January 10, 2014
Citing the firm’s success and influence in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters, Law360 has honored the Environment, Land & Resources Department of Latham & Watkins as an “Environmental Practice Group of the Year” for 2013.
During the past year, the group has been “at the forefront of climate change regulation” and won “a string of marquee victories” in court, according to Law360. For example, the legal news service cited Latham’s efforts to organize and represent the National Climate Coalition, a group of industry leaders that is playing a key role in the first major national climate change regulations being developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In the litigation arena, Law360 called out the firm’s representation of Edison Mission Energy as the lead petitioner in a successful challenge to the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule, as well as success in helping Chevron Corporation secure summary judgment on class action claims in California alleging that the company sold fuel without accounting for temperature expansion (so-called “hot fuels” case). Latham attorneys have also been instrumental in advancing innovative projects such as the development of two ocean water desalination plants in California by Poseidon Resources, cited by Law360, as well the multi-billion dollar financing of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in Australia and significant contentious administrative matters related to carbon dioxide emission allowances in Spain and Germany – bringing the same depth and experience to international and US-based environmental matters.
Law360 noted that “Latham is possibly the only major firm whose environmental practice comprises its own department, which was formed in 1987… (and) has expanded its already preeminent environmental group rapidly in recent years.” The group boasts some 120 attorneys located in offices across the United States and Europe.