• September 29, 2008

    Crowell & Moring Snatches Six Lawyers From Pillsbury

    Crowell & Moring LLP has snatched six lawyers from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to bolster the firm's recently launched public policy group, which will advise clients on environmental and science policy as well as other practice areas, including agriculture, energy, health care and financial services.

  • September 29, 2008

    Judge Tosses Occidental From MTBE Suits

    Occidental Chemical Corp. has been dismissed from a score of lawsuits brought by U.S. city environmental officials as part of the multidistrict litigation over carcinogenic methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

  • September 29, 2008

    EPA Sues Mining Co. For $7M In Cleanup Costs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a suit Friday against the former operator of a mine in Idaho, seeking to recover $7 million spent on cleaning up hazardous metals and other pollution at the site.

  • September 29, 2008

    Monsanto Prevails In Pa. Pollution Suit

    Pennsylvania has failed to convince the state supreme court to overturn its previous ruling that undid a $90 million verdict against the Monsanto Co. for chemical contamination.

  • September 29, 2008

    Chevron Looks To Reinstate PetroEcuador Arbitration

    An attorney for Chevron Corp. argued Monday that Ecuador and its state-owned oil company are bound by a 1965 joint operating agreement and therefore liable for cleanup costs in the Amazon Rainforest that could potentially total billions of dollars.

  • September 26, 2008

    EPA Fines Del Monte $190K For Hazardous Waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has slapped Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. with a $190,000 fine for improperly storing and handling hazardous waste and mismanaging used oil during the company's shutdown of its pineapple plantation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

  • September 26, 2008

    EPA Orders Calif. Co. To Test Site For Chemicals

    Chemical maker JCI Jones Chemicals Inc. must investigate the soil and water at its Torrance, Calif. plant for dangerous chemicals, including the synthetic pesticide DDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

  • September 26, 2008

    House Passes Renewable Energy, Green Jobs Bill

    In an effort to create “green jobs” and encourage the use of renewable energy, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would earmark $15 billion in tax credits for environmentally friendly energy projects just days after the Senate passed a similar bill.

  • September 26, 2008

    Rural Electricity Sues USDA For Withheld Loans

    East Texas Electric Cooperative Inc. launched a suit Thursday alleging the Sierra Club’s efforts to thwart the development of coal-fired electric plants wrongly prevents the company from receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in loans guaranteed under the Rural Electrification Act.

  • September 26, 2008

    Pfizer Chief Litigation Counsel Joins Morgan Lewis

    A former senior vice president and associate general counsel for Pfizer Inc. has joined the Houston office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in the firm's litigation practice.

  • October 3, 2008

    Sierra Club Tops List Of Court-Happy Greens

    The Sierra Club has filed the most lawsuits of any conservation group over the last five years, followed closely by the Center for Biological Diversity, according to Law360's survey of the most active plaintiffs in environmental disputes.

  • October 7, 2008

    Green Group Goes To Bat For ESA

    The Center for Biological Diversity has been very active fighting on behalf of endangered species, but under the Bush administration nothing has come easily, according to the group's conservation director, Peter Galvin.

  • October 10, 2008

    Defenders Focuses Attention On Large US Carnivores

    Defenders of Wildlife works to protect and restore large carnivore populations in the United States, and litigation plays a key role in helping to accomplish that goal, according to Bob Dreher, the group's general counsel and vice president for conservation law.

  • September 25, 2008

    RGGI Carbon Auction Draws Praise, Doubts

    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of 10 Northeastern states, held the United States' first carbon auction on Thursday after more than five years of planning, drawing both praise and skepticism from advocates of cap-and-trade climate change policy.

  • September 26, 2008

    Environmental Law To Feel Effects Of Down Economy

    The turmoil brewing in the economy could mean tough times are ahead for environmental law, with the economy expected to have an impact on environmental litigation, enforcement actions and green project funding.

  • September 25, 2008

    European Union Bans Mercury Exports

    The European Union banned all exports of mercury on Thursday in a step the U.S. Congress is also considering as a way to reduce the global supply of the toxic metal.

  • September 25, 2008

    Western States Unveil Cap-And-Trade Plan

    The Western Climate Initiative, a joint effort by a group of American states and Canadian provinces, has announced a new cap-and-trade program designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

  • September 25, 2008

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Still Rising: EPA

    Greenhouse gas emission rates continue to climb, with emissions from human activities rising 16 percent between 1990 and 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in its new report on the environment.

  • September 25, 2008

    EPA Seeks Rehearing On Interstate Transmission Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking an appellate court to reconsider a decision vacating a rule that addresses the interstate transmission of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, which the EPA has found causes health problems in downwind states.

  • September 25, 2008

    EU Panel Favors Stricter Rules On Car Emissions

    In an upset for car makers, a panel of the European Parliament has shot down a compromise proposal on gradually reducing carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles and instead has backed a stricter European Commission plan to cut emissions.