The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is clear to implement its new greenhouse gas emissions rule for power plants — at least for now — after the D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected an effort to temporarily block it.
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DC Circ. Won't Immediately Block EPA Power Plant GHG Rule

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is clear to implement its new greenhouse gas emissions rule for power plants — at least for now — after the D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected an effort to temporarily block it.

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Wash. Energy Codes Challenged Again After 9th Circ. Decision

By Nate Beck

In the wake of a Ninth Circuit ruling that forced Washington officials to revisit regulations on natural gas appliances used in new construction, a group of natural gas companies, homeowners and construction interests are claiming the state's apparent fix is again out of step with federal law.

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Chicago Wants Climate Deception Claims Back In State Court

By Lauraann Wood

The city of Chicago says it should be in state court hashing out climate change deception claims against several of the nation's largest oil producers because the companies lodged "objectively baseless" arguments to remove its case to federal court.

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DC Circ. Probes Carbon Capture In LNG Approval Challenge

By Ali Sullivan

The D.C. Circuit on Friday questioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to reapprove a Texas liquefied natural gas terminal without considering the terminal developer's proposal to add environmentally friendly modifications, amid renewed challenges to the agency's authorization of LNG facilities in the Lone Star State.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Analysis

New Domestic Content Guidance May Boost Energy Credits

By Kat Lucero

The U.S. Treasury Department's new guidance on bonus tax credits for clean energy projects that source domestic-made materials and components aims to simplify the process for determining eligibility and spur more development to get those extra incentives.

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Analysis

Industry Emboldened After Justices Galvanize Agency Attacks

By Jeff Overley

In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court said "extraordinary" and "far-reaching" attacks on administrative enforcers can skip agency tribunals and go straight to federal district court, ambitious challenges to regulatory powers are rapidly gaining traction, and the high court is poised to put them on an even firmer footing.

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LITIGATION

Utah, Farm Groups Ask To Reopen Bears Ears Monument Suit

By Joyce Hanson

The state of Utah and two farming associations have asked a D.C. federal court to lift a more than three-year stay in a tribal case over the Bears Ears National Monument, saying the case is now moot and another monument case is pending before the Tenth Circuit.

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Group Sues Feds Over Logging In NH National Forest

By Joyce Hanson

A forest protection group has sued the U.S. Forest Service in New Hampshire federal court, challenging commercial logging projects it recently approved in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.

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Fla. Investor Says Mining Co. Froze His Shares In Costly Error

By David Minsky

An investor and former employee of a Canadian mining company alleged breach of fiduciary duty and negligence against the business, saying in a lawsuit in Florida federal court that he was wrongfully prevented from selling his shares and lost money when the stock price dropped following an unfavorable arbitration ruling.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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DEALS

4 Firms Build $2.55B Sale Of Avangrid To Spain's Iberdrola

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Spanish renewable energy company Iberdrola SA and its portfolio company, sustainable energy business Avangrid, on Friday announced that they have reached an agreement for Iberdrola to take Avangrid private by purchasing the remaining issued and outstanding shares it does not already own in a $2.55 billion deal built by four firms.

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Glass Lewis, ISS Split On Chevron-Hess Deal Guidance

By Al Barbarino

Hess Corp. shareholders got mixed advice from the two leading proxy advisory firms on whether to vote in favor of a $53 billion takeover by Chevron Corp., further muddling the oil and gas giants' path to closing the mega-deal amid an ongoing dispute with Exxon Mobil Corp. 

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PEOPLE

Kilpatrick Brings On Nelson Mullins Energy Pro In Atlanta, DC

By Madison Arnold

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has picked up a new energy regulatory attorney in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., with a diverse background, including working for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as well as Google and the South Carolina House of Representatives.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Insurer Quota-Sharing Lessons From $112M Bad Faith Verdict

In Indiana GRQ v. American Guarantee and Liability Insurance, an Indiana federal jury recently issued a landmark $112 million bad faith verdict, illustrating why insurers must understand the interplay between bad faith law and quota-sharing before entering into these relatively new arrangements, say Jason Reichlyn and Christopher Sakauye at Dykema. 

