Archive for March, 2017

Oregon Climate Change Battle Continues

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

This suit involves legal challenges by minor children seeking redress for alleged governmental inaction on climate change. Following the Oregon District Court’s denial of the federal government and industry intervenor’s motions to dismiss in November 2016, defendants petitioned the District Court to certify its ruling to allow for immediate review by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The District Court denied the defendants’ motion in June 2017. On June 9, 2017, the federal government filed a petition for mandamus in the Ninth Circuit seeking intermediate appellate review of the District Court’s rulings allowing this case to proceed and also seeking a stay of further proceedings in the trial court. On July 25, 2017, the Ninth Circuit stayed further proceedings before the District Court in the case.  It then ordered full responses to the federal government’s petition to be filed by the end of August, which are available here. A 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral argument on the petition of the U.S., which seeks to reverse the District Court’s denial of a motion to dismiss the entire suit on December 11, 2017.

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Attorneys In The News

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Ring Bender Congratulates Mark Strandberg

Ring Bender is pleased to announce that Mark Strandberg has been promoted to partner. Mark’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law. He represents both private and municipal clients in compliance and litigation matters related to CERCLA, the Clean Water Act and many other federal and state environmental laws. Mark also serves on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section.

Environmental Law & Litigation Associate

Ring Bender LLP, an environmental, natural resources and litigation law firm, is seeking a mid-level associate to join our Portland office. Our firm has offices in Oregon, California and Pennsylvania and our clients include private business as well as municipalities. Our ideal candidate will have two to five years of experience in environmental regulatory compliance counseling and litigation in the Pacific Northwest and California, at both the state and federal levels. The candidate should be enterprising and have a strong desire to become a leader in the field of environmental law.

Our associates are given meaningful, hands-on legal work at every stage of their careers and will work directly with the firm’s other attorneys, clients and technical consultants on complex, unique and challenging environmental and natural resource issues. We are looking for candidates who are willing to work as an integral part of a high performing, collegial and collaborative team.

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