On May 21, 2024, a group of 20 states, including Louisiana and Texas, filed an action in North Dakota district court challenging the Council on Environmental Quality’s (“CEQ”) finalized amendments to its National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) regulations, arguing that the rule seeks expanded environmental review without statutory authority.
Continue Reading Louisiana and Texas Challenge CEQ’s Finalized NEPA Amendments 

In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Federal Arbitration Act requires a court to stay a proceeding pending arbitration and provides no discretion for the court to dismiss the action. In Smith v. Spizzirri,1 the Supreme Court settled a significant circuit split on the interpretation

Moving forward in the legislative session, three bills sponsored by Chairman Geymann are scheduled for a vote on the House Floor this afternoon, April 16. Read up on the latest #CCS update from Liskow attorneys Neil Abramson and Jeff Lieberman.
Continue Reading Floor and Committee Action Today for Louisiana Carbon Capture Legislation

Liskow lawyers Cherrell Taplin and Melanie Derefinko recently secured a ruling in their favor dismissing the entirety of Plaintiffs’ claims against Liskow’s client, ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company (“ExxonMobil”). 
Continue Reading Liskow Secures Success on Summary Judgment Motion, Dismissing the Entirety of Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Claims, with Prejudice

The first round of bills on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) went forward this Thursday, April 4. Five bills aimed to regulate or restrict CCS activities were heard by the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.  Four bills were defeated and one moved forward with amendments to the House floor.
Continue Reading Update From the Legislative Session: Positive Outlook for Louisiana Carbon Capture Projects

As a matter of first impression, in Cheapside Mins., Ltd. v. Devon Energy Prod. Co., L.P., No. 23-40591, 2024 WL 886951 (5th Cir. Mar. 1, 2024), the Fifth Circuit held that an oil-and-gas royalties class action belongs in federal court based on its interpretation that the “principal injuries” prong of the CAFA local controversy

On March 11, 2024, Liskow lawyers Kathryn Gonski and Melanie Derefinko secured the denial of a motion to remand on improper joinder grounds and the dismissal of an intentional tort claim against Methanex, a major Louisiana plant owner, in Knight v. Turner Industries Group, L.L.C., et al., No. 23-469 (M.D. La.).  The court’s rulings

Environmental groups are asking the federal appellate courts to vacate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) recent decision to grant Louisiana primacy over Class VI injection wells.
Continue Reading Environmental Groups Challenge Louisiana’s Primacy Over Class VI Injection Wells