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Medical Drones Bring Healthcare to the Himalayas

Thousands of people living in remote areas of Nepal have no access to healthcare facilities, and many of those people must therefore walk or be carried long distances if they become sick or injured. ...more

Cleared For Takeoff: The UAS Integration Pilot Program Begins!

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The UAS Integration Pilot Program just got its big kick-off, with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the state, local, and tribal government partnerships that would form the core of the new effort....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - May 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

AICPA Survey Shows U.S. Adults Worried About Identity Theft and Financial Fraud and Concerned Businesses Can’t Protect Their Data - A new Harris Poll for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which called 1,006 U.S....more

Caltech Creating a Drone ‘Personal Rescue System’

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are building a “Personal Rescue System”—or an autonomous drone ambulance—intended to change the future of emergency medical response. ...more

The Boom Shift - Chemical Plant Explosion Claims and the Possible Adoption of Corporate Regulation Where Government Regulation is...

by Zelle LLP on

On the morning of March 15, 2018, a large explosion erupted at the Tri-Chem Industries chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, approximately 25 miles southwest of Fort Worth. The explosion left two workers badly injured and another...more

Northwell Health Seeks to Use Drones and Telehealth for Emergency Care

Northwell Health, a New York-based health system, is seeking to use a fleet of emergency drones, in combination with telehealth technology, to respond to accidents more quickly, treat opioid overdoses and even provide medical...more

Web Exclusive: "It Can’t Happen Here, Can It?” Now Is The Time To Assess Your School’s Safety And Security Protocols

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have caused many in the education community to think about their own campuses and the safety and security measures they have employed over the years....more

Kansas State Offers UAS Training for First Responders

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus began working with law enforcement partners in the area to offer a training course specifically targeted for first responders seeking to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones)...more

Air Ambulances Services and Preemption

by LeClairRyan on

Since the enactment of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 (ADA), an issue that continues to receive close legal scrutiny is the extent to which states may regulate the activities of air ambulance services. ...more

Gov. Brown’s Executive Order Suspends Certain Retired Annuitant Employment Requirements - Modifications Needed for Disaster...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

To ensure adequate staffing levels while responding to recent natural disasters in California, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has modified the 960-hour limitation related to retired annuitants employed in...more

Mass Shootings Demand “Stop the Bleed” Training for Workplaces.

by Fisher Phillips on

There is no easy solution to preventing and responding to mass shootings. We should debate legal changes and provide regular employee training and drills, such as Run-Hide-Flight. However, we need to take IMMEDIATE concrete...more

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

CMS Issues Temporary Enrollment Moratorium on Home Health Agencies and Non-Emergency Ambulances in Selected States

On January 29, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary moratorium on enrolling Part B non-emergency ambulance providers/suppliers and home health agencies, subunits and branch...more

First Drone Rescue at Sea

Just last week, the first ever drone rescue at sea occurred in the heavy riptides off the coast of Australia. Two swimmers were trapped in the strong current when a drone dropped a flotation device down to them from the sky...more

Title V Air Permit: New Jersey Appellate Court Addresses Whether Modification Required Public Emergency Response Plan

The Supreme Court of New Jersey (Appellate Division) (“Court”) addressed in a December 1st opinion whether the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) issuance of a modified air pollution control operating...more

New York Governor Announces Drone Fleet for its State Police

Last week, Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced the launch of a new State Police Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program, which will be used for law enforcement missions, including, but not limited to, disaster...more

An Update from AGC’s Winter National Safety Committee Meetings.

by Fisher Phillips on

Folks who follow my writing know that of the many groups to which I speak, the AGC National Safety Committee is my favorite. I love the industry and I value the clients and contacts who have become friends, even Bob Emmerich,...more

Corporate Security in Private Industry and the Protection of Public Spaces Under Their Control

On December 11, a homemade explosive device was set off in an underground walkway connecting two New York City subway lines beneath the Port Authority bus terminal near Times Square, which accommodates 220,000 passenger trips...more

The 2018 Aviation Symposium… “An Airplane Is Down!”

by LeClairRyan on

First Responders, Family Assistance, Emergency Response and More The Aviation Symposium is a unique event. In this era of unprecedented aviation risk, it is imperative that all sectors of the industry maintain the highest...more

A Question of Liability for Emergency Responders and Municipalities

by Harris Beach PLLC on

As another State legislative cycle begins in 2018, there is a municipal liability issue that deserves attention regarding the liability protections extended under New York law to emergency vehicle operators. When a vehicular...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...more

Automated External Defibrillator Drones – Saving Lives One Flight at a Time

Drones have infiltrated almost all aspects of our lives. They have even infiltrated the medical world. One of the most useful ways drones have emerged in the medical world is as a vehicle for delivery of automated external...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot program...more

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update - Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The White House issued a Presidential Memorandum last week directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program to promote the safe operation of UAS, or drones, in...more

Congressional Hearing on HHS’s Emergency Preparedness for and Response to 2017 Hurricane Season

by King & Spalding on

On October 24, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine HHS public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season. The hearing addressed...more

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