Pacific Gas and Electric Co. delivered its closing defense Wednesday in the six-week federal criminal trial over the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, telling jurors that the federal government lacks evidence of criminal wrongdoing and based its case on "sound bites and conspiracy theories."
State-owned Kazakh energy company KazMunaiGaz said Wednesday it had threatened Romania with international arbitration over a $2.1 billion asset freeze the firm alleges is an attempt by the Romanian government to seize its property there.
Environmental groups sued the National Park Service on Wednesday over plans to allow a Texas-based oil company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida that the groups say didn't take into account the environmental impacts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit not to strike down a requirement that 36 states revise emissions exemptions related to startup, shutdown and malfunction events.
The federal bankruptcy watchdog tore into Hercules Offshore Inc.’s Chapter 11 plan on Wednesday, arguing that it wasn’t proposed in good faith and that the beleaguered offshore driller was rushing through a prepackaged strategy that violates a laundry list of bankruptcy rules and slashes creditors’ rights.
Pipeline company Dakota Midstream LLC accused Emerald Oil Inc. on Wednesday of wrongly using its Delaware bankruptcy to slash previously approved rates for piping away oil, natural gas and wastewater, leaving the transporter short of cash and forcing it to lay off workers while continuing services.
A Texas family who claims they were sickened by Marathon Oil and Plains Exploration & Production Co. drilling operations in the Eagle Ford Shale told the Texas Supreme Court Tuesday their case had been subjected to a too-strict evidentiary standard.
BP PLC cheated the government by flouting engineering certification procedures for its Atlantis offshore oil and gas platform, whistleblowers contended Monday, pushing the Fifth Circuit to revive a False Claims Act suit against the petroleum giant and replace a "hostile" federal judge.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reminded bankers Wednesday of the risks associated with oil and gas lending, saying financial institutions should work constructively with oil- and gas-related borrowers when they experience fiscal difficulties to mitigate loss and strengthen credit.
A unit of the German solar panel company SolarWorld said Wednesday it would appeal a $793 million damages judgment entered Tuesday in Michigan federal court, two weeks after a judge found SolarWorld breached a supply contract with Hemlock Semiconductor Corp.
ExxonMobil Corp., Shell Oil Co. and several other oil companies don’t have to face claims that dozens of descendants are entitled to royalties from a 9,200-acre property they say their ancestor acquired in the 1800s, a Texas appeals court held Wednesday.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday urged an Ohio federal judge to affirm $42 million in penalties and disgorgement it imposed on a shuttered Pennsylvania trading firm and its employees for alleged electricity market manipulation, allegations the firm insists are unfounded.
Venezuela has failed in its sixth attempt to disqualify ConocoPhillips' appointed arbitrator in a dispute over the nationalization of the oil giant's interests in three oil projects, which has been ongoing for nearly nine years, according to a Tuesday order.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given an Energy Transfer Partners LP unit its final federal approval to start the construction of a $3.8 billion pipeline that continues to cause controversy among environmentalists and tribes, clearing the way for some 60 river crossings in Iowa.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday gave a preliminary thumbs-up to a proposed $455 million natural gas pipeline project being built by units of National Fuel Gas Co. in Pennsylvania and New York, saying in a draft environmental assessment that the project wouldn't significantly harm the environment.
A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday said that she will sign off on Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.'s plan for restructuring billions of dollars of debt, clearing the company's path to exit Chapter 11 later this year following a costly battle with its unsecured creditors.
The U.S. government on Tuesday accused Pacific Gas and Electric Co. engineers of willfully prioritizing profits over upholding federal safety standards in closing arguments of a California federal criminal trial over the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.
All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.
Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.
Historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation. Jaw-dropping jury verdicts in courts across the country. Victories in the smartphone wars. Dramatic upsets on appeal. Law360's Litigation Powerhouses leveraged their deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year, landing them a spot on our inaugural ranking of the top firms for litigation.
An endangerment finding issued Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that aircraft greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to public health and triggers the EPA’s duty under the Clean Air Act to promulgate emission standards for aircraft engines included in the finding, say Eric Rothenberg, Bob Nicksin and Remi Moncel at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.
While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.
Lost in all the publicity over high-profile mergers that have foundered for lack of an acceptable remedy is the fact that the agencies continue to resolve the vast majority of merger challenges by consent but are doing so with a marked increase in the use of upfront buyers, says Gregory Luib of Dechert LLP.
We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.
While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
A recently proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation intends to improve oil spill response readiness and mitigate effects of rail incidents involving petroleum oil and certain high-hazard flammable trains. However, the expanded requirements would likely impose substantial costs and burden on railroads and could increase the price of crude oil transport by rail, say attorneys at Baker Botts LLP.
The recent creation of the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement is particularly significant, especially for shippers of energy commodities, because of the exacting manner in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection interprets the law and the very large penalties Customs may impose for violations, say David McCullough and Shelley Wong at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's new policy governing supplemental financial assurance for oil and gas infrastructure on the Outer Continental Shelf has the potential to significantly alter the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry, and could ultimately force small and independent companies to abandon OCS operations altogether, say attorneys at Van Ness Feldman LLP.
Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.