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Legislative Update Report No. 2014-11 - June 2014

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

EPA Releases 2012 Enforcement Results

Under the headline “EPA Enforcement in 2012 Protects Communities from Harmful Pollution,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 17, 2012, released its annual report of enforcement activities for the 2012...more

EPA’s 2012 Enforcement Results – What Do They Mean?

Shortly before the end of the year, EPA released its annual review of its civil and criminal enforcement results for the Fiscal Year 2012....more

Gibson Guitar Corp. Agrees to Resolve Investigation Into Lacey Act Violations

On August 6, 2012, Gibson Guitar Corp. entered into a criminal enforcement agreement with the United States, resolving a criminal investigation into allegations that the company violated the Lacey Act by illegally purchasing...more

Sixth Amendment Requirement That Juries Find Facts Necessary to Impose Fines Above Statutory Maximum Raises New Questions for...

On June 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that under the Sixth Amendment, before a criminal fine can be imposed for multiple days of violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a jury, not the...more

Two Federal Decisions Signal Further Expansion of Criminal Liability for Environmental Crimes

Recently, two federal courts, including the influential U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, issued opinions in criminal environmental cases involving violations of recordkeeping requirements. Like most...more

Environmental Crime Risks

Chief compliance officers have enough on their plate without having to worry about another risk. The Obama Administration came into power promising to increase enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. On the civil...more

Lacey Act Compliance: Recent Developments

The recently released reports of two non-profit groups serve as reminders of how companies that trade in goods derived from certain plants, fish, and wildlife must ensure compliance with the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act...more

Lacey Act Reform: Institute for Legal Reform Testimony

Below are excerpts from Reed's recent testimony before a legislative hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs regarding Lacey Act reform....more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - April 2012: Safe Drinking Water Act enforcement By Chris Paul

The former mayor of Stover, Missouri, was sentenced in December 2011 to 10 years of probation and five months of home confinement, 30 days in a halfway house, and a $10,000 fine on charges related to violations of the Safe...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-07 - Apr 15, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince...more

Oops! My client had a spill – what do I do now?! By Gerald L. Hilsher

Originally published in Oklahoma Bar Journal - Volume 83, No.5 - February 11, 2012. Anyone who has raised a child or represented a company in a regulated industry knows that accidents will happen. This article will...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2011-24 - Dec 30, 2011

In This Article: • Federal Government • Alberta • British Columbia • Manitoba • New Brunswick • Newfoundland • Northwest Territories • Nova Scotia • Nunavut • Ontario • Prince Edward Island •...more

Bill 89: Intervention Strategies Refinement And Reinforcement For The Protection Of The Environment

November 2011 — On October 5, 2011, Bill 89 entitled “An Act to Amend the Environment Quality Act in order to Reinforce Compliance” (the “Bill”) was sanctioned, reinforcing compliance with the Environment Quality Act (“EQA”)....more

EPA Issues Notices of Violation of the RFS to Twenty-Four Parties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued Notices of Violation of the Clean Air Act to parties who used Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) generated by Clean Green Fuel LLC to satisfy their compliance...more

Judge Awards $1.7 Million in EPA Malicious Prosecution Case

On September 30, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ordered the United States to pay $1.7 million in a malicious prosecution lawsuit to Hubert Vidrine, based on findings that the U.S....more

Gavel to Gavel: To kill a mockingbird By Jessica John Bowman

Article first appeared in The Journal Record - June 9, 2011. Maybe you’ve heard this one: A hunter asks the game warden whether he may shoot a particular animal. “No,” replies the warden, “I’m sorry, but the season...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - May 2011: BP Alaska to pay largest per barrel penalty to date

On May 3, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation’s PHMSA announced the penalty assessed against BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. for its crude oil spill in March...more

The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2010

It will soon be one year since the April 20, 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting oil spill (the Gulf spill) has been the subject of multiple investigations and analyses....more

Strong Civil and Criminal Enforcement Emphasized in Department of Justice’s 2011 Environmental Enforcement Authorities

For the Department of Justice's (“DOJ’s”) civil and criminal environmental enforcement arm – the Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”) – 2010 was an "extraordinarily busy year and a very successful one,"...more

Ignoring the Law at Sea is a Dangerous Business

The unresolved tension between a master and a rig manager, between legal and commercial considerations, is often the key to why accidents happen. The tension is obvious. The master's duties are to protect the safety of the...more

I Perry Mason difensori dell'ambiente

Featured on the economic magazine "Valori". Green economy and environmental lawyers....more

Environmental Reporter: The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2009

This article provides an overview of key developments relevant to the criminal enforcement of environmental laws. It reviews the statistics used to measure federal enforcement activity and proposes that the federal government...more

A imputação jurídico-penal no Direito Penal Econômico

O ordenamento penal e processual penal brasileiro vem enfrentando um processo de adaptação ao fenômeno da crescente criminalidade econômica, que tem deitado suas raízes nomeadamente na...more

Responsabilidade ambiental: dever de cidadania

O tema deste estudo refere-se à responsabilidade ambiental como um dever de cidadania para o alcance de uma sociedade justa e democrática, o que leva a tratar especificamente sobre a necessidade de...more

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