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Arizona Holds No Duty by Manufacturer in Secondary Asbestos Exposure Case

The Arizona Supreme Court recently held that a defendant that used asbestos materials in its workplace before 1970 has no duty to protect the public from secondary asbestos exposure. Arizona only recognizes a duty in a negligence claim if a special relationship exists between the parties under common law or if a special relationship is […]

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FAA Releases Interim Rule for Drone Registration

Owners of many small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS” or “drones”) and model airplanes will have to register them with the government. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the requirement in an interim final rule on December 14. The FAA touts the new regulation as providing “an alternative, streamlined and simple web-based aircraft registration process for sUAS…to […]

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Almost Ready to Fly: New Federal Registration Requirements for Small UAS/Drones

On November 21, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force released its recommendations  on registration requirements for small UAS, or “drones”,  operated in the United States (including those used for commercial purposes, and all model aircraft). Background Federal law (49 U.S.C. §4401(a)) requires that a person may only operate an […]

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FDA Issues Unprecedented Alert Over Medical Device Cyber Security Risk

A fictional cyber-terrorist weaponizing a medical device by hacking into it has become a familiar plot premise in recent Hollywood dramas. Unfortunately, the risk of harm from medical device hacking has now become an actionable, real-world concern. In an unprecedented move, on July 31 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued an Alert to health care facilities to discontinue […]

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Cleared for Takeoff? Feds Release Proposed Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On February 15, 2015, the federal government unveiled two key documents concerning the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—sometimes referred to as “drones”—in the United States.  The FAA released a highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding commercial UAS operations, while the White House issued a Memorandum outlining privacy protections for government UAS use in the National […]

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Snell & Wilmer Authors Complete Product Liability Desk Reference Chapter

The Product Liability Desk Reference is one of the most useful and comprehensive books available on product liability law.  It is a state-by-state reference that provides the most recent statutory and case law developments on product liability laws.  It covers all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Kelly MacHenry, Sara Athen and Patrick […]

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Malware in the Machines: Cybersecurity for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks

Originally published as a Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert, June 20, 2013 Within the last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a pair of Safety Communications directed towards the medical device and healthcare industries regarding cybersecurity. Computer virus and other malware attacks against medical devices and hospital networks create risks of equipment performance […]

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