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Newsroom image for the post Minnesota Skiers and Snowboarders Now Liable for Injuries on the Slopes; Are Other Sports Next?

Posted January 24, 2019

Minnesota Skiers and Snowboarders Now Liable for Injuries on the Slopes; Are Other Sports Next?

On January 23, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision that impacts the assumption of risk for skiers and snowboarders within recreational areas. Since the early 19th century, Minnesota has recognized a doctrine about who is responsible for protecting against harm associated with activities that have well-known risks. The “doctrine of implied primary assumption” of risk states that when a person enters into an activity that has well-known risks that are either expressed or implied, the individual assumes the risks associated with the activity. However, the Minnesota Supreme Court decision in Soderberg v. Anderson held that collisions with other skiers or snowboarders is not a risk of the sport that participants impliedly assume.

Newsroom image for the post FAA Renews Commitment to Advancing Commercial Drone “Flight-Over-People” Rule

Posted January 17, 2017

FAA Renews Commitment to Advancing Commercial Drone “Flight-Over-People” Rule

In its statement, FAA administrator Michael Huerta indicated that the agency is attempting to balance industry needs with safety and privacy concerns related to drone flights over people. However, the FAA promises to continue to move forward on this effort, recognizing its importance to many industries.

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Posted June 21, 2016

FAA Releases Finalized Operational Rules for Small Commercial Drones

the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized the much-anticipated rules for commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The rules were initially proposed in February 2015 and will now take effect in late August 2016. At that time, companies – ranging from real estate companies wanting to take aerial photography of properties to organizations wishing to inspect inventory or utilities – will no longer need to apply for an FAA Section 333 exemption for routine commercial drone use as long as their operations comply with the new rules.

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Posted April 7, 2016

Safety Rules for Small Drones Prepare for Lift-off

As businesses anxiously await final rules from the FAA governing commercial drone use, the Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) released an important report on April 6, 2016, that laid out specific safety recommendations related to the FAA’s proposed rules for small drones under 55 pounds.

Posted January 26, 2016

Nilan Johnson Lewis’ Board of Directors Now Predominantly Female

With the election of two shareholders to the board of directors, the leadership team at Nilan Johnson Lewis is now majority female. The Minneapolis-based law firm elected shareholders Susan Kratz and Christy Mennen to join fellow shareholders Sheila Kerwin, founder Brian Johnson, and current president Stephen Warch to serve on the board.

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Posted January 1, 2016

Nilan Johnson Lewis Announces Its 2016 Board of Directors

Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce its 2016 board of directors. Newly elected shareholders Susan Kratz and Christy Mennen join fellow shareholders Sheila Kerwin, founder Brian Johnson, and current president Stephen Warch. The election of Kratz and Mennen makes the board of directors majority female.

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