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Court grants injunction for New York City taxis

  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 31 2008

This afternoon, in a remarkable decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the City of New York from enforcing a rule that would have required taxis to effectively operate hybrid vehicles

U.S. Supreme Court decision balances national security and environment

  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 26 2008

On November 12, in Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of the Navy in a closely watched dispute over the effects of active sonar on marine mammals

Auto industry suffers defeat in Rhode Island

  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 2 2008

Last week, a federal judge in Rhode Island ended a challenge by General Motors, Chrysler and other automobile trade groups attempting to block Rhode Island's vehicle greenhouse gas(GHG) emission standards

National security concerns trump environment in Navy sonar fight

  • Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 30 2008

A split United States Supreme Court refused to limit the Navy's use of sonar to locate enemy submarines notwithstanding its potential harm to whales and other marine mammals

EPA set to issue NPDES General Permit for incidental vessel discharges by December 19

  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 5 2008

A Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Vessel General Permit (VGP) for discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels is scheduled to be issued December 19, 2008, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Court rejects revised fuel economy standards for light trucks

  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2007

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected revised fuel economy standards by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for light duty trucks (including SUVs and pickups), holding that the standards failed to address the benefits of carbon dioxide emissions reductions (Center for Biological Diversity v. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Case No. 06-71891 (9th Cir., November 15, 2007

New EPA regulations to reduce large ship emissions

  • Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 14 2007

On Nov. 29, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new emission standards for diesel engines on large ocean-going ships that would require the use of high-efficiency after-treatment technology and lower sulfur marine fuels to reduce NOx and PM emissions

Court dismisses lawsuit challenging Michigan ballast water

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 30 2007

A U.S. District Court in Michigan recently upheld a state law regulating ballast water discharges from oceangoing ships, dismissing a lawsuit by an industry group that claimed the law was unconstitutional and preempted by federal legislation

The big three US car manufacturers include green promises in return for $23bn bailout

  • Nabarro LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 16 2008

Ford and Chrysler have all included green initiatives as part of their requests for Federal bailout at the end of November

U.S. Supreme Court cuts punitive damages against Exxon in Valdez case

  • Reed Smith LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 31 2008

The Supreme Court of the United States in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, No. 07-2007 (2008), recently reduced punitive damages against Exxon from U.S. $2.5 billion to U.S. $507.5 million in a case stemming from the massive oil spill of the supertanker Exxon Valdez in 1989