Apr 19, 2013

EPA blamed for delays in asbestos study in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. — Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General said in a report that the studies are necessary to […]

Dec 19, 2012

In-House Interrogatory

Asked: Our weekly question to the In-House community It’s all about staying out of trouble in this week’s In-House Interrogatory. Corporate Counsel has a story with tips on how in-house counsel can avoid becoming targets of the U.S. Department of Justice. The article says to be on the look out for risky transactions, make note […]

Oct 10, 2012

In-House Interrogatory

Where do you seek advice and mentorship in your job as a general counsel?

Jul 17, 2012

Number of women on the bench continues to rise

PUBLISHER’S NOTE Dear Judge Avery, Judge Smith, Judge Barber, readers who have posted comments and those of you who have not written yet: We were wrong and we are sorry. It was never our intent to trivialize the accomplishments of women judges, and yet we did just that — and we did it at the […]

Jun 25, 2012

‘Citizens United’ trumps state law, Supreme Court affirms

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending. By a 5-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices said the decision in the Citizens United case in 2010 applies to state campaign finance laws and […]

Apr 30, 2012

Judge dismisses lawsuit against ‘Three Cups’ author

HELENA, Mont. — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a civil lawsuit against author Greg Mortenson, calling claims “flimsy and speculative” that the humanitarian and his publisher lied in his best-selling “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools” to boost book sales. The lawsuit by four people who bought Mortenson’s books claimed that they […]

Jan 23, 2012

Judge: Feds can prosecute medical pot providers

HELENA, Mont. — A judge has ruled that Montana’s medical marijuana law doesn’t shield providers of the drug from federal prosecution, delivering a new blow to an industry reeling from a state and federal crackdown. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by 14 individuals and businesses that were among […]

Jan 6, 2012

Maryland to debate more gambling as casino market grows more crowded

Gambling is shaping up to be one of the most interesting debates of the 2012 legislative session in Maryland and, underscoring the need that many in the General Assembly feel to approve table games, it’s going to be a big issue in plenty of other states, too. Maryland’s gamblin’ neighbors already have table games — […]

Dec 7, 2011

Supreme Court weighs water rights in dam dispute

WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court dominated by Easterners tried to make sense Wednesday of a Western water dispute. The court heard arguments in a lawsuit between a power company and the state of Montana over who owns the riverbeds beneath 10 dams sitting on three Montana rivers. The state says it’s owed more than $50 […]

Nov 8, 2011

Advocates seek to stop wolf hunts in Idaho, Montana

PASADENA, Calif. — Wildlife advocates appeared in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop gray wolf hunts that are already well under way in the Northern Rockies, arguing that Congress overstepped its authority in stripping federal protections from the canines. Federal biologists say the wolf population is healthy enough to support the hunts in Idaho and […]

Jun 15, 2011

Pioneer League baseball in some of the most scenic states in the west

MISSOULA, Mont. — Eight baseball games, eight different ballparks, eight days. We would have seen eight home-team wins, but the Missoula Osprey blew the ninth-inning lead in the trip opener. A motorcycle tour last summer through the stadiums of the Pioneer League took me and my dad through some of the most beautiful parts of […]

May 8, 2011

Lockheed challenges use of ‘Skunkworks’ name by gun maker

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. smelled something rotten when a Montana gun maker filed an application to trademark its name, Underground Skunkworks. One of Bethesda-based Lockheed’s most storied divisions is its Advanced Development Programs, more popularly known by its trademarked name — the Skunk Works. The secretive World War II-era airplane design facility has spawned […]

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