The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Matthew Leopold of Carlton Fields as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's general counsel, and Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Ross as the EPA's water office chief.
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Senate Confirms Trump's EPA GC, Water Chief Picks

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Matthew Leopold of Carlton Fields as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's general counsel, and Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Ross as the EPA's water office chief. Read more »

Trump's EPA Chemical Safety Office Pick Drops Out

President Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's chemical safety office has reportedly given up on seeking the post, just weeks after two Republican senators said they couldn't support his nomination and a third expressed doubts as well. Read more »

Trump's 2018 Deregulatory Push Targets CPP, Fracking Rule

Final coffin nails for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and the Bureau of Land Management's hydraulic fracturing rule are just two of the energy-related deregulatory actions the Trump administration is planning to take in 2018, the White House said on Thursday. Read more »

MVP: Morgan Lewis' James Dragna

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s James J. Dragna has helped various clients navigate complex environmental proceedings in the past year on issues ranging from a natural gas leak in California to a case involving the allocation of cleanup costs at a San Diego site, landing him a spot among Law360's 2017 Environmental MVPs. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

FERC Won't Reconsider Atlantic Bridge Pipeline Project OK

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday stood by its approval of the Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline project in New York and New England, rejecting arguments from environmentalists and local municipalities saying that its environmental review was flawed. Read more »

EPA Invites Local Groups To Discuss Updates To Lead Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday sent a letter inviting local organizations to weigh in on an effort to revise rules aimed at keeping lead out of drinking water, saying the dialogue was part of the Trump administration’s efforts to engage with local stakeholders. Read more »

LITIGATION

Insurer Off Hook In River Contamination Row, 3rd Circ. Says

Indian Harbor Insurance Co. doesn’t need to defend a lead pigment maker in a suit over river contamination, the Third Circuit ruled Thursday, affirming a lower court’s ruling that the company was only able to slip through an exclusion loophole due to "scrivener's error.” Read more »

Enviro Group Wants Trump Admin.'s Monuments Docs

The Conservation Lands Foundation Inc. expanded the fight over President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments in Utah with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in D.C. federal court Wednesday, seeking documents to shed light on the move beyond the “sweeping generalizations” already made. Read more »

Bearded Seal 'Threatened' Listing Improper, Justices Hear

Oil and gas groups, the state of Alaska and an Alaska Native regional corporation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject the federal government’s plea to uphold the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list the Pacific bearded seal as a threatened species. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Litigation Trend Links Climate Change And Human Rights

One key takeaway from the Bonn Climate Talks — which recently brought together negotiators from close to 200 countries to discuss implementation of the Paris agreement — is that energy companies must seriously consider potential lawsuits linking their business operations with human rights violations and climate change, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Winarsky Green of King & Spalding LLP. Read more »

Reviewing 2017's CEQA Legislative And Regulatory Activity

As another year draws near its close, a number of notable California Environmental Quality Act developments in both the legislative and regulatory arenas bear mention, including one proposed regulation that is already outdated due to its conflict with a recent Fifth District decision, says Arthur Coon of Miller Starr Regalia. Read more »

Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

9th Circ. Chief Launches Kozinski Sex Misconduct Inquiry

The chief judge of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ordered a judicial misconduct inquiry into U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski over media reports the judge showed female clerks pornography and committed other acts of sexual misconduct. Read more »

Arnold & Porter To Award Cravath-Scale Associate Bonuses

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP on Wednesday became the latest firm to fall in line with the growing roster of BigLaw firms to offer year-end associate bonuses that align with the scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP. Read more »

Firm Consolidation Isn't Going To Slow Down In 2018

The legal industry will see limited growth in demand and increasing consolidation in 2018 as firms face mounting pressures both on pricing and costs, and middle-tier firms in particular will feel the squeeze, according to a report released on Thursday. Read more »

Tanenbaum Keale Goes West With Ex-Sedgwick Attys

Litigation boutique Tanenbaum Keale LLP, which was started this year by a group of veteran Sedgwick LLP partners, announced Thursday that it would expand westward, opening a Seattle office to be led by a product liability partner and former colleague from the soon-to-be-shuttered firm. Read more »

Senate Confirms Gibson Dunn Vet For 5th Circ.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James C. Ho is heading to the Fifth Circuit after a Senate vote Thursday confirmed him to the post as President Donald Trump’s 12th appellate judge confirmed this year. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Attorneys at Cravath Swaine & Moore topped this week’s legal lions list after guiding Disney's newly inked $52 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, while a team of DLA Piper attorneys landed on the legal lambs list after misconduct got them thrown out of Dish Network's trademark suit against a DirecTV retailer. Read more »

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Carlton Fields

Cleary Gottlieb

Clifford Chance

Covington & Burling

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Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

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DeHay & Elliston

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dechert

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Fried Frank

Gibson Dunn

Goldstein & Russell

Gunster

Hogan Lovells

Hunton & Williams

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Kennedys CMK

King & Spalding

Linklaters

Manko Gold

McKool Smith

Milbank Tweed

Miller Starr

Miyares & Harrington

Morgan Lewis

Morrison & Foerster

O'Melveny & Myers

Paul Weiss

Porzio Bromberg

Proskauer Rose

Ropes & Gray

Sedgwick LLP

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Shearman & Sterling

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Skadden

Stoel Rives

Susman Godfrey

Van Ness Feldman

Weil Gotshal

Wilkinson Walsh

Williams Kastner

Williams Montgomery

Willkie Farr

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES

21st Century Fox Inc.

Alaska Oil and Gas Association

American Petroleum Institute Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Arctic Slope Regional Corp.

Association of Corporate Counsel

China Agritech Inc.

DISH Network Corporation

Enbridge

Environmental Defense Fund Inc.

Flex Ltd.

Hitachi Ltd.

Imerys SA

LM Ericsson Telephone Company

NBCUniversal Inc.

NEC Corp.

NL Industries Inc.

National Conference of State Legislatures

Norwegian Cruise Line

Panasonic Corporation

Southern California Gas Co.

The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Toshiba

Washington Post Co.

XL Catlin

YouTube Inc.

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