Environmental

  • February 27, 2024

    Wolverine Can't Get Sanctions Win In PFAS Coverage Fight

    An insurer repeatedly withheld relevant documents from shoewear company Wolverine in their coverage dispute over PFAS chemical injury suits, but the behavior was not egregious and did not cause enough damage to Wolverine's case to merit sanctions, a Michigan special master said Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    No Merit To Gas Pipeline Safety Rules Fight, Feds Say

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to reject a gas pipeline industry group's challenge of a handful of new safety standards for transmission pipelines, saying it shouldn't be legally second-guessed over what amounts to a policy disagreement at the margins.

  • February 27, 2024

    Magistrate Says New Fuel Terminals Ban Doesn't Discriminate

    A federal magistrate judge has recommended the dismissal of a lawsuit in which Montana and a collection of fuel industry groups are challenging a ban on new oil and gas terminals in Portland, Oregon, saying there's no evidence the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state companies.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy, Infrastructure Pro Rejoins Vinson & Elkins In Houston

    Vinson & Elkins LLP is welcoming back a longtime attorney, announcing Monday that an energy and infrastructure expert is rejoining the firm as a partner in its Houston office after a brief foray working with an energy emissions reduction software company.

  • February 26, 2024

    Convicted Nikola Founder Must Forfeit Ranch, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Monday ruled Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton, who received a 4-year prison sentence for fraudulently inflating the truck-maker's value on Wall Street, must forfeit his 4,700-acre Utah property, citing the seriousness of Milton's crime and that he bought the ranch using inflated stock options.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds, Fla. Oppose Sharing Power In Clean Water Act Program

    The federal government and Florida are now fighting over how much power each should get after a D.C. federal judge struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to approve the Sunshine State's bid to assume authority over a key Clean Water Act permitting program.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Want PacifiCorp To Cover $1B Ore., Calif. Wildfire Costs

    PacifiCorp revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice is potentially looking to collect more than $1 billion from the company to cover costs related to 2020 wildfires in Oregon and California, even threatening to take one matter to court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apache's $3B Write-Down Merits Bigger Class, Investors Say

    A group of Apache Corp. investors on the cusp of winning class certification are arguing that their promised class should be extended to encompass even more investors who were allegedly deceived by company promises of a potentially lucrative drilling project that ultimately led to a $3 billion write-down when it went bust. 

  • February 26, 2024

    EPA Must Act On Failed Skagit River Temps Plan, Tribe Says

    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community said it plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Endangered Species Act violations unless it revisits a failed Washington state plan to address high water temperatures in the Lower Skagit River Basin that are harming protected salmon species.

  • February 26, 2024

    Nestle Fights Class Cert. In Child Labor Labeling Suit

    Nestle USA Inc. urged a California federal judge on Friday to reject a shopper's bid to certify multiple classes of Golden State consumers challenging the company's "sustainably sourced" chocolate labels, arguing that the proposed classes can't "lump together" nearly 60 different labels on different products.

  • February 26, 2024

    Atty's Letter Is Not A Claim For Damages, Del. Justices Rule

    An attorney's presuit letter claiming that Syngenta's herbicide Paraquat caused his clients' Parkinson's disease does not constitute a "claim for damages" under the company's insurance policies with a pair of Zurich units, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Colo. Workers Say United Jumped Gun On OT Exemption

    Employees of a United Airlines subsidiary who cleaned aircraft in Colorado airports were denied time-and-a-half overtime pay when they voluntarily picked up colleagues' shifts, two workers have alleged in a proposed class action filed in Colorado federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    SoCal Edison Will Pay 'Record' $80M To End Thomas Fire Suit

    Southern California Edison Co. has agreed to shell out $80 million to resolve a lawsuit in California federal court alleging the utility company caused the 2017 Thomas Fire that scorched large sections of the Los Padres National Forest, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Gas Groups Press DOE To Restart LNG Export Reviews

    Oil and gas industry groups on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Energy to lift its recent pause of approvals of liquefied natural gas exports to countries that don't have free-trade agreements with the United States, arguing that the move is illegal.

  • February 26, 2024

    Forest Service Flouts Law With Logging Approvals, Suit Says

    The U.S. Forest Service has failed to assess the impact of logging projects on carbon storage and emissions, while ramping up the volume of timber sold from national forests, two environmental groups told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a complaint filed on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Hydroelectric Co. Asks For Pause On Puyallup Dam Order

    A hydroelectric company appealing to the Ninth Circuit is asking a Washington federal judge to stay an order that directed it to remove part of a temporary rock dam on the Puyallup River, saying the order would require it to make changes that are likely to damage its facility.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Urge Kentucky Court To Preserve Highway GHG Rule

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday asked a Kentucky federal judge to toss Republican-led states' challenge to a rule that requires all states to set targets for reducing on-road carbon dioxide emissions.

  • February 26, 2024

    Banks Say Brazil Pollution Suit In NY Is In Wrong Country

    Four leading financial institutions are urging a New York federal judge to throw out a pair of proposed class suits accusing them of enabling environmental degradation in Brazil by lending $17.2 million to Brazilian mining company Vale SA, arguing the claims don't belong in the United States because they are "all about Brazil."

  • February 26, 2024

    Texas Nursing Home Must Face Suit Over Resident's Uri Death

    A Texas appellate court says the daughter of a woman who died of hypothermia during Winter Storm Uri can go ahead with a lawsuit against the nursing home where she died, affirming a lower court's decision that the daughter's expert witnesses were qualified to weigh in on the case.

