Environmental

  • February 08, 2024

    Eversheds Partner Talks 1st Renewable Energy Super Bowl

    With the National Football League on the precipice of hosting the first 100% renewable energy-powered Super Bowl in history, Baird Fogel, partner and head of the global sports practice at Eversheds Sutherland — and the man behind the host stadium's energy deal — said this is just the beginning.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fluoride Judge To Attys: 'I Don't Need Perry Mason Moments'

    A California federal judge presiding over a bench trial over fluoridated water's risks agreed to give the parties more time to present their cases Wednesday, but told counsel they haven't been "particularly efficient," and that "I don't need the Perry Mason moments — I just need to get to the issues."

  • February 07, 2024

    Economic Benefits Of New Soot Rule Split EPA, Industry

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is touting its tough new soot emissions standard as good for both public health and the economy, but some industry experts say they're worried about permitting "gridlock" as lower limits could make it difficult for projects like new power plants to proceed.

  • February 07, 2024

    La. Pizzeria, State Farm Settle Hurricane Damages Suit

    State Farm and a Louisiana pizzeria reached an agreement in their dispute over allegations that the insurer was artificially suppressing the cost of repairs and over-depreciating losses on claims connected to damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the two parties told a Louisiana federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Pressed To Rethink Wipeout Of LNG Air Permit

    Developers of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast told the Fifth Circuit that project opponents are wrongly asserting federal law in opposing requests for the appeals court to reconsider a panel's ruling that scrapped an emissions permit issued by state environmental regulators.

  • February 07, 2024

    Colgate Can't Brush Off Ad Suit Over 'Recyclable' Toothpastes

    A suit alleging Colgate toothpaste tubes are falsely represented as being recyclable due to being rejected from recovery facilities will move past the dismissal stage, a California federal judge has ruled, finding that the plaintiffs' legal theory is based on "intrinsic characteristics" preventing recycling.

  • February 07, 2024

    Duke Energy Rates Undercut NC Solar Incentives, Court Told

    Green groups on Wednesday urged the North Carolina Appeals Court to undo the state's revised energy rates for residents with rooftop solar power, saying state regulators glossed over a key step by failing to investigate the costs and benefits of solar before making their final call.

  • February 07, 2024

    4 Private Equity Firms Wrap Funds Totaling $1.45B

    Four private equity funds announced Wednesday that they have held final closings for investment vehicles that in total raised around $1.45 billion, the largest of which was a $900 million debut fund from Latham & Watkins LLP-led Coalesce Capital.

  • February 07, 2024

    Town's Taxes Would 'Punish' Green Tech, Conn. Justices Told

    Groton is the only community in Connecticut that has ever imposed taxes on FuelCell Energy Inc.'s power plants, and adhering to the town's interpretation of two exemption statutes would create an "absurd" result that discourages the manufacture of energy efficient systems in the rest of the state, the company told the Connecticut Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Aircraft Co.'s Claims Narrowed In Hurricane Coverage Suit

    A Florida federal judge pumped the brakes on some of a Florida aircraft company's claims against its insurer related to its relocation in 2017 after Hurricane Irma, saying the company can't introduce previously concealed damages in the nearly $250,000 dispute. 

  • February 07, 2024

    EPA's Dicamba Reapproval Axed For Failure To Notify Public

    An Arizona federal judge revoked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval for the weed killer dicamba after finding the agency violated federal law by failing to properly notify and offer the public a chance to comment on the herbicide approvals.

  • February 07, 2024

    Camp Lejeune Plaintiffs Can't Get Jury Trial In Water Suit

    A group of North Carolina federal judges overseeing the Camp Lejeune contaminated-water litigation have struck the plaintiffs' bid for a jury trial, finding the Camp Lejeune Justice Act does not clearly and affirmatively grant a right to a jury trial in an action against the government.

  • February 07, 2024

    Orrick Adds Ex-Greenberg Traurig Energy Pro In Chicago

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder has reunited with her mentor after jumping to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's energy and infrastructure team in Chicago.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer Asks 9th Circ. To Rehear Wildfire Pollution Ruling

    An insurer urged the Ninth Circuit to rehear a dispute over its obligation to defend a contractor against a truck driver's lung injury suit, arguing that the majority wrongfully relied on a 2003 California Supreme Court ruling to find a pollution exclusion didn't apply.

  • February 07, 2024

    Environmental Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    Baker Botts LLP successfully defended utility Washington Gas Light Co. in a "first-of-its-kind" consumer protection suit alleging so-called greenwashing for advertising natural gas as "clean," just one in a string of wins for the firm's environmental, safety and incident response practice group, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ohio County Accused Of Extorting New Property Owners

    Montgomery County, Ohio, unlawfully denies water and sewage service to new property owners if the previous owner had an outstanding debt for those services, forcing them to pay off another party's debt through "extortion" and "coercion," according to a new proposed class action filed in federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    EPA Says Stricter Soot Requirement Needed For Air Quality

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened federal standards for fine particulate matter pollution, touting the action's health and economic benefits.

