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The U.S. Department of the Interior encountered heavy skepticism in oral arguments Friday as it told a D.C. Circuit panel that its coal leasing program doesn’t need a new environmental assessment on climate change’s impacts and that the agency's decision not to undertake one isn't reviewable.
A judge on Friday resumed a lawsuit in which a North Dakota-led coalition of states are challenging a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act’s reach, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said that district courts, not circuit courts, have jurisdiction to assess the regulation.
Breitburn Energy Partners LP on Friday overcame a final hurdle in its lengthy quest to reorganize in bankruptcy, receiving court approval of a modified Chapter 11 plan after bumping up the levels of recovery for retail bondholders and other unsecured creditors.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reached the same conclusion as a lower appellate court — albeit through a different reasoning — and sided with landowners in an oil and gas dispute with ConocoPhillips, rejecting the company's contention that the lower court's ruling had rendered a state rule against perpetuities meaningless.
The Miami Marlins, battling a suit by Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami over the team’s recent $1.2 billion sale, told a Florida federal court Friday that a preliminary injunction issued by a state court judge does not meet the requirements for an injunction under federal law and should be dissolved.