Drytech, NFAs, and ISRA Triggers: The Ultimate Clingy Relationship

By | E2 Law Blog | February 23, 2017
Have you ever wanted to escape a clingy and annoying relationship? In terms of environmental compliance, triggering New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) can evoke the same feelings of frustration.  N.J.S.A. 13:1K (­­­­1993). The recent Drytech, Inc. v. State of New Jersey, in particular, highlighted the pesky and recurrent nature of ISRA. View Full Post
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Sole Proximate Cause in Illinois – the Journey Continues

By | GlobalTort | February 23, 2017
The journey continues in Illinois on “sole proximate cause.” In Madison County, an ongoing trial presents contested issues regarding “sole proximate cause” in the context of asbestos litigation. The case is described in a February 15, 2017 article at Madison-St. Clair record. The journey also is ongoing in more general cases at the appellate level. View Full Post
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George Will On the Looming Pension Crisis

Conservative columnist George Will wrote this article about America’s looming pension crisis. From the article: Nowadays, America’s most persistent public dishonesties are the wildly optimistic, but politically convenient, expectations for returns on pension fund investments. Last year, when Illinois reduced its expected return on its teachers’ retirement fund from 7.5 percent to 7, this meant a $400 million to $500 million addition to the taxes needed annually for the fund. View Full Post
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Kean Miller Data Security Alert: W-2 Phishing Scam Returns for Tax Season

By | Louisiana Law Blog | February 22, 2017
phish By Jessica C. Engler The IRS has sent an urgent alert to employers this month that a W-2 phishing scam that many companies fell victim to in 2016 is back in full force for 2017. The IRS warns that this scam is emerging earlier this year and is targeting school districts, tribal organizations, and nonprofits in addition to businesses. View Full Post
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Funding Our Infrastructure Maintenance Backlog Before the Next Crisis

By | EnviroStructure | February 22, 2017
The shocking images out of California of the near-failure of the Oroville Dam have once again shined a light on essential, aging American infrastructure. Damage to the nearly mile-long spillway and threatened complete breach of the dam’s “emergency spillway” (really just the side of the hill adjacent to the man-made structure) led to the mandatory evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. View Full Post
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California Energy Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

By | Renewable + Law | February 21, 2017
February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout the two-year session and will provide periodic updates as to the status of those bills. View Full Post
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FERC and CPUC Approve Utilities’ Innovative Request to Own a 50 MW Solar Project in Partnership with a Tax Equity Investor

FERC and CPUC Approve Utilities’ Innovative Request to Own a 50 MW Solar Project in Partnership with a Tax Equity Investor For the first time, a regulated electric utility, Liberty Utilities (CalPeco Electric) LLC (“Liberty”), recently obtained all state and federal regulatory approvals to partner with a tax equity investor to acquire, own, and operate a utility-scale solar project.  By using a tax equity partnership, the utility can more efficiently take advantage of federal solar tax incentives and thereby decrease the cost of the solar energy for the benefit of its customers. View Full Post
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Court Grants 60-Day Stay in Critical Habitat Litigation

Last week, a federal judge granted a 60-day stay in litigation over critical habitat designation and policy pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the “Services”)—the agencies charged with carrying out such designations pursuant to the ESA—asked for the delay in order to allow incoming Trump Administration officials time to become familiar with the case. View Full Post
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