The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday finalized an initial set of revisions to Obama-era regulations that govern coal ash disposal by easing requirements for utilities and other power plant operators, including extending the timeline for closing coal ash ponds and landfills, and allowing regulators to delay the monitoring of groundwater.
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EPA Finalizes 1st Phase Of Coal Ash Rule Relaxation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday finalized an initial set of revisions to Obama-era regulations that govern coal ash disposal by easing requirements for utilities and other power plant operators, including extending the timeline for closing coal ash ponds and landfills, and allowing regulators to delay the monitoring of groundwater. Read more »

Calif. Court Revives Oil Drilling Royalties Settlement

A California appeals court partially reversed a trial court and allowed a settlement that permitted the city of Whittier and a conservation authority to share royalties from an oil and gas development, deciding that it didn’t violate a proposition aimed at funding recreational projects. Read more »

DC Circ. Pauses EPA Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions Rollback

A divided D.C. Circuit panel put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to stop enforcing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for certain heavy-duty trucks on hold Wednesday, while it mulls an emergency bid by environmental groups to nix the decision. Read more »

Miami Voters Will Have Say On Beckham's $1B Stadium Plan

Miami voters will have a say this November on whether the city should negotiate a no-bid proposal with David Beckham's Major League Soccer ownership group to redevelop a city-owned golf course into a $1 billion soccer stadium, retail-office complex and public park. Read more »

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Puerto Rico Gov. Appoints New Utility Chief After Shake-Up

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Wednesday announced the appointment of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s third CEO in a week, days after the last CEO and most of the board of directors resigned. Read more »

US Will Consider Uranium Tariffs Using Security Trade Law

The U.S. Department of Commerce has opened an investigation into whether imports of uranium pose a threat to national security, the fourth probe the Trump administration has launched under a Cold War-era statute, the department announced Wednesday. Read more »

GAO Says Army Corps Fairly Refused Fence Bid Correction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fairly denied a construction company's request to fix errors in its bid for a landfill fencing contract because doing so would have displaced lower offers, the U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled in a decision made public Tuesday. Read more »

LITIGATION

Steadfast, Zurich Say They Don’t Cover Builder In Fraud Row

Steadfast Insurance Co. and Zurich American Insurance Co. told a Texas federal court Wednesday that their policies do not cover a Texas builder in an adversarial bankruptcy suit accusing the builder of a $329 million scheme to defraud a highway management company. Read more »

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A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has been working hard across the globe this year, handling both sides of Disney’s massive $71.3 billion bid for 21st Century Fox and whittling down a lawsuit over the government-toppling corruption scandal at Brazil’s Petrobras to a $3 billion settlement, to earn a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list. Read more »

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Firms Look Beyond Cash To Lure Associates In Salary Race

Amid the near-daily announcements of BigLaw firms and boutiques clamoring to match the new market scale for associate salaries unveiled in June, several law firms are exploring ways to augment their offerings to young attorneys in ways that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Read more »

SDNY Judge Forrest, Known For Tough Sentences, To Retire

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest plans to retire after less then seven years on the federal bench, her judicial colleagues confirmed Wednesday, after a tenure notable for tough sentences — especially a life term for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht — and her more recent move to upbraid another retired judge. Read more »

White House Defends Kavanaugh On Independent Counsel

The White House is pushing back against criticism of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s remarks at a conservative think tank two years ago, casting the D.C. Circuit judge’s comments on a decision about the now-defunct independent counsel law as no big deal. Read more »

Senate Narrowly Confirms Andrew Oldham To 5th Circ.

Andrew S. Oldham was confirmed to the Fifth Circuit on a 50-49 party-line vote on Wednesday, making him President Donald Trump's fifth successful appointment to the Louisiana-based appellate court. Read more »

'Change Is Happening,' NJ Judge Says Of Court Diversity

With the New Jersey federal court having grown more diverse over the years, building on that progress requires minority lawyers to attend professional events, apply for jobs, show up at the courthouse and make themselves known, the state’s top federal jurist said Wednesday before a panel discussion. Read more »

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