The Center for Biological Diversity and others said Wednesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't guarding against conflicts of interests on Alabama and Mississippi state boards that approve and enforce air pollution permits, as required under the Clean Air Act, telling the agency they intend to sue if it doesn't take action.
An environmental group on Tuesday filed suit in North Carolina federal court against Duke Energy Progress LLC, alleging that the company released a plan that calls for improperly keeping coal ash in an unlined area at the Mayo Steam Electric coal-fired plant, arguing that the move could harm the region’s waters.
A Kansas federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a citizen suit alleging that NextEra Energy Resources LLC and its subsidiaries own and operate wind farms that threaten the whooping crane in violation of the Endangered Species Act, deciding that the plaintiff did not provide proper notice prior to suing.
Federal prosecutors said in a motion unsealed Tuesday that the lawyer defending Texas state Sen. Carlos Uresti in a securities fraud case tied to a fracking sand company should be disqualified because he previously represented a client whom Uresti, also an attorney, allegedly defrauded.
A Chapter 11 auction of the assets of bankrupt saltwater battery maker Aquion Energy Inc. resulted in a sale price more than three times greater than the initial stalking horse bid for the company in a deal approved by the court Wednesday in Delaware.
Thomas Girardi and his firm, Girardi Keese, are facing a California lawsuit asking for an accounting of what was done with about $120 million in settlement funds from a pair of deals in an oil contamination case against Shell Oil and a Dole Food unit.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to expedite tree and brush clearing around power lines on federal land Wednesday, despite concerns that provisions aimed at preventing wildfires would exempt power companies from liability for damages.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday declined to adopt the First Circuit’s standard for assessing the materiality of companies’ alleged omissions in their interim financial information, saying its sister court’s test can be “analytically counterproductive” and unsound.
The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday said units of Duke Energy Corp. and FirstEnergy Corp. could avoid paying for transmission projects approved by Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. after the utilities announced they were leaving the regional transmission organization, backing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's interpretation of MISO's tariff.
Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to delay issuing its mandate that a lower court's determination that the Arizona utility wasn't immune from an antitrust suit by SolarCity Corp. so Salt River can appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the authority of state environmental regulators to demand that drillers outline potential environmental impacts of proposed oil and gas wells, finding the requirement was not void even though it was part of a controversial law deemed unconstitutional three years ago in a landmark ruling.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's appeals board cited a lack of jurisdiction Tuesday when it denied an administrative challenge to an amendment of a license that a California nonprofit said modified a permit issued under the Clean Air Act to the operator of a power plant.
An environmental group and a tribe each mounted challenges Monday to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ permit allowing Meteor Timber LLC to fill in wetlands so it can build a facility to process sand used for hydraulic fracturing and an associated rail corridor.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s recent decision to revisit a sprawling sage grouse preservation plan could be the first step toward altering or even dismantling that framework, but attorneys say changes could spark an explosion of litigation and bolster efforts to give the bird Endangered Species Act protection — the very thing the plan was designed to avoid.
A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday blocked the $367 million merger of EnergySolutions Inc. and Waste Control Specialists LLC, siding with the U.S. Department of Justice in the government's bid to enjoin the deal between rival nuclear waste processors on antitrust grounds.
A collection of influential World Trade Organization members on Tuesday began pushing to rescue the beleaguered negotiations for an agreement to slash tariffs on environmental goods used in clean energy, wastewater treatment and air pollution control.
A former Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC attorney whose experience in patent technology is concentrated in the automotive, green and life sciences industries has joined Burns & Levinson LLP as a partner in its intellectual property group.
Former Yukos Oil Co. shareholders looking to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia on Monday asked courts in Washington, D.C., and California to help them obtain evidence from two lawyers — including a Baker Botts partner — who they say helped Russia manipulate Armenian courts into issuing favorable judgments that influenced related Dutch proceedings.
A group of states and the city of Chicago on Tuesday asked to intervene in a D.C. Circuit challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to put on hold and revise parts of a rule aimed at curbing methane emissions, saying the move tears down much-needed protections.
FAR Ltd. said Tuesday it's seeking arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce to resolve a dispute over ConocoPhillips' $440 million sale of its interest in three significant exploration blocks located off the coast of Senegal, a sale on which FAR claims it had preemptive rights.
How much is solar power really worth? Although a seemingly simple question, it has a myriad of complex and sometimes conflicting responses that many regulators across the U.S. are trying to resolve, say Brad Thompson and Jessica Sabbath of King & Spalding LLP.
This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.
President Donald Trump's executive order mandating the review of national monuments with the goal of opening public lands to mineral development could provide some economic benefits, but history has shown that most mineral development booms are followed by inevitable busts, says professor Hillary Hoffmann of Vermont Law School.
In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.
A proposal by PJM Interconnection threatens to exclude energy efficiency resources — the electricity savings achieved through the use of more energy-efficient products — from competing in its capacity market. This precedent could lead to additional barriers for other advanced energy technologies in wholesale electricity markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.
Pending an appellate resolution of Island Operating v. Jewell, and due to the complicated nature of jurisdiction and regulation of the Outer Continental Shelf, all contractors should preserve their rights by appealing any incident of noncompliance issues within the delays mandated and seeking to stay the enforcement of pending appeals, says Grady Hurley of Jones Walker LLP.
At the direction of the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce recently sought comments on the impact of federal regulations on domestic manufacturing. Companies and trade associations responded with many suggestions. But the president's proposed dramatic reduction in funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may make changing environmental regulations a slow process, says Charles Merrill of Husch Blackwell LLP.
In light of the current administration’s stated priorities, it seems likely that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finalize its recently proposed delay of the Clean Air Act’s risk management program, and may seriously entertain revisions to the substance of the amendments, say Peter Modlin and Courtney Chin of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
After declining to recommit to the Paris climate change agreement at the recent G-7 summit, it came as little surprise that President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP discuss some of the most important aspects of this development.
Four days after taking office, President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to seek comments on the impact of federal regulations on domestic manufacturing. Many businesses and trade associations have since responded. A review of comments submitted to the DOC offers insights into which environmental regulations companies find most problematic, says Charles Merrill of Husch Blackwell LLP.