Businesses, residents and community organizations inundated by flooding when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina slapped CSX with a proposed class action in federal court Thursday, accusing the railroad company of failing to plug an underpass despite knowing the risk for destruction if a nearby river surged through it.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General said it wants to increase its effectiveness by 10 percent between 2019 and 2023, according to a five-year strategic plan the office released Thursday.
NL Industries Inc. on Thursday agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle claims related to the cleanup of lead contamination at a Missouri Superfund site.
A former Keystone Biofuels Inc. executive pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to a $4.1 million tax fraud conspiracy that involved seeking renewable energy tax refunds by falsely claiming to manufacture biodiesel that met the necessary standards, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave Williams Cos. the green light to put its $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline expansion project into service, even as the D.C. Circuit continues to mull a challenge to the commission's approval of the project.
Republican attorneys general from 12 states urged a federal court Wednesday to nix King County, Washington's suit seeking to hold Big Oil liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, arguing the county can't be allowed to use the courts to usurp federal and state regulation of climate change.
The Delaware Supreme Court withdrew its acceptance of a litigation appeal earlier this week, saying the appellant’s basis for challenging a lower court’s denial of a change to a document confidentiality order was no longer valid even after the justices heard arguments on the appeal last week.
A California federal judge Wednesday largely rejected bids by Volkswagen AG and electronics engineering firm Robert Bosch LLC to dismiss putative class claims from former owners who sold their affected diesel vehicles before news of an emissions-cheating scandal broke, saying the drivers alleged a sufficiently concrete injury.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal prosecutions of small businesses that make aftermarket auto components that increase vehicles’ pollution are a show of force that experts say clearly indicates it’s not just giants like Volkswagen that need to be careful about their products’ effects on air quality.
The Environmental Protection Agency faced pointed questioning Wednesday from a D.C. Circuit panel over environmental groups’ claims that the regulator has failed to adequately rein in ozone emissions from so-called upwind states that have kept their neighbors from meeting 2008 air quality standards.
Illinois’ environmental regulator on Tuesday pushed for a temporary shutdown of a Chicago-area medical equipment facility run by Sterigenics International Inc., amid allegations that the plant has emitted a hazardous pollutant for decades.
A plant manager at a chemical mixing facility outside Atlanta was arraigned Wednesday over allegations that he instructed employees to use hoses to wash a harmful chemical into nearby waters in violation of the Clean Water Act, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Georgia.
A school groundskeeper who claims Monsanto-made herbicides contributed to his cancer asked a California federal judge to leave intact the $298 million verdict a jury returned for him in August, saying both the causation and damages findings were on solid ground.
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his intention to nominate the executive director of the office of policy at the U.S. Department of Energy as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Investors urged a Texas federal court to deny Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to take a second look at the court's decision to advance the bulk of a proposed securities fraud class action alleging the oil giant concealed its climate change knowledge.
A Third Circuit panel has reversed in part a ruling that barred residents from demanding the government cover the costs of monitoring their health after they discovered local Navy facilities contaminated their drinking water, finding the requests are not considered challenges to cleanup efforts.
Federal prosecutors and a fishery owner convicted of overfishing South African lobsters and smuggling them into the U.S. got a Manhattan federal judge’s blessing on Tuesday to settle a $37 million judgment for $7 million, with a prosecutor saying a higher recovery was unlikely.
The environmental impact report for a 2,500-unit retirement community in Fresno County met state regulatory standards, an attorney for the county told the California Supreme Court Tuesday, saying the report wasn’t required to discuss the human health impact of anticipated air pollution — an analysis he said it wasn’t scientifically possible to perform.
Munck Wilson Mandala has hired a former name partner from what is now Godwin Bowman PC to be a senior partner in Munck Wilson's Dallas office, where she brings decades' worth of experience in complex commercial litigation.
A limited liability company filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court challenging the $270 million sale of a company that owned a wind farm in Colorado, claiming it was denied its right to vote on the transaction after refusing to sell its minority interest in the venture.
A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review ConAgra Grocery Products Co. and NL Industries v. People of California, a case that concerns whether companies that manufactured lead paint long ago can still be held liable for creating a public nuisance — and there's a decent chance cert will be granted, says Catherine Connors of Pierce Atwood LLP.
Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.
In June, the California Conservation Commission adopted strict new regulations addressing the safety of underground natural gas storage facilities. Compliance with the rules’ highly detailed data requirements may be a daunting process for natural gas operators in the state, say William Rice and James Bowe Jr. of King & Spalding LLP.
Once considered the “cliff edge,” the possibility of the United Kingdom exiting from the European Union without agreeing on a trade deal has moved from unthinkable to increasingly likely. Both sides are ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario, which would have significant implications for businesses in all sectors, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie LLP.
In the evolution of the ongoing IRS attack on conservation easements, the cases discussed in this article demonstrate that the IRS will attack charitable gifts of property with contentions of quid pro quo consideration, receipt of enhancement value and the substantial benefit analysis in U.S. v. American Bar Endowment — and the Tax Court appears receptive to such arguments, say Ronald Levitt and Tucker Thoni at Sirote & Permutt PC.
A Texas federal judge's decision last week in Ramirez v. Exxon Mobil — the first climate change-related securities class action against a major oil and gas company — is strikingly pro-shareholder and departs from opinions of numerous federal courts, say Mike Biles and Jessica England of King & Spalding LLP.
While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.
The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 significantly increased and extended the Section 45Q tax credit for the capture and sequestration of carbon oxides. This development is expected to significantly boost deployment of carbon capture and storage across the U.S. and represents a potential opportunity for emitting companies, oil and gas companies and industrial users of carbon oxides, say David Lowman and Frederick Eames of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.