Communications companies in the U.S. spent much of 2017 engaging in disaster relief and restoration efforts following hurricanes that rocked the Gulf Coast and Caribbean and wildfires that ripped through California, according to a report by the Communications Sector Coordinating Council.
The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday defended a proposed increase for oil and gas well permitting fees, telling state legislators the hike to $12,500 is designed to promptly provide the necessary staffing to process permit applications.
With the Miami area's population climbing and available land on the decline, transit-oriented development is emerging in the market as an attractive means both for tackling the resulting challenges and keeping up with market preferences — and lawyers are positioned to play a central role in its advancement.
A recent ruling that the alleged global warming liability of Exxon, BP and other fossil fuel producers is a question of federal law creates a new avenue for climate change tort litigation and sets the stage for proponents and critics of climate science to cross swords before federal judges, experts say.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday eased methane standards for new oil and gas industry sources and took steps to relax a coal ash disposal rule, the latest in a series of moves undoing regulations imposed by the Obama administration.
The county of Maui, Hawaii, on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit to reconsider a panel finding that wastewater injections whose pollution reaches navigable U.S. waters via groundwater are subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.
In the latest round of departures from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP amid its decision to merge with Hunton & Williams LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP announced on Thursday that it has opened an Austin, Texas, office with eight partners joining, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up 14 lawyers from Andrews Kurth's public finance team.
A conservation group said Thursday it is asking the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general to conduct a formal investigation into the modified boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, claiming a Utah state legislator is personally profiting from the changes.
The developer of a crude oil pipeline connected to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline urged a Louisiana federal judge on Thursday to put on hold her ruling blocking its construction while the company challenges that decision at the Fifth Circuit.
A D.C. district judge on Thursday rejected a request to expedite a case brought by a group of landowners who live along the routes of two eastern pipelines and allege that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting process allows developers to exercise eminent domain in an unconstitutional manner.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao indicated Thursday that the federal government won't bow to pressure to cover a larger share of the estimated $13 billion cost to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New York and New Jersey, casting a bleak outlook for the long-planned project.
Detroit Public Schools’ community district and its board of education on Wednesday urged a Michigan federal judge to toss the remaining claims from a suit brought by residents looking to block the use of $56.5 million in taxpayer funds for a new arena for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, after previously gutting the suit.
A former Ramapo, New Jersey, town supervisor’s guilty verdict in what federal prosecutors have christened the first municipal bond fraud case should warrant a quick win for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a related civil suit, a New York federal judge heard on Wednesday.
Ambac Assurance Corp. cannot challenge the plans being used as blueprints to restructure Puerto Rico’s public finances, according to a ruling Tuesday in the commonwealth’s bankruptcy-like cases, enshrining the autonomy of the federal board overseeing the territory’s fiscal crisis to certify debt service proposals.
An electric car company co-founded by Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia, on Wednesday paired a Chapter 11 filing with a request to a Virginia bankruptcy court to allow it to offer two of its executives tens of thousands in financial incentives to see the company through the process.
A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected San Francisco and Oakland, California's bid to return their climate change torts against BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Shell to state court, saying climate change is a global issue and the cities' claims should be governed by federal law.
Pennsylvania environmental groups on Wednesday blasted a recent agreement allowing Sunoco Pipeline LP to resume work on its Mariner East 2 pipeline after paying $12.6 million in fines to state regulators, saying the deal weakens previously agreed-upon protocols for preventing and responding to drilling fluid spills.
The Federal Communications Commission will release a plan to streamline infrastructure approval and exempt small transmitters from rules for giant cell towers in order to facilitate cheaper and faster 5G network deployment, Commissioner Brendan Carr announced Wednesday.
Numerous California municipalities, water agencies and environmental advocates sued the State Water Resources Control Board in state court Tuesday, accusing the state decision-makers of obstruction and possible collusion through surreptitious communication about a proposed $18 billion water-diversion program called WaterFix.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday gave its authorization to a merger between Great Plains Energy Inc. and Westar Energy Inc. in a deal valued at around $14 billion, finding that the transaction is in the public interest and won’t negatively impact markets or rates.
The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Some experts estimate that the Burmese military controls up to 50 percent of the country’s economy, and that an additional 20 percent is controlled by individuals and entities targeted under separate sanctions programs. As a practical matter, enactment of the Burma Act of 2017 would mean that a significant portion of Myanmar's economy would be off-limits to U.S. investors, say members of Ropes & Gray LLP.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.
Instead of pleading with lawmakers to do the right thing, constitutional amendments would elevate environmental rights to the status of our most cherished liberties, says Maya van Rossum, leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple’s Beasley School of Law.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently clarified that it will not treat certain passive tax equity interests in public utilities as voting securities that require transaction approval pursuant to the Federal Power Act. But firms may continue to file for approval out of an abundance of caution, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.
In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.
The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.
Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
With the stated intention of promoting transparency and public participation in the process of resolving lawsuits brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end the “sue and settle” practices within the agency. But whether the directive will provide relief for the EPA from the policy is debatable, says Maureen Mitchell of Fox Rothschild LLP.