Environmental litigation dropped slightly in the first quarter of 2010 compared with all four quarters last year, a trend that surprised industry attorneys who said they were seeing more enforcement actions and rulemaking challenges, among other types of lawsuits.
PacifiCorp has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two environmental groups alleging violations of the opacity limits at a power plant in Wyoming.
More than 200 environmental and public interest organizations are urging the Obama administration to act on proposed coal ash regulation, worried that officials might be bending to pressure from the coal industry.
A new Dallas ordinance giving preference to taxis that run on compressed natural gas is illegal because it is preempted by the Clean Air Act, taxi drivers allege in a new suit.
Environmental and public health groups have prevailed in their suit to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to quickly put out stricter regulations regarding hazardous air pollutants in the electricity generation sector, despite opposition from a utility interest group.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has agreed to pay $240,000 and close three of its wells in northeastern Pennsylvania in a settlement with state environmental authorities over migrating gas that has allegedly contaminated the area's drinking water.
U.S. legislators unveiled a bill Thursday that would greatly expand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to require testing of industrial chemicals and would place a new burden on chemical makers to show that those substances are safe in order to continue selling their products.
A state court judge has granted a preliminary injunction that will, for the time being, prohibit the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board from moving forward with a rulemaking proceeding to adopt a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has advanced a bill that would establish a $6 billion rebate program for the installation of energy efficient home upgrades.
The Obama administration has opened up more areas for offshore oil development in 2010, but it has also taken steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, in the courts, climate change, leasing and endangered species topped the list of significant environmental cases for the first quarter.
Alston & Bird LLP partner Shiraz Tangri's success in lining up environmentalists' support of Plains All American Pipeline LLC's $500 million oil tanker terminal in Los Angeles helped defeat a legal challenge to the project. That and other fruitful efforts to balance green sensibilities with development have earned him a spot on Law360's list of 10 environmental lawyers under 40 to watch.
Wall Herald Corp. has agreed to pay $20 million for past and future environmental cleanup costs incurred by the U.S. government at a Superfund site in Wall Township, N.J., that was polluted by Monitor Devices Inc. through the manufacture of computer circuit boards in the 1970s and 1980s.
The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking to throw out a lawsuit brought by LG Electronics USA Inc. over a department challenge to the appliance maker's contention that certain refrigerator-freezers are subject to a settlement regarding the Energy Star label on French door refrigerators.
Finding that the case satisfied the local controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act, a federal judge has remanded a mass action against a raft of insurers, appraisers and Oklahoma state officials that alleges collusion and fraud in the distribution of payouts to homeowners for relocations from an Oklahoma Superfund site.
A coalition of environmental groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council has accused the Canadian government of failing to enforce anti-pollution laws related to oil sands reserves in violation of its commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
A federal judge has allowed Barrick Gold Corp. — the world's biggest gold mining company — to keep working on its Cortez Hills mining project in Nevada while the U.S. government conducts further environmental reviews, rejecting a bid by a group of Indian tribes to halt the project.
Accusing the government of "glacial slowness," a federal judge in Florida on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators to protect the Everglades from pollution in compliance with the Clean Water Act.
Linklaters LLP partner Stan Renas has structured some of the biggest deals in the emerging market for emissions offset trading and advised the World Bank on its role as a trustee under the Kyoto Protocol, earning him a place on Law360's list of 10 environmental attorneys under 40 to watch.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced it will begin evaluating environmental and scientific information to aid decision-making on future leasing in the Arctic Ocean, following an Obama administration decision to suspend lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
A California appeals court has upheld the State Water Resources Control Board's decision to set discharge limits for salt and boron and address low levels of dissolved oxygen in the San Joaquin River.