PITTSBURGH—Following nearly four years of pre-trial litigation, NELC attorneys have spent recent months preparing for trial in their Clean Air Act citizen suit against U.S. Steel.

In a nod to the lawsuit’s complexity, presiding Judge W. Scott Hardy has devoted 11 consecutive days of his courtroom calendar to the trial. Such lengthy trials are highly choreographed affairs, the public culmination of the parties’ adherence to the Court’s demanding trial preparation deadlines, yet leave plenty of room for the dramatic and the unpredictable.

At each stage, NELC attorneys—working alongside attorneys from the Allegheny County Health Department—have embraced the opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the case against U.S. Steel, hoping to set the stage for a favorable verdict while simultaneously increasing leverage for successful settlement negotiations.

Inside this newsletter on page 3, read more for a closer look into our attorneys’ preparations for trial.