Robert Dudley, the new CEO of BP PLC, has criticized media coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as excessive and declined an invitation to testify before a congressional panel on the incident, drawing a sharp rebuke from the committee's chairman.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused a Kansas agricultural fertilizer company of failing to conduct hazardous waste determinations in the wake of an accident that killed two workers.
Federal transportation and environmental regulators on Monday proposed the first-ever national standards to make trucks and buses more fuel efficient, in a bid to curb gas use and carbon emissions.
A federal judge has denied most of Lloyd's of London's bid for reconsideration in its dispute with Teck Metals Ltd. over coverage for the alleged contamination of a lake in Washington state, shutting down the insurer's arguments on three previous rulings but agreeing to tweak the court's standard for the admission of extrinsic evidence in the suit.
Negotiating a global settlement when the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other authorities all want a piece of your client can be a herculean struggle given the conflicting priorities, goals and personalities of the wolves at the door. But there are steps lawyers can take to help their clients lay the groundwork for reaching a deal with everyone, according to experts who spoke with Law360.
American Alternative Insurance Corp. has settled a coverage dispute with a bankrupt California water district by making good on a promise to defend it through the resolution of underlying allegations that it cost taxpayers $150 million by mismanaging a water purification project.
An attorney for Ecuadorean plaintiffs accusing Chevron Corp. of shirking its responsibility to clean up contamination in the Amazon has been ordered to face questions about communication with a court-appointed environmental assessor and his role in sparking a criminal case against two Chevron lawyers.
Syncrude Canada Ltd. announced Friday that it would pay CA$3 million ($2.9 million) in a criminal case over a 2008 incident that led to the death of about 1,600 birds on a pond used to hold residue from extracting bitumen from western Canada's oil sands.
A petroleum industry group has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior over a decision to restrict exemptions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that allow oil developers in some cases to bypass environmental impact studies.
A federal judge has ruled that a dry cleaning company's decades-old lease agreements require it to indemnify the former owners of the Las Vegas shopping mall it called home over contamination of the area's groundwater with cleaning solvents tetrachloroethylene and perchloroehtylene.
Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Mike Johanns, R-Neb., are raising red flags over recent hints from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. may soon approve plans for the Keystone XL fuel pipeline, saying officials' hurry to greenlight the project may damage the integrity of its review.
A California citizens group and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached a tentative settlement in a suit accusing the regulator of dragging its feet on issuing an approval decision on the state's plan to regulate fine particulate matter in the San Joaquin Valley.
A federal judge has refused to certify a class in a case seeking to hold International Paper Co. liable for pollution near one of its paper mills in Alabama, saying it would be too difficult to determine who belonged in the class.
Schiff Hardin LLP has snagged two partners from Foley & Lardner LLP to join the firm's environmental group in its Chicago office.
Two New York state conservation groups have claimed that a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. construction site near Niagara Falls that demolished a historic theater has discharged pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program, buoyed by $5 billion in stimulus bill funding, is being spent on shoddy construction projects in Illinois that could pose a safety threat to residents whose homes are being winterized, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, claims.
A California judge has ordered the state’s Fish and Game Commission for the second time to study whether the American pika has been driven near extinction by global climate change and whether the small rodent requires protection under California’s Endangered Species Act.
A federal judge has upheld the U.S. government’s decision to override a stay on the $37 million cleanup of a former Manhattan Project site following a challenge by engineering company PMTech Inc. to the award of the project’s contract.
ArborGen Inc. has intervened in a suit that seeks to shut down the company’s field-testing of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees on the grounds that the federal government's approval of the experimental plots didn't take into account environmental dangers.
A federal judge has determined that industrial carbon producer Continental Carbon Co. breached an agreement with National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., by suing the insurer in federal court, dealing the company a blow in a long-running battle over coverage for millions of dollars worth of pollution claims.