On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new rules will take effect in late August and affect drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are being used for purposes other than hobbyist operations. The new regulations are a result of the various comments the FAA received on the proposed rules submitted in February 2015 and based on the reports and suggestions provided by the task force set up in October 2015, with members consisting of representatives from various aviation and drone organizations, drone manufacturing companies, and other various companies looking to add drones to their services and products. Commercial drone operators will need to be cognizant of the new regulations to avoid unnecessary legal action. Continue Reading New Drone Operational Rules Finalized by the FAA
Danny Vogel focuses his practice on product liability, general liability and insurance coverage matters. He began his career as an in-house law clerk in the legal department of a generic pharmaceutical company, where he assisted in matters related to Paragraph IV patent litigation and drafted a variety of commercial agreements and contracts. While at Fordham School of Law, Danny was a staff member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal and the LL.M. representative to the Student Bar Association.
Currently, the use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes in general is not permitted in the United States, although there is one exception. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows preauthorized companies to use drones to collect aerial data. The conditions for this type of use are limited; however, that is about to change. The FAA is currently working on a framework for regulations governing the commercial use of drones that are expected to be implemented in 2017. Once these rules are put into place and the ban on the commercial use of drones is lifted, we expect the growth of this industry to explode. Continue Reading New Regulations on the Horizon for Commercial Drones
On December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced new federal rules that will require all present and future operators of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to register their drones beginning December 21, 2015. With hundreds of thousands of UAS, or drones, expected to find their way into homes across the United States this holiday season, the new rules are a clear response to recent accounts of drones losing control, flying in restricted airspace or obstructing emergency response teams. Continue Reading Some New Red Tape for Drones
Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have received extensive media coverage over the past few years. Whether the discussions about drones are related to the unmanned aircraft used in military operations or the small quadcopters used by individual enthusiasts, it is evident that drone use is on the rise. As with all new products, this rise in drone use brings with it a host of legal issues manufacturers and operators need to take into account. Though the relevant fields of law are slow to catch up to the technological advancements, manufacturers and operators may still be hit with product liability, aviation and privacy law claims. This blog post will focus primarily on the product liability issues with emphasis on small UAS (sUAS), drones that weigh less than 55 pounds.
As the United States continues through a winter that included a historic blizzard in the Northeast, many of us may be longing for summer days spent on the beach, soaking up the sun and working on a tan. A number of people, however, may not bother waiting until summer and will instead visit one of the approximately 14,000 tanning salons spread across the country. Recent studies by the federal government show that tanning salons are still popular in the United States, especially among teenage girls, who may pop in for a quick session up to two times day. At the same time, recent scientific studies have analyzed the connection between exposure to a tanning bed’s ultraviolet light and the emergence of skin cancer among users. Manufacturers and distributors of tanning beds along with tanning salons may want to take note before the situation gets too hot to handle.
Continue Reading Long-tail Risk on the Horizon for the Tanning Bed Industry