How Do You Keep Your Edge?
Christopher A. Bottcher 12/4/2014
Juries resolve very few cases these days. Statistics confirm that fewer civil cases are tried to verdict every year, and that only a small fraction of civil cases ever reach a jury. With litigation costs rising every year, and corporate budgets remaining flat or declining, that downward trend is likely to continue. view more
The Challenge of Addressing Environmental Stigma Claims
Bill Ruskin 9/24/2014
The often uncertain nature of environmental stigma claims has resulted in diverse and often confusing jurisprudence. Stigma damage claims seek recovery of damages to the reputation of the realty. Stigma damages represent the market’s perception of the decrease in property value caused by an injury to the property. view more
Supreme Court Still Divided Over how to Interpret Express Preemption Provisions
Larry Ebner 6/11/2014
Most of the commentary on the Supreme Court’s June 9 decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger has focused on the holding that CERCLA does not preempt state statutes of repose which, after a set number of years, extinguish environmental and toxic tort claims—even if the plaintiff-friendly state statute of limitations that § 9658 of CERCLA mandates has not run its course. view more
Environmentalists Support Fracking But with Important Reservations
Bill Ruskin 3/18/2014
It is necessary that natural gas be substituted for coal and oil as an energy source if the world is to have any chance of avoiding runaway greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, particularly from the developing world.
At present, it is unrealistic to expect renewable energy sources (solar, wind and geothermal) to serve as a foundation for national energy policy. In the United States, even with the best use of conservation, energy efficiency and renewables, the combination of these various “alternatives” will not become a substitute for fossil fuels for a very long time. view more
Military's Embrace of Clean Energy Reduces Combat Casualties
William A. Ruskin 12/16/2013
The Army’s development of clean domestic energy resources strengthens national security and plays an important role in helping it to achieve its primary mission. As the world's largest consumer of energy, the military's recognition of the importance of reducing energy use and diversifying energy supplies, particularly beginning a shift from oil, has important ramifications for the economy and the environment. view more