Public and Regulatory

It’s the Holiday Season…and OSHA Reporting Changes are Coming to Town

For employers this year, it will not matter if they have been naughty or nice, they are all getting the same gift in their stockings – changes in OSHA reporting requirements.  Effective January 1, 2015, all employers get to ring in the New Year with these changes, which are the result of OSHA rule-making activities …

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Did AT&T Deliver on its Promise of Unlimited Data?

If a cellular service provider promises unlimited data, is it on the hook to deliver on that promise?  Yes, says the Federal Trade Commission.  Tuesday, the FTC filed a two-count Complaint against AT&T in a San Francisco federal court alleging that AT&T violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by its deceptive and unfair acts and …

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FAA Legal Interpretation Presents Problems for Ride Sharing Websites and the Pilots Who Use Them

In an August 13, 2014 legal interpretation letter, the FAA challenges the legality of general aviation “ride sharing” websites such as Airpooler.com, and it raises important issues for pilots relating to potential FAA enforcement actions and problems with insurance coverage. Airpooler.com is a website designed to facilitate “ride sharing” between private pilots and passengers, essentially …

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Eyes in the Sky – What drones are allowed to see in Texas

While Amazon may simply want to deliver packages to your home using drones, a vast field of public (law enforcement, military) and private (mapping, surveying, inspecting) uses for such unmanned aircraft is developing.  On September 1, 2013, the Texas Privacy Act (Tex. Gov’t Code Ch. 423) became law and set ground rules for the lawful …

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The Eminent and Inverse Environment – Interplay Between Environmental Issues and Condemnation

“THE EMINENT AND INVERSE ENVIRONMENT – The Interplay Between Environmental Issues and Condemnation” was presented to the Tarrant County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section in Fort Worth, Texas on February 27, 2014, by Mary Colchin Johndroe, 817-877-2810, mjohndroe@canteyhanger.com.  The following summary contains highlights of the presentation. In a statutory condemnation, the condemnor compensates the property owner before appropriating property.  If the government appropriates property without first paying adequate …

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Blackmail Ransomware: Beware!

This week, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a warning about an aggressive blackmail ransomware referred to as Cryptolocker.  Cryptolocker first appeared last fall and again this winter in an updated, copy-cat version. The ransomware uses strong cryptography to encrypt all files that an infected computer has access to and demands …

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