• July 23, 2014

    ETP Expected To Win More Than $500M In Pipeline Case

    A Texas judge is expected to award Energy Transfer Partners LP more than $500 million after the company won a jury finding that Enterprise Products Partners LP had breached a partnership agreement to build a crude oil pipeline, sources say.

  • July 23, 2014

    Ill. Court OKs Rate Hike To Fund $2B FutureGen Coal Plant

    A divided Illinois appeals court on Tuesday upheld a state regulator’s plan to help fund the $1.7 billion FutureGen 2.0 clean coal power plant through a rate hike on electricity customers, turning back a challenge from Commonwealth Edison Co. and industry groups.

  • July 23, 2014

    Lloyd's Insurers Target Cameron Over Gulf Of Mexico Blowout

    Underwriters at Lloyd's of London sued Cameron International and others in Texas federal court Tuesday, aiming to recover losses from a fire during gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico allegedly tied to a defective blowout preventer and inadequate inspections.

  • July 23, 2014

    Pa. Municipality Sued Over Seismic Testing Ordinance

    Gas industry service provider Geokinetics USA Inc. on Tuesday sued a Pennsylvania municipality in federal court to challenge a local ordinance preventing it from conducting seismic testing on more than 200,000 acres in Greene County.

  • July 23, 2014

    Repsol Approaches Talisman In Potential Buyout Bid

    Talisman Energy Inc., which is restructuring amid pressure from activist investors, confirmed Wednesday that energy giant Repsol SA had approached it about “various transactions,” potentially including a buyout that could be worth $10 billion.

  • July 23, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: JPMorgan, Fox, Fullscreen

    JPMorgan is closing in on a sale of half of its stake in the $4.5 billion portfolio of its buyout arm One Equity Partners, while cable magnate John Malone doesn't anticipate any competing Time Warner offers.

  • July 23, 2014

    Senate Confirms New Nuclear Security Administration Deputy

    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pentagon administrator Madelyn Creedon as the No. 2 official in the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semiautonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • July 23, 2014

    NY Hands Out $3M For Projects To Upgrade Electric Grid

    Seven research teams throughout New York have been awarded a total of $3.3 million to go toward projects that will improve and modernize the state's electric grid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

  • July 23, 2014

    10th Circ. Limits Scope Of EPA Consultation Requirement

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday rejected an environmental group's bid to nix a federal implementation plan for a New Mexico power plant, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have a duty to consult with federal wildlife regulators before setting hazardous air pollution requirements.

  • July 23, 2014

    Xcel Unit Can Intervene In Enviro Groups' Suit Against EPA

    An Xcel Energy Inc. unit can intervene in a suit brought by a coalition of conservation groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to mandate stricter controls at one of the utility’s power plants in Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • July 23, 2014

    Investor Sues NJ Wave-Power Co. Over Tanked Aussie Project

    A New Jersey renewable energy company was hit Tuesday with a securities class action filed by a stockholder who said he lost money when the company’s stock plummeted due to a top executive’s termination and the collapse of a $217 million Australian wave-power project.

  • July 23, 2014

    Shell's Call Recording Center Puts Up $2M To Settle Suit

    Equilon Enterprises LLC, a company that recorded calls of customers contacting Shell Oil Co.'s call center, has agreed to pay almost $2 million to settle a class action alleging its actions violated California privacy laws.

  • July 23, 2014

    EFH Noteholders Denied 3rd Circ. Hearing On $4B Debt Deal

    Energy Future Holdings Corp. senior noteholders have been barred from fast-tracking their appeal of a settlement repaying $4 billion in first-lien bonds directly to the Third Circuit, a setback for their claim that the pact discriminates among similarly situated creditors.

  • July 23, 2014

    Locke Lord Adds Norton Rose IP Litigator To Houston Office

    Locke Lord LLP said Wednesday it has bolstered its intellectual property department and IP litigation practice group in its Houston office with the addition of a former Norton Rose Fulbright attorney who has experience representing clients in the energy and technology industries.

