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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent talk and new special program office on environmental justice won’t ensure a permanent change until it undertakes rulemaking to establish a formal legal structure. If EPA leaves its environmental justice programs without a firm framework, then it risks potential reversal of its efforts if a future administration is elected,…

We are delighted to have our managing partner Tina Hein profiled by the PDXbizwomen Coalition in the Portland Business Journal. In the profile, Tina answers questions concerning the challenges that working mothers face in the demanding practice of law, and provides advice that women (and men) can follow in building a support network. To read…

In a cautionary tale underscoring the importance of due diligence prior to purchasing a property and clearly defining indemnity obligations in a purchase and sale agreement, the court in DP Etiwanda, LLC v. Simsmetal USA Corp., No. EDCV211238JGBSPX, 2022 WL 2101722 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 27, 2022) was called upon to determine whether an “As-Is” provision…

Ring Bender has been named among top tier law firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in their 2023 “Best Law Firms” list. Additionally, Ring Bender Partner Norm Dupont has been recognized as Best Lawyers® 2023 Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in Orange County, California, and Partner Christine “Tina” Hein was selected…

Ring Bender Helps Secure Stay Blocking the Removal of Three Mission Viejo City Council Members from their Seats The Appellate Court’s Ruling Will Allow the Three Council Members to Keep Their Seats Pending Final Case Disposition COSTA MESA, California – The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, issued an order on Thursday,…

By: Jay Tufano In a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Thomas, Territory of Guam v. United States, No. 20-382, 2021 WL 2044537 (U.S. May 24, 2021), the United States Supreme Court clarified that to trigger CERCLA’s contribution protections under 42 U.S.C. § 9613 (f), a party must settle a CERCLA-specific claim with United States (i.e.,…