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Bayer Bets on ‘Silver Bullet’ Defense in Roundup Litigation; Experts See Hurdles

Bayer Bets on ‘Silver Bullet’ Defense in Roundup Litigation; Experts See Hurdles

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Bayer has a better shot if a business-friendly U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case, experts said.

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Judge Orders PG&E Directors to Visit Town Destroyed by Wildfire

Judge Orders PG&E Directors to Visit Town Destroyed by Wildfire

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The judge said he wanted the energy company executives to “see the gravity of what happened up there” and indicated he likely will join the tour.

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Outcry Over EPA Proposal to Weaken Standards for Cleanup of ‘Forever Chemicals’

Outcry Over EPA Proposal to Weaken Standards for Cleanup of ‘Forever Chemicals’

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The proposal would lower existing requirements for addressing groundwater contamination at military bases where large amounts of contamination have been documented.

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Food Regulatory Lawyer Joan Baughan Joins Steptoe

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Joan Baughan has joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner based in the Washington office.

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Landowners, Energy Companies Seek to Capture Court’s Ruling in Historic Hydraulic Fracking Case

Landowners, Energy Companies Seek to Capture Court’s Ruling in Historic Hydraulic Fracking Case

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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has agreed to hear a case to consider whether the rule of capture applies to hydraulic fracking, reports The Hydraulic Fracking Blog of Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Ford Says Feds Have Opened Criminal Probe Into Its Emissions Certifications

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CNBC is reporting that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation in a matter relating to Ford Motor’s emissions certification process.

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Haynes and Boone Issues Energy Roundup for Spring 2019

Haynes and Boone Issues Energy Roundup for Spring 2019

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Haynes and Boone’s Spring 2019 Energy Roundup highlights an evolving United States oil and gas industry responding to recent commodity price volatility, the firm said on its website.

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Judge Dismisses Pipeline Operator’s Racketeering/Defamation Suit Against Greenpeace

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“Posting articles written by people with similar beliefs does not create a RICO enterprise,” a federal judge wrote in his dismissal order.

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Appeals Court Allows Quick-Take of Land for Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Landowners objected to a lower-court ruling granting immediate possession of the disputed land before deciding how much each property owner should be compensated.

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Border Wall Needs Private Property. But Some Texans Won’t Give Up Their Land Without a Fight.

Border Wall Needs Private Property. But Some Texans Won’t Give Up Their Land Without a Fight.

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Previous eminent domain attempts along the Texas border have led to more than a decade of court battles, according to The Washington Post.

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Federal Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in Major Blow to Trump Administration

Federal Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in Major Blow to Trump Administration

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The Washington Post characterized the order as a  major defeat for President Trump, who attacked the Obama administration for stopping the project in the face of protests and an environmental impact study.

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Former Partner Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Scheme to Bribe Alabama Lawmaker

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A former partner at Balch & Bingham has been sentenced to five years in prison for a scheme to bribe an Alabama state legislator to oppose expansion of a site designated for an environmental cleanup, reports the ABA Journal.

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Energy Attorney Christopher J. Townsend Joins Freeborn

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Christopher J. Townsend has joined Freeborn & Peters LLP’s Chicago office as a partner and co-leader of the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group.

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PA Court Rejects Fracking Company’s Appeal In ‘Rule Of Capture’ Decision

PA Court Rejects Fracking Company’s Appeal In ‘Rule Of Capture’ Decision

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A Pennsylvania appeals court rejected a request by a natural gas production company to rehear a case whose outcome could affect drillers across the country, reports WSKG.

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Subcontractors Sue Valero Over Explosion at Texas City Refinery

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The workers are seeking damages based on claims that they suffered orthopedic injuries and hearing loss from the accident and are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, reports the San Antonio Business Journal.

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Renewable Energy Deals Targeted for More Scrutiny in New Trade Report

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Even investments in renewable energy businesses may be affected by this broadening of interest in the industry, and should be considered by parties as part of deal due diligence and negotiations of investment and acquisition agreements, according to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Judge Dismisses Exxon’s Lawsuit, Letting Multi-State Fraud Investigation Continue

Judge Dismisses Exxon’s Lawsuit, Letting Multi-State Fraud Investigation Continue

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A U.S. district judge in New York on Thursday dismissed Exxon’s lawsuit claiming officials in New York and Massachusetts conspired with environmental groups in planning the securities-fraud probe.

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Hunton & Williams Adds Daniel J. Grucza to Environmental Practice

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Former energy and chemical company lawyer Daniel J. Grucza has joined Hunton & Williams LLP as counsel in Atlanta.

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Global Warming Public Nuisance Actions Will Stay in Federal Court

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The cities claim that the companies, despite knowing of the risks associated with climate change and global warming, continued to produce and sell their products to the public that uses fossil fuels.

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Exxon’s Response to Climate-Change Case: Sue the Lawyers

Exxon’s Response to Climate-Change Case: Sue the Lawyers

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One expert asks: Does Exxon really need these depositions or is Exxon seeking the depositions to harass mayors and city attorneys into dropping their lawsuits?

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