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February Closes with Significant Activity Relating to EPA's Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Last week saw two developments regarding EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases. On February 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. the Environmental Protection...more

3/7/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions

2013: Year of the Mega Breach Cybersecurity Awareness Month - A Good Time for a Crisis Audit

Already this year, hackers have perpetrated seven "mega breaches" (breaches involving over 1 million records each), compromising and exposing over 112 million total records. The average size of a data breach in the U.S. this...more

10/31/2013 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Hackers

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Narrow Review of EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Regime But Refuses to Review EPA's Endangerment Finding

On Oct. 15, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted six petitions for review challenging the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision affirming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") suite of greenhouse gas ("GHG")...more

10/17/2013 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions SCOTUS

Fifth Circuit Revives Negligence Claims for Purely Economic Losses in Connection with Heartland Payment Systems Cyber-Attack...

On September 3, 2013, in Lone Star Nat'l Bank N.A. v. Heartland Payment Sys., Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that "the economic loss doctrine under New Jersey law does not preclude the Issuer...more

9/13/2013 - Banks Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Economic Loss Doctrine Negligence

EPA Proposes New Effluent Limitations for Power Plants

On April 19, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed rule establishing Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category. Although...more

5/2/2013 - Effluent Limitations EPA Power Plants Proposed Regulation

Supreme Court Rules Class Certification Requires Evidence of Damages Supported by a Valid Legal Theory

Effectively equates "rigorous analysis" with "merits analysis" - On March 27, 2013, in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that district courts must perform a "rigorous analysis" of...more

4/1/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Comcast Comcast v. Behrend Damages Rule 23 SCOTUS

President Issues an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the...more

2/15/2013 - Barack Obama CISPA Cybersecurity DHS Electricity Executive Orders Infrastructure

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