The D.C. Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately justify its decision to raise allowable carbon monoxide emission levels from industrial boilers, a win for environmentalists that challenged the move.
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DC Circ. Shuts Down Part Of EPA Boiler Rule

The D.C. Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately justify its decision to raise allowable carbon monoxide emission levels from industrial boilers, a win for environmentalists that challenged the move. Read more »

Calif. Climate Suits Sent Back To State Court In Fed Split

A California federal judge Friday sent back to state court climate change torts lodged by a trio of municipalities against dozens of oil, gas and coal companies, creating a split with another judge who’s said similar suits filed by San Francisco and Oakland belong in federal court. Read more »

Trade Group Says EPA's Delay Of Rules Boosts Safety

Opponents of a risk management rule for chemicals on Friday urged a D.C. Circuit panel to quash an effort by environmental groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Obama-era regulations, saying the rules could threaten national security. Read more »

5th Circ. Lifts Block On La. Pipeline Project Amid Appeal

A divided Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday unfroze construction of a crude oil pipeline connected to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline while a Louisiana federal judge's injunction is appealed, with the majority saying it appears that the injunction shouldn't have been granted. Read more »


Tribal Groups Blast FCC Plan To Ease Wireless Buildout

Two tribal groups hinted at potential legal action in comments filed Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission that blasted its proposal to roll back environmental and historic site reviews for small wireless infrastructure deployment in the race to roll out 5G services. Read more »


Colonial Pipeline To Put Up $3.3M In Ala. Gas Spill Settlement

Colonial Pipeline Co. has agreed to a $3.3 million settlement with Alabama to resolve claims related to gasoline pipeline ruptures and other releases in the state, the Alabama attorney general’s office said Thursday. Read more »


Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Must Face EcoDiesel Emissions MDL

Fiat Chrysler and Bosch must face consumers’ fraud and racketeering claims in multidistrict litigation in California over Jeep and Ram diesel trucks allegedly outfitted with emissions-cheating devices, a federal judge ruled late Thursday. Read more »

First Energy Settles Pa. Coal Contract Claim For $93M

First Energy Corp. has finalized a $93 million settlement with a coal supplier that accused the company of improperly backing out of a 10-year contract after the closure of several power plants, according to a Pennsylvania state court filing Thursday. Read more »

Sunoco Faces Class Action Over Pa. Pipeline Work Damage

The owners of two suburban Philadelphia homes launched a class action against Sunoco Inc. on Thursday alleging that construction of the company’s controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline caused significant property damage and left them at risk of possible catastrophic explosion. Read more »

Pa. Revenue Agency Asserts $3.8B Tax Claim In PES Ch. 11

Pennsylvania revenue officials lodged a preemptive $3.8 billion tax claim against bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC on Friday, along with an objection to the big refinery’s prepackaged, high-speed Chapter 11 reorganization. Read more »

Enviros Demand Feds Designate Humpback Critical Habitat

A coalition of Native-led and environmental organizations filed suit Thursday against the National Marine Fisheries Service, alleging it has not acted quickly enough to designate critical habitat to protect three distinct populations of humpback whales that are endangered or threatened. Read more »


Taxation With Representation: EY, Skadden, Slaughter

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Experian bought ClearScore for $385 million, SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service merged in a $750 million deal and Legal & General Group acquired the remaining stake of Cala Homes for $884.7 million. Read more »


Troutman Nabs Ex-Van Ness Feldman Hydropower Pro

Troutman Sanders LLP has snagged a partner from Van Ness Feldman for its energy practice who has more than 20 years of expertise in the hydropower sector and will work from its Washington, D.C., office. Read more »



A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC. Read more »


Ashurst Bonus Shake-Up Stands To Impact Gender Pay Gap

U.K.-based multinational law firm Ashurst LLP on Friday announced that it plans to begin offering bonuses to its nonmanagerial office staff, a move that will likely ameliorate the law firm's gender pay gap. Read more »

End Legal Monopoly With Antitrust Review, Law Prof Says

The current system of regulating the legal profession in the United States has created a monopoly that drives prices up and leaves too many people without a lawyer, according to one law professor who suggests that subjecting the sector to federal antitrust law may be the way forward. Read more »

Ore. Judge Suspended For 'Screen' Of Gay Marriage Couples

Oregon's highest court on Thursday suspended for three years without pay a judge who instituted a "screen" on gay couples trying to get married in his court and also allowed a convicted felon to handle loaded guns in his presence.  Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Civil and criminal charges​ were filed against a former Equifax executive accused of selling off shares before the public was informed of the company’s data breach, ​business groups collectively pushed for legislation that will slash tariffs on hundreds of products,​ and new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the legal services sector is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »


Law360's Pro Say: A New Legal Weapon In The #MeToo Battle

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how a novel legal approach may place new liability on sex abuse enablers; the White House squashing a proposed $117 billion takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by a foreign company; the largest agricultural litigation settlement in U.S. history; and a judge who used Shakespeare to write a spirited ruling in a dispute over wine. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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Broadcom Ltd.

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Army Corps of Engineers

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California Air Resources Board

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Union

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Financial Conduct Authority

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