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High Court: Lower Court Erred In Stopping Transfer Of Land Under Cross
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by Andrew McCue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on April 28 reversed and remanded a lower court decision and held that a district court judge erred in enjoining Congress from transferring government land on which a Christian... Read More

Judge Grills Feds On Pulling Utah Drilling Leases
Posted on 22 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's justification for canceling 77 drilling leases sold by the Bush administration around national parks in Utah. A U.S. Justice Department lawyer maintained... Read More

Dead Animals Are Exhibit A In Gulf Investigation
Posted on 17 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Dead birds are wrapped in foil or paper, then sealed in plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Dolphin tissue samples and dead sea turtles are kept in locked freezers. Field notebooks are collected and secured. Scientists examining... Read More

$3.4B Indian Settlement Added To War Funding Bill
Posted on 2 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) The U.S. House of Representatives attached a $3.4 billion government settlement with Indian trust beneficiaries to a war-funding bill that it passed just before breaking for the July Fourth holiday. The settlement was one of several... Read More

Native Groups Sue Over Polar Bear Critical Habitat
Posted on 16 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Alaska Native groups challenged the federal government's designation of critical habitat for threatened polar bears on the state's oil-rich North Slope in a lawsuit filed Friday. The Arctic Slope Regional Corp., North... Read More

Court Rejects Bid To Restore Drilling Moratorium
Posted on 9 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government's effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues. The ruling is not... Read More

Senate Rejects $3 Billion Indian Trust Settlement
Posted on 23 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) The U.S. Senate has rejected a $3.4 billion government settlement with American Indians that had been added to a much larger war-funding bill. The Senate passed the almost $60 billion bill funding President Obama's troop surge... Read More

Drilling Moratorium Challenged By Offshore Company
Posted on 9 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The ban on deepwater petroleum drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is being challenged by a Louisiana oil services company that claims the federal government has not shown justification for the shutdown. Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc.,... Read More

Feds Let BP Avoid Filing Blowout Plan For Gulf Oil Rig
Posted on 6 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS – (AP) Petrochemical giant BP didn't file a plan to specifically handle a major oil spill from an uncontrolled blowout at its Deepwater Horizon project because the federal agency that regulates offshore rigs changed its rules two... Read More

Government Hopes New Drilling Moratorium Can Survive
Posted on 13 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Rebuffed twice by the courts, the Obama administration is taking another crack at a moratorium on deep-water drilling, stressing new evidence of safety concerns and no longer basing the moratorium on water depth. But those who... Read More

Feds Sued For Backing Off Fast-Track Drilling
Posted on 29 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A petroleum industry group has filed a lawsuit saying federal land managers lacked authority to stop fast-track approval of oil and gas drilling on public land in the West. The Western Energy Alliance filed the lawsuit on Oct. 21... Read More

Environmental Group Sues Interior Over Wyoming Coal Leasing
Posted on 22 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – (AP) An environmental group is suing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to try to get the government to increase its regulation of mining in the nation's top coal-producing region. The lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in U.S... Read More

Hit Mexican Film Pulled Pending Legal Challenge
Posted on 8 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MEXICO CITY - (AP) A theater chain halted screenings Monday of an acclaimed documentary about the failings of Mexico's justice system pending a court ruling on a complaint from a prosecution witness. The film, "Presunto Culpable" ("Presumed... Read More

Utah Suing Federal Government Over Wilderness Plan
Posted on 1 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) The state of Utah filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government over an Obama administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert... Read More

Emerging Oil Rig Evidence Shows Lack Of Regulation
Posted on 13 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (AP) The first firm evidence of what likely caused the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil blowout — a devastating sequence of equipment failures — drives home a central unsettling point about America's oil industry... Read More