Environmental Law

689 ABA Journal Environmental Law articles.

Green Lawyers Can Rile SOX Enforcers

Five years ago last week, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act took effect, giving the government a whole new set of tools to fight corporate corruption.

Its anti-fraud provisions immediately affected public companies…

Save the Whales, Judge Says

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Navy to stop using sonar in training exercises that can harm whales and other marine mammals.

Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said mass…

City Code Cases Over Front-Yard Food

Corn. Tomatoes. Sunflowers. All are mainstays in many backyard gardens throughout the country. But now that so-called edible estates are replacing front lawns in urban areas, some neighboring residents are…

Court Backs EPA Action (Updated)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against environmentalists who sought to protect endangered species in a dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The case involves conflicting mandates in the Endangered…

Toxic Tap Water for Years at Marine Base

At least twenty-five years after toxins were found to have seeped into the water supply at a North Carolina marine base, the situation is still being studied.

A report released…

DC Firm Racks Up Big Bill in RI Case

A well-known Washington, D.C., law firm is sending the state of Rhode Island six-figure monthly bills for ongoing representation in a huge environmental clean-up case.

When the state asked Sutherland,…

Court Strengthens Superfund

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the federal Superfund law permits companies to sue to recover costs of voluntarily cleaning up hazardous material.

The ruling helps strengthen the Superfund cleanup program, the Associated Press reports.

Bounty-Hunters Irk Calif. AG

About a dozen law firms are filing lawsuits that help enforce a California law requiring businesses to tell consumers when they are exposed to cancer-causing substances.

Their suits generate 100…

Seven Accused of Killing Pigeon Predators

Federal agents went undercover to find evidence that members of roller pigeon clubs were illegally killing hawks and falcons that were eating specially bred birds.

Roller pigeons are bred to…

Activists: Timber Suit Based on Draft Regulations

In a lawsuit characterized as “downright bizarre” by a Seattle newspaper blog, a timber industry lawyer who formerly worked for the Bush administration has made a legal claim based on…

Calif. Governor Threatens EPA Lawsuit

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency six months to issue a waiver allowing a state clean air law to take effect.

“The clock is ticking,” the…

U.S. Mining Executive Innocent in Indonesia

A 21-month criminal trial in Indonesia against a major U.S. mining company and one of its executives ended today with a not-guilty verdict by the judge.

Despite a reported demonstration…

Vermont Emissions Law on Trial

Trial begins in a Vermont court on Tuesday in a case challenging states’ efforts to limit vehicle emissions.

The case will be heard in U.S. District Court in Burlington,

Green Fees

Anticipating more business, some firms bolster their climate-change practices

Up Against the Seawall

After Last Year’s Hurricanes, a New Storm Over Property Rights and Beach Protection Engulfs Florida’s Coast

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