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Environmental

  • March 21, 2019

    FERC Mulls Grid Rate Incentive Policy Changes

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it would explore revising its incentive policy for electric transmission projects to ensure it's properly encouraging new development, as well as how it calculates transmission company investor returns.

  • March 21, 2019

    Calif. Approves Final Regulations For Idle Oil And Gas Wells

    A California agency on Thursday announced it had approved regulations aimed at ensuring idle oil and gas wells do not harm the environment and that there are more resources to plug wells that are abandoned by operators.

  • March 21, 2019

    Plaintiffs Bar Cheers High Court's Pass On Class Cert. Review

    The plaintiffs bar is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's choice this week to leave intact a Sixth Circuit decision that endorses a little-used path to class certification, a ruling experts say is likely to result in more successful class actions, especially toxic torts, across the country.

  • March 21, 2019

    Donziger Still Defying Court In $9.5B Ecuador Fight: Chevron

    Chevron Corp. told a New York federal judge Wednesday that new evidence proves attorney Steven Donziger flouted an order barring him from profiting off a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in an Ecuadorian environmental case, saying his “brazen” misdeeds warrant sanctions.

  • March 21, 2019

    Insurers Must Name Climate-Problem Clients, Nonprofits Say

    California is under pressure to force insurers to name the fossil-fuel projects they insure and underwrite, with nonprofit groups calling Thursday for emergency measures from the state’s insurance regulator.

  • March 21, 2019

    DLA Piper Nabs Baker McKenzie, Wilson Sonsini Partners

    DLA Piper LLP said Wednesday that it's beefed up its California offices by hiring a former Baker McKenzie partner who focuses her practice on energy and project finance and a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner who specializes in advising startups, emerging technology and media companies.

  • March 21, 2019

    Native Groups Can't Weigh In On National Monuments Cuts

    Efforts of Native American advocacy groups to support challenges to President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink two national monuments were halted Wednesday when a D.C federal judge said their proposed amicus brief would not help determine whether the president’s decision was authorized by the Antiquities Act.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOI Gives Tribes, States $291M For Coal Mine Cleanup

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that states including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas along with several tribes will benefit from more than $291 million in funding to be used for the reclamation and regeneration of abandoned coal mines.

  • March 21, 2019

    Enviros Sue NHTSA For Docs To Fight Emission Rule Rollback

    An environmental and wildlife conservation group asked a District of Columbia federal court Thursday to order the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fork over public documents the group requested in its challenge to proposed slackening of greenhouse gas emission standards.

  • March 21, 2019

    EPA Contractors Can't Dodge Suit Over Gold King Mine Spill

    A New Mexico federal judge has allowed the bulk of claims to proceed against two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractors who worked on the Gold King Mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminants, saying they must face allegations brought under federal environmental and state tort laws.

  • March 21, 2019

    Mo. Regulators OK $2.3B Power Line After Court Rebuke

    Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday greenlighted the construction of a $2.3 billion interstate electric transmission line, less than a year after the Missouri Supreme Court said the state's public service commission got it wrong in rejecting the long-gestating project.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    GrayRobinson Adds Sustainability Focus To Enviro Practice

    Noticing increased activity among both businesses and local governments on environmental issues, and sustainability in particular, Florida-based law firm GrayRobinson PA has relaunched its efforts in the field through a new environmental and sustainability law practice group.

  • March 20, 2019

    States Join Push For DC Circ. To Rehear FERC Dam Dispute

    Several states, including Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have urged the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its determination that the one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn't reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted.

  • March 20, 2019

    Monsanto Jury Told $63B Co. Should Pay Up Over Roundup

    Monsanto should pay a California man for failing to warn about its weedkiller Roundup's cancer risks, his attorney told a federal jury during opening statements in the trial's second phase, declining to put a number on punitive damages but noting that Bayer recently acquired Monsanto for $63 billion.

  • March 20, 2019

    BLM Fell Short On Wyo. Drilling's Climate Impact, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge has halted the Bureau of Land Management from authorizing new oil and gas drilling on roughly 300,000 acres of land in Wyoming until the government goes back and takes a closer look at how it will impact climate change.

  • March 20, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler Wants Texas Drivers' Faulty Fuel Pump Suit Axed

    Fiat Chrysler asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to slash a proposed class action alleging it sold diesel vehicles with defective fuel injection pumps that weren't compatible with American fuel standards and led to engine failure, saying the drivers' claims are short on facts.

  • March 20, 2019

    Calif. Tribes Seek $900K After Salmon Protection Win

    The Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes have asked a California federal court for more than $900,000 in combined fees after succeeding in their bid to force the federal government to take action to help protect a threatened salmon species in the Klamath River.

  • March 20, 2019

    Hogan Lovells Adds Ex-Koch Counsel As Enviro Atty In Texas

    The former chief counsel of litigation for Koch Industries Inc. has joined Hogan Lovells' Houston office as a partner in its environmental and natural resources practice.

Expert Analysis

  • The Latest On Vapor Intrusion Regs In Calif.

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    Recent and upcoming vapor intrusion policies from California environmental regulators will increase the number of properties investigated, shift the focus to indoor air sampling, and possibly affect real estate transactions, say Catherine Johnson and Dorothy Dickey of Environmental General Counsel LLP.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.