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The latest developments around the fields of

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  • Robotics/AI

The District Court for the District of Columbia finds that certain records regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of drones were properly exempt from a request of action under the Freedom of Information Act (CREW v. DOJ)

  • Government
  • Judicial
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Upholds the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s decision to withhold records of drone usage, including domestic, when disclosing such records could impact national security, harm the competitiveness of contracted drone companies, or reveal law enforcement techniques.

Updated last February 23, 2018
for the 02/09/2016 decision.

Ali Jaber v. United States (861 F.3d 241 (D.C. 2017))

  • Government
  • Judicial
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Upholds lower court ruling that the political question doctrine bars judicial review of a drone strike.

Updated last February 16, 2018
for the 06/30/2017 decision.

Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut rules on the scope of the Federal Aviation Administration’s subpoena power relating to unmanned aircraft systems (Huerta v. Haughwout)

  • Government
  • Judicial
  • Robotics/AI

Original Development Brief – Enforces FAA’s administrative subpoenas on the alleged creators of two popular internet videos depicting the use of weaponized unmanned aircraft systems because the FAA had a legitimate purpose and the subpoenas were appropriate in scope.

Updated last February 16, 2018
for the 07/18/2016 decision.

EPA Effort to Repeal Clean Power Plan

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Energy

Original Development Brief – Proposes to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan over concerns about US Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction, regulatory overreach, and harm to the coal industry.

Updated last February 12, 2018

FERC Response to DOE's Proposed Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

  • Government
  • Agency
  • Energy

Original Development Brief – Terminates a proposed Department of Energy (DOE) rule to provide additional purchasing agreements and cost recovery to certain power plants, and initiates an assessment of grid reliability and resilience.

Updated last May 21, 2018
for the 03/09/2018 initial comments by ISOs/RTOs reported back to FERC.

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