The U.S. government and a group of environmentalists on Monday asked the Tenth Circuit to reinstate fracking rules that were blocked by a lower court, arguing the regulations are well within the Bureau of Land Management's authority.
Maxus Energy Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday after cementing a deal with its parent company, YPF SA, ahead of a trial over the cleanup bill for toxins dumped into New Jersey's Passaic River decades ago.
Trelleborg Automotive USA Inc. told a Michigan federal court Friday that Travelers should have to cover environmental remediation costs at an auto parts manufacturing facility, at the same time Travelers claimed that the cleanup costs fall outside of its insurance policy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new technical guidance on how its analysts should incorporate environmental justice principles into their work shows how serious the agency is about applying those principles to its rulemaking and enforcement efforts and could mean new requirements for businesses covered by future EPA rules or settlements, experts said.
One of the principals of Andry Lerner LLC pressed the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to rethink upholding an order barring him from participating in the court-supervised settlement program for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill after an investigation turned up ethical violations related to referral fees.
The city of San Diego and Kinder Morgan Inc. announced Friday a $20 million deal that resolves all of the city’s claims in a long-running federal court dispute concerning contamination beneath Qualcomm Stadium, just days after a trial was slated to begin.
The Sierra Club is asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to review a U.S. Department of Energy decision to approve a Dominion Resources Inc. unit's plan to export natural gas.
The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration reauthorization bill that President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law soon heaps more significant safety mandates on the agency's crowded regulatory plate, which could further slow its already sluggish and much-maligned rulemaking pace, experts say.
The Alabama Department of Transportation on Friday fired back at Birmingham residents suing to block a $450 million highway bridge repair project, saying they are using trumped-up environmental claims as a front for concerns about the project's impact on economic revitalization in the city.
A West Virginia federal judge on Friday shot down the Environmental Protection Agency’s request to keep a Bracewell LLP attorney who had worked for the EPA from testifying in Murray Energy’s lawsuit accusing the agency of failing to study how its air quality regulations impact jobs, saying the EPA couldn't prove that he had a conflict of interest in the case.
An environmental supervisor for the Florida Department of Health faces up to 20 years in prison on a charge that he accepted a bribe from home builders in exchange for expediting several permits, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
In its second 5-4 split in a case it first decided in June 2015, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed course and sided with Harris County in a suit brought by homeowners who claimed the county had knowingly approved developments that would flood their homes.
Oregon transportation officials have asked the Federal Railroad Administration to temporarily ban oil trains from traveling through the state, saying regulators still have to better inspect tracks with bolt defects like the one involved in a recent Union Pacific oil train derailment.
Green Solutions Recycling LLC sued competing recycling companies and the city of Reno, Nevada, in federal court Thursday for allegedly forming an exclusive pact and conspiring to limit competition and fix prices for recyclable materials collection in the city.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday said Lumber Liquidators Inc. wouldn't resume sales of allegedly hazardous laminate wood flooring and that there wouldn't be a mandatory recall, after the company recently paid $26 million to settle related shareholder and derivative suits.
The Senate Appropriations Committee narrowly moved forward Thursday a $32.03 billion spending bill that funds Native American health and education programs and federal land management agencies but blocks implementation of the so-called Waters of the United States rule.
The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes moved to dismiss the Caddo Nation’s challenge to the construction of a history center on disputed lands, telling an Oklahoma federal court Thursday the suit fails for several reasons, including sovereign immunity.
Pennsylvania's legislature on Wednesday reached a bipartisan deal on new rules for hydraulic fracturing at oil and gas wells that the governor said would strengthen environmental protections at extraction sites in the Keystone State.
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday became the first head of a major country to ratify the landmark Paris climate change accord, starting what supporters hope is a string of similar actions.
Friends of the Earth on Thursday urged the D.C. Circuit to prohibit the restart of a nuclear power plant near New York City until the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues a “full and reasoned” decision on the environmental groups’ petition for assurances the plant is safe.
Are the auction revenues generated from California's cap-and-trade program best categorized as a tax, or as a regulatory or other type of fee? The distinction is currently being reviewed by a California court of appeals and if the revenues are categorized as a tax the program will be deemed unconstitutional under Proposition 13 of the California Constitution, says Allison Ross at Bick Law Group.
A recent decision from the District of Oregon merits the attention of those tracking how climate change is reworking application of the Endangered Species Act. The ruling demonstrates that environmental protection measures that were previously resisted are now considered reasonable and prudent for avoiding jeopardy to species listed under the ESA, say Thomas Jensen and Matthew Castelli at Holland & Hart LLP.
Corporate legal departments are in the midst of a “golden age,” while law firms are feeling the squeeze. Let's take a look at the causal connection, says Mark A. Cohen, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.
While a Washington appellate court's decision in Pacific Power & Light v. Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission reflects the understandable interest of a state to shield its citizens from shouldering the economic burden of sister states’ renewable energy policies, its conclusion that the cost recovery mandate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 did not apply rests on shaky ground, says Arthur Adelberg of Barclay Damon LLP.
Many affected industries are concerned that the requirements imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recently released Silica exposure rule will result in significant costs for regulated entities that OSHA did not properly consider, says Louis Thorson at Foley & Lardner LLP.
The Colorado Supreme Court recently issued two anticipated opinions that essentially rendered local fracking bans invalid in Colorado. These opinions might well lead the way for similar efforts pending in a number of states where local governmental entities are trying to rein in fracking, say John Fognani and Jamie Jackson at Haynes and Boone LLP.
Understanding how the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act can impact contractual choice of law provisions for offshore projects can help oil and gas companies avoid exposure to unforeseen liabilities. Robert Garner and Michael Yates at King & Spalding LLP explain important factors to consider when determining what choice of law will apply to offshore service contracts as well as the potential commercial impacts of OCLSA jurisdiction.
Even complex patent and class action cases have not knocked the Eastern District of Virginia off the medal stand when it comes to remaining the fastest trial docket in the nation. Yet it can’t be overlooked that the No. 1 rocket docket has also slowed down a bit. In his annual review, Hunton & Williams LLP partner Robert Tata looks at the numbers and what some Virginia judges have to say about them.
As solar plus battery off-grid systems become more technologically feasible and economically viable, analysts and public utilities have struggled to predict whether a “utility death spiral” will eventually occur. However, technological innovation is only part of the equation. Another critical factor is whether off-grid systems are legal, says Molly Zohn at Klinedinst PC.
Building relationships with your partners and keeping a finger on the pulse of firmwide legal activity yields strong benefits. However, many attorneys never quite pick up on this important tool while in the trenches of practice. Courtney Hollins and Dan Ujczo at Dickinson Wright PLLC offer tips for cultivating a strong firmwide communication network.