Last year, a California jury punished Monsanto to the tune of almost $300 million after finding its popular weedkillers caused a man's cancer, and six months later, all eyes are on the next legal showdown over glyphosate. Here's what attorneys will be watching as the four-week trial kicks off Monday.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission appeared to break a commissioner deadlock over how it evaluates the climate change impact of liquefied natural gas projects when it approved a Louisiana LNG terminal and pipeline late Thursday, a move that could clear a backlog of similar projects.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and a group of Newark teachers on Thursday asked a New Jersey federal judge to force the city to find an alternative drinking water source for some residents until dangerous levels of lead are brought under control.
TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP has asked the Ninth Circuit to allow it to proceed with certain preconstruction activities on the Keystone XL pipeline such as preparing worker camps, saying the lower court unjustly halted efforts and could potentially force it to lose the entire construction season.
Several plaintiffs from Texas and Minnesota who opted out of Volkswagen's $10 billion settlement in multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scandal were denied their bids to send their cases back to their home states by a California federal judge Friday.
The Sixth Circuit has thrown out a challenge by citizens groups to an Ohio agency’s decision to grant air quality permits for the $2.1 billion Nexus natural gas pipeline, saying the groups did not properly explain how the project would affect them.
A New Jersey town was sued in federal court Friday by the owners of a golf course claiming that millions of gallons of town wastewater has been dumped onto their property over the past five years.
Congress could attempt to renew expired tax credits in the current session through potential deals on the federal debt ceiling as well as sequestration caps, a staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee said Friday.
Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control can order violators to stop prohibited activities, but can’t force them to take proactive measures, the First State’s Superior Court said in a precedent-setting Thursday ruling.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lacks data about how Superfund sites affect tribes and needs to improve how it consults with them for cleanups at those sites, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Friday.
A U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Thursday the federal government owes $103.3 million to a trio of nuclear power companies for not fulfilling its contractual obligation to dispose of radioactive waste.
A man found guilty of unlawfully representing several timber buyers in purchasing deals must use the post-trial and appellate process available to him before asking the Illinois Supreme Court to prohibit his trial judge from sentencing him, the high court ruled Friday.
The Trump administration on Thursday dramatically ended negotiations with California over a controversial proposal to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles and revoke the Golden State’s special permission to craft its own limits, setting the stage for an imminent legal battle royale.
Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes asked a Texas federal judge Wednesday to certify a class of landowners who say a Marathon Petroleum Corp. affiliate trespassed on their property by building a crude oil pipeline on a North Dakota reservation without their consent.
A Montana federal judge has tossed a suit by a conservation group claiming the federal and state governments failed to conduct additional National Environmental Policy Act review for bison management near Yellowstone National Park, saying the group hadn’t shown a tribe’s hunting plan should trigger such a review.
The Bureau of Land Management told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court was wrong when it required the federal government to do additional review before extending geothermal leases, arguing a California tribe offered "a series of different, mutually inconsistent arguments" in support of the ruling.
Canada's Banro Corp. won't face a suit in New York federal court alleging the mining company lied to investors about its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a judge ruled Thursday that those claims were resolved last year in bankruptcy proceedings in Canada.
Developers of a Wyoming wind project on Wednesday sued the Canadian renewable energy company that bought the project in New York federal court, saying it failed to pay a $19.2 million development fee once construction began last August.
Two energy companies told a Pennsylvania federal judge that a suit over coal ash dust pollution should be thrown out because the matter should have been aired in bankruptcy court, arguing the plaintiffs forfeited their claims when they ignored those proceedings.
A renewable energy provider has asked a California bankruptcy court for permission to terminate its contracts with Pacific Gas and Electric Co., saying its agreements to provide the utility with future power is a commodity contract exempt from the bankruptcy stay.
We recently hatched a plan to test whether litigators could get blockchain ledger entries into evidence under the existing Federal Rules of Evidence, and we found a federal judge willing to help us, say attorneys Justin Steffen, Andrew Hinkes, Lisa Braganca, Christopher Veatch, Kashan Pathan and Jimmie Zhang.
Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order expanding the types of infrastructure projects subject to Buy American requirements. Keeping in mind that the order must be interpreted consistent with current law, it raises several issues worthy of note, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP.
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 John Yoshimura, chief operating officer at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
Since its inception, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has not issued accidental chemical release reporting regulations. However, after a recent court order from a D.C. federal judge in Air Alliance Houston v. CSB, the board might just find itself reporting for duty after all, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Organizations should seek to avoid discrimination, but they should also be wary of the idea that diverse teams function better than nondiverse teams, because this reasoning lacks evidence and can lead to a slippery slope, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research LLC.
Personal injury lawyers have set their sights on America’s pharmaceutical companies and opioid distributors, which they blame for a national health crisis. The cases these lawyers initiate may bear the names of states and municipalities, but are driven by law firms' pursuit of huge contingency fees, says Sherman Joyce of the American Tort Reform Association.
The amount of climate-related litigation outside the United States is growing. While these cases are not all headline-grabbing actions against large emitters, they are equally important for the insurance industry to monitor, say Jason Reeves and Deepa Sutherland of Zelle LLP.
Presenting a powerful opening statement at mediation plays an important role in achieving success, but you need to reach into your toolbox for more than just a hammer, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.
Recent case law reveals that courts vary widely in their approaches to shifting the costs and fees incurred in responding to a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 subpoena. Nonparties responding to such requests should consider certain district court trends, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
As Monsanto faces the first bellwether trial in the federal multidistrict litigation over its herbicide glyphosate, consumer groups' pursuit of other companies in the glyphosate supply chain and scientific debate over the chemical's toxicity mean that more lawsuits are likely, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.