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Recently Introduced Bill Takes New Approach to Reach Familiar Goal in California

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over the past decade, California has passed sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse emissions in its efforts to slash emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Phil Ting, a California Assemblymember, hopes his recently...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report examining what the litigation, enforcement and regulatory landscape is likely to look like in 2018 and beyond. Inside, you will learn about: Managing warranty,...more

A Short Primer on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Regulation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This article briefly introduces the emerging regulatory framework for autonomous and connected vehicles in the US and in certain key jurisdictions around the world, with particular emphasis on regulations pertaining to...more

U.S. Prepares for Autonomous Transportation with Request for Comment on Regulatory Barriers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the United States prepares to harness the innovation of autonomous technology in transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking the public to identify regulatory barriers that can be removed to allow...more

NTSB Reauthorization Proposal- Part II

by LeClairRyan on

In Part I of this post, we described various provisions in S. 2202, the National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act, as reported by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on December...more

First District Holds CEQA Exhaustion Requirements Don’t Apply to Attorney General, Upholds Adequacy of Most of EIR’s Analysis for...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a lengthy, partially published opinion filed January 12, 2018, the First District Court of Appeal (Division 3) partly affirmed, but in large part reversed, the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate directing...more

Warning Light: The FTC is Monitoring the Connected Car Marketplace

by Reed Smith on

In a recently published “Staff Perspective,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be staying true to the regulatory humility approach Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen underscored in her opening remarks to the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - China shuts down Marriott's website & mobile app; Airbnb hits the jackpot in Las Vegas; Ctrip's...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, January 12, is below. This week’s Update features stories predominantly on OTAs....more

IATA-FIATA Pilots New Airline/Forwarder Relationship

by Benesch on

Airlines and air forwarders are changing their global relationship for the first time in decades with the launch of a new International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Federation of Freight Forwarders’...more

Aircraft Less Lesson Learned: Is Your Aircraft Properly Insured?

by Benesch on

Commercial transactions, particularly those involving aircraft lease agreements and insurance coverage, often involve numerous parties and complex relationships between them. The Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Aviation One of...more

2017 in Review: Three State Enforcement Trends Impacting the Auto Finance Industry

Auto lenders, like many private citizens, began 2017 curious as to what change the impending Trump administration would bring. In the landscape of government enforcement, however, the consensus amongst industry participants...more

DOT Seeks Public Comment on Regulatory Barriers to Autonomous Vehicle Innovation

The Department of Transportation (DOT) fulfilled its promise at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week to have quickly published in the Federal Register four items seeking public comment on regulatory barriers to...more

Australia's ACCC Alarmed at Increasing Issues Arising from Consumer Guarantees

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has identified a 39 percent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017 as compared with 2016, from 21,000 to 29,000. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Turkeys No Longer Fly Free – Delta Cracks Down On Emotional Support Animal Abuse

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve posted several times, regarding the dilemma of service dogs and emotional support animals (“ESA”). I was interested to see that Delta has recently tightened up its rules for service dogs and ESAs who fly on its...more

Montreal Convention Statute of Limitations Does Not Apply to Contributions Claims, S.D.N.Y. Holds

by Benesch on

In AGCS Marine Ins. Co. v. Geodis Calberson Hungaria Logisztikai KFT, No. 16-CV-9710 (S.D. N.Y. 2017), the Southern District of New York recently held that a contracting carrier’s claims for contribution and indemnification...more

Recent development in drone delivery commercialization in Canada

by Dentons on

On December 15, 2017, Toronto-based technology company Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) announced that Transport Canada has accepted the company’s declaration of compliance for the X1000 Sparrow (Sparrow). The Sparrow is a cargo...more

Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company

American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE), based in Irvine, California, recently acquired a New Hampshire drone services company, Media Wing, LLC (Media Wing), to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data...more

Eighty Years After Earhart: Congress Moves to Motivate and Facilitate Women In Aviation

The aviation industry is in dire need of a future workforce. This industry is already suffering from a shortage of qualified individuals to work in all sectors of aviation. For instance, the Forbes article states that the gap...more

No Jurisdiction in Aviation Dispute Based on Online Manuals and Services Program

by Lane Powell PC on

In the modern economy, courts must grapple increasingly with questions about whether an out-of-state company’s online presence and programs subject it to potential jurisdiction in states throughout the country. This risk is...more

Autonomous Cars...When?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Self-driving, autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles seem everywhere, yet nowhere. Here at the Dashboard, we seem to never stop writing about them or the issues associated with them. For example, here, here, here, and here –...more

Infrastructure Investment Is Republicans' 2018 Priority

by Hogan Lovells on

Congress has returned from the holiday recess with renewed focus on passing a major infrastructure package in 2018. Passage of a massive tax reform bill punctuated the president's first year in office with a major victory,...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Recently released FAA study demonstrates importance of education and safety regulations for drones

by Dentons on

On October 12, 2017, Canada witnessed its first incident of a drone colliding with a commercial aircraft, as we wrote about in an earlier blog post. The plane landed safely and no passengers were injured. Though the offending...more

FTC Staff Releases Paper Highlighting Key Privacy and Security Issues for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

by WilmerHale on

The Federal Trade Commission Staff (FTC) released a new “Staff Perspective” on January 9, 2018, that highlights key privacy and data security issues related to autonomous and connected vehicles. The Staff Perspective outlines...more

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