Environmental

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    Chrysler, Bosch Face Emissions Suit Over 'EcoDiesel' Models

    The American unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and German auto parts manufacturer Robert Bosch GmbH were slammed with a proposed class action in California federal court Thursday over the alleged use of illegal “defeat devices” in Dodge Ram and Grand Cherokee models marketed as “EcoDiesel.”

  • December 1, 2016

    Tribes Urge Feds To Boost Collaboration On Major Projects

    Native American leaders have called on federal agencies to be more responsive to tribal concerns about the impact of pipelines and other infrastructure projects and want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to scrap its regulations for consulting over sacred tribal sites, according to comments the federal government released Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    ND Drilling Co. Agrees To $8M In Upgrades, Fines With EPA

    Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. will spend more than $8 million to settle Clean Air Act claims of failing vapor control systems at its North Dakota oil and gas production facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    Calif. High Court Creates Take-Home Asbestos Liability

    The California Supreme Court on Thursday held that employers can be held liable for injuries caused by secondhand asbestos exposure suffered by the household members of employees exposed to the material, ruling employers have a duty to prevent their workers from carrying asbestos home with them. 

  • December 1, 2016

    Calif. Appeals Court Affirms $2B Gas Plant Approval

    A California appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the California Public Utilities Commission's approval of a power purchase agreement between San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Carlsbad Energy Center LLC to build a more than $2 billion power plant, dealing a blow to the environmental groups and community group that opposed it.

  • December 1, 2016

    Ohio-Mich. Gas Pipeline Scores FERC’s Environmental OK

    A proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Ohio and into Michigan cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the project did not pose any major environmental hazards.

  • December 1, 2016

    Calif. Gov. Names US Rep. Becerra As Golden State Top Cop

    California Gov. Jerry Brown tapped U.S. Rep Xavier Becerra, the first Latino member of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, to replace Kamala Harris as attorney general when she steps down to take on her new role as U.S. senator, the governor said Thursday.

  • December 1, 2016

    Maine Tells 1st Circ. Not To Expand Tribe's River Rights

    The state of Maine urged the First Circuit on Wednesday to cement a lower court's conclusion that the Penobscot Nation's reservation includes the islands but not the waters in a certain part of the Penobscot River, saying the tribe's attempt to expand its reservation's boundaries should be rejected.

  • December 1, 2016

    Enviros Fight DOE Approval Of LNG Exports At DC Circ.

    The Sierra Club on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to strike down approvals for natural gas export projects in Texas and Louisiana, saying the U.S. Department of Energy should have analyzed the environmental impacts of climate change and new gas production sparked by the projects.

  • December 1, 2016

    Chrome Maker Showed Good Faith In Enviro Row, Judge Says

    A New Jersey state judge on Wednesday ruled that a chrome manufacturer tasked with an environmental contamination cleanup can have access to its former Hudson County property, but that a court will have to determine the terms of the remediation arrangement with the parcel’s new owner.

  • December 1, 2016

    RI Biz Group Urges 1st Circ. To Revive Wind Farm Fight

    A Rhode Island business group on Wednesday urged the First Circuit to revive its challenge to the state's approval of Deepwater Wind LLC's Block Island offshore wind farm, saying a lower court wrongly concluded that the group waited too long to file its lawsuit.

  • December 1, 2016

    Trustee Wants Abeinsa Ch. 11 Plan Rejected Over Releases

    The trustee overseeing Abeinsa Holding Inc.’s Chapter 11 proceedings has objected to the alternative energy firm’s plan to exit bankruptcy, saying it wrongly releases third parties from liability without the express consent of all creditors.

  • December 1, 2016

    Calif., NY Back Conn.'s Renewable Certificate Program

    California, New York and four other states urged the Second Circuit to find that Connecticut's rules on tradable renewable energy certificates don’t conflict with the U.S. Constitution, saying the issue has implications for their own state programs.

