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HTMLShareholder Resolutions Pressure Corporations to Disclose Plans for Climate Change
Sarah Jean Fox; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
A large coalition of shareholders in several energy companies has recently published resolutions focused on provoking corporate responses to climate change. In early 2015, 150 investors in BP Plc ("BP") and Royal Dutch Shell Plc ("Shell") published resolutions with the two...

 

HTMLD.C. Circuit Considers Motions to Govern Future Proceedings in Light of Supreme Court's Decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA
Jane Borthwick Story; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
As previously reported in the Summer 2014 issue of The Climate Report, on June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that (i) the Clean Air Act ("CAA") does not compel the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions under either the Prevention of Significant...

 

HTMLOntario Unveils Plan to Join Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade System
Michael R. Barrett, Thomas W. McInerney; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on April 14, 2015
On the eve of a provincial premiers summit on climate change, the Ontario Government has announced it is joining with Quebec and California in a greenhouse gas ("GHG") cap-and-trade system. Ontario, Quebec and California are members of the Western Climate Initiative and represent a carbon...

 

HTMLObama Administration Announces Planned Rules to Control Methane from Oil and Gas Production Sources
Casey F. Bradford, Simon P. Hansen, Charles T. Wehland; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
On January 14, 2015, the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") announced plans to propose new standards to control methane emissions from new and modified—but not existing—oil and natural gas production sources. The future regulation is projected...

 

HTMLCalifornia Courts Shelve San Diego's Transportation Plan for Failing to Address Climate Change Impacts
Daniella A. Einik; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015
On November 24, 2014, the California Court of Appeal held that the San Diego Association of Governments' ("SANDAG") environmental impact report ("EIR") for its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy failed to comply with the California Environmental...

 

HTMLMaryland Court Overturns Montgomery County Stormwater Permit
Megan Marie Roberts-Satinsky, Charles R. Schaller, Benjamin S. Wechsler; Linowes and Blocher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
On April 2, 2015, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion in Maryland Department of Environment v. Anacostia Riverkeeper [i] that will fundamentally change the way the Maryland Department of Environment ("MDE") issues Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System...

 

HTMLFourth Circuit Issues Important Decision on CLean Water Act Jurisdiction
Megan Marie Roberts-Satinsky, Charles R. Schaller, Benjamin S. Wechsler; Linowes and Blocher LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 15, 2015
On March 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [i] issued an opinion in a long-standing dispute over the United States Army Corps of Engineers' jurisdiction over 4.8 acres of wetlands slated for development with ten (10) homes by Precon Development Corporation...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Jury Awards $1.5 Million to 83-Year-Old Plumber for Mesothelioma
Paul C. Johnson, Timothy D. Rau; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
A Middlesex County jury recently handed down a $1.5 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a New Jersey asbestos lawsuit before the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi, JSC. The plaintiffs, Ronald Roe and Donna Rowe, his wife, sued a variety of defendants for asbestos exposure arising out of Ronald...

 

HTMLNew York Judge Vacates $11 Million Asbestos Verdict
Paul C. Johnson, Timothy D. Rau; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
In finding that the plaintiffs' experts lacked proper bases for their causation opinions, New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe entered an order and issued a 41-page opinion on April 13, 2015, which set aside an $11 million verdict awarded in a mesothelioma case. In Juni v. AO Smith, Index No....

 

HTMLKentucky Public Service Commission Approves Methane Project
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 23, 2015
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has recently approved a new methane project at the Glasgow Regional Landfill (Landfill). The project, owned by the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), will generate electricity by capturing methane gas escaping from the Landfill. EKPC hopes that the...

 


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