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Alito Flag Report Fuels Ethics Debate, But Likely No Recusal

By Katie Buehler

Responses to a report that an upside-down American flag flew outside U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home following the 2020 presidential election broke along partisan lines Friday, with conservatives decrying it as a smear campaign and liberals calling for his recusal from pending election-related cases and for general court ethics reform.

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Solicitor General Says No High Court Case Is 'Hopeless'

By Thy Vo

Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar told lawyers Saturday that despite the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority, she has never thought a case she's overseen for the Biden administration was "entirely hopeless," and that there's always room to shape the court's opinion.

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Analysis

How A $3K Pro Se Claim Led To A 9-0 High Court Decision

By Daniel Wilson

A milestone victory at the U.S. Supreme Court for $3,000 in wages started with a Pentagon worker’s principled commitment to his employer — a dedication that ironically led to a decadelong fight against his own bosses. Stuart R. Harrow and his attorneys speak to Law360 about how a seemingly low-stakes conflict turned into a high-profile case with reverberations for hundreds of federal employees.

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Calif.'s Top Judge Launches Task Force To Probe AI Uses

By Lauren Berg

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero has created a new task force to look into how generative artificial intelligence could benefit the court system and its users, while also evaluating its potential risks, the court announced Friday.

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Trump Hush Money Judge Warned For Biden Donation

By Frank G. Runyeon

The judge presiding over Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial was quietly cautioned after making a political campaign contribution to President Joe Biden and a Democratic group, disposing of an ethics investigation into the donation, it was confirmed Friday.

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Analysis

Trump's Potential Witness Could Be Defense 'Dynamite'

By Phillip Bantz

As Donald Trump's hush money trial in Manhattan nears its end, experts say criminal defense attorney Robert Costello, who once advised the former president's ex-fixer and key prosecution witness Michael Cohen, has surfaced as a potentially bombshell witness for the defense.

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Menendez Bribery Trial: 5 Things To Know About Week 1

By Carla Baranauckas

Explosive opening statements, closed-door jury questioning and an FBI agent's recount of the moment he found a treasure trove of gold bars and cash highlighted the first week of trial in the government's second corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

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Ga. Judge In 2020 Election Cases To Take Senior Status

By Courtney Bublé

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia, who has presided over high-profile cases involving the 2020 election, voting rights and abortion, will take senior status on Jan. 1, 2025, according to an update Friday.

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AG Garland Held In Contempt By House Committees

By Courtney Bublé

Two House committees voted late Thursday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Dozens Of Pro Bono Attys Back 3rd Circ. Nominee Mangi

By Courtney Bublé

Forty-nine pro bono partners, counsel and chairs from major law firms and organizations wrote to Senate leadership on Friday with concerns that the staunch opposition against Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi over his pro bono work will have a chilling effect on future attorneys seeking judgeships, according to a letter shared with Law360.

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Man Admits To Threatening Judge Over 'Don't Say Gay' Ruling

By Christine DeRosa

A retired teacher from Pensacola, Florida, has pled guilty to threatening to harm a federal judge in five voicemails he left after the jurist ruled against a challenge to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law, federal prosecutors announced.

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Jenner & Block Sued For Firing Worker Over Vax Refusal

By Henrik Nilsson

A former Jenner & Block LLP employee filed a discrimination suit against the law firm Friday, claiming she was fired after the firm refused to provide a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate despite her belief that taking the vaccine would make her complicit in abortion.

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Ex-Baltimore State's Atty Says 20-Month Sentence Too Harsh

By Emily Sawicki

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has asked a federal judge to cut down prosecutors' requested 20-month prison sentence after she was convicted of abusing a COVID-19-era program to obtain money from a retirement fund and conning a lender to obtain a vacation home, arguing the proposal "stray[s] from the reality of this case."

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'We Feel It': NJ Ranks 2nd In Ch. 11 Cases, Chief Judge Says

By George Woolston

New Jersey federal courts saw the second most Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in the nation over the last year, Chief U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb of the District of New Jersey said on Friday.

