A bill that will enable the state to take equity in a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project and cross-state pipeline is working its way through the Alaska state legislature, as the state senate finance committee reviewed the bill Tuesday and has it scheduled for further consideration this week.
The federal government's top air regulator focused on the Clean Air Act's statutory language during a congressional hearing on carbon standards for new power plants Wednesday, stressing that the rule can be based on emissions-reduction technologies that aren't commercially available but have been demonstrated as functional.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by a Babcock & Wilcox Co. affiliate over its failure to win a $22.8 billion nuclear weapons maintenance contract, saying the U.S. Department of Energy made no discernible errors in its selection process.
NRG Energy Inc., fresh off of getting its $2.6 billion purchase of Edison Mission Energy's assets approved by a bankruptcy judge, said Tuesday that it will buy Dominion Resources Inc.'s retail electric business, which serves more than 600,000 customers in nine U.S. states, for an undisclosed price
Illinois’ public transportation system launched a sprawling lawsuit against American Airlines and a fuel subsidiary Tuesday, claiming the airline bilked the Chicago area out of more than $23 million in fuel sales taxes last year using a false reporting scheme.
Albany County, N.Y., issued a moratorium Tuesday on any expansion of crude oil processing facilities, pending a public health investigation, amid concerns by environmentalists and officials including Gov. Andrew Cuomo about dangers posed by a rapidly growing volume of oil moving through the state.
Promoting yourself is a bit uncomfortable and risky for women since we may be viewed as immodest and aggressive. I did it anyway, making sure that clients, potential clients and law firm management knew about successes. When I did, I was perceived as a leader. That was the real breakthrough, says Shannon Broome, head of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's air quality and climate change practice.
When I was a young associate, a client told the partner on the deal team that he did not work with women. The deal team leader told the client that he didn’t have a choice. I then worked with the client for over 10 years, says Barbara Rummel, a member of Lindquist & Vennum LLP's management committee.
The Texas State Securities Board on Monday ordered an oil and gas company that billed itself as the first to take investments by Bitcoin to stop selling unregistered securities, with the agency finding the company used fraud to sell working interests in several oil and gas wells in the state.
Houston-based Energy XXI will acquire EPL Oil & Gas Inc. for about $2.3 billion, including debt, in a deal that will create the largest public independent oil producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf, the companies announced Wednesday.
Exxon Mobil Corp. urged a Texas federal judge on Tuesday to hold the U.S. government responsible for part of $80 million the energy giant spent remediating a pair of polluted refinery sites that the military had used to produce gasoline and rubber during World War II.
Tirreno Power SpA, one of Italy's biggest electricity producers, said Tuesday it had shut down the coal-fired units at one of its thermal-power plants after an Italian judge reportedly determined they had exceeded their emissions limits.
The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the sprawling Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation on Tuesday denied BP PLC’s bid for additional oversight of the claims center overseeing an estimated $9.2 billion settlement, despite the company’s argument that a report into alleged misconduct at the center was insufficient.
A New York federal judge tossed a proposed class action Tuesday brought by Transocean Ltd. investors who claimed they were deceived about the company's safety practices when it bought fellow drilling business GlobalSantaFe Corp., finding the suit time-barred by the relevant statute of repose.
Senators questioned the Department of Energy and its contractors at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state about the firing of two employees who raised concerns about safety, saying that the DOE must support whistleblowers and should reconsider its practice of paying legal fees of contractors accused of wrongfully firing employees.
Bankrupt Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. hit Proskauer Rose LLP and four of its partners with another legal malpractice lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday, accusing its former general outside counsel of straddling OSG with hundreds of millions of dollars in “completely avoidable” tax liability.
Developer Northland Power Inc. said Tuesday that it's upping the ante on its corporate credit facility from $250 million to $600 million, in order to fund its buy-ins.
