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Berliner, O’Connor Explore Implications of Appeals Court Drone Ruling in Law360

June 05, 2017

O’Melveny partner Brian Berliner and counsel Joe O’Connor co-wrote the article “Taylor v. Huerta: What Drone Operators Need to Know” published in the June 5, 2017, issue of Law360. The article examines a May 19, 2017, decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case Taylor v. Huerta, which struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring owners of small unmanned aircraft systems—also known as drones—operated for recreational purposes to register with the FAA. 

As the authors note, the decision, which does not affect the registration requirement for commercial drone operators, raises questions about what it will mean for other FAA rules regulating UAS.

Los Angeles-based Berliner is an intellectual property litigator focused on representing technology companies in patent litigation, particularly involving electronics, computer hardware, software, communications, and Internet technology. Also based in Los Angeles, O’Connor is a litigator specializing in class actions, mass torts, and insurance litigation.