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G. Alan Perkins elected as Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers

The American College of Environmental Lawyers has announced that G. Alan Perkins is one of the newly-elected Fellows for 2018. Alan is included in the top environmental lawyers drawn from across the country and recognized based on his achievements over a minimum of 15 years. Each individual was selected for his or her distinguished experience, high standards of practice and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law. Membership is selected by their peers, and by invitation only. ACOEL is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law, and are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

PPGMR Successful on Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Case

PPGMR Law recently obtained summary judgment dismissal for firm client Brookshire Grocery Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. PPGMR attorneys Scott Morgan and Molly Shepherd successfully achieved dismissal of all claims in an employment discrimination case brought by a former Brookshire Grocery Company employee. Plaintiff’s causes of action were based upon alleged sex discrimination leading to his termination. In his Complaint, he alleged that he was treated differently than similarly situated employees. In its Order dismissing all claims, the Court held that he failed to establish a prima facie case because he failed to establish a similarly-situated employee who was treated differently than he was.

Supreme Court to Review Reach of Endangered Species Act

On Monday, January 22nd the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an environmental law case that centers on the question of whether the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) allows an agency such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to designate private land as “critical habitat” when it is neither a habitat nor critical.