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Climate Change Regulation Through Litigation: New York’s Investigation of ExxonMobil under the Martin Act

Posted by on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 in Environmental Law Review Syndicate, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Chris Erickson* In November 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation into whether ExxonMobil made public statements about climate change that conflicted with its own internal research.[1] Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil ordering production of documents related to its internal climate change research and the use of that research in […]

The Dredge Report: A Port, Reefs, and A Righteous Lawsuit in Broward County, FL

Posted by on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Troy Epstein* My home county of Broward County, Florida, is a lot like its largest seaport, Port Everglades. Just as the port warmly embraces ships and products hailing from all corners of the globe, the county is the proud home of diverse human beings who themselves, or whose families, hail from near and far. […]

Trump Administration Wades into the Murky Legal Territory of the Clean Water Act

Posted by on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Tim Featherston*  President Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt, a long-time legal adversary of the EPA, to head the agency was seen as a clear sign of the administration’s intentions to roll back the environmental regulation put in place under the Obama Administration.[1] The first target appears to be the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the […]

Who Gets to Debate?

Posted by on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Tommy La Voy* Until 1988, televised presidential debates were organized on an ad-hoc basis, which left it an open question as to whether there would actually be a debate during every election.[1] There was no presidential debate in 1964.[2] Nor were there debates in 1968 or 1972, as Richard Nixon refused to participate.[3] In […]

The Movement Against the Dakota Access Pipeline: Where do we go from here?

Posted by on Monday, September 25th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By John Petoskey* On December 4th, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers—acting under the Obama Administration—announced that it would not be granting the easement for Dakota Access LLC to build a pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.[1] The corps instead changed course and moved to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and explore alternate routes.[2] An […]

From Carcasses to Chickienobs: Embracing Cultured Meat

Posted by on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Mitchell Gilburne* Documented evidence of the environmental and ethical consequences of the Factory Farming System are manifold[1] and yet our nation-wide appetite for animal protein will not abate. Once, the Thanksgiving Turkey and the Christmas Ham were extravagances to be grateful for. Now, we expect them to be bigger, juicier, and even more golden […]

Will the NIH Fund Research on Human-Animal Chimeras?

Posted by on Monday, September 18th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL News, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Michael Smith* What was, until recently, a dream of science fiction moved firmly into the realm of scientific fact in January of this year when scientists at the Salk Institute announced—for the first time—the successful production of a viable pig embryo containing human cells.[1]  Such a part-pig-part-human organism is called a chimera.[2] Chimeras are […]

Trump’s “Brilliant” Plan for Healthcare Reform

Posted by on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Megan Stamm* One of President Trump’s promises during the 2016 election was repealing Obamacare.[1] President Trump never hid his opposition to the universal healthcare system. Trump stated, “Obamacare is a disaster. You know it. We all know it.”[2] President Trump and many republicans have issues with the Affordable Care Act.[3] Some of these issues […]

Stimulating the Superfund: How to Reinvigorate CERCLA

Posted by on Monday, September 11th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Manas Kumar* Upon seeing a hazardous waste site, our moral impulse calls for the polluters to pay. Federal law endorses this view. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) mandates that parties responsible (“PRPs”) pay to decontaminate waste sites under the “Polluter Pays” principle.[i] While socially beneficial, supportive of personal responsibility, […]

The New Prohibition: Blue Laws in the Bluegrass

Posted by on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Victoria Allen* In Kentucky, the dialogue surrounding alcohol sales and how they should be restricted often focuses on tangential arguments rather than a fiscal or policy based concern. In 2013, the state legislature passed a measure allowing the sale of alcohol on election days between 6 A.M. to 6 P.M., removing one of the […]