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2018 Protest Roundup
In this post, we not only provide our regular recap of key protest decisions from December 2018, but also discuss some of the key decisions from 2018 as well as a few take-aways
United States
10 Jan 2019
Old Republic – Personal Jurisdiction Trending Defendant Friendly
In a recent decision regarding the scope of personal jurisdiction, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the recent trend of limiting the reach of personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants.
United States
28 Dec 2017
Air Supremacy: Court Finds That Federal Aviation Regulations Preempt City Drone Regulation
On September 21, 2017, the District of Massachusetts ruled that Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preempt many of the restrictions that the City of Newton
United States
12 Oct 2017
A Simple Case Of Statutory Interpretation: The FAA Lacks Authority To Require Model Aircraft Operators To Register
On Friday, May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down an integral part of the FAA's attempt to safely monitor and integrate small unmanned aerial systems ("sUAS") into the national airspace.
United States
31 May 2017
FAA Announces First Ever Drone-Specific Airspace Restrictions
On April 7, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would use its preexisting authority under 14 C.F.R. § 99.7 to "address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities."
United States
18 Apr 2017
In A Victory For The "Drone Slayer," Federal Judge Rejects Pilot's Attempt To Create Federal Question Jurisdiction
On March 21, 2017, a federal judge in the Western District of Kentucky dismissed a lawsuit brought by a drone pilot, David Boggs, against the "Drone Slayer" William Merideth...
United States
6 Apr 2017
FINAL FAR RULE: Prohibition On Reimbursement For Congressional Investigations And Inquiries
On January 13, 2017, the DoD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule, effective that day, that disallows costs incurred by a contractor in connection with a Congressional investigation or inquiry...
United States
6 Feb 2017
U.S. DOT Issues Request For Information Regarding Potentially Unfair Business Practices
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the White House and the United States Department of Transportation announced a suite of actions to enhance protections for consumers who travel by air.
United States
2 Nov 2016
Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule For Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
United States
30 Jun 2016
Third Circuit Limits Federal Aviation Act Preemption For Product Liability Claims
In a departure from a string of cases supporting field preemption of state-law aviation product liability claims under certain circumstances by the Federal Aviation Act (FAAct), the Third Circuit recently held that the FAAct does not categorically preempt such claims.
United States
27 Apr 2016
FAA Announces Drone Registration, But Legal Challenges Loom
On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated "Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Interim Final Rule."
United States
31 Dec 2015
Task Force Makes Drone Registration Recommendations Expected To Be Adopted By The FAA, But On What Authority?
The Final Report is particularly timely, as somewhere between 500,000 to 1 million drones (nearly all of which will be sUAS) are expected to be sold in the United States over the upcoming holiday season.
United States
8 Dec 2015
The FAA (Re)Acts: Drone Registration, A Federal Task Force, And Hefty Fines
On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or "drone") users to register their UAVs with the FAA.
United States
11 Nov 2015
Friendly Skies In California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain
Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google's advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft...
United States
21 Oct 2015
Drones: FAA Announces Pathfinder Program To Explore BVLOS And Urban Drone Operations
The FAA's regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS") are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry to keep their eyes on Washington.
United States
27 May 2015
Drones: Much Anticipated Small UAS Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking Released By FAA
Over the weekend the FAA issued a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small UAS—i.e., drones weighing less than 55 pounds.
United States
19 Feb 2015
The Coming Of The Drones
Don’t look now—hobbyists may already be flying drones in the skies near you, and commercial uses are emerging.
United States
8 Jan 2015
Drones: Why You Should Start Thinking Now About The Anticipated UAS Regulations
FAA rulemaking for drones was mandated by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
United States
27 Oct 2014
New Issue Of MoFo Tech Published - Fall/Winter 2014
Drones, corporate takeovers, incubators, and even agricultural espionage. Those are just a few of the topics leaping off the pages of the new issue of MoFo Tech.
United States
21 Oct 2014
Drones: The FAA Grants Hollywood The First Regulatory Exemptions Permitting The Commercial Use Of UAS
The Federal Aviation Administration granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations.
United States
10 Oct 2014
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