Environmental Law

609 ABA Journal Environmental Law articles.

Supreme Court returns conservation battle over dusky gopher frog to 5th Circuit appeals court

A challenge to the government’s critical habitat designation for the endangered dusky gopher frog is going back to a federal appeals court for another round.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled…

Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline pending additional climate-impact review

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Canadian oil sands fields to Texas refineries, citing the need for additional review of the…

Devastated by office chemicals, an attorney helps others fight toxic torts
After years of prosecuting hardcore criminals, attorney Alan Bell, then 35, took a private-sector job in South Florida’s newest skyscraper as he planned his run for the U.S. Senate. But starting in November 1989, he began suffering such bizarre medical symptoms that doctors suspected he’d been poisoned by the Mafia. He eventually discovered he wasn’t poisoned by a criminal but by his office building. His illness was diagnosed as being caused by exposure to toxic chemicals at work, and he became disabled in 1991. His rapidly declining health forced him to flee his glamorous Miami life to a sterile bubble in the remote Arizona desert for eight years. He lost his career and his marriage.
Why toxic torts are hard to litigate and win
In movies such as Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, lawyers investigate a serious environmental problem and then sweep a jury off its feet with the force of their evidence. Environmental litigators say a case actually can take years because of the Daubert standard, which governs whether an expert witness’s opinion is admissible in court.
New York takes another tack in climate-change suit against Exxon Mobil

The state of New York has filed a suit that alleges Exxon Mobil misled investors about risks posed to its business by climate-change regulations.

The suit, filed Wednesday in…

Judge dismisses Trump from climate change suit, says case can go to trial

A lawsuit blaming the federal government for failing to take action to stop climate change can proceed to trial, but the plaintiffs must proceed without President Donald Trump as a…

California asserts global power in defiance of Trump administration policies
Gov. Jerry Brown’s defiant posture underscores how U.S. states and municipalities are increasingly venturing into the realm of international affairs as they mobilize against Trump administration policies in areas such as the environment, immigration and human rights.
Supreme Court refuses stay in youths’ climate change suit, while offering advice to trial court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay a lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 youths who claim a right to a climate capable of sustaining human life.

The…

Former Balch & Bingham partner convicted of bribing ex-lawmaker to oppose Superfund expansion

A federal jury in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday convicted a former Balch & Bingham partner and a corporate executive for bribing a onetime Alabama lawmaker to oppose expanding and prioritizing…

Judge tosses New York City’s climate change lawsuit against major oil companies

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed New York City’s nuisance lawsuit seeking to hold five major oil companies liable for the effects of climate change caused by greenhouse gases.

Proposed regulatory changes imperil protections in Endangered Species Act, environmentalists say

The Trump administration says proposed changes in regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act would reduce the regulatory burden on the American people while producing the best conservation results for the species.

Going green: Law firms see business benefits of B Corp certification
Attorneys like Allen Bromberger are making sustainable efforts to draw clients who embrace a greener lifestyle. B Corp certification documents a firm's actions in job creation, corporate responsibility, effect on the community and impact on stakeholders.
Federal judge tosses nuisance suits seeking to hold oil companies liable for climate change
A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed lawsuits by two California cities that seek to hold five of the nation’s largest oil companies liable for climate change.
9th Circuit cites judge’s anti-government views in reassigning case
A federal appeals court has overturned two water rights cases and reassigned one of them because of concerns about the trial judge’s expressed views about the federal government and its lawyers.
Former Volkswagen CEO is indicted in emissions scandal

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with the company’s use of software to cheat on diesel emissions tests, the U.S. Justice…

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