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D.C. Circuit Upholds Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

The D.C. Circuit has upheld a 2012 EPA rule limiting air toxics emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The rule, commonly known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or “MATS,” requires new and existing coal- and…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

SB 743: Tinkering with CEQA for the future

After more than 40 years on the books, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) continues to be the focus of contentious legislation seeking to reform the environmental law that dominates land development throughout the…more

| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

What Defense Counsel Can Learn From The W.Va. Spill

For the companies and their lawyers, the headlines were awful and kept getting worse: 300,000 people suffering without drinking water; changes in corporate ownership just days before the chemical spill; and accusations that a…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Personal...

Will 2014 Finally Be The Year For Long-Awaited CEQA Reform?

The 2013 legislative session began with a flurry of political jockeying and high hopes for CEQA reform, but the results left parties on both sides of the aisle unsatisfied. In early 2013, Senate President pro Tem Darrell…more

| Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Safer Consumer Products Regulation

Depending on one’s perspective, California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, with its vast array of burdensome requirements, trade secret concerns and potential to ban certain products, will either cause business to flee from…more

| Environmental Law, Consumer Protection

Why Exxon Case Will Likely Become A Plaintiff Favorite

For decades, commentators have warned that California’s discovery rule exception has been swallowing statutes of limitations. See, e.g., Stephen V. O'Neil, Accrual of Statutes of Limitations: California's Discovery Exceptions…more

| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts

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