The Senate failed to reach a funding deal Sunday night, extending the government shutdown as both parties continued to clash over longstanding spending and immigration issues.
Massachusetts’ highest court on Friday gave the owners of some units at the Grand Manor Condominium Association in Lowell another shot at their bid to make the city pay them millions of dollars for damaging their property by releasing hazardous materials like lead and arsenic when operating it as a dump.
Yellowstone National Park staff have spotted at least one of the 52 bison illegally released from holding pens last week, as the National Park Service’s criminal investigation into the unauthorized emancipation continues, a spokeswoman said Friday.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected environmental groups’ effort to revive their challenge to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision to issue a license for Strata Energy Inc.’s uranium mining project in Wyoming.
The federal government asked a D.C. federal court Thursday to transfer a suit brought by the Hopi Tribe and others alleging President Donald Trump did not have authority to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument, arguing that Utah is a better venue.
The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed the sentences of three people in connection with a family-run scheme that saw the claims fund established by BP for victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill defrauded of several million dollars, rejecting various allegations of errors by the trial court.
A Virginia federal judge on Friday refused to nix dueling suits between Red River Coal Co. and environmental groups over alleged coal mine pollution, saying he has jurisdiction to determine whether Red River has violated the Clean Water Act.
A Roman Catholic order of nuns on Friday urged the Third Circuit to undo a district court’s ruling that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, not the courts, must hear its pipeline challenge, arguing that the agency isn’t a competent tribunal with respect to the religious freedom law controlling its claim.
Hunton & Williams LLP represented clients pursuing some of the major challenges to Obama-era environmental policies in 2017, including litigation against climate change regulation and the reconsideration of methane rules, earning it a place among Law360's Environmental Groups of the Year.
A California federal judge seemed skeptical that the U.S. Department of Energy could stall its own energy conservation standards for household and industrial appliances, saying at a hearing Thursday that he didn’t see why publishing the finalized rules was a discretionary decision, when all it required was “the push of a button.”
New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation pressed the Second Circuit on Wednesday to hold that the agency did not waive its permitting authority over a Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC natural gas pipeline project, despite the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s conclusion to the contrary.
Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Markey sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday posing a slew of questions about his conduct and accusing him of driving the regulator away from its mission to protect the environment and toward industry-friendly positions.
The state of Washington told the Ninth Circuit Wednesday that the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians’ win in a suit contending the state cannot seek indemnity over liability for a landslide should be axed, saying the lower court didn’t have jurisdiction to hear the suit.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday threw out an auto salvage company’s claims that nonprofit environmental group Clean Water Action had filed a frivolous lawsuit against it, but gave the company one more chance to fix its allegations against the organization.
The owner of a Pennsylvania painting company on Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of knowingly discharging pollutants into the Susquehanna River during a $42 million bridge rehabilitation project.
A D.C. federal judge Thursday upheld a U.S. Bureau of Land Management regional office’s decision to designate a section of the Rogue River in Oregon as suitable for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged a D.C. federal court to toss a lawsuit accusing the White House of creating an advisory council led by members sullied with ethical and financial conflicts of interest to secretly craft his highly anticipated infrastructure plan, saying the suit is moot because there’s no such council.
Two energy companies must take their lawsuit to trial in a dispute against the government over $24 million in renewable energy cash grants after a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge denied both sides’ bids for early wins on Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s environmental division, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Jeffrey Bossert Clark, over strong objections from Democrats.
A federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a suit from two Washington tribes alleging the U.S. Coast Guard put endangered killer whales at risk by adopting a shipping traffic plan off the coast of the state without consulting the National Marine Fisheries Service.
In recent years, severe weather events and natural catastrophes have been on the rise in California and elsewhere. Some insurers are becoming more restrictive with their homeowners policies, leaving many without adequate insurance for natural disasters, says Edward Murphy of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
Last fall, the U.S. Department of Energy directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider "grid resilience" measures that tended to favor coal and nuclear power. FERC's response this week, rejecting the DOE approach, embraces a resilience strategy incorporating new energy technologies, and could even lead to consideration of climate change as a factor, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.
The Trump administration's recently released unified agenda indicates an even greater pace of deregulatory action in 2017 than was called for in the president's "two-for-one" executive order. But parties interested in particular future regulatory reforms must develop a strategy for aligning with the relevant agency’s priorities, say attorneys with Clark Hill PLC.
Northern California homeowners recently filed suit against PG&E Corporation, blaming its power lines for sparking wildfires that have destroyed more than 5,000 homes. If plaintiffs prove that the utility took shortcuts that placed profits over safety, victims’ compensation should come from the company's profits, not from ratepayers, say Mike Danko of Danko Meredith and Caroline Corbitt of Gibbs Law Group.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
It remains to be seen if the recent reversal of the U.S. Department of the Interior's long-standing position regarding the Migratory Bird Treaty Act will withstand challenges. The launch of this decision — just before Christmas and without a solicitor — highlights some potential pitfalls, says Hilary Tompkins, a partner at Hogan Lovells and former solicitor of the DOI.
Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.
While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.