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Increase in Chemical Security Vulnerability Assessments Likely Under New DHS Standards

by Williams Mullen on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure that security measures are in place to reduce the risk of...more

TSA Aims For More Customer Satisfaction With Expedited Process, Interactive Social Media, App

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its Pre? program to 11 new airlines for a total of 30 participating airlines. This expedited process enables trusted travelers to be screened without removing shoes,...more

New EAJA Decision in the DC Circuit

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) directs a court to award fees and other expenses to prevailing party in a civil action against the United States unless the government’s position was substantially justified or special...more

4 Trusted Traveler Programs That Save You Time (and Stress) at U.S. Airport Security

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Because this is an “International” blog, we need to talk about one of the most important aspects of international business – travel. And as you know, we are in the thick of the travel season. So it only makes sense to...more

August 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new FAA reauthorization legislation, DOT awards for U.S. carrier scheduled service to Cuba, DOT’s decision to address consumer notification requirements...more

FAA Published Final Drone Regulations

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 28, 2016, the FAA published its final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“SUAS Rule”). The SUAS Rule will take effect August 29, 2016, and applies to the use of drones for...more

FAA Gives Overburdened TSA Another Job: Drone Pilot Vetting

FAA’s Part 107 regulations create a structure to integrate commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (also known as “sUAS” or drones) into the National Airspace System (“NAS”). As part of this structure, the FAA has given...more

New FAA Regulations for Drones

by Reed Smith on

On June 21, 2016, the FAA issued its long-awaited regulations governing “Small Unmanned Aircraft,” or drone operation. The regulations relate to the use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The following outlines some of...more

Commercial Drones Set To Take Flight

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled a landmark set of new rules for the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), more popularly known as drones. The new rules will take...more

Opening the Sky for Drones: FAA Issues Drone Rules for Commercial Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 21, 2016 announced its long-awaited rule to allow commercial drone operators to legally fly their drones for pay and/or hire in the United States. The new rule will take...more

New FAA Drone Rules

by Reed Smith on

On June 21, 2016, the FAA issued its long-awaited regulations governing “Small Unmanned Aircraft,” or drone operation. The regulations allow the use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds, traveling less than 100 mph...more

Court Curtails Relief For Age Discrimination Collective Action Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Relief sought in age discrimination litigation is limited to the specific remedies described in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). In a ruling on April 26, 2016, in K.H., et al., v....more

Get your student pilot certificate and commercial drone operator certificate sooner rather than later

As of April 1 individuals seeking their student pilot certificate must wait until the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background checks are completed before receiving the certification, whereas prior to the...more

Avoid “Uh-Oh”-Pen Carry at the Airport

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Since Texas’ open carry law went into effect at the beginning of the year, Pistol Pete has carried his Glock everywhere he can in his shoulder holster. In a rush to make his flight to Houston for a business meeting, Pete...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - November 2015

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines seeking to block the carriers’ proposed slot swap at Newark, DOT’s...more

CBP Announces the Expansion of Global Entry to UK Citizens

by Morgan Lewis on

Registration begins December 3. On November 3, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler program, allows for...more

Wrong Defendant, Wrong Court: Plaintiff Wrongly Targets Government Contractors Instead of U.S. Government - Astornet Technologies...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a case addressing whether a patent holder can sue government contractors in district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the dismissal of Astornet’s claims against three government contractors...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - October 2015

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

U.S. Government Patent Infringement Precludes Induced Infringement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Astornet Technologies, Inc. v. BAE Systems, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissed of actions for induced infringement where the alleged direct infringer was the U.S. government. In particular,...more

August 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2015

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an update on the Department of Justice’s initiation of an antitrust investigation of alleged pricing and capacity collusion among the major U.S. airlines,...more

Update on Pre-Clearance at Airports

by Cozen O'Connor on

Airline travel can be a long, unpleasant process. Long lines are part of the problem. In the past, frequent fliers received complimentary TSA PreCheck status, but no more....more

FAA Proposes Framework of Regulations For Small-Scale Commercial Drones

by Carlton Fields on

On Feb. 15 the Federal Aviation Administration released its long-awaited proposed framework for regulating small-scale commercial drones, which weigh less than 55 pounds.1 In its proposal, the FAA made explicitly clear that...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Save the Plane – Or Save Yourself From a Libel Suit?

by Jackson Walker on

Fear of liability may match fear of flying for many Americans. We all know that commercial aviation is one of the safest forms of modern transportation. But it only takes a gut-wrenching drop of an aircraft in the...more

Federal Air Marshal Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit

Robert J. MacLean became a federal air marshal for the TSA in 2001. In that role, MacLean was assigned to protect passenger flights from potential hijackings. In July 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a...more

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