Attorney’s Fees in Eminent Domain Cases: Would a Failed Bill have Leveled the Playing Field?

    A bill that would have drastically changed condemnation law in Texas, failed to become law as the 84th Texas Legislature came to a close on June 1, 2015. Senate Bill 474 was passed by the Senate by a 25-6 vote, but the House of Representatives failed to take any action, and the bill died … Read More

Review Commission Vacates OSHA Housekeeping Citation Arising From Fatal Accident

On April 27, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission issued a decision vacating an OSHA Citation issued against Brand Energy Solutions, LLC in Secretary of Labor v. Brand Energy Solutions, LLC, OSHRC Docket No. 09-1048, which can be found at http://www.oshrc.gov/decisions/html_2015/09-1048.htm. The Citation was issued as a result of an OSHA investigation conducted … Read More

FAA Provides Guidance on Compensation of Drone Pilots by Media Outlets

We have all seen them—videos of chimps swatting down quadcopters with branches, majestic photos of natural scenery taken from a bird’s-eye view, and even shots of alleged criminals in action. In contrast to the comic book heroes who searched tirelessly for that perfect photo to grace the cover of the local newspaper, many of the … Read More

Close Encounter Between Airliner and “Drone” Reflects Challenges to a Fledgling Industry

        On April 28, 2015, the crew of Virgin America flight 769 reported seeing a “drone” flying in the approach path to Dallas Love Field as the airliner descended for landing. Based on media reports, at about 9:30 p.m., the crew witnessed a lighted quadcopter flying above their aircraft as they passed over the Crescent … Read More

Texas Condemnation Gets Clear

The Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Cause No. 13-0053, State v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. http://www.txcourts.gov/media/943990/130053.pdf, on April 24, 2015. The Court held that a billboard was a fixture to be valued as a part of the land, not as a separate structure, and that the loss of associated business income was … Read More