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An Update on Aviation Regulatory Matters Involving DOT, FAA, TSA, Customs and Other Federal Agencies

Department of Transportation - - Regulatory ..DOT Extends Comment Period on Passenger Protection Rulemaking: DOT published a notice on August 6 extending the comment period for its Transparency of Airline...more

Supreme Court Poised to Hear TSA Whistleblower Case

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) plays a crucial role in our national safety infrastructure. Yet the agency has been subjected to significant criticism — and even been the butt of jokes — for the last several...more

Joint U.S./UK Warning on International Travel: Uncharged Electronic Devices/Gadgets Banned from Flights

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement enhanced security measures at selected but undisclosed gateway...more

Air Marshal Whistleblower v. TSA: Supreme Court to Blow Final Whistle

On July 25, 2014, the U.S. Government will submit its opening brief to the Supreme Court in the decade-long battle that began when the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) terminated former air marshal-turned...more

Act Now Advisory: As Defendant, Obama Administration Takes Narrower View of Whistleblower Protections Than as Enforcer - Will This...

Employers attempting to manage corporate compliance programs while balancing privacy concerns and whistleblower protections might find a certain irony, perhaps empathy, in the Obama administration's recent petition for U.S....more

U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Airline Immunity for TSA Reports of Suspicious Behavior

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (Jan. 27, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that airlines are entitled to civil immunity for reporting suspicious behavior to the TSA, provided their reports are not “materially...more

"You Like 'To-May-Toe,' I Like 'To-Mah-Toe'" – Distinctions Without a Material Difference: Supreme Court Reverses Lower Court...

The events of September 11 were by no means the first examples of terrorism involving aviation, but they unified the U.S., if not the world, in its effort to make air travel safer. It was in the wake of 9/11 that Congress...more

Supreme Court Reiterates that New York Times Actual Malice Standard Requires Materially False Statements

On Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed a $1.2 million Colorado defamation verdict in the case of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper—a notable decision for a court that rarely accepts libel...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Airline Entitled to ATSA Immunity in Pilot Defamation Case

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that immunity may not be denied under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) to substantially true statements. According to the Court,...more

Supreme Court Finds Air Carrier Immune From Defamation Claim For Reporting Employee’s Outburst to TSA

On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed a nearly $1.2 million jury verdict for defamation against Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation in a case surrounding the airline carrier’s report about a...more

SCOTUS: Airlines Are Entitled to Immunity under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act Unless Statements Are Materially...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, 571 U.S. ---, No. 12-315 (2014), holding that immunity for an air carrier under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, 49...more

U.S. Supreme Court Adds "Relevant Reader or Listener" to "Material Falsity" Defamation Analysis

In its decision in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that "the relevant reader or listener" must be considered in assessing the falsity element in defamation lawsuits. The Air Wisconsin...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Two Senators Call for Acting DHS Inspector General to Step Down - Since June 2012, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Inspector General Charles K. Edwards has been the subject of a Senate Homeland Security...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Jeh Johnson Nominated for DHS Secretary - President Barack Obama has nominated former U.S. Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)....more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Significant Aviation Issues

This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review two decisions that significantly affect the aviation industry, namely airline immunity under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) and preemption...more

ATSA Immunity: Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Bounds for Applying Immunity Under the Aviation Transportation Security Act

The Supreme Court granted certiorari yesterday to decide whether a court can deny immunity under the Aviation Transportation Security Act (ATSA) in a defamation case without first deciding whether an airline’s report to the...more

The Delightfully Brief, Pithy and Wholly Idiosyncratic Video Newsletter - January 2013, Vol. 1, Edition 1

A Billion Here or There - Now that the President has another four years and the budget chasm is before the country. The so-called fiscal cliff comes. Of the many ways to save money, the Congress has chosen the meat...more

Court of Federal Claims Upholds 40% Small Business Subcontracting Goal

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied a pre-award protest challenging a solicitation's small business subcontracting goal of 40% of the total contract value, holding that this goal was within the high...more

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