U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Sean W. O'Donnell expressed concern over his office's lack of funding in a report to Congress on Wednesday, saying the 2024 budget is lower than it was 13 years ago, despite increased oversight responsibilities and personnel costs.
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EPA Inspector General Decries Lack Of Funding To Congress

By Madeline Lyskawa

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Sean W. O'Donnell expressed concern over his office's lack of funding in a report to Congress on Wednesday, saying the 2024 budget is lower than it was 13 years ago, despite increased oversight responsibilities and personnel costs.

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Neoprene Co. Calls EPA Rule Deadline 'Surprise Switcharoo'

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

A Louisiana-based neoprene manufacturer is asking the D.C. Circuit to immediately block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing a chemical emissions rule that will directly impact the company.

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Treasury Details Which Tech Would Get Clean Energy Credits

By David van den Berg

Treasury released proposed rules Wednesday outlining which technologies would qualify for new zero-emission energy tax credits, saying wind, solar and geothermal are among those that would make the cut.

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9th Circ. Rejects Objections To $23M Monsanto Roundup Deal

By Mike Curley

The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's approval of a $23 million MDL settlement to resolve claims that Monsanto failed to warn buyers of the carcinogens in its Roundup weed killer, finding there was no indication of collusion as argued by Missouri-based objectors.

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Colombian Court Affirms Fossil Fuel Tax Break Must Stay

By Kevin Pinner

The Constitutional Court of Colombia affirmed its decision to strike down a law denying fossil fuel companies the ability to offset corporate income tax liabilities with deductions for royalty payments despite a severe impact to public finances, the country's president said.

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Texas Judge Bans Using $1.4B Border Wall Funds For Repairs

By Alyssa Aquino

A Texas federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked the White House from using $1.4 billion of border wall construction funding for barrier repair, rejecting requests from landowners, contractors and environmental groups to reconsider the scope of the ban.

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POLICY & REGULATION

South Baltimore Citizens Call On EPA For Incinerator Relief

By MJ Koo

Baltimore has turned a blind eye to South Baltimore residents suffering from respiratory diseases and persistently urging the city to transition away from Maryland's largest trash incinerator to zero-waste infrastructure for dealing with refuse, two environmental groups and a residents group say in an administrative complaint Wednesday.

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PROPERTY INSURANCE

Wash. Panel Ends Quest Diagnostics' COVID Coverage Quest

By Elizabeth Daley

Quest Diagnostics' insurers don't owe the medical testing lab COVID-19-related business loss coverage, a Washington appeals court said, ruling the company failed to show that the presence of the virus resulted in physical loss or damage to its property.

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8th Circ. Backs Ark. Landowners' Jury Win In Flooding Suit

By Isaac Monterose

The Eighth Circuit has upheld a group of Arkansas landowners' nearly $350,000 jury win in their lawsuit accusing Lawrence County of building a bridge that caused flooding that damaged their crops.

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LITIGATION

Tribe Says Mining Co. Can't Protect 500 Docs In Land Suit

By Joyce Hanson

A Native American tribe has asked a Minnesota federal court to ignore a mining company's objections to a magistrate judge's order compelling it to produce nearly 500 documents related to a land exchange dispute, arguing that it failed to establish attorney-client privilege claims.

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No Sanctions Over Drone Video For Houston Cancer MDL Atty

By Catherine Marfin

A state judge said Wednesday that she wasn't planning on sanctioning an attorney representing Houston residents living near a contaminated rail yard for allowing allegedly improper drone videos to be taken over the site despite telling the lawyer that the "miscommunication" with his staff is "really on you."

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

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Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

By Dorothy Atkins

More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

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Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

By Tracey Read

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

By Aebra Coe

After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protesters of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

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NY Jury Eyes Trump Tower 'Conspiracy' As Deliberations Start

By Frank G. Runyeon, Rachel Scharf and Stewart Bishop

Jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, as the panel appeared to home in on testimony about a key 2015 meeting where the alleged scheme was hatched.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

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Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

By Thy Vo

A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

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Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

By Carla Baranauckas

The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

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Wash. Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Judge

By Madison Arnold

A Washington man is charged with intimidating a judge on allegations he threatened to kill Asotin County Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, as well as her dog, Motley, after she oversaw his guilty plea to charges alleging he made threats to shoot up an elementary school and a county fair parade.

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Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

By Jake Maher

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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Interview

6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

By Christopher Cole

A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

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Interview

Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

By Julie Manganis

Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

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Meta's Policy On Threats List 'Sounds Nefarious,' Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins

The California federal judge overseeing claims Meta blacklists certain adult performers questioned the social media giant's practice of keeping its list of dangerous organizations and individuals as a "living document" that changes constantly and isn't archived, saying the policy appears to destroy evidence and "sounds nefarious."

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Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baker Botts

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Bracewell LLP

Bradley Arant

Buchalter APC

Bullivant Houser

Clyde & Co

Dentons

Dewsnup King

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Farrar & Ball

Finnegan

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Greene Espel

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

Jones Walker

K&L Gates

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lane Powell

Manatt Phelps

McNaul Ebel

Milberg Coleman

Milstein Jackson

Mishcon de Reya

NechelesLaw

PPGMR Law

Parsons Behle

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Quinn Emanuel

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Sears Injury Law

Shackelford Bowen

Sidley Austin

Sonosky Chambers

Spencer Fane

Steptoe LLP

Stueve Siegel

Venable LLP

Wiley Rein

Winston & Strawn

Zelle LLP

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas

American International Group Inc.

Bayer AG

Brandeis University

Environmental Integrity Project

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

Monsanto Co.

Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co.

PolyMet Mining Corp.

Quest Diagnostics Inc.

Savills Inc.

Sierra Club

Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

States United Democracy Center

Teck Resources Ltd.

Twitter Inc.

Union Pacific Corp.

WIN Waste Innovations Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Colorado Supreme Court

Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Marin County, California

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas General Land Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office