Solar Panel Tariff Fight Makes Strange Bedfellows

By | Green Building Law Update | August 20, 2017
The U.S. International Trade Commission held a nearly 10 hour initial public hearing this past Tuesday on a petition seeking tariffs and price minimums on low cost imported solar panels. The petition seeks duties of 40 cents per watt on imported solar cells and also a floor price of 78 cents per watt on solar panels made by foreign manufacturers. View Full Post
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Trump Track: Federal Environmental Civil Penalties Drop by 60%

Last week, the Environmental Integrity Project released its report on environmental enforcement during the first six months of the Trump administration. The Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group founded by former enforcement attorneys at EPA, found that civil penalties are down 60% on average compared to past administrations. View Full Post
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Executive Order Aims to Improve Environmental Review of Infrastructure Projects

On August 15, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.”  As part of the Administration’s goal to improve domestic infrastructure, the purpose of the EO is to promote agency coordination, efficiency, and accountability with respect to environmental reviews of infrastructure projects. View Full Post
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The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – Implications for Environmental Law

By | E2 Law Blog | August 18, 2017
On 13 July 2017 the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Bill) was presented to the United Kingdom Parliament for its initial reading. This draft legislation, previously referred to as the “Great Repeal Bill“, is intended to give substantive effect to the UK’s 23 June 2016 Brexit vote by, when enacted, repealing the European Communities Act 1972 through which the UK became a member of the European Union. View Full Post
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Ninth Circuit Addresses Finality Requirements for CERCLA Contribution Actions

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals revived a contribution action under CERCLA, and in the course of ruling, it addressed three issues of first impression in the Circuit regarding contribution litigation under CERCLA. Asarco, LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Company. First, it joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that a settlement entered into under an authority other than CERCLA could give rise to a CERCLA contribution action. View Full Post
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Will Executive Direction Accelerate Federal Environmental Review and Permitting?

By | The Nickel Report | August 17, 2017
Highway Interchange Several presidential administrations have sought to shorten the lengthy process for obtaining federal authorizations and permits, with particular attention on infrastructure projects that usually require multiple federal permits with accompanying environmental reviews. Despite consistent interest in improving this process, delays persist, in part because of how courts have interpreted the level of analysis required during these environmental reviews. View Full Post
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Executive Order Aims to Streamline Environmental Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

In furtherance of the administration’s broad infrastructure initiative, President Trump on August 15 signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.”  The EO directs federal agencies to make coordinated, predictable, transparent, and timely decisions with the goal of completing all federal environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects within two years.  View Full Post
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Injured Plaintiffs’ Recovery of Imaginary Medical Costs

By | Louisiana Law Blog | August 17, 2017
By Lana D. Crump and Amanda Collura-Day In Louisiana, the collateral source rule mandates that a tort plaintiff be awarded the full value of his medical expenses against the tortfeasor, including any amounts written off by the provider, when that plaintiff paid some “consideration” (money) for the benefit of the written-off amount.  View Full Post
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