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  • January 1, 2019

    Native American Cases To Watch In 2019

    In the new year, Native American law practitioners will be keeping an eye on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding Washington's ability to tax the Yakama Nation; treaty hunting rights in Wyoming; and the balance of tribal, federal and state criminal jurisdiction in Oklahoma. Here, Law360 takes a look at the cases attorneys who practice Native American law will be watching in the coming year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Energy Cases To Watch In 2019

    Climate change is at the center of legal battles worth watching closely in 2019, headlined by a trio of cases that seek to impose climate liability on fossil fuel companies and the U.S. government. Here, Law360 takes a look at cases that energy attorneys will be watching in the coming year.

  • January 1, 2019

    California Cases To Watch In 2019

    California attorneys will see the news cycle converge with the courtroom in 2019, as women take their fight for workplace equality to the halls of BigLaw; the Golden State battles it out with President Donald Trump over immigration and the environment; Apple fights its latest epic IP war; and cryptocurrency begins to reckon with federal securities law.

  • January 1, 2019

    California Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2019

    Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown has teed up implementation challenges for regulators in 2019 by signing more than 1,000 bills during his final year in office, including online data protections for consumers and legislation targeting workplace sexual harassment, while legislators are expected to address recent court rulings concerning gig workers and online sales taxes.

  • January 1, 2019

    Texas Cases To Watch In 2019

    Texas’ fights to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and hold opioid manufacturers to task for alleged deceptive marketing will continue to make legal waves in 2019, while Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is yet again waiting out a potential trial on securities fraud charges.

  • January 1, 2019

    NJ Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2019

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislators are poised to reach long-awaited agreements in 2019 on plans to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legalize recreational marijuana, while businesses tackle proposed rules dealing with earned sick leave and fantasy sports games and energy regulators pursue offshore wind development.

  • January 1, 2019

    Environmental Regulation To Watch In 2019

    In 2019, the Trump administration is poised to deliver on some of its biggest regulatory initiatives, from finalizing important Clean Air Act regulations for power plants to a new definition of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

  • January 1, 2019

    Environmental Cases To Watch In 2019

    Law360 takes a look at some of the biggest environmental cases to watch in 2019, including U.S. Supreme Court battles over the Clean Water Act, a Fifth Circuit Endangered Species Act lawsuit and a challenge to President Donald Trump's move to shrink two national monuments.

  • January 1, 2019

    Energy Regulation To Watch In 2019

    With a partisan divide in Congress likely to produce legislative gridlock, regulatory agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be where significant energy policy moves are made in 2019. Here, Law360 previews regulatory actions energy attorneys will watch closely this year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Calif. Real Estate Legislation, Regulation To Watch In 2019

    Efforts to solve the affordable housing crisis and the effects of recent environmental justice laws are among the areas of commercial real estate California attorneys will be watching in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Illinois Legislation To Watch In 2019

    With Democrats controlling both bodies of the state Legislature and with a new Democratic governor in office, Illinois is poised to tackle the expansion of legal marijuana, to require the state to use more renewable energy and to potentially raise the minimum wage. Here, Law360 takes a look at Illinois legislation to keep an eye on in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Texas Legislation To Watch In 2019

    The Texas Legislature will consider bills in 2019 that would wipe out the power of cities like Austin to require businesses to pay for sick leave and end tax abatements for wind and solar projects, in a session expected to have a business-friendly focus. Here, Law360 previews a few of the issues likely to be at the forefront when the Texas legislature convenes on Jan. 8.

  • December 28, 2018

    EPA Finds Mercury Rule Unjustified But Won't Repeal It

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said the Obama administration was wrong to have found that the health and environmental benefits of a 2012 mercury air pollution rule outweighed the compliance costs, but heeded industry calls to leave the regulations in place.

  • December 20, 2018

    State Energy Plans Leaned Clean And Green In 2018

    As the Trump administration continued to focus on fossil fuel development, states picked up the clean energy policy mantle in 2018, with new laws and rules aimed at increasing renewable energy use within their borders and slashing their greenhouse gas emissions. Here, Law360 presents a map of the states that took action this year to shift their energy footprints.

  • December 20, 2018

    NJ Judge Nixes Enviro Bid In Newark Water Lead Case

    A New Jersey federal judge Thursday denied a bid by the Natural Resources Defense Council and a group of Newark teachers to force the city to expand a lead filtration program as part of their lawsuit alleging that the city’s water system contains dangerous levels of the toxic metal.

  • December 20, 2018

    Orlando Utility Sued Over Coal Plant Property Damage

    Three Orlando residents who live near a power plant that is partially run on coal filed a putative class action in Florida state court against plant owner Orlando Utilities Commission and developers, alleging that emissions from the plant contaminated nearby properties and elevated local cancer rates.

  • December 20, 2018

    Enviros, Tribes Challenge Enbridge Minn. Pipeline Project

    Environmental groups and tribes on Wednesday urged a Minnesota appeals court to overturn the approval of Enbridge Inc.'s multibillion-dollar oil pipeline replacement project in the northern portion of the state, saying state utility regulators haven't shown the project is needed and ignored unacceptable environmental risks.

  • December 20, 2018

    Border-Adjusted Carbon Tax May Be Administrative Headache

    A proposed tax on imports based on carbon emissions produced overseas during the manufacturing process may be costly and laborious to administer, even though it would help place domestic manufacturers and their foreign competitors on a level playing field.

  • December 20, 2018

    Occidental Says Phillips 66, Others Liable For Calif. Cleanup

    Occidental Chemical Corp. has told a California federal court that other companies, including Phillips 66 and Union Oil Co. of California, should be responsible for the cost of cleaning up contaminants at the Port of Los Angeles.

  • December 20, 2018

    NJ Town Can Take Properties To Rebuild Beach, Court Says

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday bolstered the ability of shore municipalities to recover from Superstorm Sandy in affirming a town’s condemnation of four properties for a beach replenishment project, ruling the municipality’s seizure of the land is justified because the project benefits the public.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Offshore Wind Carries Unique Challenges For Insurers

    Sophie Shiffman

    New York state's abundant wind resources and strong government backing for renewables make it ripe for expansion in offshore wind energy. But the Atlantic coastline, a prime site for wind farm installation, also poses special challenges for development — and special considerations for the insurance industry, say attorneys at Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Speedier Enviro Reviews For Transpo Projects May Be Ahead

    Samina Bharmal

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a rule that could create a faster, less duplicative environmental review process for transportation infrastructure projects. Samina Bharmal and Peter Whitfield of Sidley Austin LLP provide insight into its key features.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Assessing Atomic Energy Act's Reach At High Court

    Michael Murphy

    Based on last week's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Virginia Uranium v. Warren, it appears the court will reject the Fourth Circuit’s reasoning that Virginia’s purpose is irrelevant to the question of whether the state's ban on mining is preempted by the Atomic Energy Act, says Michael Murphy of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.