The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday revised a list of chemicals that it will screen for their potential to disrupt the release of hormones in humans and animals, removing substances that it cannot tie to a current manufacturer or importer.
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy upheld its decision to block a mountaintop removal coal mining permit proposed by A&G Coal Corp. over the company's failure to pay outstanding fees, environmental groups challenging the permit said Monday.
A group of companies controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing said Monday that they have agreed to pay 9.7 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.25 billion) for AVR Afvalverwerking BV, a Dutch company that converts waste to energy.
OneBeacon Insurance Group can't recoup from a noninsured affiliate of Estee Lauder Company some of the $3.8 million in defense costs the insurer paid in litigation over Estee Lauder's alleged hazardous waste dumping, according to a New York state court order posted Monday.
U.S. Energy Department spending on renewable energy projects would be slashed by $911 million in the 2014 fiscal year — a nearly 50 percent cut from 2013 levels — under a spending plan proposed by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday.
A Pennsylvania state representative on Monday introduced legislation aimed at prohibiting the use of open impoundments for storing liquids used in drilling for natural gas.
Three environmental groups on Friday lost a bid to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from selling oil and gas leases in Montana that allegedly have been sold without consideration of their impact on global warming after a Montana federal judge ruled the groups lacked standing.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to dismiss a suit claiming the federal government's environmental impact studies of its land use plans used overly vague criteria after the Pacific Rivers Council abandoned its claim against the U.S. Forest Service.
Bankrupt Exide Technologies Inc. on Thursday sued to reverse the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s April decision to shutter its Vernon, Calif.-based battery recycling plant, saying the agency relied on an unenforceable standard for air pollution levels and had no evidence the plant was an immediate environmental threat.
California mining regulators on Thursday slapped the owners of a Sacramento-area gold mine with an unprecedented $11 million fine after they allegedly flouted state and local mining laws for years.
The Texas Supreme Court said Friday that it will not reconsider a ruling that Houston ran afoul of state control of air pollution law when it tried to regulate the location of concrete crushers.
The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday granted the California High-Speed Rail Authority approval — subject to environmental restrictions — to begin construction this summer on a $68 billion, 65-mile rail line between Merced and Fresno, the first section of the California high-speed train system.
A Pennsylvania environmental group on Friday lashed out at a bid by the Republican caucuses of the state’s General Assembly to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law diverting money from conservation programs and opening up state lands for natural gas drilling.
Pennsylvania's governor on Friday touted efforts by his administration to responsibly shepherd development of the state's Marcellus Shale play, rebuffing criticism that he has shrugged off environmental stewardship and public health concerns in his support of the burgeoning natural gas industry.
The Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday that a Dallas city ordinance allowing taxicabs running on compressed natural gas to have priority over gas-powered taxis when soliciting passengers at a city-owned airport is not preempted by the Clean Air Act, shutting down a challenge by the Association of Taxicab Operators USA.
A Texas bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved deals allowing ATP Oil & Gas Corp. to abandon an offshore drilling operation and provide the company access to a week’s worth of operating cash, while rejecting complaints that ATP is dodging $153 million in environmental liability.
The Maryland Department of the Environment on Wednesday accused a pair of NRG Energy Inc.-owned power plants of dumping excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous into two Maryland rivers in violation of the Clean Water Act and state laws.
The Eighth Circuit held Thursday that lead-producing giant Doe Run Resources Corp. could not win defense coverage for at least two of three tort suits, finding the underlying environmental damage claims aligned perfectly with Lexington Insurance Co.'s absolute pollution exclusion.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Thursday decision in a water rights dispute between Oklahoma and a Texas water district sends a strong message that states control their own natural resources and have the power to enact protectionist laws, experts say.
New Jersey is poised to someday add offshore wind energy to a power grid that lawmakers, the state Board of Public Utilities and utilities themselves are upgrading because of Superstorm Sandy, but those wind projects hinge on a funding mechanism that officials have yet to sort out, attorneys said Thursday.
While parties may be hesitant to allow a nonjudicial proceeding to dictate their discovery needs, the level of expediency and the cost-effective nature of e-discovery mediation far outweigh any benefit to litigating these procedural components, say Daniel Garrie and Salvatore Scibetta of Law & Forensics LLC.
On June 3, the federal judiciary’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved for publication proposals to limit the scope of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The proposed amendments appear well targeted to aggressively rein in a discovery process that many believe has gotten out of control in too many cases, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.
Although a recent U.S. Department of Energy order regarding Freeport LNG Expansion LP's liquefied natural gas exports provided guidance on several key policy issues, it also left some challenging questions unanswered. Chief among these are about the timing and sequence of the issuance of the DOE’s next orders, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.
Because losses and damages from tornadoes, such as the one that struck Moore, Okla., recently, can be devastating for individuals and businesses, corporate policyholders must consider the seven issues in making and pursuing a tornado claim, says Micah Skidmore of Haynes & Boone LLP.
In a wakeup call to insurers and policyholders, the Fifth Circuit, in In re Deepwater Horizon, recently extended additional insured coverage beyond the scope of liabilities in an underlying service contract. The decision could affect thousands of policies and drilling contracts in the oil and gas industry, says Ethan Torrey of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
Unlike large corporations, law firms require their procurement professionals to be generalists, handling everything from office supplies to insurance and benefits to library services. In order to recruit the right talent, law firms should ensure personnel are involved in strategy development and establish continuing development opportunities, say Adam Stoklosa and Clayton Fox of HBR Consulting LLC.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate confirms that Pennsylvania’s so-called Dunham Rule is alive and well, which means that thousands of titles to Marcellus shale gas will not be impacted by any change in the law. In doing so, however, the court also has created a serious problem regarding other minerals, say attorneys with Saul Ewing LLP.
At its May 30 hearing in Louisville, Ky, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will address arguments concerning whether to create MDL proceedings for three different food industry consumer fraud cases, which involve overlapping class actions filed in various jurisdictions throughout the country. Of particular interest in these cases is the approach adopted by the food manufacturer defendants with respect to MDL centralization, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
Historically forgotten rooftops are now suddenly hot for solar panel leasing due to a combination of policy and practical considerations — from tax incentives widely available at federal, state and local levels, to the fact that rooftops are usually closer to existing utility lines and pose less complex land use issues. When done properly, these leases offer a "win-win" for property owners, says Christine Fisher of Quarles & Brady LLP.
Concern over private enforcement efforts to "reform" Proposition 65 has grown as some groups have begun issuing notices alleging violation of Prop 65 in furniture and other products with chemical flame retardants. If use of these chemicals is prohibited under Prop 65, the ability of furniture manufactures to comply could be seriously compromised, says Kevin Haroff of Marten Law PLLC.