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September 26, 2017 | Publication| BUTLER ON DRONES (Second Edition) : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR INSURERS

Ryan K. Hilton, James Michael Shaw , Jr.

Drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – have left no industry unaffected, and the insurance industry is perhaps affected most of all. Unlike manned aircraft, whose risks are largely confined to the industry’s aviation sector, the affordability, versatility, and ubiquity of drones are bringing exposures to sectors of the insurance industry that were previously insulated from aviation risks. For these carriers especially, it is vitally important to acquaint themselves with this technology and the complex web of federal, state, and local laws that governs them. 

Butler believes in partnering with our clients as a synergistic team – every step of the way. In fulfilling that principle, Butler last year prepared Butler on Drones: A Practical Guide for Insurers as an electronic book provided exclusively to our clients to help them stay ahead of the social, legal, and technological changes being brought about by the widespread proliferation of drones. Butler on Drones: A Practical Guide for Insurers is full of useful information about the capabilities, regulation, and potential liability arising from the ownership and operation of drones. We are pleased to announce the release of our popular EBook’s Second Edition, which takes account of significant legal and technological changes that have occurred since the original publication. 

For further information, please contact James Shaw or Ryan Hilton.

Request a copy of the EBook here.

Ryan K. Hilton

A Partner at Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP in Tampa, FL. Ryan practices in our Aviation, Casualty Defense Litigation, Construction, Extra-Contractual, Third-Party Coverage, and Trucking departments.

James Michael Shaw, Jr.

A Partner at Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP in Tampa, FL. James practices in our Aviation, Casualty Defense Litigation, and Extra-Contractual departments.

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May 14, 2019 PublicationButler on Drones (Third Edition): A Practical Guide for Insurers

Drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems ( UAS ) – have left no industry unaffected, and the insurance industry is perhaps affected most of all. Unlike manned aircraft, whose risks are largely confined to the industry’s aviation sector...

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Preemption is still a valid defense for manufacturers in aviation products liability cases.  A recent case out of the District Court in Pennsylvania, Sikkelee v. AVCO Corp., No. 4:07-CV-00886, 2017 WL 3317545 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 3, 2017), on reconsideration, No. 4:07-CV-00886, 2017 WL 3310953 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 3, 2017, granted judgment against a plaintiff’s products liability claim alleging, in part, negligent design because the claims were conflict preempted and could not proceed.  The case adds a new nuance to existing preemption law in aviation cases relating to aviation safety and products liability.

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