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NJ Courts Chief Warns Plan To Pick Appeals Bench A 'Mistake'

By George Woolston

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday defended how the state judiciary assigns appeals court judges, criticizing a proposal to move the power to appoint appellate judges from the chief justice to the state Senate and the governor's office.

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1st Circ. Rejects Ex-Immigration Judges' Bid For Asylum Redo

By Elliot Weld

The First Circuit's full bench refused to reopen a Salvadoran woman's case seeking asylum, despite former immigration judges weighing in to say that the judge who denied her asylum didn't follow a legal requirement to ensure her record was complete.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Haynes and Boone LLP and Lubin & Enoch PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously determined that federal courts do not have discretion to toss a case once it's decided that the claims belong in arbitration.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The SEC adopted cybersecurity rules to require investment advisers and broker-dealers to put procedures in place for detecting data breaches and for notifying customers when their personal information may have been compromised, and lawyers said SPACs won't get sought-after relief from a new 1% tax on stock buybacks under a recent Treasury Department proposal. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alston & Bird

Arnold & Porter

Ashfords LLP

Bayard PA

Berger Montague

Bishop & Sewell

Buchalter APC

Burr & Forman

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Cantey Hanger

Charles Russell Speechlys

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Cooley LLP

Cooper Barton & Cooper

Crowell & Moring

DiCello Levitt

Duane Morris

Duffy & Young

Dykema Gossett

Freeths LLP

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Haynes & Boone

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Jenner & Block

Johnson & Bell

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kaplan Marino

Kilpatrick Townsend

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lane Powell

Latham & Watkins

Lehotsky Keller

Lewis Baach

Lubin & Enoch

Mayberry Law Firm

Mayer Brown

McGuireWoods

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Norton Rose

Osborne Clarke

Patterson Belknap

Patterson Earnhart

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Perkins Coie

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Randall Danskin

Riley Safer

Ropes & Gray

Scharf Banks

Schertler Onorato

Schulte Roth

Seila Law

Sher Edling

Skadden Arps

Skiermont Derby

Sonosky Chambers

Squire Patton

Teacher Stern

Troutman Pepper

Trowers & Hamlins

Turner Padget

Tydings & Rosenberg

Van Ness Feldman

Vinson & Elkins

Weightmans LLP

White & Case

Willkie Farr

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Allianz SE

Alpine Securities Corp.

American Bankers Association

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Petroleum Institute Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Apple Inc.

Arthrex Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avangrid Inc.

Avista Corp.

Axon Enterprise Inc.

BHP Group PLC

BP PLC

Beam Suntory Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Bibby Financial Services Ltd.

Blackbaud Inc.

Brennan Center for Justice

CNOOC Limited

Change Healthcare Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Clarkson PLC

ConocoPhillips Co.

Direct General Corp.

Dragos Inc.

Earthjustice

Enel SpA

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Federalist Society

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.

Getty Images Inc.

Glass Lewis & Co. LLC

Google LLC

Harley-Davidson Inc.

Hess Corp.

Iberdrola SA

Illumina Inc.

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Invitae Corp.

Ironshore Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Johnson & Johnson

LinkedIn Corp.

Lloyds Bank PLC

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Miami Dolphins

Microsoft Corp.

Mithun Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

National Propane Gas Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Native American Rights Fund Inc.

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York University

Pacific Legal Foundation

Permira

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

Rite Aid Corp.

Ryan LLC

Sierra Club

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Tesla Inc.

The Catholic University of America

The New York Times Co.

Thrasio Holdings Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UBS Group AG

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

WeWork Inc.

Wolters Kluwer

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Supreme Court

Colorado Supreme Court

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Defense Contract Management Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Election Commission

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Federal Judicial Center

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Hopi Tribe

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Credit Union Administration

National Labor Relations Board

Navajo Nation

New Jersey Supreme Court

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Pueblo of Zuni

Serious Fraud Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Ute Indian Tribe

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe