A California federal judge Friday sent back to state court climate change torts lodged by a trio of municipalities against dozens of oil, gas and coal companies, creating a split with another judge who’s said similar suits filed by San Francisco and Oakland belong in federal court.
Colonial Pipeline Co. has agreed to a $3.3 million settlement with Alabama to resolve claims related to gasoline pipeline ruptures and other releases in the state, the Alabama attorney general’s office said Thursday.
Opponents of a risk management rule for chemicals on Friday urged a D.C. Circuit panel to quash an effort by environmental groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Obama-era regulations, saying the rules could threaten national security.
Troutman Sanders LLP has snagged a partner from Van Ness Feldman for its energy practice who has more than 20 years of expertise in the hydropower sector and will work from its Washington, D.C., office.
The owners of two suburban Philadelphia homes launched a class action against Sunoco Inc. on Thursday alleging that construction of the company’s controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline caused significant property damage and left them at risk of possible catastrophic explosion.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately justify its decision to raise allowable carbon monoxide emission levels from industrial boilers, a win for environmentalists that challenged the move.
A divided Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday unfroze construction of a crude oil pipeline connected to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline while a Louisiana federal judge's injunction is appealed, with the majority saying it appears that the injunction shouldn't have been granted.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, CIO at Littler Mendelson PC.
First Energy Corp. has finalized a $93 million settlement with a coal supplier that accused the company of improperly backing out of a 10-year contract after the closure of several power plants, according to a Pennsylvania state court filing Thursday.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Experian bought ClearScore for $385 million, SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service merged in a $750 million deal and Legal & General Group acquired the remaining stake of Cala Homes for $884.7 million.
The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the convictions of two consultants accused of inflating the number of claimants in a $2.3 billion settlement in the BP PLC Deepwater Horizon litigation, rejecting their argument that a separate trial was necessary after the other defendants turned on them.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday defended proposed cuts in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2019 budget plan from skeptical House appropriators, but admitted some reductions were legislative long shots, including the elimination of research and development programs and a plan to privatize federal hydroelectric power systems.
A Pennsylvania appellate court ruled on Thursday that the owner of an oil and gas company could not be held liable for the company’s failure to seal off all of its abandoned oil and gas wells, despite notices of violation from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, because the company did not have the financial resources to do so.
Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to reimburse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $3 million for past response costs at the Anaconda Copper Mine Site in Nevada, according to a prepublication notice posted on the Federal Register's website on Thursday.
A Court of Federal Claims judge on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects on the Missouri River caused serial flooding of private landowners’ property, clearing the way for a trial over an estimated $300 million in damages.
An Alabama federal judge on Thursday agreed to dismiss a challenge brought by a coalition of largely right-leaning state attorneys general against Endangered Species Act rules governing critical habitat designations after the federal government agreed to reconsider them, the Arkansas Attorney General’s office said.
In a partial win for banana plantation workers pursuing a pesticide class injury claim, Delaware's Supreme Court told the Third Circuit on Thursday that statute of limitation pauses in multijurisdiction disputes end only after a clear denial of class status.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday that a man from Lassen County was arrested after his 80-acre property was allegedly found strewn with more than 125 dead birds, amounting to what the department called “likely the largest raptor poaching case in known” state history.
California-based holding company SJW Group has agreed to merge with Connecticut Water Service in a $750 million deal that would make the company the third-largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S., SJW Group said Thursday.
A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reauthorized the $3.5 billion Southeast Markets natural gas pipeline to Florida, with the agency's two Democratic commissioners saying FERC failed to adequately analyze the project's greenhouse gas emissions impacts as required by the D.C. Circuit when it nixed the agency's original approval.
As extractive industries face increasing scrutiny over their human rights practices, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and the Due Process of Law Foundation have issued guidance on how governments should address human rights issues related to the extractive sector. Extractive companies should also take note, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Winarsky Green of King & Spalding LLP.
As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.
Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.
The laws relating to energy that were enacted during the 2017 California state legislative session will bring a host of changes to existing state programs and policies. Interested stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the state's new policies on solar consumer protection, emerging technologies, zero-emission vehicles and retail utilities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
A witness who has been told what to do and what not to do will be ineffective at best. Instead, witnesses must be taught how to handle the process, and how to approach the answer to every question that they encounter. These are new skills, and they must be practiced in order to be learned, says Ric Dexter, an independent litigation consultant.
Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.
For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills along with a host of more minor bills. While protecting the environment, the Legislature also sought environmental justice, with new legislation relating to the state's cap-and-trade program, air quality and distributed energy resources, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced in December that it will review its 1999 certificate policy statement for deciding when a proposed natural gas project is required by the public convenience and necessity. Based on comments from the commissioners, this review may include potential changes to the commission’s environmental review process, say Cynthia Taub and Monique Watson of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
If the California Court of Appeal's latest decision in City of Modesto v. The Dow Chemical Company continues to stand, it will have broad implications for chemical and equipment manufacturers and distributors who may find they are subjected to liability under the Polanco and Gatto Acts more frequently, say Ria Rana and John Parker of Goldberg Segalla.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday issued an important decision in Mineworkers' Pension Scheme v. First Solar that serves to protect investor rights in securities class actions and will prevent companies that commit fraud from evading liability, say Carol Villegas and James Christie of Labaton Sucharow LLP.