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  • December 20, 2018

    Occidental Says Phillips 66, Others Liable For Calif. Cleanup

    Occidental Chemical Corp. has told a California federal court that other companies, including Phillips 66 and Union Oil Co. of California, should be responsible for the cost of cleaning up contaminants at the Port of Los Angeles.

  • December 20, 2018

    1 Year In, TCJA Pushing Major Changes In Energy Sector

    The one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law is Dec. 22, and major impacts are already being felt throughout the energy sector. Here, Law360 takes a look at the industry’s first year under the new law.

  • December 20, 2018

    Sunoco Defends Pa. Pipeline As DA Launches Criminal Probe

    Sunoco LP on Thursday blasted what it said were "baseless allegations" behind a suburban Philadelphia prosecutor's move this week to launch a criminal investigation into the company's conduct in planning and constructing its troubled Mariner East natural gas pipelines.

  • December 20, 2018

    Coastal State AGs Want In On Seismic Testing Permits Fight

    Nine East Coast state attorneys general on Thursday sought to join a suit challenging the Trump administration's issuance of permits for oil and gas companies to injure or otherwise disrupt whales and other marine mammals during seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, a precursor for offshore drilling in the region.

  • December 19, 2018

    Enviros Sue Feds To Halt Colorado Dam Expansion

    Save the Colorado and a coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday over its decision to authorize the expansion of a dam in Colorado, arguing the government never seriously considered less harmful alternatives to the project.

  • December 19, 2018

    FTA Awards $16.6M For Transit-Linked Development Planning

    The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a total of $16.6 million to 20 organizations to support the development of areas near public transit projects in more than a dozen states, the agency said Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Wind Farm Cos. Tell Justices Feds Wrong On Tribal Appeal

    A trio of Oklahoma energy developers pressed the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to take up their bid to overturn the Tenth Circuit's ruling that they needed Osage Nation and federal approval for a lease connected with a wind farm project, saying the solicitor general has wrongly argued that the tribe had the right to take part in the circuit court appeal.

  • December 19, 2018

    Court Urged To Answer Key Question In $500M LNG Row

    A Luxembourg engineering and construction company has urged a New York federal court not to let arbitrators decide whether its $500 million dispute against two GE units relating to liquefied natural gas plants should be arbitrated, saying that question must be answered by the court.

  • December 19, 2018

    Ohio City Seeks To Overturn $2B Nexus Pipeline Approval

    The Ohio city of Oberlin along with a fellow opponent of the $2 billion Nexus pipeline told the D.C. Circuit that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was wrong to approve the project, saying its need was overstated and it was not in the public interest.

  • December 19, 2018

    EPA Suit Over Exxon Terminal Would Be Futile, Parties Agree

    Suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a permit for a Boston-area petroleum storage terminal — an avenue suggested by a federal judge — will prove futile, so an environmental group will press on with its suit against Exxon Mobil Corp., the group and Exxon said Tuesday.

  • December 18, 2018

    10th Circ. Won't Rethink Pipeline Ruling Protecting Tribal Land

    The Tenth Circuit won't reconsider its mid-November decision denying a natural gas pipeline company the right to take control of land that's partially owned by a Native American tribe, the court said in a short order.

  • December 18, 2018

    Texas County Wants Eagle Ford Road Damage Suit Revived

    Dimmit County has asked the Texas Supreme Court to overturn a lower appellate court's October ruling that allowed 21 oil and gas companies operating in the Eagle Ford Shale out of the county's lawsuit trying to hold the companies responsible for major road damage in the rural community.

  • December 18, 2018

    Gov't Agrees To Dam Water Release In Fish Protection Row

    Washington state and several federal agencies have reached a deal with Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe to ensure that endangered salmon and steelhead can traverse the Columbia River basin while the government works on a new environmental analysis regarding dams in the waterway, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • December 18, 2018

    Kinder Morgan Unit Faces $5M Suit Over Chemical Spill

    Fallout from a chemical spill near a Kinder Morgan unit-owned pipeline landed in Texas state court Monday as two landowners brought a proposed class action claiming the company negligently released the toxic chemicals causing more than $5 million in environmental damage over 3,000 to 5,000 acres of land.

  • December 18, 2018

    Enviros Fight To Sink NY Nuke Subsidies

    A coalition of environmental groups on Monday asked a New York state judge to strike down a state program offering subsidies to prop up struggling nuclear power plants, arguing that the state's Public Service Commission violated the requirements for public comment and review.

  • December 18, 2018

    States Plan Regional Pact To Slash Transportation Emissions

    Nine eastern U.S. states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday announced plans to develop a regional cap-and-invest system aimed at slashing carbon emissions from the transportation sector, echoing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that uses cap-and-trade to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

  • December 18, 2018

    Keep Youth Climate Suit On Hold, Feds Tell Judge

    The U.S. government on Monday urged an Oregon federal judge to maintain her stay of a children's suit accusing the government of pushing policies that contribute to climate change while the Ninth Circuit mulls its latest bid to dismiss the case, saying the children haven't justified the need for a restart.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Moments That Mattered Most For Legal Ethics In 2018

    Anyone who thinks that legal ethics is a sleepy area of the law didn't live through 2018. The year saw major decisions about conflict waivers and defunct firm clawbacks, among other meaty topics, and enough head-shaking news springing from the special counsel probe into the presidential election to make one dizzy. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest ethics and professional conduct stories of 2018.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Year #MeToo Rocked In-House Law Departments

    General counsel from various industries were forced into the spotlight and held publicly accountable this year — either because they allegedly behaved inappropriately or were accused of handling internal situations poorly — as the #MeToo movement swept through corporate America and its in-house law departments.

  • December 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms Safeco's Win In Corps Project Row

    The Second Circuit held that a lower court was right in concluding that Safeco Insurance Co. of America is entitled to indemnification from a construction contractor for losses suffered under bonds issued for Army Corps of Engineers projects, finding no merit to claims that the insurer flouted its contractual obligations or acted in bad faith.

Expert Analysis

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Tax Delayed Is Tax Avoided: More Opportunity Zone Benefits

    Lewis Horowitz

    Although the opportunity zone program is designed to stimulate investment in low-income areas, in many cases, taxpayers can benefit from investments in neighborhoods — such as those in Washington and Oregon — that are growing despite this incentive, say Eric Kodesch and Lewis Horowitz of Lane Powell PC.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • REITs With International Operations Get Welcome IRS Ruling

    David Miller

    A revenue procedure released by the IRS in September provides important, albeit limited, relief to real estate investment trusts with international operations on certain unanswered questions, say David Miller and Christian Brause of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • 2 Possible High Court Approaches To Tribe Tax Dispute

    Catherine Munson

    Based on last week's oral arguments in Washington v. Cougar Den, it's likely that the outcome will turn on whether the U.S. Supreme Court considers Washington's fuel tax to be on the possession of fuel, or on the Yakama Nation's importation of fuel, say Catherine Munson and Rachel Saimons of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Next Steps For Oil And Gas Owners If Colo. Passes Prop 112

    Brent Owen

    On Tuesday, Colorado voters will decide whether to enact a ballot initiative that significantly restricts oil and gas development. If Proposition 112 passes, owners of oil and gas mineral interests will likely seek redress for the loss of their valuable property rights, says Brent Owen of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • An In-Depth Guide To The Opportunity Zone Guidance: Part 2

    Marc Schultz

    Last month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released proposed regulations for the new opportunity zone program. In the concluding part of this series, Marc Schultz of Snell & Wilmer LLP analyzes the guidance as it pertains to opportunity zone businesses and opportunity zone business property.