April 2011

McCarter & English’s Climate Lawyers Blog Named to LexisNexis’ 2011 Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Blogs List

April 29, 2011 06:58
by noauthor
McCarter & English is pleased to announce that the firm’s ClimateLawyers.com blog has been selected by LexisNexis as one of the Top 50 Blogs for the Environmental Law & Climate Change Community. McCarter & English LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s ClimateLawyers.com blog has been selected by LexisNexis as one of the Top 50 Blogs for the Environmental Law & Climate Change Community. The list recognizes preeminent thought leaders in the blogosphere that are creating invaluable content for all segments of the environmental law and climate change practice. &l...

Climate Change | Year in Review

The Implications of American Electric Power v. Connecticut for the Duty to Defend

April 24, 2011 18:52
by J. Wylie Donald
We were interviewed by Business Insurance last week after the Virginia Supreme Court heard argument in AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Co. The topic du jour:  what would be the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in American Electric Power v Connecticut. Obviously, an insurance readership would very much like to know if carbon dioxide liability was something they needed to continue to worry about. Much of the blogosphere has concluded that the justices didn't give much credence to the public nuisance theories of the plaintiffs (we reserve judgment on that conclusion - there were ...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change Litigation | Insurance | Supreme Court

Oral Argument in Steadfast v AES Seemed to Favor AES

April 20, 2011 07:25
by J. Wylie Donald
Supreme Court argument is delicious - for lawyers anyway. Following months of preparation, thousands of pages of research, and draft after draft, finally the parties are called to the fore and bluntly told: "Make your best arguments, counsel." In that context, I ventured to Richmond, Virginia this morning to hear the able presentations on behalf of The AES Corporation (appellant - insured) and Steadfast Insurance Company (appellee - insurer). The parties were locked in a contest over who should pay for the defense of Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., the climate change liability ...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change | Climate Change Effects | Climate Change Litigation

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Oral Argument is April 19 in American Electric Power v. Connecticut and in AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Co.

April 5, 2011 21:09
by J. Wylie Donald
Where I grew up (outside of Boston) April 19 is of singular moment. On that day, over 200 years ago, the British marched from Boston to destroy the military stores in Concord. But Paul Revere and William Dawes got the word out first and the Minutemen gathered at the Old North Bridge, stood their ground and then chased the British back to Boston. The locals celebrate by "marching to Concord" every year to witness the reenactment. April 19 this year also has significance, but the action will not be "by the rude bridge that arched the flood."  Rather, readers of this blog will be focused on...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change Litigation | Supreme Court | Utilities

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