As the federal government lays the groundwork for potential oil and gas extraction off the Atlantic coast, outraged environmental groups are hoping to use the U.S. Department of the Interior's recent endorsement of seismic blasts used to determine resource-rich areas as the basis for vigorous court challenges against a new expansion of offshore drilling.
BP PLC on Monday countered argument from insurers Lloyd’s of London and Ranger Insurance Ltd. that the energy giant couldn't recover losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under policies worth $750 million, telling the Texas Supreme Court that although the policies were owned by drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., it had paid for them.
An opponent of a $90 million natural gas pipeline proposed through New Jersey's Pinelands region has lodged an ethics grievance against an attorney for the agency in charge of that protected area, claiming she misled a commissioner into recusing himself from a vote on the project.
Investor-owned utilities and other parties frequently support requests for California Public Utilities Commission action by the use of hearsay evidence. But given a recent state appeals court decision, applicants seeking commission approvals or authorizations should be careful to corroborate hearsay evidence with prepared testimony or sworn declarations of experts who are available to testify, say Martin Mattes and Jill Jaffe of Nossaman LLP.
Bribery, coercion of judges, judicial corruption, fraudulent evidence and strategic incitement of criminal proceedings may all be, regrettably, de rigueur in some countries, but Chevron v. Donziger demonstrates that judgments resulting from such conduct will not receive comity treatment in the U.S. — and may also get the lawyers into a heap of trouble, says Oleg Rivkin of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt.
A recent federal district court decision in a case involving the Gulf Coast Pipeline gives the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers another notch in its belt on how it implements its nationwide permitting program for utility line construction. But it also gives the corps fair warning that it must more clearly manage interdistrict coordination regarding cumulative effects analysis of a project, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.
The Ninth Circuit recently held that environmental impact statements on proposed leases for oil and gas development in the Chukchi Sea from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management violated the National Environmental Policy Act. The decision is a reminder that the deference courts grant regulators is not limitless — their environmental determinations must contain sufficient evidence to support their conclusions, say attorneys at Nossaman LLP.
A group of New York landowners recently filed a petition seeking to compel the state government to issue its final impact statement on the effects of fracking, after more than five years of waiting. Despite the lawsuit, the wait for an answer on fracking in New York will likely continue, and for those outside New York waiting to hear about the environmental and health effects of fracking, the wait may prove to be even longer, says Emily Pincow of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Cloud users must know how to use the cloud responsibly to prevent later difficulties with document production. When negotiating a cloud service agreement, users should look for certain services that will prove useful when responding to discovery requests, such as comprehensive search options, instant suspension of the auto-delete function, and preservation of metadata and embedded data, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.
The First Circuit's recent decision in In re Munce’s Superior Petroleum Products Inc. is consistent with other circuits in concluding that noncompensatory environmental fines should receive administrative priority under the Bankruptcy Code. The decision, however, is at odds with other courts that have addressed the treatment of prepetition violations that result in post-petition penalties, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.
The recent bribery case involving Kurt Hammarskjold, a former PetroTiger Ltd. CEO, underscores the U.S. Department of Justice’s continued commitment to prosecuting individuals for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act-related offenses. In fact, 2013 saw the highest number of individual enforcement actions since 2010, and the Hammarskjold prosecution and other recent actions indicate that the DOJ will continue this upward trend, say attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright.
With experts predicting that train derailments involving oil spills may increase over the next decade, the insurance industry must be prepared to address this new coverage threat. While first-party property coverage may respond to these spills, the largest insurance coverage claims may arise from third-party liability insurance related to the cleanups and bodily injuries — and, based on their damage policy limits, exhaustion could occur quickly, says Seth Jackson of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund and will soon decide on "injury presumed" reasoning applied in the context of securities class actions. If the court eliminates the only federal construct for presuming injury and reliance in class actions, it will be difficult to argue that similar presumptions accurately reflect transactions in the markets for everyday consumer goods, say Andrew Tuck and Kristen Bromberek of Alston & Bird LLP.