Environmental groups sued the National Park Service on Wednesday over plans to allow a Texas-based oil company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida that the groups say didn't take into account the environmental impacts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit not to strike down a requirement that 36 states revise emissions exemptions related to startup, shutdown and malfunction events.
Cement maker Cemex Inc. will spend $10 million on plant upgrades and pay a $1.69 million civil penalty to resolve air pollution allegations at facilities in Texas and three other states, according to a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed Wednesday in federal court.
BP PLC cheated the government by flouting engineering certification procedures for its Atlantis offshore oil and gas platform, whistleblowers contended Monday, pushing the Fifth Circuit to revive a False Claims Act suit against the petroleum giant and replace a "hostile" federal judge.
Four proposed class actions brought by residents of an upstate New York village who blame Honeywell and plastics maker Saint-Gobain for the presence of a dangerous chemical in their water system were consolidated by a New York federal judge on Wednesday.
Consolidated Rail Corp. urged the Third Circuit on Tuesday to uphold its defeat of various claims filed by a New Jersey woman in response to a 2012 train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro, New Jersey, saying the trial court correctly found certain claims were preempted and certain expert opinions were unreliable.
A unit of the German solar panel company SolarWorld said Wednesday it would appeal a $793 million damages judgment entered Tuesday in Michigan federal court, two weeks after a judge found SolarWorld breached a supply contract with Hemlock Semiconductor Corp.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given an Energy Transfer Partners LP unit its final federal approval to start the construction of a $3.8 billion pipeline that continues to cause controversy among environmentalists and tribes, clearing the way for some 60 river crossings in Iowa.
Local environmental groups challenged the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps' plans for live-fire testing sites in the Northern Mariana Islands on Wednesday, arguing to the U.S. district court there that the plans ignored substantial impacts from basically taking over two islands.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday gave a preliminary thumbs-up to a proposed $455 million natural gas pipeline project being built by units of National Fuel Gas Co. in Pennsylvania and New York, saying in a draft environmental assessment that the project wouldn't significantly harm the environment.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a federal judge’s ruling that allowed Washington state and a Native American tribal federation to sue Canadian mining company Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. over aerial emissions from a British Columbia smelter that allegedly polluted land in Washington.
All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.
Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.
Four former supervisors at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission drew sentences ranging from five years in state prison to probation Tuesday for having on-duty subordinate agency employees perform renovations at private homes.
Historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation. Jaw-dropping jury verdicts in courts across the country. Victories in the smartphone wars. Dramatic upsets on appeal. Law360's Litigation Powerhouses leveraged their deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year, landing them a spot on our inaugural ranking of the top firms for litigation.
A California federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to Volkswagen AG's deal, valued at $14.7 billion, to settle claims with consumers and the federal government related to its scheme to evade government-mandated emissions testing in some diesel engine cars.
The Natural Resources Defense Council on Tuesday said that a proposed TransCanada Corp. tar sands oil pipeline that would transport 1.1 million barrels a day across Canada to supertankers that would travel down the East Coast of the U.S. poses great risk of a dangerous spill.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday rebuffed a group of state residents seeking a court order requiring the governor’s office and several state regulators to conduct studies and develop plans to reduce greenhouse gases, saying the petitioners do not have a clear right to have these requests satisfied.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency have made very little progress on a levee-safety program mandated by Congress in 2014, missing deadlines and leaving open the possibility of safety and financial risks.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a renewable energy bill on Monday that requires at least half of the district's energy to come from renewable sources by 2032 and is intended to make clean energy alternatives more available to residents.
The Freddie Gray case and a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision demonstrate how the government replaces juries, removing the jury as an important decision maker in the community and as a check on governmental power — roles that are especially important in these times, says Professor Suja A. Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.
An endangerment finding issued Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that aircraft greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to public health and triggers the EPA’s duty under the Clean Air Act to promulgate emission standards for aircraft engines included in the finding, say Eric Rothenberg, Bob Nicksin and Remi Moncel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.
In toxic tort or environmental cases, both the causal chain and the equities at stake are markedly different compared to standard ultrahazardous activity cases. Such cases raise the question of whether an activity involving no known serious risks at the time it was carried out can give rise to strict liability decades later, say Thomas Manakides and Joseph Edmonds at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.
Proposed changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Permit System would make minor revisions to program definitions and the contents of permit fact sheets, and major revisions that will expand the EPA’s ability to object to permits administratively continued by a state program, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.
While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
A recently proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation intends to improve oil spill response readiness and mitigate effects of rail incidents involving petroleum oil and certain high-hazard flammable trains. However, the expanded requirements would likely impose substantial costs and burden on railroads and could increase the price of crude oil transport by rail, say attorneys at Baker Botts LLP.
States' responses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action calling for revision of their Clean Air Act implementation plans suggest that while they are working to comply with the EPA mandate, at the same time many are attempting to build in some flexibility where there are excess emissions as a result of startup, shutdown or malfunction, say Allison Rumsey and Erika Norman at Arnold & Porter LLP.