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Adobe PDFThe FAA’s Drone Dilemma: The Need for Regulation vs. Liberal Licensing
William (Bill) D. Janicki, Lee C. Schmeer; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2015, previously published on September 2015
Perhaps no issue has drawn as much attention to the Federal Aviation Administration in recent months as its much anticipated final regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, expected in the early part of 2017. The FAA is faced with a difficult road ahead in this arena: it...





Michael J. Gartland; DelCotto Law Group PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 12, 2015
On October 9, 2014, the Litigation Department (consisting of the author and J. Wesley Harned, Esq.) of DelCotto Law Group PLLC knocked out JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (¿Chase¿) with respect to its $5.1 million counterclaim asserted against First Technology Capital, Inc. (¿FTC¿) and James L. Bates...


HTMLNew War Risk Coverage And Accident Investigation Regimes
Katherine Ayre, Robin Squires; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 9, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015
The new Aviation Industry Indemnity Act gives the Government of Canada the ability to insure against war risks, and amendments to the Aeronautics Act give the military new powers to investigate aviation accidents.


HTMLMotor Carriers Face Uphill Battle After California Supreme Court Decision
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014
Harris v. Pac Anchor Transportation, Inc., No. S194388 (July 28, 2014): In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court has held that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA) does not preempt an action brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL)...


HTMLDefendants Win Summary Judgment In Australian Plane Crash Case In Illinois Federal Court
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The estate administrators of victims of an Australia plane crash sued three companies in the United States alleging that the pilots’ navigational charts and the plane’s ground proximity warning system (“GPWS”) caused the crash. In granting the defendants’ motion for...


HTMLSupreme Court of Virginia Reverses Verdict for Autopilot Manufacturer and Remands Case
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 13, 2014, previously published on June 6, 2014
The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed a judgment in favor of an autopilot system manufacturer in a case involving consolidated wrongful death actions arising from a small airplane crash. In the court’s opinion that was released yesterday, the court concluded that an accident investigation...


HTMLSunshine in Litigation Act Introduced in U.S. Senate Could Limit Companies' Ability To Protect Confidential Information
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2014, previously published on May 23, 2014
In the wake of the recent automotive cases that have required federal courts to weigh the general public’s health and safety interest against corporate confidentiality when determining whether to seal court records, a bill has been proposed in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit a court from...


HTMLSupreme Court Finds Truthful Statements Made to TSA are Entitled to Immunity
Douglas W. Hall, Thomas J. Kassin, Andrew D. McClintock; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014
Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned a $1.2 million jury verdict on a former Air Wisconsin pilot's defamation claims, holding that the statements made by the airline to the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) were entitled to immunity under the Aviation and Transportation...


HTMLSupreme Court Finds Air Carrier Immune From Defamation Claim For Reporting Employee’s Outburst to TSA
W. Chris Harrison; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014
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 pilot to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Court...


HTMLFirst Circuit Allows Retaliation Claim to Proceed Absent Direct Evidence of Decision Makers’ Retaliatory Animus
Nicole S. Corvini; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2014, previously published on January 10, 2014
The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently took an expansive view of the type of evidence that is sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact to defeat an employer’s motion for summary judgment in a wage and hour case. Specifically, in Travers v. Flight Services & Systems, Inc.,...


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