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Oil Majors Face Lawsuits on Climate Change Issues

Oil Majors Face Lawsuits on Climate Change Issues

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The plaintiffs hold the fossil fuel companies accountable for rising sea levels, changing landscapes, higher global temperatures and increased risk of storms and droughts, Zacks reports.

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Litigating Climate Change: An Overview of Suits Against the Oil and Gas Industry

Litigating Climate Change: An Overview of Suits Against the Oil and Gas Industry

Event, Oct. 18, 2017, 1 p.m. EDT
The Institute for Energy Law will present a webinar discussing the various climate change-based lawsuits and current trends in climate change litigation.

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Alabama Lawyers, Coal Executive Indicted On Bribery Charges

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Two partners in prominent Alabama law firm Balch & Bingham have been placed on indefinite leave after named on charges including conspiracy and bribery, the AP reports.

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Trump Administration Working Toward Renewed Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Trump Administration Working Toward Renewed Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling.

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BLM Proposes Rescission of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

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The Bureau of Land Management has announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded, reports Fox Rothschild.

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Suit for Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

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Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law Blog discusses a case that asked whether a court must dismiss an engineering defect lawsuit filed without a certificate of merit with prejudice or may dismiss without prejudice.

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A New Start for U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling?

A New Start for U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling?

Podcast
A podcast from the Center on Global Energy Policy discusses the latest executive order on offshore oil and gas drilling and what political and legal challenges the order will face.

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Sidley Expands Environmental Practice in Washington, D.C.

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Sidley Austin LLP announced that Richard Alonso has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. He will be a member of the firm’s Environmental practice.

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The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

Podcast
In an episode of Kane Russell Coleman Logan’s energy law podcast, director Tom Ciarlone discusses the nation’s first legislative fracking ban.

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EPA Announces Methane Rule Reconsideration, Adding to List of Obama-Era Rules Under Review

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Authors Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton write that the Methane Rule applies to oil and gas facilities for which construction, modification, or reconstruction started after September 18, 2015.

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$87 Million Each for Lead Firms in 2010 Oil Spill Litigation

$87 Million Each for Lead Firms in 2010 Oil Spill Litigation

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Two Louisiana law firms – Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards of Lafayette and Herman, Herman & Katz in New Orleans – wiill get the biggest payouts.

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Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

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A provision of the “energy independence” executive order signed by President Trump is so broad in scope that legal experts say it could affect numerous government responsibilities far beyond those that deal directly with energy and climate change, according to a post by Climate Central.

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Ruling Against Acting NLRB GC Offers Opportunity for Employers

Ruling Against Acting NLRB GC Offers Opportunity for Employers

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Employers who want to challenge their unfair labor practice complaints may want to delay their cases from being heard, according to a source quoted by the Society for Human Resource Management.

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German Authorities Raid Jones Day Offices in VW Emissions Inquiry

German Authorities Raid Jones Day Offices in VW Emissions Inquiry

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German prosecutors raided the offices of Jones Day, the American law firm hired to conduct an internal investigation of Volkswagen’s emissions fraud, the AP reports.

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Tillerson May Face Deposition About ‘Wayne Tracker’ Alias Emails

Tillerson May Face Deposition About ‘Wayne Tracker’ Alias Emails

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Tillerson sent the most sensitive messages to and from company board members, including communications about the risks associated with climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

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Monsanto Ghostwrote Cancer Studies of Its Own Weed Killer, Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Say

Monsanto Ghostwrote Cancer Studies of Its Own Weed Killer, Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Say

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Plaintiffs claim that Monsanto’s toxicology manager ghostwrote parts of a scientific report in 2013 that was published under the names of several academic scientists, and his boss ghostwrote parts of another in 2000, according to a Reuters report.

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EPA to the Oil and Gas Industry on its Request for Information: Never Mind

EPA to the Oil and Gas Industry on its Request for Information: Never Mind

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The EPA has announced that it will no longer demand detailed information regarding methane releases from gas production facilities and related equipment, reports Akin Gump in its AG Deal Diary.

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Study Says Local Benefits From ‘Fracking’ Outweigh the Costs

Study Says Local Benefits From ‘Fracking’ Outweigh the Costs

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The study explored revenue generated in communities where drilling takes place, local income and employment, benefits to local governments, decreases in the quality of life, and increases in housing prices.

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Disaster Response for the Gulf Oil Spill Webinar

Disaster Response for the Gulf Oil Spill Webinar

Event, March 16, 1 p.m. EST
Textron Systems will present a webinar demonstrating how remote sensing and geospatial mapping products can be employed to quickly respond to an evolving oil spill.

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Addressing Environmental Claims and Obligations in Chapter 11

Event, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. EST
Practical Law and IWIRC NY offer a complimentary webinar addressing environmental claims and obligations in Chapter 11 with leading bankruptcy attorneys and advisors.

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