  • December 1, 2016

    Navajo Energy Co. Urges Nixing Of Mine, Plant Suit

    A Navajo Nation-owned company that operates a coal mine on the tribe's land continued to urge an Arizona federal court on Wednesday to nix a lawsuit in which a handful of groups claim the federal government flouted environmental laws by approving continued, expanded operations of the mine and an adjacent power plant.

  • December 1, 2016

    Sioux Leaders Urge Obama To Block Dakota Access Pipeline

    Leaders of the Native American tribes belonging to the Sioux Nation urged President Barack Obama in a letter Wednesday to block the controversial Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota and said the federal government must protect protesters opposing the project "to avoid a humanitarian crisis."

  • December 1, 2016

    Hyperloop Passes $100M Raised With Latest Investment

    High-speed transportation startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. said Thursday that it has raised an additional $31.8 million in funding from an investment firm that focuses on transportation, health care and industrial technology innovations, bringing its fundraising total to more than $100 million.

  • December 1, 2016

    CIT Says Taiwan Solar Co. Waited Too Long For Duty Review

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday rejected a Taiwanese company’s bid to participate in an annual review of anti-dumping duties on solar panels, backing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to deny the request as untimely.

  • December 1, 2016

    Utah Counties Want 'Costly' Coal Lease Moratorium Killed

    Two Utah counties and a nonprofit group asked a Utah federal judge Wednesday to strike down the U.S. Department of the Interior’s moratorium on granting leases for coal operations on federal lands while the program is reviewed over environmental and economic concerns.

  • December 1, 2016

    Parker Hannifin Grabs Filtration Maker In $4.3B Deal

    Parker Hannifin Corp. said Thursday that it would buy Clarcor Inc., a maker of filtration products, for $4.3 billion in cash, including debt, bolstering the industrial equipment manufacturer’s filtration offerings and expanding its U.S. presence.

Expert Analysis

  • The Trump Infrastructure Plan And Its Legal Implications

    Steve Sorett

    The incoming Trump administration's $1 trillion infrastructure plan would rely mostly on private investment, with infrastructure tax credits envisioned as bringing the needed financing to the table. But many questions remain unanswered, including who will decide on the selection and timing of projects, what laws will apply, and how private investors will be paid back, says Steve Sorrett of Kutak Rock LLP.

  • Key Changes In EPA's Waste Generator Improvements Rule

    Kenneth M. Kastner

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making an attempt to modify its hazardous waste generator rules for the first time in 35 years. These rules generally facilitate compliance with requirements, but include one aspect that might cause controversy, says Kenneth Kastner of Hogan Lovells US LLP.

  • Energy Policy In The Trump Era: Part 1

    Christopher Carr

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment, and climate change. In the first of a two-part series, Christopher Carr and Robert Fleishman of Morrison & Foerster LLP consider the incoming administration's plans on infrastructure, natural gas, oil and coal, as well as clean and renewable energy.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Phase-Down Of HFCs Depends On Trump Administration

    James Losey

    Negotiated, signed and ratified during the Reagan administration, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely viewed as the world’s most successful environmental agreement. However, with the recent election in the United States, it is an open question whether the incoming administration will be inclined to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the agreement and implement it domestically, says James Losey of ... (continued)

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • OPINION: Time To Recognize Standing Rock's Significance

    Ezra Rosser

    In his second inaugural address, President Obama stated that the most evident of truths, that all people are created equal, guided the United States through Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall. We are in a moment that calls for recognition of Standing Rock as a fourth location in this list, says Ezra Rosser, professor of law at American University Washington College of Law.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Transportation Policy In The Trump Era: Part 3

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    The challenge of revitalizing and updating the nation’s transportation and infrastructure will be a focus for the 115th Congress and the Trump administration. In the final installment of a three-part series, attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs look at likely developments in water infrastructure, as well as anticipated developments on the transportation and infrastructure front with regard to congressional committees.

  • What History Tells Us About Obama's Antiquities Act Legacy

    John Freemuth

    As the end of the Obama administration approaches there is renewed attention on President Barack Obama's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906. While almost every U.S. president has used his authority under this act to create new national monuments, its use has fueled tensions between the federal government and states over land control, say John Freemuth and Mackenzie Case of Boise State University.