The 3M Co., Tyco Fire Products LP and other manufacturers were accused Monday of putting Colorado residents at risk of developing health problems like cancer, thyroid disease and pregnancy complications by supplying a nearby air base with firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday asked the federal government to extend Endangered Species Act protections to an ancient fish species that it says is being pushed to extinction thanks to overfishing, water pollution and dam construction.
A panel of administrative law judges has found that Pennsylvania regulators properly exercised their roles as environmental trustees under the state’s constitution as they approved permits to a Rex Energy Corp. unit for a cluster of natural gas wells in Butler County.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on a bid by Oklahoma wind farm developers to overturn a Tenth Circuit decision that said a mineral lease from the Osage Nation and federal approval were required for surface construction on their project.
The Center for Biological Diversity launched a lawsuit in D.C. federal court Friday accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of dragging its feet on deciding whether to protect a rare, large, hummingbird-like fly under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently revealed a significant change in how it assesses air pollution from closely linked facilities in an unpublicized letter to Pennsylvania environmental regulators, and experts say it will result in an easier permitting process for some projects.
Florida Power & Light Co. told a Florida federal court Friday that environmental groups suing the utility over water pollution from its Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have asked for "sweeping remedial orders" but have yet to provide specifics about what kinds of remedies they are demanding.
Lead class counsel representing residents who inked a $375 million settlement with Dow Chemical Co. and another company in a nuclear pollution lawsuit urged the Tenth Circuit to sanction three individual attorneys who claim they were denied a share of $150 million in fees for their work, calling their appeal frivolous.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday urged the D.C. Circuit to nix several challenges to the construction of the $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline by environmental groups and landowners, saying the petitions aiming to overturn various approvals by the agency for the project are either premature or without merit.
A nonprofit paint industry organization that works to recycle unused paint has moved for sanctions in California federal court against the counsel for a defunct Bay Area paint recycler suing over an alleged antitrust conspiracy, saying the attorneys pursued state claims long after they should have known the case was “doomed.”
Fiat Chrysler has panned investors’ “eleventh-hour” bid to depose more witnesses and add interrogatories in their suit alleging that the automaker hid the existence of “defeat devices” in vehicles, telling a New York federal judge Thursday they can’t cram that much discovery in before their deadline.
Environmental groups asked a D.C. district judge on Thursday to kill the waiver for environmental and other oversight laws granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the quick construction of an approximately 20-mile stretch of border wall, alleging Congress never gave it such wide power.
The U.S. government on Thursday urged a California federal judge to toss Oakland’s and San Francisco's suits seeking to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, saying the cities' claims have no place under federal law and it's up to regulators and lawmakers to set climate and energy policy.
As sole lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's Elizabeth Cabraser helped drivers secure settlements totaling more than $15 billion and assurances that the polluting vehicles would be taken off the roads, earning her a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
With businesses and governments looking for ways to save money on operating costs in buildings and garner some positive press at the same time, “high-performance” structures that use the latest technology to conserve energy and water have overcome an early reputation for costliness and are becoming a more popular choice.
The federal government urged an Oregon federal judge Wednesday to toss a suit accusing federal agencies and the president of failing to protect future generations from the effects of climate change, arguing the relief sought in the case would violate the Constitution’s separation of powers.
The Federal Transit Administration’s latest environmental analysis of a proposed subway line under Beverly Hills High School is nothing more than a rubber stamp meant to support the government’s preferred plan, the city said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in California federal court.
A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit brought by an environmental group to challenge the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act after it was used under the Trump administration to roll back a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule prohibiting certain hunting and trapping practices on protected federal lands in Alaska.
King County, Washington — home to Seattle — on Wednesday became the latest county to seek to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage under state law, joining New York City and several cities and counties in California and Colorado.
The Sierra Club has told the operators of a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant that the environmental group intends to sue over alleged infractions of the Clean Air Act, saying that the plant has been emitting harmful gases at illegally high levels.
As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Increasingly, corporate social responsibility must be on the radar screen of in-house counsel. Investors are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and a growing number of shareholder proposals on these subjects should be expected, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Tribes are not waiting for leadership on climate change from the federal level. Tribes’ mobilization at all levels of government offers opportunities not only to protect tribal communities and the natural resources that sustain them, but also to advance tribal sovereignty and self-determination, say attorneys with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Lawyers can help protect their clients by avoiding standard force majeure text, and spelling out the intent of the parties in unambiguous terms. While it is impossible to address all contingencies, clearly defined and precise language can be used to mitigate performance and even economic risks, say Alan Howard and Luke van Houwelingen of Crowell & Moring LLP.
In the years to come, many companies in the energy sector likely will find themselves named as defendants in climate change lawsuits, and a number of those companies simply will not survive the litigation. Companies that prepare in advance for such actions are more likely to weather the attacks on their business, says Jack Luellen of Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC.
In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise. What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.
2018 may be the year that corporate social responsibility compliance becomes a core duty of in-house legal departments. Not only have legal requirements proliferated in recent years, but new disclosure requirements and more regulation are on the horizon, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.
A California federal court's recent decision in National Association of Wheat Growers v. Zeise, which blocked the state from requiring Monsanto to put Proposition 65 warning labels on its Roundup products, may seem surprising at first blush. But a deeper look at the broader historical context of Proposition 65 offers a different perspective, say Shannon Oldenburg and Malcolm Weiss of Hunton & Williams LLP.