The nation’s biggest coal-burning power companies paid a top lobbying firm millions of dollars to fight a wide range of Obama-era environmental rules, documents obtained by POLITICO reveal — shortly before one of the firm’s partners became President Donald Trump’s top air pollution regulator. Now that ex-partner, Bill Wehrum, is aggressively working to undo many of those same regulations at the EPA, where he is an assistant administrator in charge of issues including climate change, smog and power plants’ mercury pollution. Story Continued Below Wehrum’s past role as a utility lobbyist is well-known, but the documents reveal never-before-disclosed details of how extensively his old firm, formerly called Hunton & Williams, worked to coordinate the power industry’s strategy against the Obama administration’s regulations. Twenty-five power companies and six industry trade groups agreed to pay the firm a total of $8.2 million in 2017 … [Read more...] about Exclusive: How a top EPA regulator’s law firm profited from the fight to roll back air rules
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click to enlarge FLICKR/PAUL SABLEMAN St. Louis' civil courts are a big money maker — for lawyers and for local TV stations. Noticed a lot of advertising from personal injury lawyers on TV? It's not your imagination: A new report says St. Louis is one of the top media markets in the country for such advertising. It concludes that law firms spent $1.2 million in St. Louis in three months of 2018 alone — allowing them to air 13,702 ads on local television. Suffice it to say, that's a lot of commercials. The report comes from the American Tort Reform Association, the same group that's intent on labeling our court system a "judicial hellhole" for the fact that big corporations frequently find themselves slapped with even bigger penalties here. It would love to see those pesky trial lawyers reined in. But until or unless that happens, those lawyers are on the hunt for the sort of clients who can bring them a big payday. And, yeah, help hold the evil and/or negligent … [Read more...] about Lawyers Bought 13,702 Ads on St. Louis TV in 2018’s 3rd Quarter Alone
Ask any candidate for Congress in Minnesota this year about health care, and they’re almost certain to tell you it’s one of the most important issues in their districts — if not the single most important issue. Opinion polling backs that up: a recent CBS News poll found that 70 percent of Americans think health care is a very important issue, a larger share than any other top issue. A similar conclusion has been reached by plenty of other polls conducted over the last few months, which also find that health care is foremost in voters’ minds, even above the economy and headline-grabbing topics like immigration. Just because seemingly everyone agrees health care should be a top focus, though, doesn’t mean they agree on what parts of the issue to focus on: for the most part, Democratic and Republican candidates are telling voters very different stories when it comes to the politics of health care. In Minnesota and elsewhere, Democrats are making health care a … [Read more...] about Voters consistently rank health care as their top political concern. What does that mean for Minnesota’s House races?
Alissa Zhu Springfield News-Leader Published 9:04 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 Nancy Piddington has been homeless, on and off, for the past six years. The 47-year-old thought she knew the rules for panhandling: Don't bother anyone and the police won't bother you. She didn't know that in January, the city of Springfield would begin enforcing a new ordinance. City officials say the measure is meant to keep pedestrians safe, while panhandlers and an advocate for the homeless say it's a cover to to crack down on those trying to make a living on the streets. On Jan. 10, an officer ticketed Piddington while she was doing something she's done at least a hundred times before — "flying a sign." That day, she was at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Sunshine Street. The sign said: "Homeless and hungry. Anything Helps. Thank you. God Bless." City officials would say it wasn't the act of panhandling that led Piddington to be ticketed. They would point … [Read more...] about Critics say Springfield’s ‘pedestrian safety’ law is actually a crackdown on panhandlers
As one of the 25 GCs who signed the Open Letter last year to announce the GC Thought Leaders Experiment, I was very interested to read AdvanceLaw’s recent articles on law firm panels. Given the conventional wisdom (including my own) that consolidating outside counsel into a panel of go-to law firms is the right way to go, I was surprised by the finding that panel firms tend to perform worse for clients than non-panel firms (and clients with panels don’t receive better service than clients without panels). Here is the key graphic telling that story: This graphic and related analysis are found here: Law Firm Panels: Are They Designed to Fail? and Law Firm Panels: Are Clients Demotivating Their Law Firms?. Like the authors of these articles, however, I am optimistic about panels, with the caveat that they must be created and managed correctly, which is of course easier said than done. The reason for my article is that I’ve just finished building out a law … [Read more...] about How This Fortune 500 GC Is Strengthening Her Law Firm Panel Relationships