Embattled attorney Steve Donziger remains a flight risk and shouldn’t get his home confinement restrictions loosened as he faces contempt charges, a court-appointed prosecutor told a New York federal court in recent days.
PricewaterhouseCoopers must face an $800 million negligence suit brought by a subsidiary of British American Tobacco, a London judge ruled on Friday, saying the accounting giant cannot escape in-depth scrutiny of claims that it gave bad advice to the company embroiled in an expensive environmental cleanup.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday ruled against a coalition of southern Oregon and Northern California farmers who argued they weren’t properly compensated when the federal government declined to release water to them, saying tribal water rights were first in line.
The Tenth Circuit has rebuffed a request by Three Affiliated Tribes court officials that it rethink a ruling that tribe members' suits seeking royalties for the flaring of natural gas on reservation lands can’t be heard in tribal court, despite the officials’ claims the decision flouted U.S. Supreme Court precedent and trampled on tribal court authority.
A Washington federal judge on Wednesday halted the Lummi Nation’s plans to take part in winter crab fishing in an area off the state’s coast, saying three other tribes that have long fished those waters had shown that letting the Lummi join in could hurt them economically and culturally.
President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Energy told senators Thursday that he would continue to pursue the administration's pro-energy development policies, but distanced himself from the Ukraine impeachment controversy that has ensnared former Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must consider outdated uses of a chemical when evaluating the substance's health and environmental risks, the Ninth Circuit said Thursday.
California's utility overseer has announced that it will investigate whether Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric made the right decision when they shut off electric power to millions of people in an effort to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires.
A western Pennsylvania town didn’t have to give extra weight to the “temporary” effects of building and drilling hydraulically fractured gas wells when considering its zoning laws, a state appellate court said Thursday.
Developers of the $1 billion PennEast pipeline said Thursday they will seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the Third Circuit's ruling that PennEast can't seize New Jersey-owned land for the project, claiming the decision threatens to stymie gas development nationwide.
Southern California Edison will pay $360 million to 23 cities, counties and special districts to settle claims of taxpayer losses caused by the 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein Fires, the 2018 Montecito Debris Flows and the 2018 Woolsey Fire, the utility and Baron & Budd PC announced Wednesday.
The leadership of the Navajo Nation said the tribe will not provide financial backing for bonds that a tribe-owned energy company needs to operate three mines it recently acquired from a bankrupt coal miner.
A Washington federal court has greenlighted a settlement that obligates General Insurance Co. of America to pay nearly $4 million to The Seattle Times Co. to cover environmental cleanup obligations it incurred after selling a property.
Opponents of a proposed long-distance power line in Oregon sued the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service over their authorizations for the project, which they say would permanently mar scenic areas that include portions of the historic Oregon Trail.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has urged the Eleventh Circuit not to overturn its win in a Georgia federal court case where an Alabama attorney was ordered to pay nearly $5 million for purportedly defrauding former NBA star Charles Barkley and other investors out of millions of dollars.
The federal government has for years failed to decide whether several varieties of the frequently poached pangolin deserved Endangered Species Act protections, several conservation groups said Wednesday in a notice of intent to sue.
New Jersey’s environmental regulator can use municipalities to crack down on polluters who haven’t complied with remediation orders, an appellate panel ruled Wednesday in a legal fight over Alsol Corp.’s oil spill near a Garden State lake.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top scientist tried to reassure the House Science Committee on Wednesday about a proposed rule that would change how science is used in EPA rulemaking, but unconvinced Democrats repeatedly slammed the rule as improperly limiting data that could be considered.
The Walt Disney Co. and US Foods Inc. have briefed only in “superficial terms” their concerns with a $135 million deal to end multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Navistar diesel engines, an Illinois federal judge said at a hearing Wednesday.
British insurance brokers have called on whoever forms the next government to promise to set money aside for protection against floods, as extreme weather washes across the North of England and the December general election looms.
The Sierra Club, along with California and a number of other states, urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to block President Donald Trump from using $2.5 billion in defense funds to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing the president's decision to take the money was unconstitutional.
A New Jersey federal court gave its final approval to a $33 million settlement package over the alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging of certain water treatment chemicals, including more than $12 million in attorney fees and costs for Miller Law LLC and Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson PA.
Environmental justice advocates on Tuesday accused the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of violating the civil rights of Spanish speakers by publicizing meetings only in English and failing to provide interpreters, and asked the agency to change its rules.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce for a second time to explain its countervailing duty on Chinese solar cell imports, saying that the agency has failed to address its concerns about how the duty was determined.
State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco said risks ranging from climate change to terrorism to political instability could affect its operations, part of wide-ranging disclosures the Saudi Arabian company released as it prepares for an expected December initial public offering.
Firefighting practices are often shared between states, so what California does, or doesn't do, to prevent and combat wildfires has impacts beyond its borders. One lesson learned this year is that power shutoffs to prevent fires cause more problems than they solve, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.
Oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund raise the possibility that the national permitting system for discharging wastewater into the ground will need to be retrofitted, says Marcia Greenblatt of Integral Consulting.
Defense-oriented attorneys and corporations should be aware of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's list of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other exposures slated for review over the next five years, and begin preparing for eventual hazard evaluations by IARC working groups, say Eric Lasker and John Kalas of Hollingsworth.
Recent federal appellate and district court rulings suggest that the predicted radical curtailing of Auer deference in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kisor v. Wilkie has not come to fruition, say Jeffrey Karp and Edward Mahaffey at Sullivan & Worcester.
Businesses with a presence in Wisconsin should be aware of the state's proposals for regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — in particular, its plans to set extremely low allowable levels of PFAS in drinking water, say George Marek and Lauren Harpke of Quarles & Brady.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved two regional transmission organizations' energy storage proposals. But full integration of storage resources into the wholesale market will be complex — and ongoing litigation could force FERC to change its approach, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.
As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.
Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.
In last week’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, justices searched for a standard for controlling indirect discharges to navigable waters that could prevent evasion of water quality protections without significantly expanding federal permitting requirements, say Ashley Peck and Alison Hunter of Holland & Hart.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently took aim at air emissions from "pigging," a natural gas pipeline maintenance procedure. Midstream oil and gas operators must balance the need for internal emissions reviews and the legal and compliance issues they can produce, says David McSweeney of Hunton.
More businesses in the mining and metals sector are considering blockchain to address challenges associated with mineral provenance and supply chain transparency, but it remains to be seen whether the technology can be harnessed to track performance standards related to human rights, labor practices and other factors, say attorneys at White & Case.
It’s common for inexperienced witnesses to become ensnared in their own responses during cross-examination, so they should be coached in advance on how to break down each question-and-answer scenario into three distinct phases, says Jeff Dougherty of Litigation IQ.
The tension between the rights of landowners and pipeline developers has come to a head in two federal appellate courts and a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announcement, muddling the historical clarity of Natural Gas Act eminent domain authority, say attorneys at K&L Gates.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent amendments to its Policy Statement on Consultation with Indian Tribes in Commission Proceedings show the agency's commitment to consideration of tribal input in its decision-making, including on hydroelectric licensing, say Jody Cummings and Monique Watson of Steptoe & Johnson.
In the final part of this video series, Charles Knauss and Daniel Grucza of Hunton outline approaches companies can take to deal with litigation over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, as federal and state regulations and laws around PFAS are in flux.