A US federal judge ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must update its policy on the use of toxic chemical dispersants to clean up oil spills. The guidance detailed in the National Contingency Plan (NCP) has not been updated since it was published in 1994, and environmentalists have been petitioning to update the [...]
The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal by a group of oil companies challenging a California state court ruling permitting two California cities to sue for damages related to climate change, meaning the case will be heard in state court. The cities of Oakland and San Francisco claimed that fossil fuel [...]
The Supreme Court held Monday in BP v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore that the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit erred in holding that it lacked the power to consider the defendants’ entire grounds to remove a case from state court pursuant to 28 USC §1447(d). After taking this case to [...]
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) v. Prometheus Radio Project and BP P.L.C. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. In Prometheus Radio Project, which was consolidated with National Association of Broadcasters v. Prometheus Radio Project, the court has to consider whether it was permissible for the [...]
Unofficial totals following Tuesday’s election indicate that California voters have rejected a statewide ballot measure that would have amended the California Constitution to allow the state to reinstate affirmative action programs. Proposition 16, titled “Allow Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions,” would have permitted government decision-making policies to consider race, [...]
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in seven cases on Friday, consolidating several of them for a total of four oral arguments to be heard early next year. The first grant, a consolidation of Barr v. Dai and Barr v. Alcaraz-Enriquez, concerns credibility determinations in asylum hearings. In both cases, applicants for asylum were given [...]
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that state courts should be the forum for hearing public nuisance lawsuits against petroleum producers. These lawsuits allege that the producers were promoting petroleum even though they knew that it was causing environmental harms such as drought, rising sea-levels and wildfires. The case comes [...]
The US Supreme Court declined to grant a stay to BP Plc and several other oil and gas companies Tuesday in a Baltimore lawsuit against the companies, solidifying a remand order issued by the US District Court for the District of Maryland. The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore sued in state court last year [...]
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: The US Supreme Court added 12 cases to its docket on Friday, including two Texas redistricting cases. The court had previously blocked two lower court rulings that...
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against BP, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell for their role in climate change. Extensive quantities of greenhouse gasses...