Calif. Court Says FAA Guidelines Don’t Trump State Law

Law360, San Diego (March 21, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Tuesday held that advisory guidelines by the Federal Aviation Administration do not preempt state tort law on the standard of care that applies to an airport’s runway protection zone, reviving a suit brought by Sierra Pacific Holdings Inc. against Ventura County over damage to a company plane.

The three-judge panel reversed a judgment for Ventura County that found state tort law on the standard of care was impliedly preempted by safety standards in an FAA advisory circular, determining that Sierra’s suit...
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