The Biden administration on Friday issued new restrictions on oil and gas leasing across vast swathes of Alaska's Arctic while simultaneously ruling out construction of a controversial road state officials proposed to access mining areas in sensitive wilderness.
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Biden Administration Sharply Limits Drilling In Alaska Arctic

By Peter McGuire

The Biden administration on Friday issued new restrictions on oil and gas leasing across vast swathes of Alaska's Arctic while simultaneously ruling out construction of a controversial road state officials proposed to access mining areas in sensitive wilderness.

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NY Nixes Power Deals With Trio Of Offshore Wind Projects

By Keith Goldberg

New York officials on Friday said they wouldn't offer power contracts to a trio of offshore wind projects, the latest setback for the Empire State in efforts to make offshore wind a key component of its clean energy future.

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DOI Bans New Mining Claims On 4,200 Acres Of NM Land

By Crystal Owens

The U.S. Department of the Interior has closed down any new mining claims for the next 50 years on 4,200 acres in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in an effort to protect the area with significant cultural ties to two Native American tribes.

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Pa. AG Charges Shell With Hiding Pipeline Pollution Spills

By Ryan Harroff

Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry announced Friday that she has charged a Shell subsidiary in state court, saying the company did not tell the state's Department of Environmental Protection about pollution problems it encountered while building a 45-mile pipeline in the Keystone State.

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UTILITIES AND POWER

Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Cleary, O'Melveny

By Zak Kostro

In this week's Taxation With Representation, Resideo Technologies Inc. announced plans to buy Snap One Holdings Corp., APi Group said it bought an elevator maintenance company, Prysmian said it agreed to purchase Encore Wire, and Sayari said it closed on an investment from TPG.

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RENEWABLES

Fla. Solar Panel CEO Can Be Sued In Mich., Judge Says

By Carolina Bolado

A Michigan federal judge ruled Thursday that a Florida resident and former CEO of a solar panel company must face racketeering claims in Michigan alongside the company for allegedly scamming customers because he used to own property in the state and lived there during the alleged scheme.

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PEOPLE

Arnold & Porter Atty Returns To Greenberg Traurig In Calif.

By Jack Rodgers

Greenberg Traurig LLP has rehired a former associate from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP whose practice focuses on a range of environmental litigation dealing with cancer-causing chemicals, plastic pollutants and the laws surrounding their regulation.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Unemployment Rate For Recent Law Grads Improves, ABA Finds

By Kevin Penton

Fewer recent law school graduates were unemployed in March than in the previous year, as the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic further recede into memory, according to data released Monday by the American Bar Association.

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Justices To Mull Atty Fees For Preliminary Injunctions

By Ryan Boysen

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that could determine whether litigants can receive attorney fees for "prevailing" in a case by winning a preliminary injunction, despite never securing a final judgment.

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Justices Skip How Mid-Litigation Changes Affect Standing

By Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Third Circuit ruling that plaintiffs must reestablish standing when defendants cause circumstances to change mid-litigation, ending a Pennsylvania attorney's challenge to the state's new anti-bias and harassment professional conduct rule.

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Morgan Lewis Atty Aims ERISA Suit At Firm's Plan, Unum

By Hailey Konnath

A Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP lawyer has lodged an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against the firm's benefit plan, claiming the plan illegally and abruptly terminated her long-term disability benefits after seemingly applying criteria irrelevant to her work.

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Walden Macht Launches Securities Group With Ex-Sidley Atty

By Emma Cueto

White collar boutique Walden Macht & Haran LLP announced Monday that it has launched a securities enforcement defense practice headed by a recent arrival from Sidley Austin LLP in New York.

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Analysis

As DA Aims High, Trump Defense Gets 'Down And Dirty'

By Phillip Bantz

Donald Trump lifted the curtain Monday on his strategy to win over jurors in his New York criminal hush-money trial, as a lawyer for the former president hammered the state's "liar" star witness and rejected the prosecution's quixotic framing of the case, experts observed.

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Trump Led Plot To Undermine 2016 Election, NY Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

A prosecutor told a Manhattan jury on Monday that Donald Trump was the head of a conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election through hush-money payments, kicking off the first criminal trial of a former president.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

By Frank Runyeon and Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a full recap from day one.

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Trump, NY AG Reach Deal To OK $175M Fraud Appeal Bond

By Rachel Scharf

Donald Trump's lawyers agreed Monday to bond conditions requiring the former president to give up control of his $175 million cash deposit pending appeal of a $465 million civil fraud judgment, staving off scrutiny from both the New York attorney general and the judge who entered the award.

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11 State AGs Urge Senate To Confirm Mangi For 3rd Circ.

By Courtney Bublé

A group of 11 attorneys general is calling on the Senate to confirm Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first federal Muslim appellate judge if confirmed, condemning allegations that he is antisemitic or anti-law enforcement.

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Senate OKs Permanent Status For 10 Fed. District Judgeships

By Lynn LaRowe

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill put forth by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that would transition 10 previously temporary district court judgeships in 10 states to permanent posts, including in Texas, California and Florida.

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DOJ Legal Counsel Must Disclose Interagency Rulings: Judge

By Adrian Cruz

Opinions from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel on interagency disputes should be made available for public review, a judge has found, siding with an open government watchdog in a long-running records dispute.

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Congress Urged To Fund Attys For Immigrants In Removal

By Britain Eakin

A coalition of more than 100 immigrant rights groups and several local governments urged congressional appropriators on Monday to allocate funds next fiscal year to increase legal representation for individuals in removal proceedings to protect their due process rights.

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Ex-US Atty's Stepson Says He Has None Of Docs Gov't Seeks

By Anna Scott Farrell

The stepson of a former Nevada U.S. attorney convicted of failing to pay taxes told a Nevada federal court that he doesn't have the financial documents the federal government has demanded in its $1.3 million tax suit against his stepfather.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

APi Group Inc.

American Bar Association

American Media Inc.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC

ConocoPhillips Co.

Cornell University

Earthjustice

Encore Wire Corp.

Equinor ASA

LS Power Development LLC

Legal Aid Justice Center

LinkedIn Corp.

Morgan Stanley

National Grid PLC

Power Home Solar LLC

Prysmian SpA

RWE AG

Resideo Technologies Inc.

The Charles Schwab Corp.

Trivest Partners LP

Trump Organization Inc.

Unum Group

Vera Institute of Justice Inc.

Vineyard Wind LLC

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Arnold & Porter

Bartlett LLP

Bingham McCutchen

Bressler Amery

Cleary Gottlieb

Continental PLLC

Covington & Burling

DarrowEverett

Fink Bressack

Ford O'Brien

Greenberg Traurig

Habba Madaio

Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute

Honigman LLP

Hunton Andrews

Kirkland & Ellis

Lewis Baach

Liddle Sheets

Manatt Phelps

McGuireWoods

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

O'Melveny & Myers

Patterson Belknap

Pisanelli Bice

Robert & Robert PLLC

Salmanson Goldshaw

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Wachtell Lipton

Walden Macht

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Bureau of Land Management

Judicial Conference of the United States

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New York Attorney General's Office

Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office

Supreme Court of Nevada

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Nevada

Virginia Attorney General's Office

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles