Environmental

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    Calif. Solar Project Moved In Enviros' Deal With Company

    Three environmental organizations, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and a Consolidated Edison Development Inc. unit on Friday said a 247-megawatt solar project in central California has been abandoned over endangered species concerns in favor of a smaller facility in a different location.

  • July 21, 2017

    Attys For VW 3.0L Vehicle Owners Score $125M In Fees

    A California federal judge on Friday approved $125 million in fees and costs for attorneys who represented owners of Volkswagen AG’s pricier 3.0-liter engine vehicles with emissions-cheating devices, according to an order that noted the fees wouldn’t pull from the class recovery funds.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump's Retreat On Climate Change Spurs State Tort Suits

    Lawsuits recently filed in California accusing fossil fuel companies of knowingly causing climate change-related damages signal a new wave of state-court climate tort litigation as the Trump administration pulls back from climate regulation, experts say, though they add that pursuing those suits will be a tall order.

  • July 21, 2017

    VW To Shell Out Another $154M To Calif. In Emissions Deal

    Volkswagen AG will pay another $154 million to California over the company’s use of devices to cheat environmental standards, bringing total payments over the emissions scandal to the Golden State to nearly $687 million, according to a consent decree approved Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Diesel Drivers Ask For Buybacks In Fiat Emissions MDL

    Drivers in multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging that certain diesel engines in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vehicles were equipped with hidden software to pass emissions testing are seeking a buyback program for the affected cars, as well as monetary damages.

  • July 21, 2017

    $38.4B Energy, Water Bill Sails Through Senate Panel

    The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday easily passed a sprawling $38.4 billion energy and water development funding bill that includes, among other things, financing for programs under which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and tribes would collaborate on water resource projects and consolidated nuclear waste storage facilities would be built.

  • July 21, 2017

    Monsanto, BASF Hit With Class Action Over Herbicide Safety

    Chemical giants Monsanto Company and BASF Corp. have manufactured a defective herbicide that has damaged soybeans and other crops not genetically modified to withstand it, forcing the state to ban the herbicide and causing farmers substantial harm, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in Arkansas state court.

  • July 21, 2017

    EPA Wrongly Delaying Chemical Rule, Enviros Tell DC Circ.

    Green groups and the nation’s largest industrial union told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is improperly twisting the Clean Air Act to justify a 20-month delay of an Obama-era chemical risk management rule.

  • July 21, 2017

    Container Cos. Tell High Court To Let Antitrust Win Stand

    Solo Cup Co., Dart Container Corp. and other food container makers have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up defunct polystyrene recycling company Evergreen Partnering Group’s appeal of the First Circuit’s summary judgment ruling in its antitrust case against the companies, arguing that no court would have decided it differently.

  • July 21, 2017

    JPMorgan Pays Up To Settle Enviro Violations Nationwide

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to fork over more than $230,000 in civil penalties to resolve federal environmental violations it voluntarily admitted at dozens of its bank branches and other facilities across the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a notice published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • July 21, 2017

    Gov't Says Ariz. Agency Can't Sue In Tribal Water Row

    The federal government on Thursday urged a federal judge to throw out a complaint against it from an Arizona water district in an Ak-Chin Indian Community suit accusing the district of refusing to deliver all of the water to which the tribe is entitled to its reservation, saying that its sovereign immunity was never waived. 

  • July 21, 2017

    Enviro Groups Renew Bid To Pause Sunoco Pipeline Drilling

    Following what they say has been a string of spills and incidents of drinking water contamination, several environmental groups are once again urging a Pennsylvania state judge to force Sunoco to pause drilling operations in connection with the construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline.

  • July 21, 2017

    Audi To Recall 850K Diesel Vehicles Outside US, Canada

    Audi AG will be recalling up to 850,000 diesel vehicles outside of the U.S. and Canada to fix emissions-related software, the company said Friday, adding that the decision was made in part to counteract possible driving bans tied to excessive diesel emissions.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

    Taite McDonald

    The Trump administration's actions sometimes seem to favor fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. But federal energy procurement programs clearly continue to promote an integration of the two. The market for renewable energy at military and other government installations will likely continue to grow, say Taite McDonald and Stephen Bolotin of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • The ‘Failing Firm’ Defense: Pointers From A Blocked Deal

    Danyll Foix

    The recently blocked merger between EnergySolutions and Waste Control Specialists not only confirms that exclusive negotiation, or “no talk,” terms in transactions can thwart antitrust defenses like the “failing firm” defense, but also illustrates how parties may implement these terms without creating antitrust problems, says Danyll Foix of BakerHostetler.

  • Looking Ahead For The National Flood Insurance Program

    Michelle Rudd

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program will expire if not reauthorized before Sept. 30, 2017, which would have immediate and long-term repercussions for property owners. There is a need to reauthorize the NFIP and improve it in order to align values of a national safety net and self-reliance on both a personal and local community level, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.

  • Calif. High Court Opinion Offers Little CEQA Guidance

    Arthur Coon

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments is not surprising, and it is undoubtedly correct. But it is disappointing that the majority’s opinion lacks significant practical or legal guidance for conducting compliant greenhouse gas analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act, says Arthur Coon of Miller Starr Regalia.

  • How Industry Is Responding To FERC On State Policies

    Stephen Hug

    In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a conference focused on the interplay between state policy goals and the organized energy markets in the eastern U.S. The subsequent comments from more than 70 interested parties reflect a basic lack of consensus among industry participants on the best approach going forward, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Key Factors In Selling Wind Farm Tax Equity Investments

    Jai Khanna

    Recently, a vibrant market has developed for secondary sales of tax equity partnerships that own wind farms in the U.S. However, sellers and purchasers of such membership interests should consider several important points in connection with any sale, say Jai Khanna and Maher Haddad of Baker McKenzie and Paul Vercruyssen, assistant deputy general counsel at Hannon Armstrong.

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.