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Parker Erkmann, Special Counsel, Cooley LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Webcast

New York, NY, November 24, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Parker Erkmann, Special Counsel will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “DOT's Final and Proposed Rules on Airline Passenger Protections and Air Travel Distribution Services Explored Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for November 30, 2016 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (ET).

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About Parker Erkmann
Parker Erkmann is a special counsel in Cooley’s Antitrust & Competition and Aviation practice groups. He represents aviation clients before the Department of Transportation on a variety of regulatory issues, including the acquisition of slots and foreign route authorities, rulemakings, enforcement proceedings and compliance matters. His practice also focuses on antitrust, competition and economic regulatory issues in the aviation and communication industries. That experience includes merger, civil non-merger and criminal matters before the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in the airline and communications industries. He also has represented clients in litigation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Antitrust Division and private parties.

About Cooley LLP
Cooley’s attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law. Cooley has more than 800 lawyers across 11 offices in the United States and China. With over 40 years of experience in the aviation community, Cooley lawyers have a specialized regulatory and business law practice providing specialized counseling within the industry while offering a range of sophisticated legal services to our clients including M&A, corporate antitrust matters, aircraft acquisitions, commercial contract preparation and negotiation, tax advice and audits, internal and governmental investigations and litigation. Members of the firm's Aviation group practice in federal and state courts and represent clients before multiple regulatory agencies including DOT, FAA, DOJ, IRS, DHS, TSA and DOS.

Event Synopsis:
Recently, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule to enhance protections for air travelers and to improve airline competition. The final rule imposes stricter requirements on air carriers and ticket agents for the disclosure of code-share flights and the use of biased displays, as well as expands reporting requirements for U.S. air carriers. At the same time, DOT has deferred consideration until at least 2017 of certain other consumer proposals, but has solicited additional public comments on air carrier distribution practices, including how and if fare, schedule, and availability information should be required to be made available to ticket agents and other third parties. Additionally, DOT also has asked for comments on how/when air carriers should be required to refund baggage fees for lost bags, and has announced new reporting requirements for mishandled baggage, including wheelchairs.

In this live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will discuss the DOT’s Final and Proposed Rules on Airline Passenger Protections and Air Travel Distribution Services, and provide insights into compliance issues and litigation risks.

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The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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