  • February 06, 2024

    Exxon Wants Investor Climate Proposal Blocked For Good

    ExxonMobil Corp. wants a Texas federal court to ensure that a climate-focused investment firm and an advocacy group won't bring forward a shareholder proposal on emissions reductions this year, even though the groups withdrew the proposal last week.

  • February 06, 2024

    Investment Report Shows Cost Of Delaying Climate Action

    Insurers could face billions of dollars in losses if they continue with their current courses of investments that contribute to climate change, according to a new analysis by insurance regulators from California, Oregon and Washington.

  • February 06, 2024

    Siemens' $13.2M Verdict Upheld In Coal Equipment Dispute

    A Florida federal judge has upheld a $13.2 million award in favor of Siemens Energy Inc. after the Eleventh Circuit revived a dispute over coal gasification equipment, saying the company wasn't being unfair in its agreement with a Canadian oilfield services business.

  • February 06, 2024

    DC Circ. Unsure FERC Can't Order NextEra To Cover Plant Costs

    NextEra Energy's request to be made whole for upgrades to its New Hampshire nuclear power plant's circuit breaker seemed to get a frosty reception from the D.C. Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Report Shows Fragile US Solar Growth Under Safeguard

    The U.S. solar energy industry has grown despite bumpy conditions since 2020 and is on track to expand into photovoltaic cell production before the end of the year, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • February 06, 2024

    Suncor Energy Must Pay $10.5M For Air Pollution, Colo. Says

    The state of Colorado said Suncor Energy Inc. must dish out at least $10.5 million toward penalties and improvement projects as a result of its Commerce City refinery's air pollution violations between July 2019 and June 2021.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Plans Field Trip To Dam Tribe Says Kills Protected Fish

    A Washington federal judge is planning a field trip to a rock dam and sheet pile wall on the Puyallup River that a Washington tribe says is harmful to endangered wild salmon, saying Tuesday from the bench that it's been difficult to see "what's going on out there" from photos and courtroom arguments.

  • February 06, 2024

    4th Circ. Cites W.Va. Justices As It Affirms Coverage Win

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a chemical storage company's win for coverage of three former workers who said their cancer was caused by exposure to toxic fumes after the West Virginia Supreme Court recently found the state would apply the continuous trigger theory to long-tail injury claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Considerations for In-House Counsel Before Testing For PFAS

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    In 2024, federal and state agencies are expected to introduce a plethora of new rules regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, with private litigation sure to follow — but in-house counsel should first weigh the risks and benefits before companies proactively investigate their historical PFAS use, say attorneys at Stinson.

  • 5 Most Notable Class Action Standing Cases Of 2023

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    Key appellate class action decisions this past year continued the trend of a more demanding approach to the threshold issue of standing during each phase of litigation, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Analyzing 1 Year Of Comments On FTC's Green Guides

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    A review of over 7,000 comments submitted in the year since the Federal Trade Commission requested feedback on its Green Guides reveals widespread concern over how the existing guidelines leave room for interpretation, putting businesses in a challenging position when marketing products, say Mark Levy and Emma Lombard at Eckert Seamans.

  • The Key Laws Retailers Should Pay Attention To In 2024

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    2024 promises to be another transformative year for retailers as they navigate the evolving regulatory landscape, particularly surrounding data privacy and sustainability laws, meaning companies should make it a practice to keep track of new legislation and invest in compliance efforts early on, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Opinion

    Animal Rights Are About Saving Nature, And Our Own Future

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    The climate crisis makes it clear that animal law — conceived of as an ecocentric approach to protecting the most vulnerable nonhumans who depend on the natural environment — is essential to restoring the Earth and safeguarding the future of humanity, says Carter Dillard at the Fair Start Movement.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Still Murky After A Choppy 2023

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    This year brought several important Clean Water Act jurisdictional developments, including multiple agency rules and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that substantially altered the definition of "waters of the United States," but a new wave of litigation challenges has already begun, with no clear end in sight, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Parsing 2023's Energy Markets Enforcement

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    A review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's and Commodity Futures Trading Commission's recently released fiscal year 2023 enforcement reports highlight the significant energy market enforcement activities, litigation pursued and settlements reached by both agencies, as well as their respective strategic goals and focus areas, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Review Of 2023's Most Notable Securities Litigation

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    There is much to be learned from the most prominent private securities cases of 2023, specifically the Tesla trial, the U.S. Supreme Court's Slack decision and the resolution of Goldman Sachs litigation, but one lesson running through all of them is that there can be rewards at the end of the line for defendants willing to go the distance, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

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