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Environmental

  • January 14, 2019

    EPA Right To Nix Houston, Dallas Air Controls, Texas Says

    Green groups are too late to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revocation of certain ozone limits and pollution control requirements for the Houston and Dallas metropolitan areas, the Texas attorney general and industry groups have told the Fifth Circuit.

  • January 14, 2019

    'National Emergency' Would Be Rife With Legal Challenges

    President Donald Trump would face a tangle of property, contract and environmental obstacles if he followed through on his proposal to circumvent Congress and authorize the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by declaring a national emergency, experts say.

  • January 14, 2019

    Don't Confirm EPA Head During Gov't Shutdown, Enviros Say

    Nine environmental and left-leaning groups on Friday urged Republican Senate leaders to halt the confirmation process to promote acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to permanent status while the government is still shut down.

  • January 14, 2019

    Ill. Residents Ask For Class Cert. In Oil Spill Row

    Two Illinois residents have asked a federal judge to certify a class of about 4,400 households located near the site of a 4,200-gallon crude oil spill from a pipeline built by Plains All American Pipeline LP, asserting that a common event linked the similar claims.

  • January 14, 2019

    NJ Takes PennEast Pipeline Land Grab Fight To 3rd Circ.

    New Jersey officials on Friday said they would appeal to the Third Circuit a New Jersey federal judge's ruling that developers of the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline can immediately seize more than 100 Garden State properties, including state-owned land, along the project's route.

  • January 14, 2019

    Shell Sues Coke To Recover Costs In Calif. Plant Cleanup Row

    Shell Oil Co. has filed suit against BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles and a variety of other entities seeking to recover cleanup costs related to a site that was once home to a synthetic rubber plant in Torrance, California, saying that others must contribute to costs related to the remediation of soil contamination.

  • January 14, 2019

    Colo. High Court Rejects Climate-Based Drilling Restriction

    In a high-profile ruling Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court said the state agency that issues oil and gas permits could not enact a rule that would have barred permits for projects that would contribute to climate change or negatively impact public health.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Dems Question EPA On Wheeler Confirmation Hearing Prep

    Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and fellow Democrats have questioned whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has directed employees to work on acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler's confirmation hearing to be the agency's permanent head despite the agency’s shutdown plan mandating that only certain employees continue to work.

  • January 11, 2019

    Calif. Builders Strategize Ahead Of 2020 Solar Panel Rules

    The day is fast approaching when the Golden State will begin requiring solar panels on new homes, and residential builders and their lawyers are grappling with the possibility of increased construction costs, questions surrounding installation on multifamily structures and potential marketing issues.

  • January 11, 2019

    Fracker Wants Exemption From Calif. Offshore Permit Order

    An oil and natural gas company on Thursday asked a California federal judge to amend an order blocking the federal government from approving any offshore fracking permits or plans in the state, arguing two of its wells should be cleared for use.

  • January 11, 2019

    Trump Floats 'Emergency' Declaration Amid Record Shutdown

    The federal government shutdown lurches to a new record this weekend as Congress passed a bill Friday to provide workers with back pay after the government reopens, but an impasse over President Donald Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for a wall on the Mexican border remained.

  • January 11, 2019

    Enviros Challenge Md. Light Rail Project Water Permit

    Environmentalists on Thursday asked a Maryland federal judge to strike down a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit issued for a light-rail transit project, saying the agency failed to consider alternatives that would have less impact on local waterways.

  • January 11, 2019

    Exxon, Texas Tell 5th Circ. Enviros Can't Second-Guess EPA

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and the state of Texas on Thursday asked the Fifth Circuit to toss environmentalists' challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to deny the oil giant's air pollution permit application for a petrochemical plant, arguing it was well within the agency's discretion and can't be second-guessed.

  • January 11, 2019

    Pa. DEP Weighs Appeal Of Sunoco Gas Plant Permit Decision

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Friday it was considering appealing a decision finding that it failed to subject a Sunoco LP natural gas plant outside of Philadelphia to strict enough emissions scrutiny as it weighed a string of permits for the facility.

  • January 11, 2019

    DOI Eyes Immunity In Enviro Suit Over Dam's Effect On Trout

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday signaled it plans to seek immunity from environmental groups' accusations that its operating procedures for a dam on California's Santa Maria River threatened an endangered trout.

  • January 11, 2019

    Mont. Judge Won't Halt DOI Royalty Panel Suit For Shutdown

    A Montana federal judge on Friday rejected the federal government’s bid to halt proceedings in an environmental group’s suit over access to the U.S. Department of Interior's policies on mineral royalties.

  • January 11, 2019

    US Blasts WTO Legal System Even After Tuna Label Victory

    The Trump administration's persistent criticism of the World Trade Organization's legal wing continued in earnest Friday, even as the WTO cemented a U.S. victory in a long-running dispute over its "dolphin-safe" tuna labels brought by Mexico.

  • January 10, 2019

    Fla. Gov. Issues Wide-Reaching Water Policy Order

    In his first major policy act, recently inaugurated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a broad executive order Thursday aimed at tackling numerous water and environmental issues confronting the state, including a call for an additional $1 billion for Everglades restoration and appointment of a chief science officer.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • A Closer Look At New Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Regs

    Karlie Webb

    Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals are a major step toward eliminating the current state-by-state regulatory approach, it may not fully end this patchwork system, say Karlie Webb and Greg Blount of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • 2 Circuits Clear Up NGA Questions For Pipeline Cos.

    Arthur Schmalz

    Recent decisions from the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits address several common procedural issues in a manner favorable to pipeline companies seeking immediate possession in Natural Gas Act condemnations, says Arthur Schmalz of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • A Big Leap Forward For Tribal Energy Development

    Paul Moorehead

    The Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments, signed into law this week, will go a long way toward helping tribes develop their own resources on their own lands in ways they see fit, say Paul Moorehead and Brian Gunn of Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC.

  • 3 D&O Questions Regarding Event-Driven Securities Litigation

    Larry Bracken

    The wildfire-related complaint filed against Edison last month represents a new kind of securities class action that relies on specific adverse events as catalysts. Corporate policyholders must consider how such litigation will impact their directors and officers insurance now and in the future, say attorneys at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • High Court's Frog Opinion Reaches Beyond ESA

    Keith Bradley

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service focused on interpreting the Endangered Species Act. However, a second aspect of the opinion will likely reach beyond the more obvious consequences, says Keith Bradley of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.