Chinese wind-turbine maker Sinovel Wind Group Co. was charged with stealing trade secrets including proprietary source code from its former vendor American Superconductor Corp. and causing it losses of more than $800 million, prosecutors said Thursday.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that the state was suing Petco Petroleum Corp. on 61 counts related to water pollution violations, and blasted the company as the state’s worst pollution offender in the oil production field.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has been hit with a lawsuit from environmentalists who claim the agency ran roughshod over environmental considerations when it approved the development of a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. superstore in a protected wetland.
Environmental groups lodged a pair of Clean Water Act suits in West Virginia federal court Wednesday, accusing the owners of two former mountaintop removal coal mines of discharging toxic substances into area waters as part of a litigation campaign targeting pollution at reclaimed sites.
An Energy Conversion Devices Inc. shareholder on Monday filed a proposed class action against Credit Suisse International, accusing the Swiss bank of helping drive ECD into bankruptcy by manipulating the market for the solar energy company's stock through short-selling.
A Michigan developer sued Enbridge Energy LP on Wednesday over the 2010 pipeline spill that pumped more than a million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River, saying the spill has made much of its nearby manufactured home community essentially worthless.
A coalition of public health and environmental groups, including Sierra Club and the American Lung Association, hit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a lawsuit in California federal court on Wednesday, asking the court to set a deadline for action on overdue standards for ozone pollution.
Green forestry company Candlewood Timber Group LLC on Monday revived legal malpractice claims accusing Debevoise & Plimpton LLC of allowing false testimony in a fee suit it launched against Candlewood after the company claimed the firm botched its contract fight with Pan American Energy LLC.
The U.S. Department of Justice sued American Honda Motor Co. Inc. in Washington federal court Tuesday, accusing it of selling thousands of engines with improper air intakes, resulting in unlawfully excessive pollutant emissions.
A Native American tribe sued Kinder Morgan Inc. in New Jersey federal court on Friday, claiming a portion of the $400 million natural gas pipeline expansion in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by one of the energy giant's units will destroy tribal lands and sacred burial grounds.
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.
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 U.S. government and the state of Arkansas launched a federal suit against ExxonMobil Corp. on Thursday over a recent pipeline breach that dumped thousands of gallons of oil into a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood, demanding millions in potential civil fines and cleanup costs.
The Sierra Club on Monday urged a California judge to force the U.S. Department of State to hand over documents connected to its favorable environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the consultant that helped complete the review has deep oil industry ties.
Two Barrick Gold Corp. shareholders have filed a putative class action in New York federal court accusing the company of deliberately misleading investors about potential environmental issues and cost overruns on its $8.5 billion Chilean mining project.
Lead pigment maker NL Industries Inc. on Wednesday sued dozens of public and private entities ranging from New Jersey to General Motors Co. to spread the cost of a $79 million federal cleanup at the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, N.J.
A diverse group of businesses based at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday sued to stop a recently approved $500 million rail expansion project, alleging the city and the port violated the California Environmental Quality Act during the permitting process.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, alleging it inappropriately approved ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.'s plans to build a drill site pad, pipeline and access roads that could severely damage endangered habitats on the North Shore of Alaska.
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups on Tuesday made good on their threat to sue BNSF Railway Co. for polluting Washington state waterways with coal by allegedly allowing ash to escape from railcars, launching a Clean Water Act suit in federal court.
The Clean Air Council on Thursday announced that it intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for ignoring a petition alleging the state of Pennsylvania failed to meet federal requirements in limiting emissions stemming from drilling activities.
Although the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis are occasionally conflated, they have distinct effects on government operations and on parties interacting and transacting with the government, says Boris Bershteyn, of counsel with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and former general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed stringent new source performance standards for new fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating-units, demonstrating that the agency is not backing down from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Given the consequences of the proposal, the EPA is sure to face a political and legal fight ahead, say Kevin Poloncarz and Ben Carrier of Paul Hastings LLP.
Business groups have criticized California’s new Safer Consumer Products Act for making the state an even more business unfriendly environment, placing an especially huge burden on retailers of products made out of state or country to comply with the regulations in the stead of an absent producer, say Robert Kum of Sedgwick LLP and Erica Graves, a third-year law student.
While the Internal Revenue Service's recently published Notice 2013-60 clarifies several aspects of the guidance provided in its previous notice, the IRS left unclear what constitutes a facility, e.g., to what extent a developer with a master turbine supply agreement can transfer the right to receive to an affiliate. This and similar questions will no doubt continue to rise, say Mark Regante and Leah Karlov of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.
In light of the Federal Trade Commission's three recent separate settlements with mattress manufacturers, it is clear that the agency is carefully scrutinizing environmental claims, in particular, "free of" claims. As advertisers try to find ways to distinguish their products based on environmental claims, they should make sure that the claims do not inaccurately imply health benefits to consumers, say Brian Fergemann and Caroline Hudson of Winston & Strawn LLP.
The Third Circuit decision in Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station was significant, and emitters should take note that they may be more vulnerable to state law tort claims than previously anticipated. But it is easy to overstate the case's importance — there is no reason to believe that it marks the start of a new era of crippling vulnerability to tort suits, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
While the basic framework for fracking in California is now enshrined in California law after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 4, the governor’s statements, together with the blanks that remain in the unwritten regulations of the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, leave the future of fracking in California still somewhat hazy, say attorneys with Bingham McCutchen LLP.
In response to a recent World Trade Organization ruling, Ontario’s minister of energy has issued a directive that reduces the domestic-content requirements for renewable energy projects. Meanwhile, there's uncertainty developing with regard to the approval process for large projects, say attorneys with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.
Neonicotinoids are a new class of insecticides that have seen relatively strong market adoption as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to restrict the availability of many organophosphate insecticides. This move away from one class of insecticides to meet tougher food safety standards may have led to greater risk to other pollinators, says James Aidala of Bergeson & Campbell PC.
Recently, the European Union's biocidal products regulation went into effect, and the several pitfalls and difficulties in the application of the rule indicate that every company involved in the biocides sector needs to reflect upon a series of complex parameters to seek the necessary access rights or be prepared to respond to data sharing requests that will no doubt increase, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.