Environmental Law

602 ABA Journal Environmental Law articles.

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…

California leads multistate coalition in challenge to EPA’s planned rollback of auto emissions rules

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia are challenging a Trump administration plan to roll back auto emissions rules.

California is leading the multistate coalition in the petition for…

Prominent gay-rights lawyer sets himself on fire and dies in environmental protest

A prominent gay-rights lawyer died early Saturday in a Brooklyn, New York, park after he set himself on fire to protest pollution from fossil fuels.

David Buckel, 60, was “an…

Lawyer’s failure to explain fine print nixes deal to stay silent on Trump, ex-Playboy model says
A former Playboy model has filed a lawsuit claiming she has no obligation to stay silent about her relationship with Donald Trump because of alleged failures by her own lawyer.
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.

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