• 04.23.12

    What Is Really Causing Renewable Project Failures in California?

    It is clear that the development of renewable and clean energy projects in California and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been successful, but has also been impeded by a variety of causes. With the required percentage of renewable resources being increased to 33% in the future, a ...

  • 04.23.12

    A Tale of 2 Meats

    In two different cases companies have been accused of making false statements about their meat products.A class action was filed in a Florida federal court against Kraft Foods Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp., in which the plaintiffs allege that the fat-free-percentage claims on deli meat products are ...

  • 04.23.12

    Milestones Mark ARRA, HITECH First Quarter

    The first quarter of 2011 brought a couple of notable milestones in the federal government's implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- the arrival of a new national coordinator for health IT and an invitation to the public to help define the country's health IT ...

  • 04.23.12

    Let's Not Spoil Green Chemistry with Too Much of a Good Thing

    Over the past few years a significant movement has been under way to institute green chemistry laws that would fundamentally change how chemicals are regulated and how the products that contain them are ultimately formulated. With its touted benefits, including safer products, the reduction of ...

  • 04.23.12

    The Real-World Application of Corporate Sustainability

    Ask ten different experts to define “corporate sustainability” and you are likely to receive ten different answers all based, to a large extent, on their own experiences. Part of the problem in defining such an amorphous term arises from its continuing evolution along with the ...

  • 04.23.12

    Murphy's Law and Renewable Energy Projects: If It Can Go Wrong, It Probably Will

    This spring California officially increased its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandate from 20 percent to 33 percent by 2020. This new goal places California among the most aggressive of the 36 states that have established some kind of renewable energy mandate. Renewable project developers ...

  • 04.23.12

    Minimizing Environmental Liabilities in Bankruptcy Reorganizations

    Neither federal bankruptcy nor federal environmental statutes address the interaction between the two areas of law. As a result, there are many questions as to how bankruptcy reorganization affects a debtor’s environmental clean-up liabilities and obligations. However, our recent experiences, ...

  • 04.23.12

    Incentive-Based Compensation: FDIC Proposal Will Lock Up Payouts

    With considerable fanfare, the FDIC passed and then quickly announced its proposed rules implementing Section 936 of the Dodd-Frank legislation – even before the other regulatory agencies could put their own imprimatur on the jointly developed proposal.The proposal takes some interesting ...

  • 04.23.12

    AB 32's Carbon Market Rounding Into Shape

    Seems like only yesterday that those following AB 32 were anticipating the release of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) initial view of the AB 32 Cap and Trade program. That initial version, known as the Preliminary Draft Regulation (PDR), was made public in the fall of ...

  • 04.20.12

    What's Next for the Renewable Power Industry

    The current success of renewable (solar, wind, biomass, etc.) and clean electric power generation projects and technologies has been in large part due to public approval and governmental support. This support has come in a variety of forms that mandate use and subsidize cost: renewable fuels ...



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