States, cities and counties across the U.S. have launched a wave of suits seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change-related infrastructure damage. The results so far: two dismissals and one suit remanded from federal to state court. Here's a recap of recent major climate tort decisions and what to watch for next.
The Office of the U.S. Trustee objected Monday to the confirmation of oil and gas exploration company Enduro Resource Partners LLC's Chapter 11 plan, arguing the liability releases are too broad and cover too many parties.
Investors who bought a bankrupt Minnesota iron ore mine last year lost their right to about a third of the company's original mining area late Monday, under a Delaware bankruptcy court ruling that the company’s hold ended with a missed Chapter 11 plan deadline.
A Navajo Nation-owned energy company has reached a $45 million deal to settle arbitration it brought against several utilities in a contract battle over their refusal to use coal from a Navajo mine for the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico, a firm representing the Navajo company said Tuesday.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has urged the D.C. Circuit to reject a challenge by New York and North Carolina utility regulators to certificates for three pipeline projects, including the $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise project, arguing that the agency approved the pipelines’ initial shipping rates in line with the Natural Gas Act.
Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.
DuPont has come to a $3.1 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Air Act that led to an accident at its La Porte, Texas, chemical production facility in 2014 that left four workers dead from exposure to a toxic chemical.
A coalition of Manhattan and Brooklyn residents and organizations opposing New York’s plan to close the L train line between the two boroughs agreed to drop all claims related to transit access for disabled people after the state promised to add elevators along the route, a lawyer for the coalition said Monday.
Federal carbon tax legislation introduced Monday by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., is likely dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, but experts say the bill highlights growing support of the idea and could emerge as a key metric for voters assessing congressional candidates in this fall's midterm elections.
Talen Energy affiliate New Mach Gen LLC secured confirmation of its prepackaged Chapter 11 without a single short circuit Monday, gaining clearance for a plan to spin off one of its three power plants to a lender and reduce the remaining company’s debt load by $95 million.
The Sierra Club told the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Monday that it intends to appeal to the state Supreme Court the regulator's decision to allow Duke Energy Carolinas LLC to receive about $546 million from customers to recover coal ash cleanup costs it incurred in recent years, before penalties are imposed.
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The Canadian government launched a North American Free Trade Agreement challenge to the Trump administration's safeguard duties on solar panels Monday, asserting that the tariffs were imposed illegally.
The Second Circuit on Monday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule requiring power plants and manufacturers to minimize damage to aquatic life caused by pulling in water from lakes, rejecting challenges from power industry and environmental groups.
Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.
Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule for so-called “exceptional events,” like wildfires and volcanic eruptions, rejecting environmental advocates’ contention that the rule would let the agency write off human-caused pollution as natural activity.
The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission wrongly allowed Powertech to keep a uranium mining license after failing to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act over objections from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, holding that such a decision “vitiates” the environmental law’s requirements.
The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources asked the governor of Puerto Rico on Thursday to send an administration official to speak at an upcoming panel hearing on mismanagement at the island's troubled electric utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, amid mass turnover at the top.
The city of Baltimore on Friday added its name to a growing list of local governments that have filed suit against Chevron, BP and a slew of other energy companies accusing them of contributing to climate change that is causing sea level rise, extreme weather and other problems of concern to a city with 60 miles of waterfront.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
The first quarter of 2018 was above average in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations closed by U.S. regulators without enforcement. But the government may return to more assertive enforcement in the future — and companies and individuals may still face liability long after the "completion" of any misconduct, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was relatively slow during the first quarter of 2018, with only three fairly low-value corporate enforcement actions announced between January and March of the year. But the announced second quarter settlements and likely future dispositions suggest that 2018 still may be an active year overall for FCPA enforcement, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
Climate resiliency measures to abate future disasters in coastal cities like Boston need to be taken now to avoid disasters and save hundreds of billions of dollars in the future. But climate change needs a master plan; it cannot be left to thousands of cities to coordinate efforts — that is what our federal system is for, says Michael Parker of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
One of the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — tax incentives for investments in qualified opportunity zones — is undeniable, particularly in Virginia. However, given the 2026 recognition deadline, taxpayers should consider making investments by year's end to take full advantage of the tax incentive’s deferral and exclusion opportunities, says Jenny Connors of Williams Mullen.
"Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.
Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.
Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.