  • February 26, 2024

    Railcar Cos. Want Out Of Pa. Schools' Derailment Suit

    A trio of railcar companies told a federal court that a group of Pennsylvania school districts can't rope them into litigation over the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, arguing in briefs Friday that the schools didn't sufficiently link them to the harm allegedly suffered from the derailment and chemical spill.

  • February 26, 2024

    No Logic To Killing Power Pricing Order, Texas Justices Told

    Allowing the invalidation of a policy that lets Texas' grid operator set electricity prices at the systemwide market cap in the wake of winter storm-induced blackouts in 2021 would undermine similar policies previously enacted by state utility regulators, the Public Utility Commission of Texas told the state's high court.

  • February 26, 2024

    NJ, Solvay Push Back Against Town's Bid To Pause PFAS Deal

    New Jersey and the American arm of Belgian chemical company Solvay have slammed a Garden State town's bid to pause final approval of a $393 million settlement over "forever chemical" contamination, calling it disingenuous and arguing such a move would only delay the assistance the settlement would provide towns impacted by the pollution.

  • February 26, 2024

    BP, Chevron Lose 4th Circ. Fight Over Climate Suit Venue

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday rejected the latest attempt by BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and other oil titans to go to federal court to litigate complaints that accuse them of lying about fossil fuels' climate effects, joining multiple courts in reasoning that the claims don't invoke federal law.

  • February 23, 2024

    Top NC Labor Brass Face Retooled 'Incentive' Policy Suit

    A corrosion control company has retooled its claims that North Carolina labor officials incentivized inspectors to issue workplace safety citations, highlighting in a revised complaint the harm caused by the citations after its 2021 lawsuit was tossed last month for failing to make a stronger connection to its alleged injuries.

  • February 23, 2024

    Wildlife, Paddling Groups Want To Join Clean Water Act Fight

    The National Wildlife Federation and American Whitewater are asking a Louisiana federal judge to let them join litigation over an updated Clean Water Act rule that expanded states' and tribes' ability to block projects such as pipelines and dams over water quality concerns, to ensure their interests are considered.

Expert Analysis

  • What Recent Setbacks In Court Mean For Enviro Justice

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    Two courts in Louisiana last month limited the federal government's ability to require consideration of Civil Rights Act disparate impacts when evaluating state-issued permits — likely providing a framework for opposition to environmental justice initiatives in other states, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • New Hydrogen Regulations Show The Need For IP Protections

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    The introduction of hydrogen regulations, such as the IRS' proposed tax credit for clean hydrogen under the Inflation Reduction Act, are reshaping the competitive landscape, with intellectual property rights an area of increased emphasis, say Evan Glass and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Why Biz Groups Disagree On Ending Chevron Deference

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    Two amicus briefs filed in advance of last month's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo highlight contrasting views on whether the doctrine of Chevron deference promotes or undermines the stable regulatory environment that businesses require, say Wyatt Kendall and Sydney Brogden at Morris Manning.

  • A Look Ahead For The Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

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    This will likely be an eventful year for the electric vehicle market as government efforts to accelerate their adoption inevitably clash with backlash from supporters of the petroleum industry, say Rue Phillips at SkillFusion and Enid Joffe at Green Paradigm Consulting.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Opinion

    Exxon Court Should Clarify Shareholder Proposal Exclusion

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    ExxonMobil last month took the unusual action of asking a Texas federal judge whether a proposal from climate activists seeking to limit oil and gas sales could be excluded from its 2024 proxy statement, and the court should use this opportunity to reevaluate SEC policy and set clear limits on when shareholder proposals can be included, says Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA School of Law.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • Considering The Logical Extremes Of Your Legal Argument

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    Recent oral arguments in the federal election interference case against former President Donald Trump highlighted the age-old technique of extending an argument to its logical limit — a principle that is still important for attorneys to consider in preparing their cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Reducing The Risk Of PFAS False Advertising Class Actions

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    A wave of class actions continues to pummel products that allegedly contain per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances, with plaintiffs challenging advertising that they say misleads consumers by implying an absence of PFAS — but there are steps companies can take to minimize risk, say attorneys at Keller and Heckman.

  • 6th Circ. Ruling Breathes New Life Into Article III Traceability

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent decision in Hardwick v. 3M Co. to vacate a district court's certification of one of the largest class actions in American jurisprudence for lack of Article III standing has potentially broader implications for class action practice in the product liability sphere, particularly in medical monitoring cases involving far-fetched theories of causation, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Storytelling Strategies To Defuse Courtroom Conspiracies

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    Misinformation continues to proliferate in all sectors of society, including in the courtroom, as jurors try to fill in the gaps of incomplete trial narratives — underscoring the need for attorneys to tell a complete, consistent and credible story before and during trial, says David Metz at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • Challenges Remain In Financing Energy Transition Minerals

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    COP28, the latest U.N. climate conference, reached a consensus on a just and equitable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but more action and funding will be needed to ensure that developed countries responsibly source the minerals that will be critical for this process, say attorneys at Watson Farley.

  • Exxon ESG Proxy Statement Suit May Chill Investor Proposals

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    Exxon Mobil’s recent use of a Texas federal lawsuit to intimidate shareholders into withdrawing a climate-friendly proxy proposal could inspire more public companies to sue to avoid adopting ESG resolutions — a power move that would chill activist investor participation and unbalance shareholder-corporate relations, say Domenico Minerva and James Fee at Labaton Keller.

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