After a 16-month investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by WPX Energy Inc. in the northeast corner of the state was not responsible for methane contamination in three private water wells in the area.
A massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed up to 15 and wreaked extensive property damage last week is expected to cause $100 million in insured losses, an insurance industry group said Wednesday.
A significantly smaller percentage of in-house counsel used some form of alternative legal fee structures last year, according to a new legal survey from Fulbright & Jaworski LLP that defied previous years' upward trends and more vocal criticism in recent years of the billable hour.
The percentage of in-house counsel expecting an increase in whistleblower suits hit a three-year high in 2012, as companies braced for more tipsters to come forward under a potent new Dodd-Frank Act program, according to a survey released Tuesday by Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.
Corporations beefed up their legal departments in 2012 and expect to do the same this year, according to a new report, with mounting regulatory challenges and abundant litigation combining to boost the need for in-house expertise.
In-house corporate lawyers last year rated fixed-fee legal pricing the most effective alternative fee model to the straight billable hour, according to an annual Fulbright & Jaworski LLP survey released Tuesday.
Corporate counsel singled out nearly 100 litigators as the most client service-driven in their field thanks to their innate ability to deliver solid outcomes, effectively communicate litigation strategy and prioritize their clients' business interests.
Oil and natural gas systems are the second-biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from large facilities, trailing only power plants, according to data published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Friday pegged the state's natural gas operations at 4 percent of its 2011 industrial air pollution, a sliver of the 72 percent created by power plants, according to its first natural gas emissions review.
A recent analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that almost all project reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act aren’t challenged in court, but experts said Thursday that the law requiring public agencies to examine projects’ environmental impacts is still in need of improvement to cut delays and boost transparency in litigation.
When dealing with high-stakes litigation, there are four top-notch firms that in-house counsel dread seeing on the other side of the courtroom, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
The U.S. Department of Energy's internal watchdog didn't discover anything inappropriate in the way the agency hired law firms to help with loan guarantee applications, but recommended greater transparency throughout the process, a report released Thursday said.
A University of Texas study released Monday suggests earthquakes caused by oil and gas development in Texas are more common than previously recognized, fueling the national debate about how to regulate possible environmental, health and safety risks posed by drilling activities.
Brazilian regulators on Friday said an oil leak at Chevron Corp.'s offshore well in 2011 was 45,000 gallons larger than previously estimated, criticizing the oil giant for procedural lapses that could land it up to $25 million in fines on top of the two $11 billion lawsuits it is facing over the spill.
For the second year in a row, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise.
A new report based on interviews with corporate counsel has identified the eighteen law firms with the strongest brands in the legal market.
A World Health Organization cancer research group announced Tuesday that it would now classify diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans, based on evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer and bladder cancer.
The U.S. Department of Defense increasingly relies on alternative financing to fund its renewable energy priorities, and that strategy could push prices up unless the DOD can consolidate its policies and promote best practices for energy purchases, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.
A pair of ranking House Democrats on Tuesday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider a recent study, which revealed increased health risks posed by air emissions produced through hydraulic fracturing, when it finalizes new standards for natural gas operations.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday released a report highlighting probable shortfalls to transportation funding over the next several years, cautioning against a reliance on general federal funds and suggesting increases in fuel taxes or new fees to fill in the gaps.
Recent news reports on the RusHydro embezzlement, a U.S. Virgin Islands senator's arrest and the Italian mafia infiltration suggest that the not-so-clean side of the clean energy sector may come under greater scrutiny around the world. These reports should serve as a sobering reminder for companies of the risks and consequences of international corruption, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
In the technical sense, medical causation answers whether an accused substance brought about some alleged disease. But rarely are the central causal allegations in major toxic torts purely courtroom affairs — publicity and politics now drive the litigation, with plaintiff verdicts begetting more publicity, says James Sabovich of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The long-awaited proposed reforms to California's Proposition 65 are welcome and needed as they would greatly reduce the number of frivolous Prop. 65 lawsuits and alleviate the defense costs for manufacturers, says Mark Johnson of Alston & Bird LLP.
The pros of using predictive coding far outweigh the cons. Given the heavy pressure on law firms and in-house counsel to reduce discovery costs, as well as the Justice Department's recent stance on the subject, it appears predictive coding will continue to emerge from the obscure world of legal technology to the mainstream of legal practice, say Michael Moscato and Myles Bartley of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
The interpretation by the Supreme Court of Texas in Reeder v. Wood County Energy LLC grants vast protection to oil and gas operators, but by doing so, it is perceived by some as muddling the differences between tort and contract law, says Michael Bolton and Kate Kalanick of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Although there are benefits to “going green” in the construction, development and operation of buildings, there are also risks unique to green building that will test the boundaries of coverage under typical liability insurance policies, say attorneys with Sedgwick LLP.
The Fourth Circuit recently issued a ruling in PCS Nitrogen Inc. v. Ashley II of Charleston that may limit the availability of the bona fide prospective purchaser defense. By narrowly construing one of the elements of the BFPP defense, the court has underscored the importance of strict compliance with all requirements of the defense, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
The recent $4 million settlement by Tyson Foods Inc. represents one of the largest penalties for a stand-alone risk management program enforcement case since the provision was added to the Clean Air Act in 1990. This case also exemplifies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increasing focus on RMP compliance and its intention to seek ever-larger penalties for RMP violations, say attorneys with Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP.
The California Air Resources Board has again been sued over its implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act in Morning Star Packing Co., et al. v. CARB, which resembles an earlier action brought by the California Chamber of Commerce. Petitioners of both cases face the difficult challenge of convincing the court to derail a massive regulatory scheme that is now well underway, say attorneys with Marten Law PLLC.
Public-private partnerships have been used in a wide range of sectors to provide public services, from power plants and railroads to hospitals and sanitation plants. Yet there are a variety of potential contractual arrangements and the financing of a PPP can be complex, say Maryam Khosharay and Herbert Glaser of Haynes and Boone LLP.