Environmental Law

587 ABA Journal articles on Environmental Law.

Did some agencies violate the Antideficiency Act by staying open during the shutdown?

Some legal experts are questioning whether the government violated the Antideficiency Act by keeping some parks open and some agencies operating during the three-day government shutdown that ended on Monday.

Supreme Court accepts case on endangered frog that tests reach of federal law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a case involving an endangered frog and regulations affecting private property.
EPA chief announces rule to repeal Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he will repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan through a proposed rule that will be published in the Federal Register.

Balch & Bingham partners are accused of bribing former state lawmaker to oppose Superfund plan

Two environmental partners with Balch & Bingham have been accused of bribing a former Alabama state lawmaker to oppose a Superfund priority cleanup of property linked to their corporate client.

California sues to stop construction of Trump’s border wall

California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to stop construction of the border wall advocated by President Donald Trump as a key campaign promise.

The suit claims the administration did…

Who is responsible for hurricane damage? Suits could be based on climate-change science
Pioneering lawsuits based on climate-change science could blame hurricane damage on municipal planners, architects and engineers who failed to plan for foreseeable damages, some lawyers say.
Flint and pipeline cases become ‘harbingers of conflict in the future’ of water

Civil rights lawyer Daniel Sheehan wasn’t even listed as a speaker for a water-rights program at the ABA Annual Meeting on Sunday, but he managed to get a round of…

American attorneys partner to save endangered African wildlife

Working with a public interest law firm in Namibia and the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, American attorneys set out to improve the country’s wildlife laws—and strengthen their enforcement—with the aim of saving more Namibian animals.

In Flint water crisis, could involuntary manslaughter charges actually lead to prison time?

    Last week, Michigan’s top prosecutor announced that five officials, including the state’s Health Department head Nick Lyon, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter for a death resulting from…

    Five Michigan officials charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water debacle

    The leader of Michigan’s health department and four other state water officials have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 85-year-old man who succumbed to Legionnaires’ disease…

    Lieberman withdraws from FBI director search, cites potential conflict with Kasowitz hire

    Joseph Lieberman has withdrawn his name from consideration for FBI director because of the potential conflict of interest caused by President Donald Trump’s hiring of another lawyer from his law…

    Federal judge approves $97M settlement to replace lead water pipes in Flint

    A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement in which the state of Michigan will disburse up to $97 million to replace lead water pipes in Flint.

    U.S. District Judge…

    Trump signs executive order rolling back climate change policy; next move is before DC Circuit

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that directs the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rescinding and rewriting the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, designed to fight global…

    Federal judge denies injunction, permitting Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward

    A Washington, D.C. federal court ruling Tuesday paves the way for completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, over strong objections from neighboring tribal communities, Reuters has reported.

    The ruling…

    Class action filed on behalf of Flint residents claims EPA negligence in water probe

    A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 1,700 residents and property owners in Flint, Michigan, claims the Environmental Protection Agency mishandled the Flint water crisis.

    The negligence suit seeks…

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