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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.