  • July 23, 2014

    Alberta OKs TransCanada's $745M Northern Courier Project

    TransCanada Corp. said Wednesday the Alberta Energy Regulatory has approved its plans to build and operate the Northern Courier Pipeline Project, a CA$800 million ($745 million) system designed to step up energy production from western Canada.

  • July 23, 2014

    Power Plant Rule Turns States Into 'Hostages,' EPA Head Told

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday faced pointed attacks from Senate Republicans over the agency's controversial proposal to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent, with lawmakers saying the agency has no legal power to issue the rule.

  • July 23, 2014

    Obama Picks 2 Commissioners To Fill Open NRC Slots

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated candidates with legislative and regulatory experience to fill two positions on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • July 23, 2014

    US Pushes Panama On Trade Barriers, Transparency

    The U.S. on Wednesday raised several concerns about trade barriers in Panama, criticizing the country's hurdles in the shipping and fuel sectors, and seeking more transparency in the country's regulations governing intellectual property, agricultural products and trade remedies.

  • July 23, 2014

    Pa. DEP Must Reform Oil And Gas Program, Auditor Says

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection must make major improvements to the way it handles shale gas development, including by efficiently tracking and responding to public complaints about water quality, according to a report released Tuesday by the state's auditor general.

  • July 23, 2014

    Calif. Lawmakers Urge White House To Block Offshore Drilling

    A coalition of 35 Democratic members of California’s congressional delegation pressed the Obama administration Tuesday to exclude any offshore oil and gas lease sales along the California coast from a proposed five-year leasing program, citing the risk of serious accidents and environmental pollution.

Expert Analysis

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Wind River Reservation May Shape Tribal CAA Jurisdiction

    Bart J. Freedman

    Public and private entities, including the state of Wyoming, have raised an issue of first impression as to whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to determine an Indian reservation's boundaries under the Clean Air Act — the result could lead to a departure from established regulatory principles and should be of interest to entities operating on or near reservations, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • 5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    The latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia’s oil, natural gas and financial industries is a dramatic departure from how the United States has applied targeted sanctions in the past, and raises several questions, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and D. Grayson Yeargin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Class Certification In A Post-Halliburton II World

    Mark I. Gross

    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund Inc., the landscape for securities fraud class actions has been altered with the addition of price impact to analysis, which will certainly keep testifying experts busy for the foreseeable future, says Marc Gross of Pomerantz LLP.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • Texas High Court Provides Certainty Over O&G Operations

    Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper

    The Texas Supreme Court's recent ruling in Marcia Fuller French v. Occidental Permian Ltd. upheld the settled expectations of parties to oil and gas leases and confirmed they apply even with respect to enhanced recovery operations — welcome news to lessors with such operations, say Stephanie Kinzel-Tapper and Carter Williams of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • Ralls Ruling Could Open Door To Other CFIUS Challenges

    Farhad Jalinous

    Companies have long been hesitant to challenge the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States because of the broad discretion given to the executive branch on issues of national security, but the D.C. Circuit ruling in Ralls Corp.’s suit against the committee calls into question the breadth of CFIUS’ authority, say attorneys with Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Mild Financial Fallout From Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act

    Stephanie Keene

    Despite the withholding of funds by many Western donors and initial suspicions that foreign investors might boycott Uganda in response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the broader economic implications of the act appear to be less significant, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Challenges Facing Fuel Switching In Latin America Remain

    Ram C. Sunkara

    Abundant U.S. shale formations have sparked a boom in fuel switching in Latin America, particularly toward low-cost, liquefied petroleum gas, however capital conversion as well as the development of delivery infrastructure and purchase of long-term supply remain challenges for industry in the region, say Ram Sunkara and Adam Roth of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • OPINION: Let's Financially Reward Law Firm Diversity

    Patricia K. Gillette

    It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.