• November 30, 2015

    Feds Seek Quick End To Fracking Rule Suit, Oppose Stay

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management urged a Wyoming federal judge Monday to quickly resolve a suit challenging its fracking rules for federal and tribal land, but if not, to keep the case moving while environmental groups separately pursue an appeal of his preliminary order blocking the rules.

  • November 30, 2015

    11th Circ. Says Ala. Enviros Can't Appeal Interim EPA Finding

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by a group of Alabama environmental organizations against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over an interim decision allowing the state to continue administering a federal pollution program, saying it lacks jurisdiction because the EPA has yet to make a final determination.

  • November 30, 2015

    Wash. Utility Slams BIA's $65M Demand For Reservation Fire

    A Washington county utility on Wednesday urged a federal judge to block the Bureau of Indian Affairs from imposing $65 million in penalties for a fire that destroyed trees on the Yakama Indian Reservation, arguing the agency went too far in enforcing a federal law meant to protect Indian lands.

  • November 30, 2015

    Southern Co. Picks Up 51% Stake In Texas Solar Project

    A Southern Co. unit said Monday it has acquired a 51 percent stake in a 157.5-megawatt Texas solar project that is being developed by a Canadian Solar Inc. subsidiary and is expected to power more than 30,000 homes.

  • November 30, 2015

    Clean-Water Exec Describes Adam Skelos Pay Demand

    A former executive at clean-water contractor AbTech Industries Inc. told jurors Monday in the graft trial of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam that he pushed sharply back against “outrageous” demands to raise Adam's pay but was overruled by AbTech's CEO.

  • November 30, 2015

    Anadarko Must Pay $159M For 2010 Deepwater Spill

    A Louisiana federal judge ordered Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to pay $159.5 million for Clean Water Act violations stemming from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, saying the penalty was relatively small because the company was a minority owner of the well and didn't cause the spill.

  • November 30, 2015

    NY Investor Claims Contract Exists In Peru Mining Row

    A New York-based investment company that initiated arbitration proceedings against Peru’s government seeking reparation for damages incurred during the environmental cleanup of a mining complex has refuted Peru’s arguments that an investment agreement allowing its claims does not exist.

  • November 30, 2015

    Enviro Groups Seek Quick End To Nestle Water Bottling Row

    Environmental advocacy groups recently asked for a speedy end to their suit accusing the U.S. Forest Service of failing to stop Nestle from bottling millions of gallons of water in the midst of a record-breaking drought when they asked a California judge to vacate an expired permit.

  • November 30, 2015

    Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Cut Back On Coal Financing

    Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo on Monday said they will reduce their involvement and cut funding to coal projects, especially mountaintop removal mining.

  • November 30, 2015

    EBRD Tags $500M For Egyptian Solar Energy Program

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced Monday it will dedicate up to $500 million to Egypt's new solar energy program next year in an effort to help the country reach its renewable energy goals.

  • November 30, 2015

    EPA Boosts Renewable Fuel Standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized an increase in the volume of renewable fuel available in the United States, saying the move would support the growth of the biofuels industry.

  • November 30, 2015

    North Carolina Decries EPA Coal-Ash Cleanup Delays

    North Carolina environmental officials slammed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday for further delaying coal-ash cleanup efforts after three Duke Energy Corp. subsidiaries pled guilty in May to causing a 2014 spill in the state’s Dan River.

  • November 30, 2015

    House Reauthorizes Safe Drinking Water Assistance Program

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill renewing a technical assistance program for public water systems to maintain federal water safety standards, while giving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency new authority to dole out program funding to certain outside firms.

  • November 30, 2015

    VW To Recall 2.5M Cars In Germany Over Emissions Fraud

    Volkswagen AG is set to recall nearly 2.5 million cars in Germany equipped with its now-infamous defeat devices that have allowed the automaker to skirt emissions standards in countries around the globe.

