The city of Beverly Hills launched a lawsuit Friday against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, accusing the agency of refusing to delay environmental approvals for a 9-mile subway extension despite knowing about upcoming reports on the project's seismic risks.
Travelers Indemnity Co. on Thursday hit R & G. Excavating Inc. with a suit alleging it isn't responsible for defending R&G against claims that the company botched work on an Oregon city's wastewater treatment plant that failed to dry city sludge, arguing that another insurer should cover defense costs.
Friends of the Earth on Tuesday sued the U.S. State Department over its alleged foot-dragging regarding the release of records that could show a connection between Secretary John Kerry, former Secretary Hillary Clinton and lobbyists for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The Sierra Club and two citizens' groups on Wednesday challenged government plans for an estimated $1.2 billion toll road linking two interstates near exurban Chicago, claiming that the U.S. Department of Transportation pushed the project based on flawed demographic data.
A Florida-based engineering and consulting firm has asked a court to force Miami-Dade County to consider whether proposed contractors are minority-owned when seeking a firm to help complete $1.6 billion in upgrades to its sewer system under a settlement with federal and state environmental agencies.
A nonprofit environmental protection group filed a suit in Washington federal court Monday accusing the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security of violating the Freedom of Information Act by concealing navigational safety information related to the approval of the controversial $2.5 billion Cape Wind offshore wind farm.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sued Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. in Oklahoma federal court on Monday, claiming OGE Corp.’s utility arm didn’t properly assess future emissions from two of its coal-fired power plants when completing $60 million worth of renovation projects at the plants.
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.
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.
In appeals launched Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, a Pittsburgh-based environmental group said that emissions permits issued to Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. for a pair of natural gas compressor stations severely underestimated the facilities’ potential for air pollution.
Several California cities and others slapped Los Angeles on Thursday with three suits in state court opposing plans for a $4.5 billion renovation project at Los Angeles International Airport, alleging that the city failed to analyze the environmental impact of moving one of the airport's runways closer to nearby cities.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in California federal court Tuesday for allegedly jeopardizing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reapproval of a hydroelectric plant, claiming the agency erroneously found the facility endangers local salmon populations.
The Hertz Corp., Avis Budget Car Rental LLC and two other rental car companies urged an Illinois judge on Wednesday to halt a Chicago airport's “do-or-die" public bid process, slated to go live Friday, alleging that the city has unlawfully changed lease practices to pay for a modernization project whose costs could exceed $800 million.
Dozens of New York landowners hit oil and gas producer Norse Energy USA with an adversary suit Friday, claiming the bankrupt company is holding their land hostage with expired leases while it waits for a hydraulic fracturing moratorium to lift.
Environmental groups including the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Interior Department in Tennessee federal court on Thursday, claiming the agency approved two mountaintop-removal coal mining projects in the state without properly considering their impact on two protected species of fish.
A trio of conservation groups sued the California Department of Transportation in state court Tuesday, contending a $26 million highway-widening project was not given a proper environmental review and will threaten redwoods, salmon communities and more.
Conservation group Powder River Basin Resource Council sued the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming federal court Friday, alleging the agency approved four new coal leases without considering their environmental implications on the area or adjacent mines.
The state of Vermont is improperly treading on federal territory by stonewalling Entergy Corp.’s efforts to install a backup diesel generator at the company’s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, Entergy claimed in a suit filed in federal court Thursday.
Blocked funding for delay-ridden public solar projects in New Jersey covering three counties and 76 facilities seemed even less available Tuesday after a judge temporarily stayed an earlier win for county agencies and SunLight General Capital companies that cleared $50 million in liens against the money.
When researching an expert, look for whether the expert’s opinion and methodology in the case is consistent with the expert’s approach outside of litigation. Inconsistency in an expert’s opinion not only is great fodder for cross-examination, but might also point to a more serious methodological problem that can form the basis for a Daubert challenge, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
The African Union has identified infrastructure development in sectors such as energy, transportation, water and telecommunications as a crucial priority. These development plans may translate to almost $70 billion in capital expenditures by 2020 — which means new opportunities for international private sector investment and public-private partnerships, says Vincent Napoleon of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Although the recently signed Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy does not impose legally enforceable obligations and lacks a specific schedule for implementation, the pact still sets out an unprecedented number of aspirational measures. But despite such ambitious goals, the plan may face significant hurdles, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
In a surprising turn of events, North Dakota landowners are suing oil companies for flaring natural gas into the atmosphere. We can only hope that the suits will incentivize infrastructure development — and not stifle American oil production from the Bakken, say Michael Krancer and Margaret Anne Hill of Blank Rome LLP.
The Japanese yen, Indian rupee and the Indonesian rupiah have depreciated 30 percent on average in the last 24 months. Growth rates for India and Indonesia that were around 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively, two years ago have dropped off significantly, with India now at half that rate. And two of the once mighty BRIC economies are now included as part of the "Fragile Five," say attorneys with Jones Day.
If the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality receives permitting authority for greenhouse gas emissions as planned, affected Texas businesses will likely spend less time and money securing their GHG permits, and the ancillary issues that must be reviewed as part of the federal permitting process will not loom as large at the state level, say Anthony Cavender and Amanda Halter of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
The use of design-build project delivery has been hampered by state laws and professional ethical rules, but recent legislation in New York may drastically increase its use in the public sector. While the design-build model has many benefits, it may not be the best choice when there is a premium placed on quality of design, say Michael De Chiara and Thomas O’Neill of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP.
A District of Columbia federal court recently handed the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States a major victory against Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation. The case exemplifies the importance of notifying and engaging CFIUS voluntarily before closing a transaction that may raise national security concerns, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Doug Dziak of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Carbon dioxide liability plaintiffs may attempt to rely on the Third Circuit's decision in Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station to try to revive their litigation fortunes. But such attempts still won't ring the bell as state law nuisance claims are futile, says J. Wylie Donald of McCarter & English LLP.
Relying on advances in technology that increase efficiency allowed firms during the past few years to reduce the ratio of lawyers to legal assistants from as low as 1-1 to as much as a 4-1. Now is not the time to stress about negative publicity that often results from staff layoffs. Your attention to your bottom line easily translates into an appropriate concern for your clients’ bottom lines, says Allan Colman of The Closers Group.