Exxon Mobil Corp.’s U.S. pipeline arm has agreed to pay $12 million in federal and state natural resources damages stemming from a 2011 pipeline failure that dumped 60,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River, according to a consent decree filed Wednesday.
Whole Foods Market Inc. will pay $3.5 million in penalties as part of a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over improperly handled hazardous waste products at stores in five states, the agency said Tuesday.
Exxon Mobil Corp. confirmed Tuesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is requesting more information about the energy giant’s accounting practices followings news reports that the company is under scrutiny for how it values its assets in light of slumping oil prices.
A Delaware Chancery judge agreed Tuesday to consider accelerating court timetables for motions seeking expedited discovery and preliminary injunctions in investors’ class challenge of the $2.6 billion Tesla Motors Inc.-SolarCity merger, as a shareholder vote on the contested tie-up approaches.
A federal judge pressed pause on SolarCity Corp.’s monopolization suit against an Arizona utility on Tuesday while the Ninth Circuit considers the utility’s arguments that it’s immune from the rooftop solar giant’s claims, saying the issue raised on appeal could be dispositive.
A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday gave final approval to a $60 million class action settlement between Caterpillar Inc. and purchasers of bus engines that allegedly contained defective anti-pollution systems, granting class counsel about $20 million in attorneys' fees and $1.4 million in costs.
Hundreds of top scientists published an open letter on Tuesday warning against the “severe and long-lasting” ramifications that would come from the U.S. pulling out of the landmark Paris climate change agreement, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to do if elected.
Gulfport Energy Corp. filed suit in Oklahoma federal court on Tuesday, accusing Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co. of shirking its obligations and defrauding the company by hiding that it didn’t intend to provide coverage for $3 million in remediation and cleanup costs until its insured renewed its policy.
The California Supreme Court on Monday unanimously reversed a lower court decision saying the San Mateo County Community College District had to conduct a second environmental impact review for a change to building demolition plans under the California Environmental Quality Act, but the court clarified when subsequent reviews are required.
The Army Corps of Engineers can’t be sued over its decision not to reopen a public comment period before issuing a dredge-and-fill permit for a petroleum pipeline project through Louisiana wetlands, a federal judge ruled on Monday, dismissing a suit brought by an environmental group trying to stop the pipeline.
The Federal Highway Administration on Tuesday urged an Arizona federal court to deny a bid by environmental and community groups to halt a Phoenix-area highway project while the Ninth Circuit reviews the ruling that said the FHWA and the Arizona Department of Transportation didn’t take shortcuts on environmental reviews when greenlighting the project.
A Pittsburgh-area environmental group launched a legal challenge on Monday over approvals that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced in August it had awarded for a cryogenic gas processing plant that an Energy Transfer Partners LP unit is planning as part of a $1.5 billion investment in Western Pennsylvania.
Global green bond volume has reached $47 billion year to date, the highest annual total ever for the environmentally friendly debt securities, aided by surging interest in the Asia-Pacific region, a researcher reported Tuesday.
The battle over the fate of Molycorp Minerals LLC’s idled 19,000-acre rare earth mine in California heated up Monday with insurers, investors, regulators and a bankruptcy trustee all questioning calls to toss the firm from Chapter 11 or convert the proceeding into a Chapter 7 liquidation.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe urged a D.C. federal judge Monday to reverse his decision not to let the tribe file a complaint in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's suit to block the Dakota Access pipeline, saying it has its own standing to challenge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permits for the project.
Johnson & Johnson, Allergan PLC, Pfizer Inc. and 10 other pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday laid out a plan to rein in their environmental impact, curb overuse of drugs to target antibiotic resistance, make drugs more accessible and increase research and development during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Investors backing a proposed class action targeting Chevron over a deadly Nigerian offshore rig explosion will reap a sixfold return on a $1.7 million outlay if the case is successful, according to a recent filing in California federal court.
DuPont pressed an Ohio federal judge Monday to undo a $5.6 million jury award to a cancer survivor who claimed the company’s dumping of a Teflon component into the air and water near a West Virginia plant caused his illness, calling the July verdict excessive and unjustifiable.
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Tuesday issued a report claiming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' justification for its controversial Clean Water Rule doesn't hold up and urged Congress to step in and limit the agencies' authority.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to meet its deadline to propose limits for the drinking water contaminant perchlorate, a New York federal judge ruled Monday, but he refused a request by the Natural Resources Defense Council to rule the agency failed to finalize the limits as well.
Even if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's clean water rule survives all court challenges and becomes the law of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes may impact its eventual implementation, because the decision would be applied to the category of waters in the rule known as “significant nexus” waters, says Kimberly Bick at Bick Law LLP.
A New Jersey state appeals court's recent decision in Catena v. Raytheon Company reinforces the equitable nature of the discovery rule applied to common law fraud claims in connection with the sale of commercial real property, and highlights the importance of proper disclosures, particularly when the property has a history of stigma, lest the seller be faced with liability, say Katharine Coffey and Christopher John Stracco at Day Pitney LLP.
To guide overwhelmed jurors toward a calm, logical defense verdict in a high-stakes case, an attorney can apply the same psychological techniques that were developed in the treatment of substance abuse, says Dr. Roy Futterman, a clinical psychologist and director at DOAR Inc.
Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.
The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.
The Second Circuit’s unanimous decision in Chevron v. Donziger is an important victory for the rule of law and should serve as a powerful warning to U.S. lawyers who are tempted to leave their ethics at the border when seeking to recover huge transnational judgments against U.S. corporations, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Often, the lead counsel in a case maintains sole contact with the client and makes substantive decisions, relying upon the local counsel only to serve in the requisite capacity to satisfy jurisdictional procedures. Therein lies the problem — absent appropriate precautionary measures, the local attorney faces equal malpractice exposure for the substantive, strategic decisions of the lead counsel, say Patrick (Sean) Ginty of CNA Glob... (continued)
The White House Council on Environmental Quality's final guidance created to help agencies consider greenhouse gas and climate change impacts in National Environmental Policy Act reviews provides some clarity regarding the overall approach to the process, but it also leaves fundamental questions for individual agencies to answer, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.
There are several risks involved with signing a "standard" mediation confidentiality agreement, both to your clients and to yourself. Once you recognize these risks, you will never sign a standard MCA again, at least not without a lot of thought and a lot of disclosures to your client, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.
The D.C. Circuit recently issued a decision in U.S. Sugar Corporation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where the U.S. Sugar Corporation panel remanded emission limits for an unspecified number of boiler subcategories, a perceived victory for environmental interests that has created substantial uncertainty for owners and operators of industrial boilers, say Cynthia Faur and Peter Tomasi at Quarles & Brady LLP.