  • November 30, 2015

    High Court Won't Hear Mexican States' Deepwater Spill Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal filed by three Mexican states who were fighting a Fifth Circuit ruling blocking them from suing BP, Transocean and Halliburton over damage to their coastlines from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill because only the country’s federal government can sue.

  • November 30, 2015

    Giant LA Development Blocked Over Environmental Concerns

    The California Supreme Court sidelined a massive mixed-use residential project along portions of a river north of Los Angeles, ruling Monday that the state improperly found greenhouse gas emissions would have no significant impact and that a plan to move endangered fish was flawed.

  • November 25, 2015

    Enviros Blast Texas Agency Over Delayed Pollution Permits

    Local and national environmental groups filed suit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in state court Wednesday, challenging the agency’s failure to take action on eight pending air pollution permits requested by companies including BP and Exxon.

  • November 25, 2015

    Gov't Sees No Reason To Rethink Tribe’s Challenge To Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a California federal judge Wednesday to reject the Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community’s bid to resurrect its suit to block another tribe’s proposed casino project, claiming the Colusa tribe is rehashing its arguments and that the tribe greatly exaggerated the threat to its own casino business from the project.

  • November 25, 2015

    Sierra Club Takes Mich. Pipeline Fight To 6th Circ.

    The Sierra Club on Tuesday appealed to the Sixth Circuit a judgment affirming a U.S. Forest Service-issued permit that cleared the way for Enbridge Energy Partners LP to continue to operate its oil pipeline that runs through Michigan’s Huron-Manistee National Forests.

  • November 25, 2015

    Calif. City Loses Appeal Of Insurance Coverage Dispute

    A California appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that American Alternative Insurance Corp. owed no duty to defend the city of San Bernardino's water department in a breach of contract suit, saying the policy excluded such actions.

Expert Analysis

  • How Trial Counsel Can Take Advantage Of New Federal Rules

    Mark E. Tully

    Will the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure actually help streamline cases, reduce discovery costs and improve case management? That is certainly the hope, although the key will be how well judges and counsel take advantage of early case assessment and management techniques, say Mark Tully and Michelle Briggs of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • In Congress: Much To Be Done Before Dec. 11

    Richard A. Hertling

    The real legislative fireworks begin on Tuesday, when the Senate is likely to turn its attention to the budget reconciliation bill. Because of special rules established in the Budget Control Act, a budget reconciliation is not subject to a filibuster and therefore only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How China Now Enforces Its Environmental Protection Law

    Michael W. Vella

    The Environmental Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China was promulgated over 25 years ago. But only recently have substantive amendments, combined with public awareness and government leadership, provided reason to hope that the law can serve its mission to protect China’s environment, say Michael Vella and Lillian He of Jones Day.

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

    James Maiwurm.jpg

    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Wind Integration Costs At Issue In Oregon PURPA Dispute

    While the need for the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act has been increasingly questioned, it remains a vehicle for developers of renewable power projects to require utilities to buy their power at state-administered costs. Recent litigation between the Portland General Electric Company and PaTu Wind Farm may shed additional light on PURPA's adaptability to the evolving competitive marketplace, says Arthur Adelberg of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • The Next Dormant Mineral Act Case At Ohio High Court

    Jesse J. Zirillo

    The Supreme Court of Ohio recently heard oral arguments in Eisenbarth v. Reusser, a case in which two chains of title each end in a separate set of cousins who dispute ownership to a previously severed mineral interest based on differing interpretations of the state’s Dormant Mineral Act. The decision has the potential to provide much-needed guidance to attorneys in the energy and real estate sectors, say Jesse Zirillo and Barbara ... (continued)

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • Are Climate Change Disclosure Cases A New Trend?

    Thomas O. Gorman

    The New York attorney general’s “first-of-its-kind” settlement with Peabody Energy resolving accusations of false and incomplete statements regarding climate change — and a similar probe into Exxon Mobil — appear to have set the stage for a new round of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, says Thomas Gorman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.