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Jul 22, 2014

U.S. judge tosses FDA panel report on menthol cigarettes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Monday in favor of two tobacco companies that challenged a 2011 U.S. Food and Drug Administration committee report on menthol cigarettes, finding three of the panel’s members had conflicts of interests.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered the FDA reconstitute the committee and barred the agency from using the panel’s findings, which said removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health.

Jul 15, 2014

Texas judge upholds $3 million fracking verdict

July 15 (Reuters) – A Texas judge upheld a $3 million jury
verdict by ruling in favor of a family who claimed that oil and
gas drilling near their land made them sick, in a landmark case
hailed as a victory by anti-fracking activists.

Last week’s ruling, confirmed by lawyers on Tuesday, is the
latest step in a three-year case that began when Bob and Lisa
Parr filed suit against a handful of oil companies claiming that
fumes from drilling around their 40-acre (16-hectare) ranch
exposed them and their livestock to hazardous gases and
industrial chemicals.

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court refuses challenge to California climate rule

June 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday
declined to hear a challenge to California’s landmark low-carbon
fuel standard, in a blow to out-of-state ethanol and gasoline
producers that say the rule unfairly discriminates against their
products.

A coalition of fuel makers, led by the Rocky Mountain
Farmers Union, a grower of corn and soybeans for ethanol in
western states, brought a lawsuit to overturn a 2009 rule
mandating cuts in carbon emissions.

Jun 25, 2014

Opponents of renewable energy law ask for U.S. Supreme Court hearing

June 25 (Reuters) – Fuel producers are urging the U.S.
Supreme Court to hear a challenge to California’s landmark low
carbon fuel standard, the first of a series of cases seeking to
roll back state renewable energy laws around the country.

The court could decide in the next few days whether to take
up a lawsuit brought by a coalition of ethanol and gasoline
producers trying to overturn a 2009 California rule mandating
cuts to carbon emissions.

Jun 12, 2014

U.S. would face hurdles bringing case against Icahn, Mickelson: lawyers

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – Questions about how to apply
securities law to activist investors could complicate any
potential insider trading case against billionaire Carl Icahn,
pro-golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William Walters,
legal experts said.

U.S. federal investigators are looking into whether
Mickelson and Walters may have traded illegally on private
information provided by hedge fund manager Icahn, a source
familiar with the matter said on Friday. None of the three men
has been accused of any wrongdoing, the source said.

Jun 10, 2014

U.S. judge orders ExxonMobil produce documents on Arkansas spill

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has denied ExxonMobil Corp’s bid to dismiss a government lawsuit and instead ordered the oil giant to hand over documents going back decades on a pipeline that ruptured last year and inundated an Arkansas town with oil.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled on Tuesday the company must hand over requested information on the entire 850-mile (1,370-km) Pegasus pipeline, which spilled about 5,000 barrels of crude oil in a residential neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, in March 2013.

Jun 2, 2014

U.S. would face hurdles bringing case against Icahn, Mickelson: lawyers

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – Questions about how to apply
securities law to activist investors could complicate any
potential insider trading case against billionaire Carl Icahn,
pro-golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William Walters,
legal experts said.

U.S. federal investigators are looking into whether
Mickelson and Walters may have traded illegally on private
information provided by hedge fund manager Icahn, a source
familiar with the matter said on Friday. None of the three men
has been accused of any wrongdoing, the source said.

May 22, 2014

North Carolina Senate outlaws disclosure of fracking fluid secrets

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted to make it a crime to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, even as big U.S. oil companies elsewhere consider releasing more information about the fluids to address public concerns about the environment.

The legislation, proposed by three Republican state senators and passed by a vote of 35-12, aims to protect trade secrets about fluids used to extract oil or gas from wells using fracking, which blasts sand, water and chemicals deep beneath the earth’s surface.

May 16, 2014

U.S. insurer class action may signal wave of climate-change suits

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – A major insurance company is accusing dozens of
localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains
and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a
wave of litigation over who should be liable for the possible
costs of climate change.

Farmers Insurance filed nine class actions last month
against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area. It is
arguing that local governments should have known rising global
temperatures would lead to heavier rains and did not do enough
to fortify their sewers and stormwater drains.

May 13, 2014

Environmentalists sue to list bumble bee as endangered

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – A bumble bee once common in the United States is disappearing so quickly it should be listed as an endangered species, environmentalists said in a lawsuit filed against U.S. government agencies on Tuesday.

The rusty patched bumble bee is now found in fewer and fewer areas as urbanization and agriculture reshape their traditional habitat on the Midwestern prairies, said the suit, which was filed in U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., against the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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