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Drone experts say human and machine should be treated the same when it comes to privacy and security

Last week I attended the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in Arlington, Virginia. An “Ethics and Engineering” panel set forth some interesting questions for those individuals and businesses...more

The Last Set of Major FSMA Regulations Are Done!

The last of FDA’s seven “foundational” rules mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) was published at the end of last month, just a few days before the May 31, 2016 deadline agreed to by the Agency...more

Congress Sends Chemical Safety Reform Legislation to Be Signed into Law

The historic reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act overhauls the United States’ primary chemical safety law for the first time in 40 years. Following months of closed-door negotiations, the US House of...more

Unpacking the Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the long-pending Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The bill...more

The Indonesian water sector: A flood of projects held back by PDAMs

Indonesia is blessed with abundant water resources, yet its people suffer from a severe shortage of potable water. The intersection of these two facts neatly describes why Indonesia should offer a bonanza for the global...more

Alarming Number of Bystanders Injured in Chicago-Area Police Pursuits

Police shootings have dominated the headlines, however, police pursuits have injured and killed more individuals over the last several years, and the Chicago-area statistics are shockingly high....more

FSMA Food Defense Rule Requires Firms to Address Risk of Terrorism

In an effort to prevent wide-scale public harm through the nation’s food supply from acts of terrorism, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its final rule regarding Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food...more

Environmental Groups File Suit Seeking Revision of E&P Waste Regulations

On May 4, 2016, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), National Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Earthworks; Center for Health, Environment and Justice; and three other environmental groups (hereinafter collectively...more

FDA Publishes Final Rule for Protection Against Intentional Adulteration as Part of Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA has published as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a final rule concerning mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration. The rule will require domestic and foreign food facilities...more

FAA’s drone detection initiative

This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded its Pathfinder Program by signing the Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems, Inc. and Sensofusion to add to...more

FDA Proposes Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices for Aggressive or Self-Injurious Behavior

On April 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior....more

Restoring the Balance: Lessons from the Human Rights Appeal of Mihaly v Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of...

We had earlier provided clients with a brief summary of the Mihaly decision on January 27, 2016. This article is a follow-up and includes some of the top lessons for regulators and their legal counsel. When it comes to...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

This week, the Senate DFL majority released their budget targets, setting guidelines for committees to address the $900 million surplus. In their budget targets, $300 million will go toward tax relief. In addition, voluntary...more

Expanding Horizons: Drone Regulations from a Prosecutorial Perspective

BB&K attorney Jordan Ferguson writes about the criminal side of drones for the California District Attorneys Association’s Prosecutor’s Brief. Over the next few years, the skies are likely to get much more crowded....more

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as Special Access) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted - The FCC is expected to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that will rewrite the rules that protect local governments, public agencies and...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19480 - McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc. - This case determined that when a husband had already filed a claim for disability benefit in a timely fashion under the Worker’s...more

European Commissioner for Transport Focuses on Connected Cars as Part of Continuing Road Safety Strategy

In 2010, the EU set an ambitious goal of halving traffic deaths in 2020. As part of these ongoing efforts to increase road safety, on Thursday the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc published a report on road...more

Committee OK's Bill to Address Suicide Among Correction Officers and Prisoners

Here’s a thumbs-up to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Last week, the committee rightly gave a favorable report to a bill, SB 1284, mandating a study of how to keep prisoners and...more

State Releases New School Security and Safety Standards

In 2013, as part of Public Act 13-1, Connecticut enacted legislation that requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), in consultation with the State Department of Education, to develop school...more

Tasing is for Safety, Not Punishment: Even Non-Lethal Force Can be Deadly

South Boston police responded to the local Super 8 Motel in the wee hours of May 3, 2013. They came because they’d received phone calls from Linwood Lambert, Jr. asking somewhat unclearly for help. When they arrived, they...more

FAA Releases Guidelines For Local Regulation Of Drones

In the past few years unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, have grown in popularity and availability. With the proliferation of drones comes some difficult privacy and public safety questions for school...more

FDA Final Rule for Foods and Cosmetics Aims to Reduce Risk of Mad Cow Exposure

On March 18, 2016 the FDA issued its final rule prohibiting the use of certain cattle material in human foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. The rule is focused on reducing the risk of human exposure to bovine...more

FAA set to issue a new rule specifically for microdrones

As if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wasn’t getting enough flak for its recent drone regulations, now it is considering a separate rule for “microdrones.” Microdrones are those drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds...more

Acquittals in Vascular Solutions Case Deal Setback to DOJ

On February 26, 2016, a federal jury in Texas returned not guilty verdicts with respect to charges brought against Vascular Solutions Inc. (“VSI”) and its CEO by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), dealing a decisive blow...more

ICAO Bans Bulk Shipments of Lithium Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

On February 22, 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) Council announced an interim ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. The ICAO Council adopted this new...more

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