Students and early-career attorneys looking to carve out a career in environmental law face a competitive marketplace and a legal landscape that’s in flux thanks to the Trump administration’s commitment to rolling back regulations, but experts say there are several ways for up-and-coming environmental lawyers to gain traction in the field.
President Donald Trump has made rolling back energy and environmental regulations to boost energy development a priority. But 10 months into his presidency, there are still plenty of vacancies in politically appointed positions at agencies responsible for carrying out the deregulatory push.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and developers of the $2.2 billion Nexus pipeline on Tuesday told the D.C. Circuit that the Sierra Club shouldn't get another chance at blocking the project's construction after discovering that a landowner who sided with the group in the suit had sold his property to the developers without the group's knowledge.
A California water agency on Monday pushed back against efforts by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to land a quick win in the tribe’s suit over the quantity and quality of groundwater the tribe is entitled to on its reservation, telling a California federal court that the tribe doesn't have a reserved right to water quality standards.
Digital marketing company 6D Global Technologies Inc. will implement new training programs to settle claims that it failed to stop a private equity firm's CEO from manipulating its share price, the company and shareholders have told a New York federal judge.
A federal judge in a flurry of orders Monday appointed four groups of lead counsel to steer claims brought by the thousands of homeowners alleging the government is responsible for flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, also spelling out a framework for the litigation going forward.
A New Jersey appellate court ruled Monday that the state’s Sports and Exposition Authority had the right to use eminent domain to acquire a landfill in Kearny to continue solid waste disposal there, rejecting the municipality's arguments that the agency acted improperly.
The International Chamber of Commerce's $5 million reduction of an arbitration award has made a Spanish construction firm's petition to vacate the award moot, the Italian subcontractor who was granted the award for breach of contract on a Guatemala hydroelectric project told a Florida federal court Friday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has shut down Northeast Fishery Sector IX, a fishing group formerly run by a New England industry giant known as "the Codfather," an NOAA regional administrator told the group's president in a letter Monday.
Dakota Access LLC on Monday shot back at claims from two Native American tribes who are challenging the company’s crude oil pipeline that they were given redacted copies of response plans, saying it wanted to set the record straight on factual claims made by the tribe.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday defended its rule restricting the effects of a federal appeals court’s decision on a nationally applicable regulation to within that court’s jurisdiction, telling the D.C. Circuit that it represented a reasonable interpretation of the agency's Clean Air Act authority.
The city of Chicago on Monday issued a notice of intent to sue Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, which Chicago alleges polluted Lake Michigan from 27 miles across the state line at the company’s Portage, Indiana, steel plant.
The fate of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s coal ash disposal rule, under challenge at the D.C. Circuit from different ends by industry and environmentalists, rested in part Monday on the grammar rules of the present tense and how much authority Congress gave the EPA over dormant landfills.
A Pennsylvania judge on Friday ruled that a man accused of helping run a $54 million Ponzi scheme must face charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, finding that a longer statute of limitations applies to the charges because the government sufficiently alleged his conduct affected a financial institution.
The Bureau of Land Management on Monday urged the Tenth Circuit not to grant four states’ request that it revisit its rejection of their challenge to an Obama-era hydraulic fracturing rule for federal and Native American lands.
A pest control company and its U.S. Virgin Islands subsidiary were ordered in Virgin Islands federal court to pay $10 million in criminal fines, community service and restitution for applying illegal fumigants in residential locations, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement on Monday.
Residents and companies of Fukushima, Japan, on Friday filed a putative class action lawsuit against General Electric Co. in Massachusetts federal court, accusing the company of negligence that led to a catastrophic meltdown when a 2011 tsunami hit a nuclear power plant it built.
The federal government and an automakers group on Friday asked the Second Circuit to deny five Democratic attorneys general and a group of environmentalists’ request that it vacate a delay of an Obama-era rule raising the penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards.
New York utility regulators told the Second Circuit on Friday that the state's plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants is well within its authority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that challengers of the plan can't use the Federal Power Act or the Constitution's commerce clause to limit that authority.
A Florida federal judge on Friday denied Florida Power & Light Co. a smooth exit from environmental groups' claims of water pollution from its Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami, a day after the utility argued the groups were overreaching.
Last week’s annual meeting of the 23rd Conference of the Parties addressed, among other issues, implementation of the Paris climate change agreement. The U.S. has already submitted a notification of its intention to withdraw from the agreement, but because it has been submitted early, it is unclear whether it will satisfy the withdrawal requirements, says Silvia Maciunas of The Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.
Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Bankruptcy courts have taken divergent approaches to analyzing whether they have jurisdiction to approve nonconsensual third-party nondebtor releases. While the New York bankruptcy court's recent decision in SunEdison provides another data point for the debate, it leaves some questions unanswered, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently adopted a 40-year default license term for hydropower projects at nonfederal dams. While there is more that FERC could do to ease hydro licensing and relicensing, this move is a welcome effort to streamline and reduce uncertainty in the licensing process, say Mary Anne Sullivan and Zachary Launer of Hogan Lovells LLP.
When a catastrophe strikes and insurance companies either deny coverage or limit the coverage provided, the insurance broker is in the crosshairs of what can turn out to be a litigious claim. Gary Strong of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP explores the duty of insurance brokers in New Jersey and how these duties come into play, particularly after Superstorm Sandy.
When the White House changes hands from one political party to the other, the new administration often seeks to change or eliminate some of the regulations promulgated by prior administrations. But when regulatory provisions are based on scientific or economic analysis, it may be difficult to legally justify a change, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.
Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.