Human Collision Analysis Study Helpful for Drone Insurance

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The FAA recently published the results of a study that was designed to evaluate the risks of serious injury to a pedestrian resulting from a drone collision. ...more

New Oral Swab Technology Determines If Drivers Are High on the Highway

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The California Legislature has yet to establish limits concerning cannabis consumption, following voters’ approval in November 2016 of Proposition 64, which allows recreational marijuana use....more

PAC Upholds Municipality’s Denial of Request for FOIA Fee Waiver

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor recently issued a non-binding opinion holding that public bodies have the discretion to decide whether to waive or reduce copying fees associated with the production of documents responsive to FOIA...more

New FAA-Commissioned Report on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Human Collision Hazards May Support Broader Approval for UAS...

by Hogan Lovells on

Part 107, the rule broadly authorizing commercial UAS (drone) operations, was an important step forward for the commercial UAS industry. However, Part 107 limited operations in important ways. One significant limitation...more

Filmmaker Arrested for Flying Drone over the NFL Draft

A 27-year old resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Kolleh, was arrested and spent 14 hours in a holding cell last week for flying his drone in the vicinity of the National Football League (NFL) Draft. Kolleh began...more

How a Drone Could Save a Life at an Industrial Jobsite

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015—that means, if you break it down, that more than 90 workers lost their lives each week on jobsites. These...more

Indiana Bill to Create New UAV-Related Misdemeanors

S.B. 299, introduced by Senator Eric Koch, has passed the Indiana General Assembly, and is on its way to the desk of Governor Eric Holcomb for his final consideration. S.B. 299 would create Class A misdemeanor offenses...more

Department of Homeland Security Launches Immigration Victims Office

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). This office acknowledges and serves the needs...more

Ontario Court Allows Workplace Random Drug and Alcohol Testing to Proceed

In April 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allowed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to proceed with implementing random drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees, pending the outcome of an ongoing...more

FAA Releases Airport Facility Maps for Safer Drone Operations

As we discussed in our previous post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published over 200 airport facility maps last week to aid drone operators in safer operation and streamline the authorization process for...more

Police Foundation Releases New Infographic and Tips for Law Enforcement Agencies Use of Drones

The Police Foundation, a non-profit organization for policing across the United States, recently released a new infographic for law enforcement agencies seeking to establish a program for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

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On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

Court Allows the TTC to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

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In a recent decision, the Honourable Justice Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied the request of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 and Robert Kinnear (the “Applicants”) to restrain the TTC from...more

Potentially Costly Nuclear Rulemaking Proposed - NRC targets include oil & gas industry, cancer treatment providers,...

Despite little evidence that requiring licensees to provide financial assurance to cover the cost of the disposition of certain Category 1 & 2 sources will promote public health and safety, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...more

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