Victory For 'Drone Slayer' Puts State Laws In Spotlight

Law360, New York (April 20, 2017, 4:30 PM EDT) -- On March 21, 2017, a federal judge in the Western District of Kentucky dismissed a lawsuit brought by a drone pilot, David Boggs, against the “Drone Slayer” William Merideth, a Kentucky man who shot down a drone that he believed was flying over his own property in 2015.

Dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, the ruling leaves open many questions concerning aerial trespass and federal authority.

The Lawsuit

Boggs sued Merideth in federal court in Kentucky seeking a declaratory judgment and money damages after Merideth shot down Boggs’...
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