A California federal judge on Friday partially blocked the federal government from repurposing defense funds to build a wall along portions of the southern border and criticized the Trump administration for its attempts to move money to the the project even though Congress repeatedly denied funding requests.
The top executives of the since-liquidated renewable energy company Rentech Inc. have agreed to settle investors’ claims that they made the highly leveraged company appear stable when it was actually facing default.
An Illinois appellate court panel revived a class action brought by Chicago residents claiming the city failed to warn them of lead exposure in their drinking water and exacerbated the problem when it attempted to replace water mains, in a split decision that one judge said could prompt a flood of lawsuits seeking medical monitoring damages.
Environmental groups and an Alaska tribe told a federal court the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ignored threats to caribou and the impact on native populations of increased oil and gas exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, arguing the government's shoddy environmental analysis needs to be redone.
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla PC has welcomed back an environmental attorney as a shareholder at its Red Bank, New Jersey, headquarters, where he previously practiced before moving on to stints at Gibbons PC and as senior counsel for Gov. Phil Murphy.
Porsche AG said it's being unfairly lumped in with other manufacturers in the Volkswagen family that were sued by car dealers over the diesel emissions scandal, insisting it's just a victim of “guilt by association,” the company argued in a motion to dismiss the suit.
Missouri federal court is the new home for a lawsuit brought by eight groups of property owners who claim a pipeline company and construction firm damaged their farmland and took more property for a construction project than initially allowed.
A former superintendent of a New York wastewater treatment plant pled guilty to violating the Clean Water Act after federal authorities accused him of letting wastewater contaminated with solid sewage flow into Lake Ontario.
New York state's demand that a Williams Cos. unit evaluate and mitigate climate change impacts in order to secure a water quality permit for a $926 million gas pipeline could test the boundaries of states' authority under the Clean Water Act and inflame tensions with a Trump administration bent on curbing it.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision this week that the Crow Tribe's right to hunt wasn't eclipsed by Wyoming's statehood showed tribes have a tight but seemingly firm path to victory on treaty rights, as the high court finally put to bed a ruling that had long bedeviled the Crow.
Glyphosate may be the marquee ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, but last week's $2 billion verdict against manufacturer Monsanto shows the success of the argument that Roundup is a chemical cocktail and that its less famous ingredients drastically increase the risk that emerges from the whole. That could spell trouble for Monsanto in future trials.
To block the Trump administration from spending more funds on a border wall than Congress appropriated, House Democrats will need to convince a D.C. federal judge that the branches of government are allowed to sue each other.
Two Democratic lawmakers have urged the U.S. Government Accountability Office to look into whether the Trump administration is flouting federal restrictions by working to set the stage for energy development in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument area.
A tuna fishing group told a D.C. federal court the federal government improperly prohibited it from participating in a scientific study that could impact future regulations, a decision that could also affect other industries such as oil and gas.
Environmental groups filed suit against officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday, accusing them of violating the Endangered Species Act by blowing past deadlines to act on eight species the government has already said deserve protection.
A New York federal court on Thursday imposed sanctions on suspended attorney Steven Donziger, who helped secure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, saying Donziger had blatantly ignored the court's orders forbidding him from profiting from the award.
Green groups told the D.C. Circuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was wrong to have concluded it can't set emissions standards for power plants during startup periods under its mercury emissions rule.
Three members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation who accuse New York state and Suffolk County of illegally prosecuting them for fishing near the tribe's Long Island reservation have urged a New York federal court to consider a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision they say supports their claims.
The Sierra Club sued the U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday to force it to turn over emails, texts and other communications between Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and oil and gas industry representatives that the group claims have had improper influence on top agency officials.
German prosecutors on Thursday said they have imposed a €90 million ($100.6 million) fine against automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH for breaching supervision duties in connection with the diesel emissions cheating scandal.
A California federal judge Wednesday appointed former Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund special master Kenneth Feinberg to help mediate a deal in multidistrict litigation involving 1,300 suits alleging Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer and tentatively set Feb. 10 for the start of the second trial in the federal MDL.
A split Texas appeals court on Wednesday upheld a state environmental regulator’s approval of an industrial waste disposal facility despite concerns raised late in the process by Texas energy regulators about the project's impact on nearby oil and gas deposits.
The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to lower tariffs for producers of solar panels from Taiwan after the department was asked to take another look at whether the products were sold at unfairly low prices.
Residents of a western Pennsylvania borough who were displaced for days by a fiery CSX Transportation Inc. derailment asked a federal judge for class certification Wednesday in their lawsuit alleging that the railroad was negligent in allowing the train to come off the tracks as it rolled through the town.
The Trump administration on Wednesday said it will continue its deregulatory push over the next few months with rules on tap intended to make it easier on power plants and other big air pollution emitters to avoid having to obtain certain permits.
What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.
As the Trump administration takes steps to shrink the scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction, California has issued regulations establishing stricter oversight of discharges to waters in the state. Members of the regulated community must understand the state's expansive new definitions of "waters" and "wetlands," says Joshua Bloom of Environmental General Counsel.
There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.
Shortly after President Donald Trump took office, he issued an executive order directing agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation adopted. Multiple lawsuits challenging this order are ongoing, but federal courts are poorly equipped to adjudicate claims that involve an agency’s failure to regulate, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight.
Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday in Herrera v. Wyoming demonstrates the continuing vitality of Indian treaties and may ignite other tribes' efforts to define the scope of their treaty-reserved hunting and gathering rights outside of their reservations, says Rob Roy Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend.
The remarkably public fight between the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Congress over allowable levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in groundwater means businesses will likely not see uniform nationwide standards on PFAS anytime soon, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Clynton Namuo at Alston & Bird.
Recently introduced legislation in California would require a 75% reduction of the waste generated from single-use packaging and products sold in the state by 2030. These bills are the most far-reaching regulation of consumer products and packaging ever in California — but come with no identified funding mechanism, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
On May 13, a California jury returned a $2 billion verdict against Monsanto in the third trial over allegations that its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. The Roundup trials highlight the importance of issues including punitive damages, celebrity influence and the value of jury exercises, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.
My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.
Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently reasserted its concurrent jurisdiction with the bankruptcy court over the disposition of Pacific Gas and Electric’s wholesale power contracts in bankruptcy, it is reasonable to assume that this clash between two governmental entities will ultimately be resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys at Blank Rome.
If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.