A federal judge gave Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. the green light Tuesday to continue drilling operations in North Dakota while the Interior Board of Land Appeals hears a challenge by the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation.
A California farmer accused of plowing over protected wetlands in violation of the Clean Water Act reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday just before the start of a trial on damages, agreeing to shell out $1.1 million to cover mitigation and civil penalties.
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday reversed an EPA decision that refused to give two small refineries an exemption to the Renewable Fuel Standards portion of the Clean Air Act, saying the agency exceeded its authority by using an extreme definition of when oil operations can skip the fuel requirements.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board on Tuesday delivered a victory to environmental groups challenging Consol Energy Inc.'s expansion of the largest underground coal mining operation in North America, rejecting a revised permit that allowed the company to damage a nearby stream.
The Trump administration told a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday that it expects to be able to submit soon a schedule for production of the thousands of unfilled freedom of information requests by the Natural Resources Defense Council by next month as agencies scurry to comply with the past-due requests.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission offered Dakota Access LLC a deal Monday to resolve allegations that it failed to immediately notify the state regulator about the discovery of a cultural site during work on its controversial $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline.
The Third Circuit on Tuesday refused a New Jersey beachfront town’s urgent request to temporarily halt a federally funded dune construction project so authorities can address the pools of contaminated water that the work has apparently produced, and left open the question of whether a district judge’s order greenlighting the project can even be appealed.
A Montana district judge on Monday told the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Enforcement to revisit its approval of Signal Peak Energy LLC's coal mine expansion plan, saying the office’s environmental assessment of the project didn’t take a hard look at its effect on greenhouse gas emissions.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday vacated several violations that were part of a $2.6 million fine levied by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. over an Arkansas oil spill.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told the Fifth Circuit on Monday the agency will start the process of revising portions of an Obama-era rule that established stricter rules for treating wastewater from steam-powered electricity generators.
Now that its quorum has been restored, one of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's top priorities will be breaking the logjam of natural gas pipeline projects needing approval that built up over the six months since the body was last able to perform its duties.
A Delaware federal judge on Monday dismissed a suit over nearly $60 million placed in escrow for environmental liabilities during the sale of a car upholstery company, saying that the contract was unambiguous and the buyer, Lear Corp., has fulfilled all the criteria to keep it there as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency works on a remediation project.
A South Carolina federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction to nix experimental seawalls along the beaches of two coastal islands, after the Sierra Club argued that the structures made it dangerous for endangered sea turtles to nest.
Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. on Friday asked a North Dakota federal court to allow the company to continue drilling while a review of its permits by the Interior Board of Land Appeals is underway, saying the company will suffer significant losses if it’s forced to stop.
Several leading environmental groups have filed legal challenges to two new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules that they say weaken the revised Toxic Substances Control Act, including a framework for evaluating chemical risks and a method of prioritizing chemicals for review.
The Sierra Club sued the U.S. Department of Energy in California federal court Monday over an allegedly overdue Freedom of Information Act request for details on communications concerning an electric grid study that the environmental group fears could be biased in favor of fossil fuels.
The bankruptcy estate for rooftop solar firm Sungevity pushed back Monday against the U.S. trustee’s office’s opposition to its proposed structured dismissal, arguing that without the relief, it is forced to choose between two bad choices, neither of which would yield much of a recovery for creditors.
An Energy Future Holdings Corp. unit and a NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary have a tentative deal in the works to settle a multimillion-dollar dispute over wind farm credits, the companies told a Texas appeals court on Friday.
Two foreign companies that won a more than €128 million ($150 million) arbitral award against Spain over renewable energy subsidies asked a New York federal judge Friday not to vacate the award, saying the motion should instead be paused pending appeal.
A Massachusetts couple has been arrested over accusations of submitting more than $50 million worth of fraudulent tax-free energy grant applications, of which they received more than $8 million for nonexistent renewable energy spending.
As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.
Climate change lawsuits have been filed before, but the recent lawsuits filed against several of the largest oil, gas and coal producers by two California counties and one city are different than earlier efforts for three important reasons, says Douglas Kysar, a professor of law at Yale University.
When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.
Product liability litigation is often resolved through compromise. But not all compromises are equal. If a settlement achieves peace at unknown cost, does not resolve the most serious claims, or permits new claims to be filed for decades into the future, it is a rotten compromise and should be avoided, say Ted Mayer and Robb Patryk of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
So far, 2017 has seen some important movement in litigation involving water suppliers across the country. States including California, Georgia and Iowa are seeing pivotal moments in many long-running disputes about water-usage rights and water quality, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
The Trump administration has placed regulatory reform — particularly related to environmental matters — at the forefront of its agenda. But the D.C. Circuit's recent decision on the methane rule demonstrates that the administration’s attempts to roll back regulations in unconventional ways is clashing with the mechanics of how the federal government operates, say J. Michael Showalter and Kaitlin Straker of Schiff Hardin LLP.
To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.