A D.C. federal district judge ruled Thursday that the Oglala Sioux Tribe cannot amend its complaint in its challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying that allowing the tribe to proceed would “derail and substantially delay” the progress of the litigation.
As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.
Property owners from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear processing plant are asking a Colorado federal judge to order the disclosure of documents given to a grand jury investigating wrongdoing by government contractors working at the plant, saying they need the information ahead of possible litigation.
A Boston federal judge on Thursday said he wants to see more evidence before ruling on an environmental group's lawsuit alleging that a Cape Cod resort polluted nearby waterways, denying the resort's motion to dismiss in a case that addresses the scope of the Clean Water Act.
Several French insurers continued to urge a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to force Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Inc. to arbitrate its bid for indemnification related to $367 million in a Superfund site cleanup consent decree, saying the contracts at issue contain an arbitration provision.
Looming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action to clarify whether Clean Water Act permitting covers facilities that pollute certain waterways via groundwater and a premature claim of a circuit court split on the issue mean the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't weigh in yet, environmentalists said Tuesday.
Hundreds of environmental groups including the Center for Biological Diversity signed on to a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday demanding aggressive action on climate change, advocating for the phaseout of new fossil fuel projects and a transition away from nuclear energy.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay up to $884 million to settle claims that it illegally equipped diesel fuel-powered vehicles with software that enabled them to cheat emissions standards.
The Yerington Paiute Tribe has asked the Ninth Circuit to dismiss two BP units' appeal of a Nevada federal court decision that paused the companies' attempt to keep a suit over alleged environmental damage at an abandoned copper mine out of tribal court, arguing the stay order is unappealable.
Several U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled support Tuesday for pushing aside precedent supporting a Crow Tribe member’s conviction for hunting elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, yet other issues underlying an 1868 treaty may mean the federal, state and tribal governments still have to hash out where the tribe’s members can hunt.
Environmentalists urged the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to review a Third Circuit decision finding that it could hear their challenge to Pennsylvania’s approval of a pipeline permit before a state board reviewed the matter, saying the ruling would lead to incomplete records and strip aggrieved parties of their due process rights.
An Iowa law criminalizing undercover investigations into animal cruelty at factory farms violates the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday following a challenge by animal rights activists and free speech advocates.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has sued Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and Daimler AG under the state Consumer Fraud Act, alleging the auto company and engine manufacturer sold diesel vehicles as being environmentally friendly while they were actually producing emissions at as much as 30 times the national standard.
Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office said Wednesday that an agreement had been reached among the chamber's leadership to allow a broad package of lands bills to bypass Senate committees, saying she hoped the bipartisan measure would receive a vote soon.
Two Democratic congressmen from California on Wednesday unveiled climate change legislation that would mandate steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and create a national renewable portfolio standard by requiring 100 percent of U.S. electricity sales to come from renewable sources by 2035.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally nominated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, for the full-time post, after announcing his intent last fall to elevate the former Faegre Baker Daniels LLP attorney and lobbyist who had previously been confirmed as the EPA's deputy administrator.
A fuel industry group has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's decision upholding Oregon low-carbon fuel standards that the group claims unconstitutionally discriminate against out-of-state fuels, arguing the ruling squarely conflicts with high court precedent and creates a circuit split.
A Colorado federal judge greenlit a settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ending a suit that accused the government of improperly delaying its critical habitat designations for the western yellow-billed cuckoo.
Akin Gump has announced it is adding two former committee chairs in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Lamar Smith of Texas, to its public law and policy practice, one of Washington's largest lobbying outfits.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, acknowledging the state's role as a major energy provider and transportation hub, on Tuesday ordered the state government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
The recent failure of several oil- and gas-related ballot initiatives across the U.S. may ultimately result in environmental groups taking their fight directly to state lawmakers, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Gina Angiolillo of Alston & Bird LLP.
With various areas of the country experiencing water scarcity concerns or limitations on injection capacity, stakeholders have expressed interest in not only expanding produced water management options, but also allowing produced water to be returned to the hydrologic cycle, says Lydia González Gromatzky of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
David M. Hargrove's new book, "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.
While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.
To further carbon pricing, and to facilitate the transition to a green global economy, members of the World Trade Organization should permit "climate waivers" by which countries can restrict trade based on the amount of greenhouse gases used or emitted in the making of a product, says James Bacchus of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
If the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically reduce the number of U.S. waterways subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction ultimately carries the day it will have a host of cascading consequences, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs of Perkins Coie LLP.
One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.
Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.
A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.
Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.