Energy & Environmental Litigation
Issues involving energy and the environment can trigger litigation that goes far beyond the specialized bodies of law regulating those areas. Environmental regulation and ratemaking can implicate constitutional protections of private property. Violations of environmental law by a government contractor can produce a False Claims Act case. Governmental initiatives to dispose of nuclear waste, and pay for that disposal, can generate a host of legal issues. Energy and environmental matters can be litigated in a variety of forums ranging from federal and state courts through administrative tribunals like state public service commissions.
The lawyers at MCK have represented both private and governmental clients, as plaintiffs or defendants, in a broad variety of litigation involving energy regulation or environmental protection. These cases have included ratemaking for public utilities; water allocation litigation; cases involving virtually every federal environmental statute, and cultural resource protection in historic preservation cases.