Environmental

  • November 24, 2008

    Skadden Tops List Of 2007 Litigation Revenue Makers

    U.S.-based firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom generated more revenue in 2007 from litigation, disputes and arbitration than any of the 90 major global litigation law firms recently surveyed by a legal Web site.

  • November 24, 2008

    State Law For Ship Discharges Trumps Fed: 6th Circ.

    The Michigan law regulating ship discharges that could potentially introduce non-native species into the Great Lakes isn't preempted by federal law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed.

  • November 24, 2008

    Rogue Workers Don't Make Corps. Liable: Prosecutor

    In a case involving illegal dumping by workers at a shipping company, the one-time federal prosecutor who led the task force that probed Enron Corp.'s demise has asked a U.S. appeals court to re-examine the liability standards for corporations whose employees commit crimes.

  • November 25, 2008

    Climate Committee Needs '1 More Term': Pelosi

    Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she intends to renew a congressional committee on energy and climate change to help create federal legislation to reduce emissions and tackle global warming.

  • November 21, 2008

    Industry Groups Can Intervene In Polar Bear Suit

    A federal judge has allowed seven industry groups to intervene on behalf of the government in a lawsuit over the polar bear's protected status, paving the way for them to argue that the Endangered Species Act should not be used to set climate policy.

  • November 21, 2008

    Summary Judgment Bids Nixed In NJ CERCLA Suit

    In an opinion that clarifies aspects of the Supreme Court's U.S. v. Atlantic Research Corp. ruling on Superfund liability, a federal judge has denied cross motions for summary judgment from Reichhold Inc. and United States Metals Refining Co., determining that issues of material fact pertaining to the contamination remain in dispute.

  • November 21, 2008

    EPA Aims To List Some Drugs As Hazardous Waste

    In an attempt to protect water resources from further chemical contamination, federal regulators have proposed classifying certain pharmaceuticals as hazardous waste and requiring hospitals and health care centers to dispose of them accordingly.

  • November 21, 2008

    9th Circ. Nixes Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has vacated Shell Offshore Inc.'s drilling plan in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, citing the government's failure to analyze its environmental impact.

  • November 21, 2008

    11 Thelen Energy Lawyers Jump To Nixon Peabody

    Eleven partners left hanging in the wake of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP's dissolution have flocked to Nixon Peabody LLP's energy and environmental practice group, boosting to 80 the number of lawyers Nixon Peabody has absorbed from Thelen, according to a Nixon spokesman.

  • November 21, 2008

    EPA Settlement Provides $48M For NH Superfund Site

    A comprehensive settlement agreement between the U.S. government, the state of New Hampshire and 101 potentially responsible parties will finance the $48 million cleanup of a Superfund site in Plaistow, N.H., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

  • November 20, 2008

    Solar Power Co. To Make $1.3B Offer For GM Assets

    German solar power company SolarWorld AG has disclosed that it is interested in buying, subject to certain conditions, some assets of a General Motors Corp. subsidiary in order to develop Europe's first “green” automotive group.

  • November 20, 2008

    Sunflower Sues Kan. Officials Over Permit Refusal

    Fuming over Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to put the kibosh on a power plant expansion, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has sued to advance the project, alleging political ambitions motivated an unjustifiable permit refusal.

  • November 20, 2008

    Tort Costs Climbed $5.1B In '07: Report

    Fueled by a rise in automobile wrecks, tort costs in the United States rose $5.1 billion, or 2.1 percent, in 2007, a report by consulting firm Towers Perrin said.

  • November 20, 2008

    Waxman Bumps Dingell From Energy Committee Chair

    Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., a strong advocate for health care and the environment, succeeded Thursday in his bid to dethrone Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., from his longtime post as chairman of the influential U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • November 20, 2008

    LEED Issues New Green Building Guidelines

    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification program has updated its rating system for commercial buildings, boosting measures to improve energy efficiency and combat global climate change.

  • November 20, 2008

    9th Circ. Says CERCLA Preempts Statutes Of Repose

    An appeals court has ruled that the federal environmental compensation and liability law's power to override a statute of limitations also applies to the slightly distinct statute of repose, reviving a negligence claim against Sun Oil Co. and diverging from a decision in another circuit court.

  • November 20, 2008

    EU Nations Agree To Overhaul Farm Subsidies

    The agricultural ministers of European Union member states have agreed on a plan to streamline agricultural policy, lifting restrictions on farmers and promising investment in rural development.

  • November 20, 2008

    ConAgra, Others Hit With CERCLA Suit

    Looking to fund the cleanup of a Superfund site in western New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sued the property's operators, ConAgra Grocery Products Co. Inc. and a raft of other companies, accusing them of dumping hazardous waste on the grounds and seeking past and future response costs.

  • November 20, 2008

    EU Faults Ireland In Case Over Environmental Rules

    The European Union's highest court has ruled that Ireland has not done enough to make sure it required environmental impact assessments of development projects likely to affect the environment, sustaining a complaint by the European Commission.

  • November 21, 2008

    Energy Line Proposal Draws Green Group's Ire

    The latest proposal for the 1,000-megawatt Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project to bring renewable energy to San Diego has sparked protest from the California Public Utilities Commission, which argues the line shouldn't also be used to transport energy from fossil fuels.