Freeborn & Peters LLP

311 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60606, United States
Phone: (312) 360-6000
Fax: (312) 360-6520
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
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  • Bankruptcy
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
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  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
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  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Illinois
  • Virginia
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

D.C. Court of Appeals Vacates Key Criterion for Determining Sham Recycling

Ever since the EPA’s 1985 rulemaking on the Definition of Solid Waste, 50 Fed. Reg. 614 (1985), the question of how one distinguishes legitimate recycling from sham recycling has puzzled both regulators and recyclers. The…more
 /  Environmental Law

USEPA and Army Corps Propose Rule to Rollback the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and recodify the definition of “waters of the United States,” known as WOTUS,…more
 /  Environmental Law

Environmental Groups and States Are Challenging EPA’s Stay of Oil and Gas Well Methane Rule

Several environmental organizations have petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and moved to block EPA from implementing a 90-day administrative stay of the New Source Performance Standards covering methane emissions from…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

A Patchwork Quilt of Regulations for Self Driving Vehicles – No Way, Says Congress!

Big news! Next week, on June 27th, a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing to discuss “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation.” As reported by Wired, “last week, the Senate published…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

[Event] Second Annual Incubate Illinois Conference - July 12th, Chicago Illinois

Please join us for the Second Annual Incubate Illinois Conference. Learn how: - Startups across Chicago accelerate their growth in one of the city's many incubators. - New companies can receive investments from Illinois’…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Justices Limit FELA’s Jurisdictional Reach

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court considered jurisdiction over railroads under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”). BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrell, 581 U.S. _ (May 30, 2017) . Specifically, the Court addressed the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

D.C. Circuit Stays Challenges to Oil and Gas Infrastructure Methane Rules

On May 18th, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the EPA’s request to stay challenges to the New Source Performance Standards regulating methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure, pending review of the rule in…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

North Carolina Adds New Protections for CAFOs Against Nuisance Lawsuits

By statute, North Carolina has capped the monetary awards available for nuisance claims related to agricultural or forestry operations. The law, H.B. 467, was designed to protect hog farms and other concentrated animal feeding…more
 /  Environmental Law

Emails With An Environmental Consultant Are Not Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege, But May Be Protected Under the Work-Product Doctrine Rules a Federal District Court in Indiana

A federal district court in Indiana recently ruled on whether email communications with environmental contractors hired by an attorney are protected from discovery. In Valley Forge Ins. Co. v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., No…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Environmental Law

Kentucky Proposes Regulations to Address Technologically-Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) Associated With Oil and Gas Exploration Activities

Filling in a gap in its regulations, Kentucky proposes new regulations for technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials or TENORM. The regulations were in response to concerns about the management of…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Post-Closure Involvement at Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility Found to be Grounds for “Operator” Liability Under RCRA

A North Carolina appeals court has ruled that a company may be an “operator” of a hazardous waste disposal facility under RCRA Subtitle C based solely on post-closure involvement at the site. The case, WASCO LLC v. N.C…more
 /  Environmental Law

It’s Tax Season: Virgin Fined for Slightly Imperfect Disclosure

On March 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (the “Enforcement Office”) continued its activist pursuit of hyper-technical violations of the DOT’s hallowed full fare…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

OMB Guidance Weakens President Trump’s Executive Order on Deregulation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released a guidance document on the subject of President Trump’s January 30, 2017 executive order, EO 13771, titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Cost.” That…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

A Faster Track to Rate Relief? Maybe and Maybe Not.

After conducting informal meetings with stakeholders, issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in June, 2016 and receiving hundreds of pages of comments, the STB last week issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Docket…more
 /  Transportation

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers In Challenge To Structured Dismissals in Bankruptcy

We previously wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a group of truck drivers’ challenge to the dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that was designed to avoid paying the drivers’ claims. Today, the U.S…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking
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