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Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain
Nossaman disarmed a potentially large class action and secured a small confidential settlement on the eve of a motion to dismiss.
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico Grants Nossaman Client's Motion for Summary Judgment

Nossaman Endangered Species Practice team secures victory for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in a case alleging violation of section 9 of the Endangered Species Act.

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Nossaman Client Pattern Energy

On January 5, 2017 the Ninth Circuit closed the book on almost five years of litigation over Nossaman Client Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Wind, a 265 megawatt wind energy generation project located on federal land in Imperial County, CA.  

Prelim Injunction Granted against Federal Government for Unpermitted Release of Endangered Wolves in New Mexico

Nossaman obtained a prelim injunction for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in a conflict of state and federal regulations in regards to the ESA.

Ambitious General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan Approved for Nossaman Client

Nossaman served as land use and environmental law counsel for a master planned development project approved in southeast Los Angeles County.

Nossaman Helps Client Avoid Hazards On and Off the Golf Course

Nossaman fought successfully to keep Sharp Park Golf Course in business while protecting two listed species, despite the efforts of opponents both in court and via the political process to shut it down.

Settlement in Emissions Case Saves Nossaman Client Millions

Nossaman successfully represented a client in the first formal hearing involving a disputed starting allocation under California’s South Coast Air Basin’s emissions cap and trade program.

Nossaman Obtains California Supreme Court Decision Allowing Completion of $1.5 Billion Light Rail Transit Project

Nossaman advised the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority regarding environmental compliance for $1.5 billion, seven-mile, light rail transit project connecting Los Angeles with Santa Monica, California.

Nossaman is Successful in Halting the Upper Echo Lake Fuels Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
Nossaman represents pro bono client, Dr. Dennis Murphy, in a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service to successfully halt the progression of the Upper Echo Lakes Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project in 2014. 
Nossaman Obtains Decision Allowing Completion of $5 Billion Honolulu Rail Transit Project

Nossaman's client, the City and County of Honolulu, achieved a major victory in the battle over the City's $5 billion, rail transit project. 

Fighting FEMA in the Delta
Nossaman achieved a settlement that could result in changes to FEMA's administration of the National Flood Insurance Program throughout California. 
Coastal Commission Denial Reversed; Coastal Development Permit Issued
We developed and implemented a strategy to overcome a Coastal Commission Staff Report recommending denial of a proposed gated single family subdivision. 
How We Got $100 Million to Clean Up Groundwater Contamination
Nossaman drew on water, bankruptcy, and insurance expertise to secure a $100 million settlement to clean up contaminated water. 
The Long and Winding Road Made Straight: Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies
We planned ahead for our client's inevitable environmental challenges and created the contracts that provided California with its first modern toll roads.  
Pre-empting a Cost-Prohibitive Permit
Nossaman drew on water and public policy resources to prevent potable water from being regulated as a "waste" or "pollutant." 
Resolving Conflicting Regulatory Currents
Nossaman drew on Endangered Species Act and Water law expertise to preserve discharges of tertiary treated flow critical to the survival of endangered fish. 



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