The Navajo Nation Council on Wednesday introduced legislation that would approve an agreement to allow the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station on the tribe’s reservation in Arizona to keep its doors open through the end of 2019, as the tribe faces a July 1 deadline to make a decision on the deal.
A group of Sioux tribe members on Wednesday pressed a D.C. federal judge to let them take part in a challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approvals for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, saying that they may be needed in the suit to preserve claims that the pipeline violates their religious rights.
A group of 86 Democratic U.S. representatives told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday that Congress, not the president, has the authority to revoke or shrink national monuments, meaning that his ongoing review of certain monuments at President Donald Trump’s direction is a waste of time and money.
Environmental organizations on Wednesday added new claims against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their suit against the U.S. Department of State and other agencies over the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a Montana federal court the service hasn’t seriously considered the project’s threat to whooping cranes and other endangered species.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to take a look into cleanup work being done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which recently had one of its tunnels that stored mixed radioactive waste partially collapse.
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiaries trying to confirm a $1.8 billion arbitration award against a Nigerian state-owned oil company have urged a New York federal judge to deny an attempt from the country’s central bank to hold on to records related to its foreign accounts.
An otherwise sleepy U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees was roused by several protesters of the agency's pipeline review and approval policies who angrily shouted for FERC to be shut down before they were forcibly removed.
A United Nations arbitration tribunal has awarded a Singapore-based subsidiary of PT Medco Energi Internasional $24 million in a dispute with two other energy companies over investments in an Indonesian oil field, a Jakarta news outlet reported Wednesday.
Kansas utility regulators on Tuesday doubled down on their previous rejection of Great Plains Energy Inc.'s proposed $12.2 billion acquisition of Westar Energy Inc, restating their findings that the merger is not in the public interest.
Perkins Coie LLP said on Tuesday it had picked up a former Federal Highway Administration chief counsel to help grow the firm’s environment, energy and resources practice.
North Dakota urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to undo a settlement in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to review and potentially update its oil and gas drilling waste disposal rules, arguing the deal is unlawful because it isn't consistent with federal solid waste laws.
Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received approval on Wednesday for a planned $437.5 million expansion project that will add capacity and infrastructure for large cargo ships, the biggest expansion in the port’s history.
A California federal judge declined Tuesday to certify a class of landowners challenging Union Pacific Railroad's and Kinder Morgan's use of a railroad right of way to lay pipelines, finding that the named plaintiffs had not shown their claims were typical of the claims of the proposed class, among other things.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday threw out another challenge to a Sunoco Inc. unit’s ability to use eminent domain to claim a right of way for the construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline.
Alaska Independent Gov. Bill Walker wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of an application filed by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. to build a large-scale liquefied natural gas project that could cost upward of $45 billion.
Judges on a Ninth Circuit panel that upheld an order directing the state of Washington to replace 1,000 culverts that infringed on tribal fishing rights said on Friday the ruling should be interpreted narrowly — but experts said the decision could fuel challenges to other wildlife-affecting projects based on a broader reading, and there’s a good chance the U.S. Supreme Court would be interested in reviewing it.
The energy and environmental portions of the 2018 budget proposal released Tuesday largely stick to the blueprint the Trump administration laid out in March, calling for steep cuts to popular environmental protection and energy development programs that are sure to get a frosty reception on Capitol Hill. Here are four proposed moves that will likely face significant congressional pushback.
A Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton PLC unit pressed an Arizona federal court Monday to toss lawsuits in which a Native American tribe and environmental and mining groups are challenging the U.S. Forest Service's decision to greenlight a data collection plan related to the company's proposed mining project in the state.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an aggressive short- and long-term action plan to shore up management at Penn Station and address what he described as the busy transportation hub’s chronic failures ahead of extensive track repairs that are slated to begin this summer.
A D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to approve an approximately $600 million gas pipeline project in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, denying an environmental group’s contention that the certificate violated the Clean Water Act.
In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.
As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.
Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.
In Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the petitioner has raised three different arguments why its appeal is not premature — all of which go to the legal status of FERC's tolling orders. Therefore, it seems likely that the D.C. Circuit will have to address at least some aspect of the scope and lawfulness of FERC's delegation authority, say attorneys with Stinson Leonard Street LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne should make it easier for foreign states and their agencies and instrumentalities to avoid unfounded suits under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. And plaintiffs can no longer avoid dismissal of their claims by asserting that a factual finding on jurisdiction would also decide a merits issue, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.
Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.
Developing and constructing a large-scale project is akin to a marathon that begins at the earliest stages of development and ends after years of work. Experienced and effective construction counsel should be able to reduce an owner’s exposure to cost and schedule slippage while providing proactive advice to overcome both expected and unexpected development challenges, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.
Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.