U.S. Reps. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., again floated a bill Wednesday to form a foundation that raises private funding to help the federal government more quickly and effectively clean up mines, citing the Gold King Mine spill as an example of the need for boosted financial aid.
A Virginia federal judge said Thursday that Dominion Virginia Power violated the Clean Water Act by letting arsenic from coal ash waste seep into groundwater, but declined to impose a civil penalty, opting instead to order the company to conduct monitoring in affected areas.
The government oversight nonprofit Cause of Action Institute has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in D.C. federal court over the alleged use of an encryption messaging service by some agency employees to discuss President Donald Trump’s intended policy changes.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Wednesday announced the introduction of a new piece of legislation to provide increased flexibility to local communities when they are complying with federal requirements for updates to water infrastructure projects.
A German prosecutor’s office has launched a probe into whether Daimler AG employees committed fraud over the sales of its diesel cars by faking emissions documents, according to media reports on Wednesday.
A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update national emission standards for 13 sources of hazardous air pollutants — which the agency had failed to do as required by the Clean Air Act — by 2019 or 2020.
A judge on Wednesday approved a roughly $1.1 million settlement between a defunct Newark, New Jersey, water agency and an insurer over the coverage of mismanagement claims against former agency board members, including U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., whose dismissal victory over the claims was being challenged.
Environmental groups on Wednesday temporarily dropped their suit accusing Georgia environmental regulators of dragging their feet in updating long-expired wastewater discharge pollution permits for five coal-fired power plants owned by utility giant Southern Co., citing the regulators' moves toward issuing new permits.
A California federal jury on Tuesday awarded two gravel mining families over $100 million on their claims that Sacramento County officials violated their constitutional rights by maliciously forcing them out of business to aid mining rival Teichert Construction.
The New York judge overseeing a climate change-related probe of Exxon Mobil Corp. on Wednesday ordered the oil giant to produce documents from top executives to the New York attorney general by the end of the month, and directed further talks about recovering missing emails from an alias account of its recently departed CEO, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
ING Bank said Tuesday it has signed an agreement to sell its $120 million stake in the loan financing Dakota Access LLC’s controversial crude oil pipeline to an undisclosed buyer, after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe urged the bank to do so as a message.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Wednesday shot back at efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a Kinder Morgan Inc. unit to deny the environmental group’s bid to halt construction of the company’s Pennsylvania pipeline project until the appeals court weighs in, saying it would be irreparably harmed without such a stay.
Volkswagen AG and the former head of its U.S. unit urged a California federal judge to dismiss partially amended claims brought by a proposed class of investors as part of the sprawling multidistrict litigation over the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal, according to separate motions filed Tuesday and Wednesday.
A group of almost 40 Senate Democrats on Wednesday published a letter they sent to the heads of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressing concerns over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to slash almost a third of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s funding, saying that such drastic cuts would harm the agency’s ability to execute its core mission.
The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday rejected Texas’ bid to strike down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional haze plan for the Lone Star State, instead granting the EPA’s motion to send the existing regulations back to the agency for revision.
Senate Democrats on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash the Department of Interior’s budget by $1.5 billion, saying planned cuts to programs that address climate change contradict the president's commitments to infrastructure spending made on the campaign trail.
The Government Accountability Office asserted Tuesday that it has the authority to consider protests to intergovernmental support agreements, awarded to local governments by federal agencies seeking contractors, even as it rejected the specific challenge to a U.S. Army garbage collection project award.
Poor leadership is hamstringing the efforts of U.S. offshore drilling regulators to improve their oversight of the industry following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday.
New York is launching a $70 million electric car rebate program intended to get more electric cars on the road and slash carbon emissions in the transportation sector, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced.
A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday dismissed an environmental group's suit claiming the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's pipeline approval process unconstitutionally favors the energy industry, saying there is no evidence that FERC is biased.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency have finally indicated how they plan to regulate emerging genetic technologies. Their respective proposals differ in scope and approach, but each one has the potential to significantly influence how gene editing is integrated into product development, say Emily Marden and Deepti Kulkarni of Sidley Austin LLP.
Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.
Confronted with the strict liability scheme under New Jersey's Spill Act, courts in the state have universally required that a contribution plaintiff establish that the defendants are "dischargers" or "in any way responsible" before recognizing contribution claims. But that changed when the Appellate Division announced its decision in Matejek v. Watson earlier this month, say Edward McTiernan and Kerry Dziubek of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
Over the past few years, a significant number of consumer and investor lawsuits have been filed challenging companies' corporate social responsibility statements. These increasingly popular cases highlight the importance of taking steps to minimize the risk that such statements will result in a lawsuit, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
In the coming months, the debate over reforming the nation’s tax code will intensify, and the renewable energy tax provisions — the production tax credit and the investment tax credit — will be at risk of being either scaled back or eliminated altogether. But regardless of Washington politics, renewable energy deployment will likely continue to rise, say Michael Andrews and Brad Thompson of King & Spalding LLP.
Energy storage — which can act both like a generator, injecting electricity onto the grid, and like a transmitter or distributor, providing frequency response and load management — has massive growth potential in today’s energy markets. But current U.S. market rules and industry practices make it difficult to take full advantage of energy storage, say Daniel Hagan and Jane Rueger of White & Case LLP.
The New Jersey Supreme Court's recent decision in Givaudan Fragrances Corporation v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Company represents a big win for insureds, as it confirms that post-loss claims have value and may be transferred, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.
In a 2-1 ruling, Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal recently found that the common law "marriage before injury" rule means a widow may not collect loss of consortium damages after her husband's death, allegedly due to to premarital asbestos exposure. But the strong dissent and notable public policy concerns suggest the Florida Supreme Court will take up the issue, says Rebecca Kibbe of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
New guidelines from the EPA provide insight into when post-closure care periods under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act may be adjusted, allowing owners and operators to better evaluate long-term waste management strategies and understand the associated costs, say Megan McLean and Megan Galey of Husch Blackwell LLP.