The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on Thursday approved $1.15 billion in bonds for American Dream Meadowlands, breathing new life into the long-delayed retail and entertainment project that supporters say will pump thousands of jobs into the regional economy and critics claim will add to the area's traffic woes.
WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Land Management in D.C. federal court on Thursday, claiming that the approval of nearly 400 leases that allow for drilling and fracking on public lands across three western states flouted environmental law.
Business groups opposed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that the court rulings the agency has cited to support the plan don’t apply.
A New York appeals court Thursday sided with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ruling a steel company's $8.6 million contract breach suit over extra work on the 9/11 Memorial cannot get around the one-year statute of limitations protecting the agency.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told a federal judge Thursday that a recent court ruling that the New York State Thruway Authority improperly diverted toll revenues is irrelevant to the Automobile Club of New York’s challenge to the bistate agency's 2011 plan raising bridge and tunnel fees.
The Supreme Court of India rejected energy giant Reliance Industries Ltd.'s bid to keep an $18 million contract dispute with North American Coal Corp. in domestic courts, saying Wednesday that the conflict’s cross-border element means an agreement to arbitrate in London cannot be ignored.
TC Pipelines LP’s general partner told the Delaware Supreme Court late Wednesday that the Chancery Court correctly axed a unitholder challenge to a $446 million dropdown purchase of a pipeline segment from parent TransCanada Corp., arguing the investors have no case and simply disagree with the transaction value.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed new regulations for packaging and stowing certain hazardous materials during transport, updates that officials said Wednesday are intended to bring domestic rules in line with international standards.
SunEdison Inc. on Tuesday sought permission from a New York bankruptcy judge to award nine executive employees with up to $5.1 million in bonuses that would be awarded based on how much the business fetches in the sale of various assets.
The state of Maryland and the Federal Transit Administration both asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to alter an order requiring a more thorough environmental review of a proposed $5.6 billion Purple Line rail extension by remanding it to the FTA so it can consider if an additional environmental review is even necessary.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe urged a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to block construction on the $3.8 billion crude oil pipeline slated to run through what it considers the tribe’s ancestral lands, calling the Dakota Access Pipeline a threat to its “cultural survival” that was not adequately reviewed by the federal government before its approval.
SolarCity Corp. has completed a $124 million bond offering with a significant boost from its chairman, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose electric car company agreed earlier this month to buy the struggling Solar panel installer for $2.6 billion, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has told a federal judge that an environmental group has no standing to challenge the adequacy of pipeline operators’ oil spill response plans, blasting the group’s accusations that officials displayed “dereliction of duty” of “epic proportions” in reviewing such plans.
A Fifth Circuit panel on Tuesday upended the state of Louisiana's lower court win requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay nearly $3 billion, without help, to restore wetlands surrounding a now-closed canal, finding the wetlands restoration challenge untimely and the federal agency's cost-sharing provisions to be reasonable.
The California Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation that would strengthen and extend the life of the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction program and provide a measure of security for its cap and trade system.
Bankrupt energy producer Sundevil Power Holdings LLC received approval Tuesday in Delaware bankruptcy court for a Chapter 11 sale of its assets that include two of the four power blocks at an Arizona power generating station, with a stalking horse bidder as the buyer.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pushed a D.C. federal court Monday to block construction on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline while the court weighs a challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval for the project, saying the agency hadn’t done nearly enough tribal consultation and that the pipeline’s developer is bringing any financial damage from halting the project on itself.
Amtrak fired back Tuesday at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's federal suit accusing it of misusing recent statutes to force the Massachusetts public transit agency to pay $30 million a year to share its own track with Amtrak, saying their cost-sharing deal is valid and MBTA’s allegations are “nonsense.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service missed a deadline for taking action on petitions to list 417 species under the Endangered Species Act, an environmental activist group said Tuesday in filing a formal notice of intent to sue the agency.
PJM Interconnection LLC on Monday backed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s changes to the grid operator's proposal for dealing with artificial price suppression on the grid, and asked the D.C. Circuit to deny a challenge to the plan from the grid’s power providers.
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.
In the boom years of 2011 through 2014, energy lenders were directing their attorneys to “loosen up” credit agreements. Today’s distressed environment has seen lenders and their attorneys turn 180 degrees to shift their focus to a range of new issues, say Kraig Grahmann and Buddy Clark of Haynes and Boone LLP.
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.
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 2006 “fuel fraud law” has reportedly cost the Aviation Trust Fund — an important source of finance for airport improvements — between $1 billion and $2 billion per year, if not more. At this rate of decreased revenue, the Federal Aviation Administration faces a serious impediment in the upcoming years as airport, airline and consumer demands put pressure on the aviation industry, says Rachael Wallace of Cozen O'Connor PC.
As advances in technology continue to push law libraries in a more complex direction, many law firms are still making structural mistakes. Fahad Zaidi, senior consultant at HBR Consulting, notes five common pitfalls that law firms should be wary of when developing their libraries.
I worry too many law students see the priorities of BigLaw in tension with a meaningful commitment to pro bono work, making them reluctant to ask questions in interviews about pro bono opportunities and a firm’s commitment to its community. This needs to change, says Skadden partner and former White House legal adviser Michael Scudder.
Although inconsistent source determinations will continue, it appears the three factors the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses to define "adjacent" for sites under common control in its new source determination rule will bring long-awaited clarity in onshore oil and gas source aggregation decisions, say Charles Wehland and Jennifer Hayes at Jones Day.