A Simple Case of Statutory Interpretation: The FAA Lacks Authority to Require Model Aircraft Operators to Register
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- On May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down part of the FAA’s attempt to safely monitor and integrate small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) into the national airspace. The D.C. Circuit found that the FAA’s Registration Rule, which was promulgated in December 2015... ›
Clashing With Second Circuit, Court Orders Google to Turn Over Foreign-Stored DataBased on an April 2017 opinion by a federal district court in California, storing user communications abroad is not a failsafe way to avoid U.S. law enforcement requests for user data. The Northern District of California issued the opinion in response to Google’s motion... ›
FAA Announces First-Ever Drone-Specific Airspace RestrictionsThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that, as of April 14, 2017, the restrictions that apply to drone flights near populated areas and airports will also apply to drone flights near 133 military facilities. The first airspace restrictions to apply specifically and solely to... ›
Biometric Information as Personal Information In A Brave New World of Regulatory Compliance
By: Marian A. Waldmann AgarwalAs computing power and technology have improved, a new way to identify individuals by their innate physical, or “biometric,” information has entered the market and appears on the cusp of becoming more widely adopted. A core question is: what biometric information needs to be... ›
The Most Common Intellectual Property Mistakes of Startups
By: Timothy J. HarrisAccording to Tim Harris, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Emerging Companies + Venture Capital Group, many startups open themselves up to intellectual property disputes by failing to: Secure title to the IP upon which their startups are based; Obtain valid invention assignment agreements... ›
Can Border Agents Search Your Phone?
By: Miriam H. Wugmeister and J. Alexander LawrenceThere have been numerous reports from individuals entering the U.S. of border agents searching their phones and laptop computers. Many of those individuals are U.S. citizens. Although these events have been in the news recently and appear to be on the rise, this practice... ›
New York Cybersecurity Regulations: What Do They Mean, and When Do They Mean It By?
By: Nathan D. TaylorThe New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has released guidance for covered financial institutions regarding its cybersecurity rule (the “Cybersecurity Rule” or “Rule”) that took effect on March 1, 2017. While the guidance appears intended to assist covered financial institutions time approaches... ›
Court Finds CFPB Case Against Payment Processor LackingA federal district court in North Dakota on March 17, 2017, dismissed a complaint against the payment processing company Intercept Corporation and its senior executives, holding that the evidence provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) did not show any signs of Intercept’s... ›
Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology
By: Spencer D. KleinIn March 2017, the Corporate Counsel of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association introduced a 43-page draft bill that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to, among other things, facilitate Delaware corporations’ use of blockchain technology to keep... ›
House Passes Bill Proposing Sweeping Changes to Class Action Litigation
By: Claudia M. VetesiThe House of Representatives has passed legislation – called The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (the “Act” or “H.R. 985”) to fundamentally change all stages of class action litigation. For example, the provisions require stricter “typicality” requirements for class members, the... ›