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PPGMR Announces Sarah Page Tacker as Partner

PPGMR is excited to announce that Sarah Page Tacker has joined the firm as a partner. Since joining the team in 2021, Tacker has focused her practice on guiding clients through complex regulatory approvals representing public utilities, including electric, telephone, gas and water providers, before the Arkansas Public Service Commission. She also represents clients in utility- and energy-related litigation, enforcement actions, regulatory proceedings and offers advice on infrastructure development projects associated with public utilities as well as compliance with environmental regulations. Tacker advises clients on information security and privacy issues, including data protection, student data privacy compliance, data breach protection and protocol, and compliance with federal and state privacy regulations such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the California Consumer Protection Act.

Attorney M. Christine Dillard Receives Access to Justice Award

M. Christine Dillard has been named winner of one of this year's Access to Justice Awards. Christine is recognized for her commitment to pro bono services in Arkansas. She is a believer of serving those in need of legal services and works countless hours making sure justice is available to all.

PPGMR Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

PPGMR Law, PLLC is proud to announce PPGMR lawyers are listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and are named in the “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions. PPGMR lawyers are also listed in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™. The awards are found online at:

Supreme Court Will Review Scope of “Wetlands” Under the Clean Water Act

On Monday, January 24, 2022, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to answer one question: whether the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used the proper test to determine if wetlands are “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). The case first began in Idaho when two landowners were told to obtain a CWA permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) before building a house on their property. The landowners argued the lot they wanted to build a house on lacks a surface water connection to any body of water and therefore should not be subject to CWA permit requirements. After much litigation, a Ninth Circuit panel of judges ruled for the EPA and applied Justice Anthony Kennedy’s test from Rapanos v. United States that casts a wider net on jurisdictional waters under the CWA. The SCOTUS review will pit Justice Kennedy’s broader jurisdictional view against Justice Antonin Scalia’s narrower plurality opinion from Rapanos. The Supreme Court decision is expected to address which test governs wetlands and whether the Sackett’s property is subject to federal regulation under the CWA. The case is Michael Sackett et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et al., Case No. 21-454, in the Supreme Court of the United States.