Energy

  • July 27, 2016

    PG&E Calls Feds' Case 'Trial By Sound Bite' In Closing

    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."

  • July 27, 2016

    Kazakh Energy Co. Says Romania Trying To Take Its Refinery

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Enviros Sue To Stop Oil Exploration In Fla. Preserve

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    EPA Defends Startup, Shutdown Revisions At DC Circ.

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Bankruptcy Watchdog Blasts Hercules Offshore's Ch. 11 Plan

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Emerald, Dakota Clash Over Del. Ch. 11 Pipeline Charges

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Family Says Evidence Standard Too High In Eagle Ford Fight

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    5th Circ. Urged To Raise BP Atlantis FCA Suit

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    FDIC Warns Banks Over Oil And Gas Lending Risks

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    SolarWorld To Appeal $793M Award In Supply Contract Suit

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Exxon, Shell Block South Texas Historic Royalty Claim

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    FERC Asks Court To OK Pa. Trader's $42M Manipulation Fine

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Venezuela Loses Another DQ Bid In ConocoPhillips Case

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    ETP Unit Gets Final OK For $3.8B Dakota Access Pipeline

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    FERC Gives Enviro OK To $455M Pa.-NY Pipeline Project

    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.

  • July 27, 2016

    Sabine To Win Approval Of Ch. 11 Plan

    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.

  • July 26, 2016

    PG&E’s Profit Push Led To Blast, Feds Tell Jury In Closing

    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.

  • July 26, 2016

    4 Traits Of The Top Litigation Firms

    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.

  • July 26, 2016

    5 Small(er) But Mighty Litigation Shops

    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.

  • July 26, 2016

    Law360 Names Top 50 Firms For Litigation

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Regulating Aircraft GHG Emissions: EPA's Initial Steps

    Eric B. Rothenberg

    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.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    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.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    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.

  • DOJ, FTC More 'Upfront' About Divestiture Requirements

    Gregory P. Luib

    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.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    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.

  • Feeding The Future World: The Israel Outlook

    Meital Stavinsky

    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.

  • DOT Oil Train Rule Proposes Costly Requirements

    J. Scott Janoe

    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.

  • Troubled Waters: Customs Increases Jones Act Enforcement

    David M. McCullough

    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.

  • New Financial Regs Will Disrupt Offshore Oil And Gas

    R. Scott Nuzum

    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.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    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.