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Environmental

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • December 20, 2018

    Sunoco Defends Pa. Pipeline As DA Launches Criminal Probe

    Sunoco LP on Thursday blasted what it said were "baseless allegations" behind a suburban Philadelphia prosecutor's move this week to launch a criminal investigation into the company's conduct in planning and constructing its troubled Mariner East natural gas pipelines.

  • December 20, 2018

    Coastal State AGs Want In On Seismic Testing Permits Fight

    Nine East Coast state attorneys general on Thursday sought to join a suit challenging the Trump administration's issuance of permits for oil and gas companies to injure or otherwise disrupt whales and other marine mammals during seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, a precursor for offshore drilling in the region.

  • December 20, 2018

    Gov't Escapes Wis. Tribe's Permit Suit Over Mine Project

    A Wisconsin federal judge has dismissed the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s suit over a Michigan state permit for a proposed mine, holding Wednesday that the federal government’s decision to leave the state in charge isn’t a final agency action the court can review.

  • December 19, 2018

    Fiat, BLM Settle Suits Over Jeep-Linked Calif. Wildfire

    A settlement has been reached between property owners, FCA US and the Bureau of Land Management in a series of suits that alleged a defective Jeep operated by a BLM employee caused a 2013 fire that destroyed more than 7,000 acres, with a California federal judge Tuesday approving a stipulation to dismiss claims against FCA.

  • December 19, 2018

    18 Firms Ask 9th Circ. For Cut Of $175M Fees In VW MDL

    An attorney representing 18 law firms told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday they're owed part of $175 million in fees and costs awarded in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen's emissions cheating and were wrongfully cut from the award shared among approximately 100 firms simply because they weren't the "chosen ones."

  • December 19, 2018

    Enviros Sue Feds To Halt Colorado Dam Expansion

    Save the Colorado and a coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday over its decision to authorize the expansion of a dam in Colorado, arguing the government never seriously considered less harmful alternatives to the project.

  • December 19, 2018

    Beveridge & Diamond Snags Justice Dept.'s Lead VW Litigator

    The U.S. Department of Justice's lead litigator in the Volkswagen AG emissions-cheating software case has joined Beveridge & Diamond PC, where he'll focus on assisting clients with compliance and crisis management matters, he told Law360. 

  • December 19, 2018

    Wind Farm Cos. Tell Justices Feds Wrong On Tribal Appeal

    A trio of Oklahoma energy developers pressed the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to take up their bid to overturn the Tenth Circuit's ruling that they needed Osage Nation and federal approval for a lease connected with a wind farm project, saying the solicitor general has wrongly argued that the tribe had the right to take part in the circuit court appeal.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Mass. Court Ruling Reinforces 2 Keys To Pollution Coverage

    Alexander Bandza

    The Massachusetts federal district court's decision in Plainstow Project v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance illustrates a recent pro-policyholder outcome as to the interplay of a policy's pollution exclusion and the viability of its “sudden and accidental” exception, say Alexander Bandza and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Energy Cos. Engage With A New Forum For Human Rights

    Viren Mascarenhas

    National contact points are hearing more human rights, labor and environmental complaints related to energy companies, bringing these grievances to public attention and sharing findings with potential litigants, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP and an adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • How Blockchain Can Certify Global Supply Chains

    Rebecca Campbell

    Companies in mining and other industries are seeking to demonstrate the sustainability and ethical integrity of their products and supply chains. Because of its ability to improve transparency and accountability through incorruptible data sharing, blockchain may be ideal for this purpose, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Opinion

    Courtroom Doors Open To Legal Assaults On Manufacturers

    Linda Kelly

    By denying certiorari in the lead cleanup case ConAgra Grocery v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to impose rational limits on what could become an unbounded catch-all tort, says Linda Kelly, general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers.