The White House on Thursday floated a sweeping government restructuring proposal that would consolidate several environmental programs that are now divided among different agencies, including those dealing with animal protection and environmental cleanup.
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Trump’s Overhaul Plan Targets Animal, Superfund Programs

The White House on Thursday floated a sweeping government restructuring proposal that would consolidate several environmental programs that are now divided among different agencies, including those dealing with animal protection and environmental cleanup. Read more »

EPA Says No Need For CWA Hazardous Spill Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it does not intend to propose Clean Water Act regulations meant to prevent spills of hazardous substances because doing so is unnecessary and would duplicate already existing requirements, drawing fire from environmental groups. Read more »

4th Circ. Stays Corps' $3.5B Gas Pipeline Permit

The Fourth Circuit on Thursday stayed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline pending a petition for review following environmentalists’ argument that the developers have admitted they cannot satisfy the permit's conditions, Read more »

Feds Sued For Reinstating Expired Mining Leases In Minn.

The U.S. Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Land Management were hit with a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the reinstatement of two expired mining leases in the Superior National Forest near a popular Minnesota wilderness area. Read more »

Feature

Biggest Native American Rulings Of 2018: Midyear Report

The U.S. Supreme Court handed major wins to tribes this year in cases centering on treaty rights and tribal sovereign immunity to lawsuits, but tribes have also found themselves on the wrong end of rulings that undercut tribal immunity in patent reviews and affirmed National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction over tribal casinos. Here, Law360 looks back at some of the headline-grabbing decisions in Native American law from the first half of 2018. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

DOE Revamp, Grid Privatization Eyed In Trump Reorg Plan

The federal government overhaul plan floated by the Trump administration Thursday proposes putting all of the U.S. Department of Energy's research and development programs under one roof and takes another swing at selling off federally owned transmission assets, a move that is likely dead on arrival in Congress. Read more »

First Nations To Be Involved In BC Fish Farm Tenure Process

Negotiating with First Nations will be required by 2022 for fish farms on the Canadian west coast before they will be able to get a fishing tenure from British Columbia, the province recently said. Read more »

LITIGATION

L Train Project Opponents Want Enviro Review Docs

A coalition of Manhattan residents and co-ops suing over a plan to shut down the L train and repair a related tunnel told a New York federal judge Wednesday that the Federal Transportation Administration and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority must hand over information concerning environmental clearances that were withdrawn after the lawsuit began. Read more »

Tribe Hits Feds With Suit Over Drilling Permit Decision

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has hit the U.S. Department of the Interior with a lawsuit challenging a decision from the agency's Office of Hearing and Appeals that the tribe said approved bids to drill near a lake within the boundaries of the nation's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Read more »

Groups Urge Judge Not To Toss EPA Adviser Policy Challenge

A coalition of scientific advocacy groups on Wednesday urged a D.C. federal judge not to toss their lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s policy barring members of its scientific advisory committees from receiving EPA grants while serving in the role. Read more »

GM Presses Bid To Shave Claims In Drivers' Emissions Suit

General Motors filed a brief Wednesday furthering an attempt to fend off allegations it used emissions-cheating devices in its diesel pickup trucks, telling a Michigan federal judge that a group of drivers behind the suit can’t save a collection of state law claims plagued by fatal shortcomings. Read more »

FERC Says 4th Circ. $3.5B Pipeline Fight In Wrong Venue

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Fourth Circuit to throw out a challenge to its decision to allow construction on the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying now that authorization for the pipeline is finalized, all appeals belong before the D.C. Circuit. Read more »

DEALS

Real Estate Rumors: Florida Power, EQ Office, Scott McNealy

Florida Power has reportedly dropped $10 million on 400 acres of land in the state, Blackstone subsidiary EQ Office is reportedly looking to get $300 million for a New York office tower, and former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy is reportedly seeking $96.8 million for his Palo Alto, California, mansion. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

These Practices Will Drive Legal Hires In The Next 6 Months

More than half of U.S.-based lawyers anticipate this practice will drive job growth at their firms or companies throughout the second half of 2018, according to a survey released by legal staffing and consulting solutions company Robert Half Legal on Thursday. Read more »

Feature

Getting Acquired? Here's What GCs Should Do

A federal judge's recent decision that AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner and Disney's raised bid for parts of 21st Century Fox might have in-house counsel wondering what they'd do if a merger happened at their companies. Here, Law360 looks at how GCs and other in-house attorneys can prepare. Read more »

4 More BigLaw Firms Catch Up To Associate Salary Raises

BigLaw firms Shearman & Sterling, Akin Gump, Orrick and Dechert are the latest to increase associate pay in the U.S. to match the scale set last week by Cravath, offering first-year attorneys a $190,000 base salary. Read more »

GOP Sen. Blocks Ga. Justice Tapped By Trump For 11th Circ.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has become the first Republican to hold up one of President Donald Trump’s judicial picks, blocking the Eleventh Circuit nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant for a second time in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Read more »

Immigration Takes Center Stage At House Judiciary Hearing

The Trump administration’s immigration policy and its effect on the courts were front and center Thursday at a subcommittee hearing of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the pressing need for new federal district and appellate judges. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP secured the title of top legal lions this week, winning a favorable decision at the U.S. Supreme Court for a Canadian railroad company in a $13.3 million dispute with the IRS, while legal lamb Brann & Isaacson did not fare so well at the same court in a separate tax fight over internet retailers' duty to collect state sales and use taxes. Read more »

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AT&T Inc.

AbbVie Inc.

Akorn Inc.

Allergan PLC

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Cable News Network Inc.

Canadian National Railway Company

Center for Biological Diversity Inc.

Consolidated Edison Inc.

EQT Corp.

FCA US LLC

Florida Power & Light Co.

Freedom Industries Inc.

General Motors

GlobalFoundries

Hobby Lobby Stores

Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co.

Major Lindsey & Africa

National Hispanic Medical Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York City Transit Authority

NextEra Energy Inc.

Oracle Corp.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Robert Bosch GmbH

Robert Half International Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Sierra Club

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

The Allstate Corp.

The Blackstone Group L.P.

The Coca-Cola Company

The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

The Walt Disney Co.

Time Warner Inc.

WGL Holdings Inc.

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