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Environmental

  • October 19, 2018

    Chief Justice Pauses Kids' Climate Suit Ahead Of Trial

    Chief Justice John Roberts issued an administrative stay on Friday in a lawsuit accusing the federal government of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a move that could delay an Oregon federal trial currently set for Oct. 29.

  • October 19, 2018

    GreenTech Auto Fetches $50M Ch. 11 Stalking Horse Bid

    An electric car company co-founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked a Virginia bankruptcy court for permission to name a Chinese investment firm as the $50 million stalking horse bidder for its assets.

  • October 19, 2018

    3 States Say Controversial Water Rule Infringes Their Rights

    Three states told a Texas federal court that an Obama administration rule that broadened the reach of the Clean Water Act and was widely contested by other states and industry groups should be thrown out, saying it conflicts with Supreme Court precedent, the intent of the law and infringes on states’ rights.

  • October 19, 2018

    Three Firms Guide Launch Of $508M In IPOs

    A software company, a genome editing company and an electric scooter manufacturer priced initial public offerings late Thursday that raised a combined $508 million, with help from DLA Piper, Ropes & Gray LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • October 19, 2018

    Trump Looks To Ease Burdens On Western Water Projects

    President Donald Trump on Friday directed two federal agencies to look for ways to make it easier for developers to complete water infrastructure projects in California, Washington and Oregon, including streamlining procedures that are in place to protect the environment and endangered species.

  • October 19, 2018

    Vinson & Elkins Adds Former DOJ Enviro Pro

    Vinson & Elkins LLP has brought on board a George W. Bush-era assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, adding an experienced partner to its environmental and white collar practices.

  • October 19, 2018

    EPA Withdraws Obama-Era Uranium Mining Safety Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew an Obama-era proposal for new health and environmental protection regulations for uranium ore extraction that would have required stricter groundwater quality and monitoring standards.

  • October 19, 2018

    Cos. Urge High Court To Review Toxic Tort Class Action

    Four companies have asked the Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision to approve the certification of certain issues for classwide treatment in a group of Dayton, Ohio, residents’ lawsuit accusing the companies of groundwater pollution.

  • October 19, 2018

    Pa. State Senator Pushes Bill To Limit Plastic Straw Use

    A Pennsylvania state senator on Friday announced legislation to curb the environmental impact of plastic consumption by seeking to ban plastic straws at eateries and retailers, a move that comes after a Commonwealth city adopted a similar ordinance earlier this week.

  • October 19, 2018

    FWS Not Posting Elephant, Lion Trophy Records Online: Suit

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is violating federal statutes by failing to publicly post information on the permits it issues to those seeking to import elephant and lion body parts into the United States as trophies, several animal rights organizations alleged in Virginia federal court Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Zinke Touts New Moves On Offshore Wind Development

    The U.S. Department of the Interior will hold an offshore wind auction off the Massachusetts coast in December and is developing a first-ever Pacific offshore wind auction in California, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Enviros' Challenge To Wis. Highway Project Tossed

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday threw out a challenge by two environmental groups to a Wisconsin highway project, finding no reversible fault with the state and federal government’s review.

  • October 18, 2018

    Enviros Sue Trump Admin. Over Border Wall Exemptions

    A coalition of environmental groups filed suit in D.C. federal court on Thursday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accusing it of improperly waiving a slew of laws and environmental protections so it can build 24.6 miles of border wall in two counties in Texas.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Slams Drivers' Expert In EcoDiesel MDL

    Fiat Chrysler has urged a California federal judge to reject a bid by consumers to use what the company says is “flawed and unreliable” expert testimony to pursue class certification in multidistrict litigation alleging the company defrauded consumers into buying Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles outfitted with emissions-cheating devices.

  • October 18, 2018

    US Presses High Court Again To End Kids' Climate Suit

    The federal government on Thursday again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to toss a youth lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a last-ditch effort to stave off a landmark trial that is less than two weeks away.

  • October 17, 2018

    French Renewable Energy Provider Neoen Prices €628M IPO

    French renewable energy firm Neoen SA began trading on Paris' Euronext market in a €628 million ($722 million) initial public offering Wednesday, marking the largest offering in more than a year on the Paris exchange and the biggest in the European renewable energy space so far in 2018.

  • October 17, 2018

    Calif. Court Sides With State In Coastal Land Planning Row

    A California appeals court sided against a local landowners group that had argued several provisions in a city's coastal plan for land use violated state law and the constitution, deciding on Wednesday that many of the claims were brought through an improper procedure.

  • October 17, 2018

    Enviros Sue FWS To Protect 550,000 Acres Of Bird's Habitat

    The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to designate about 550,000 acres of critical habitat in nine states for the western yellow-billed cuckoo.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Wash. Climate Suit Against Big Oil Stayed Amid Appeal

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday halted King County, Washington's suit seeking to hold "Big Oil" liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage until the Ninth Circuit rules on an appeal of the dismissal of similar suits lodged by Oakland and San Francisco.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • ​Are You Ready For Your Congressional Investigation?

    Brian Smith

    ​The Democratic Party is ​expected to take control of the House of Representatives next year,​ ​which​ will dramatically increase the congressional investigations risks for ​the ​private sector.​ Prime targets include pharmaceutical, financial services and technology ​companies, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A Closer Look At EPA Inspector General's New Strategic Plan

    Brian Stansbury

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 6th Circ. Creates Deep Divide Over Reach Of CWA

    Anthony Cavender

    Despite the Clean Water Act's long history, recent decisions from the federal appellate courts — including two opinions from the Sixth Circuit last month — have raised new questions about several issues that once seemed settled, say Anthony Cavender and Amy Pierce of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • How The Affordable Clean Energy Rule Impacts Oil And Gas

    Carroll McGuffey

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan, dubbed the Affordable Clean Energy rule, is now open for comment. The rule could cost the coal industry and coal-fired power plants millions, but there are a number of elements that the oil and gas industry must consider as well, says Carroll McGuffey of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    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 Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.