Environmental

  • 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.

  • February 06, 2024

    Water Brand Owes Over $129M For Liver Failures, Jury Finds

    A Las Vegas jury awarded more than $129 million Tuesday to five people who developed liver failure after drinking "alkalinized" Real Water, $100 million of it in punitive damages.

  • February 06, 2024

    Davis Malm Guides Clean Harbors On $400M Hepaco Buy

    Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC-advised Clean Harbors Inc. said Tuesday it has struck an agreement with private equity firm Gryphon Investors to acquire its majority-owned portfolio company Hepaco, a provider of environmental and emergency response services, for $400 million in cash.

  • February 06, 2024

    Denka Says EPA's Air Pollution Enforcement Must Fail

    A Louisiana neoprene manufacturer urged a federal court Monday to toss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lawsuit alleging some of the company's air emissions pose a health threat to the surrounding community.

  • February 06, 2024

    Legato Merger's Third SPAC Prices $175M Offering

    Legato Merger Corp. III, a special-purpose acquisition company targeting infrastructure and construction-related industries, was slated to begin trading Tuesday after raising $175 million in an initial public offering, represented by Graubard Miller and underwriters' counsel Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • February 06, 2024

    Rust-Oleum Customers Get Class Cert. In Greenwashing Suit

    Rust-Oleum customers secured class certification in litigation accusing the company of greenwashing its degreaser products with the terms "non-toxic" and "Earth friendly," shortly after a California federal magistrate judge denied the company's attempt to exit the false advertising case.

  • February 05, 2024

    Dechert's Los Angeles Managing Partner Jumps To Paul Weiss

    Dechert LLP's Los Angeles office managing partner, a prominent product liability litigator who's successfully defended the likes of 3M and Johnson & Johnson, has joined Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP as a partner in its litigation department, Paul Weiss announced Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Water Brand's Recall Delay Merits Punitives, Jury Hears

    The Las Vegas "alkaline water" brand Real Water should pay punitive damages to five consumers whose livers failed, a jury heard in closing arguments Monday after being told the company waited months after a crescendo of complaints to issue a recall.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ga. Doctor's Roundup Fight Revived On Remand

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Monday revived on remand from the full Eleventh Circuit a Georgia doctor's lawsuit alleging Monsanto failed to warn of Roundup's alleged cancer risks, clarifying that the doctor's state failure-to-warn claim is not expressly preempted by federal law and Monsanto hasn't shown implied preemption.

  • February 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives General Motors' Trust Pollution Claims

    The Second Circuit on Monday revived a suit lodged by several entities General Motors created to keep cleaning up former industrial sites when the vehicle maker went into bankruptcy in 2009, saying a New York federal judge erred by concluding their contribution and cost recovery claims against several dozen other businesses are time-barred.

  • February 05, 2024

    Groups Urge 9th Circ. To Overturn Alaskan Willow Project

    The Bureau of Land Management should have looked before it leaped in reapproving ConocoPhillips' planned Willow drilling project in Arctic Alaska, the Center for Biological Diversity said Monday, arguing that the agency refused to evaluate the effects of any alternative plans that stranded economically viable oil on the company's land leases.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fiat Chrysler Can't Arbitrate MDL Over Exploding Minivans

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles can't arbitrate claims that its Pacifica plug-in hybrid vehicles have a defect that causes them to explode, after a Michigan federal judge said Monday that FCA "waited too long" and waived its right to arbitrate when it engaged in substantive litigation efforts, including filing a motion to dismiss.

  • February 05, 2024

    Gold Mine Contractor Can Ditch Navajo's Negligence Claims

    A contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can ditch negligence claims brought by the Navajo Nation over its work on a gold mine that spewed 3 million gallons of contaminants in 2015, a New Mexico federal judge ruled on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • High Court's Chevron Review May Be A Crypto Game-Changer

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    The outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the Chevron doctrine in its pending Loper v. Raimondo case will potentially usher in a paradigm shift in cryptocurrency regulation, challenging agency authority and raising hopes for a recalibrated approach that favors judicial interpretation, says Sylvia Favretto at Mysten Labs.

  • How New Expert Rules Are Already Changing Court Decisions

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    Though not formally effective until last week, some courts have been relying for several years on amended federal rules clarifying judges’ gatekeeping role, so counsel should be prepared to justify their expert witnesses’ methodologies and expect additional motion practice on expert testimony admissibility, say Colleen Kenney and Daniel Kelly at Sidley.

  • IRA Monetization Energizes Clean Power Tax Credit Market

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    Recent large sales of clean energy production tax credits reflect an environment in which the Inflation Reduction Act's provisions for monetizing such credits via direct transfer — bypassing slow, costly tax equity transactions — offer opportunities for both developers and investors, says Andrew Eastman at Husch Blackwell.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Business Takeaways From Biden's Global Labor Rights Memo

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    President Joe Biden's recent memorandum on protecting worker rights is one of the most expansive statements the administration has made regarding international labor rights policy, and reflects several points of which businesses should take note, including the government’s interest in working with the private sector on these issues and a notable focus on the transition to clean energy, say Tom Plotkin and Pegah Nabili at Covington.

  • Superfund Site Reopenings Carry Insured Risk, Opportunity

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's reported plans to reopen certain Superfund sites citing the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances raise notable liability concerns, but may also present unique opportunities for policyholders under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

  • Legal Lessons From Past World Cups To Keep In Mind For '26

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    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand set new standards for sustainability, human rights and sponsorship — and with those new standards come new challenges for those involved in the planning of the 2026 World Cup in North America, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • New Regs Will Strengthen Voluntary Carbon Offset Market

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    Voluntary carbon offsets are a vital tool for organizations seeking to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions — and recent efforts by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state of California and others are essential to enhancing the reliability and authenticity of carbon credits, says David Smith at Manatt.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • Unpacking Long-Awaited Clean Energy Tax Credit Guidance

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    Recently proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations provide welcome confirmatory guidance on the application of investment tax credits as reworked by 2022's Inflation Reduction Act, prevailing wage and apprenticeship rules that are largely consistent with market expectations, and broader eligibility criteria that should please the wind power industry in particular, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Expanding EPA's Universal Waste Rule For Renewable Energy

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to modify and expand the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's universal waste rule to include lithium batteries and solar panels next year, which could intensify current standards in some cases, but weaken them in others, says Aaron Goldberg at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • How Color Psychology Can Help Tell Your Trial Narrative

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    Research shows that color is a powerful sensory input that affects memory and perception, so attorneys should understand how, when and why to use certain shades in trial graphics to enhance their narrative and draw jurors’ focus, says Adam Bloomberg at IMS Consulting.

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