This monograph describes how robotic aircraft technology
creates an environment where existing Federalism, commerce
authority, Fourth Amendment, and Fifth Amendment doctrines
collide in unexpected and consequential manners. Some of these
issues have been discussed in the popular media; other issues
are a novation of the author and this work.
As Drone aircraft become more prevalent, their use by private
and government operators will eventually trigger lawsuits. The
resolution of these cases and controversies, when made by the
Supreme Court, will broadly impact our nation’s legal fabric.