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Environmental

  • March 22, 2019

    FEMA Leaked Sensitive Data Of Over 2M Disaster Survivors

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency shared the sensitive personal information of 2.3 million disaster survivors with a contractor in what FEMA on Friday called a "major privacy incident."

  • March 22, 2019

    Texas AG Goes After Chemical Co. For Pollution-Causing Fire

    After a massive fire burned for days at a petrochemical storage site outside Houston, Texas filed a state court lawsuit Friday accusing the company of violating the state’s Clean Air Act and putting the public’s health at risk with dangerous levels of air pollution.

  • March 22, 2019

    Chevron 'Attacks' Can't Stand In $9.5B Dispute, Donziger Says

    Attorney Steven Donziger blasted Chevron's claims that he deserves sanctions for defying a New York federal court order blocking him from profiting off a $9.5 billion judgment in an Ecuadorian environmental case, telling Law360 the company is trying to skirt its obligations by making "outrageous attacks."

  • March 22, 2019

    FERC Tells DC Circ. PennEast Pipeline Stands Up To Scrutiny

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the D.C. Circuit that it had properly issued a certificate for the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline planned to run through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, arguing it had fully considered the project’s impact and necessity.

  • March 22, 2019

    NY Town Stuck With Verizon Suit Over Tower Permit, For Now

    A Manhattan federal judge has refused to toss Verizon Wireless’ suit challenging a New York town's refusal to give the carrier a permit to build a wireless facility, but he said he would let the town renew the same arguments for dismissal in the next round of motions.

  • March 22, 2019

    DC Circ. Won't Revive Sewage Rule Case Over New Docs

    The D.C. Circuit said newly uncovered documents don’t warrant reopening a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s narrow interpretation of an earlier court ruling that invalidated changes to sewage treatment rules.

  • March 22, 2019

    Wash. Tribe Can Pursue Ruling On Fishing Grounds

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday rebuffed challenges to the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians’ bid for a ruling that its fishing grounds include marine waters, rejecting arguments by two other tribes that an earlier ruling in the decadeslong litigation had already decided the point.

  • March 22, 2019

    Oregon Urges High Court To Uphold Mining Regulations

    The state of Oregon on Friday told the U.S. Supreme Court it should affirm a Ninth Circuit decision that upheld a state law prohibiting motorized mining methods in certain salmon habitats.

  • March 22, 2019

    FERC's Grid Incentives Highlight States' Project Power

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday took steps to coax from states further development of interstate electric transmission lines, underscoring the regulatory reality that states make the final call on whether grid projects are actually built and can hold up the infrastructure needed to support new renewable energy projects.

  • March 22, 2019

    Meet The Outspoken Judge Handling Epic Monsanto Case

    The California federal judge dishing out tough talk in Monsanto's high-stakes Roundup litigation is a "brutally honest" jurist who "doesn't play games" and "very much takes attorneys to task" when he sees fit. And that's what his admirers say.

  • March 22, 2019

    NRDC Can’t Challenge EPA’s Advisory Committee Policy

    A New York federal judge has thrown out the Natural Resources Defense Council's suit over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s policy of forbidding agency grant recipients from serving on its advisory committees, deciding the environmental group did not have standing.

  • March 21, 2019

    FERC Mulls Grid Rate Incentive Policy Changes

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it would explore revising its incentive policy for electric transmission projects to ensure it's properly encouraging new development, as well as how it calculates transmission company investor returns.

  • March 21, 2019

    Calif. Approves Final Regulations For Idle Oil And Gas Wells

    A California agency on Thursday announced it had approved regulations aimed at ensuring idle oil and gas wells do not harm the environment and that there are more resources to plug wells that are abandoned by operators.

  • March 21, 2019

    Plaintiffs Bar Cheers High Court's Pass On Class Cert. Review

    The plaintiffs bar is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's choice this week to leave intact a Sixth Circuit decision that endorses a little-used path to class certification, a ruling experts say is likely to result in more successful class actions, especially toxic torts, across the country.

  • March 21, 2019

    Donziger Still Defying Court In $9.5B Ecuador Fight: Chevron

    Chevron Corp. told a New York federal judge Wednesday that new evidence proves attorney Steven Donziger flouted an order barring him from profiting off a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in an Ecuadorian environmental case, saying his “brazen” misdeeds warrant sanctions.

  • March 21, 2019

    Insurers Must Name Climate-Problem Clients, Nonprofits Say

    California is under pressure to force insurers to name the fossil-fuel projects they insure and underwrite, with nonprofit groups calling Thursday for emergency measures from the state’s insurance regulator.

  • March 21, 2019

    DLA Piper Nabs Baker McKenzie, Wilson Sonsini Partners

    DLA Piper LLP said Wednesday that it's beefed up its California offices by hiring a former Baker McKenzie partner who focuses her practice on energy and project finance and a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner who specializes in advising startups, emerging technology and media companies.

  • March 21, 2019

    Native Groups Can't Weigh In On National Monuments Cuts

    Efforts of Native American advocacy groups to support challenges to President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink two national monuments were halted Wednesday when a D.C federal judge said their proposed amicus brief would not help determine whether the president’s decision was authorized by the Antiquities Act.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOI Gives Tribes, States $291M For Coal Mine Cleanup

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that states including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas along with several tribes will benefit from more than $291 million in funding to be used for the reclamation and regeneration of abandoned coal mines.

  • March 21, 2019

    Enviros Sue NHTSA For Docs To Fight Emission Rule Rollback

    An environmental and wildlife conservation group asked a District of Columbia federal court Thursday to order the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fork over public documents the group requested in its challenge to proposed slackening of greenhouse gas emission standards.

Expert Analysis

  • Climate Change And Insurance: Lliuya V. RWE Makes History

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    Though Lliuya v. RWE — the first European lawsuit in which a person affected by climate change has sued a private company — is currently pending in a German appeals court, the fact that it has been allowed to proceed presents a very real risk to businesses and their insurers, say attorneys at Zelle LLP.

  • The Latest On Vapor Intrusion Regs In Calif.

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    Recent and upcoming vapor intrusion policies from California environmental regulators will increase the number of properties investigated, shift the focus to indoor air sampling, and possibly affect real estate transactions, say Catherine Johnson and Dorothy Dickey of Environmental General Counsel LLP.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.