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|Opportunities and Challenges for Suppliers in Mexico|
Steven H. Hilfinger; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 2, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014Last week the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) hosted an event entitled “Supplier Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico” that I attended. It was a great program as always by OESA, and I wanted to share some of the highlights that I took away from it.
|Sale of Self-Driving Cars to Consumers by 2025?|
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014More and more, self-driving cars are morphing from fantasy portrayed in futuristic societies to reality. Google’s autonomous prototype and California’s proposed regulations regarding the testing of self-driving cars on public roads demonstrate the increasing likelihood of self-driving...
|Unfair Railroad Fuel Taxation? U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear CSX Transportation Case|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 26, 2014, previously published on July 24, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Alabama Dept. of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., --- S. Ct. ---- (2014), on July 1, 2014. While the Court generally addresses the questions presented in the writ of certiorari if it decides to hear the case, the Court added a question of its own for...
|Court Dismisses Texas EquuSearch’s Challenge to FAA’s No-Fly Warning|
Thomas L. Gemmell; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On July 18 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed Texas EquuSearch’s challenge of the FAA’s directive that it stop flying search-and-rescue missions using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drones. In doing so, the Appellate panel, siding with the Justice Department/FAA,...
|White House Initiative to Expand Public-Private Partnerships|
Alais L. M. Griffin, Jamey L. Tesler, David Veator; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On July 17, 2014, President Obama announced a new infrastructure investment initiative, the “Build America Investment Initiative.” Among other things, this program is designed to foster increased use of federal credit programs and public-private partnerships (P3s) by state and local...
|Proposed Bill a Win for Transportation Intermediaries|
David M. Buffo; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014Proposed House bill 4727 would create a so-called “national hiring standard” for motor carriers which would preclude states from imposing liability on anyone arranging for transportation of goods, i.e. transportation intermediaries such as shippers, brokers and freight forwarders. The...
|Bank Guarantees and Shipbuilding Contracts with Mainland Shipyards|
Bill Amos; Mayer Brown JSM;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014For a shipowner the process of buying a new vessel from a shipyard can be a hazardous venture, much riskier than buying an existing, second-hand vessel. This is because the shipowner has to part with millions of dollars “up front” to a shipyard/builder, by way of payment instalments to...
|Dramatic Change to Scope of Anti-Dumping Duty Order Puts Many Importers at Risk|
Jeffrey S. Neeley, Robert D. Stang; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 10, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014In a scope ruling issued May 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”) found that four chests marketed as living room pieces were within the scope of the anti-dumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. The scope ruling was made at...
|ABS and DSME to Jointly Develop an LNG-Fueled Drillship|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014On Wednesday, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) announced that they have entered into a joint development project to develop the first LNG-fueled drillship. The project will target the Gulf of Mexico market. Dr. Sung Geun Lee, the CTO and...
|KMLP Proposed Lake Charles Expansion Project to Accommodate Magnolia LNG|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP) filed an application with FERC on Monday to make system modifications to create new firm transportation under a new north-to-south path for Magnolia LNG, LLC. The path will connect to Magnolia’s proposed liquefaction plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana....