W&T Offshore Inc. asked a Texas federal judge Wednesday to not allow evidence of a 2013 guilty plea to Clean Water Act violations to be entered into its $44 million dispute over well abandonment liability with Apache Corp., saying Apache’s bid to get the evidence introduced is a smear attempt.
Breitburn Energy Partners LP on Tuesday hit back at objections to extend until January the exclusive period in which the oil and gas company can file a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, telling a New York judge not to honor unsecured creditors' efforts to block a request backed by senior lenders.
Attorneys for two midstream service companies on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to overturn a bankruptcy court decision that allowed oil and gas producer Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. to reject gas-gathering contracts in Chapter 11, saying that ruling has riled the energy industry.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a “prodigious litigator” that favors big business and other corporate interests over smaller ones and litigates to oppose policies by such federal agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a report by a consumer advocacy group concluded Wednesday.
Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s attorneys took aim at allegedly faulty jury instructions in appealing his conviction before the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday, saying that the directives made it too easy to conclude that Blankenship willfully violated safety rules at a West Virginia coal mine, according to media reports.
Former Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday issued a statement supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as it protests the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that has become a flashpoint for national discourse on Native American rights and environmental justice.
Bird advocates on Tuesday threatened to sue the Ohio Air National Guard for allegedly violating avian protection laws with plans to build a large wind turbine at a facility near the shore of Lake Erie that lies within a major bird migration corridor.
Bankrupt oil and gas driller Samson Resources Corp. received court approval Wednesday in Delaware on a series of asset sales that will net the company nearly $660 million, paving the way for a planned debt-for-equity swap that will reorganize the company's $4 billion in debt.
The Swiss government said it turned over $51 million in frozen assets owned by the Venezuelan state oil company to the U.S. government Wednesday as part of an ongoing probe into allegations of corruption at the South American operation.
Eastman Chemical Co. said Wednesday it has reached a deal to resolve class allegations over the company's role in a Freedom Industries Inc. coal-processing chemical mixture spill in West Virginia that left nearly 300,000 people without drinking water for days in early 2014.
Fighting more than $200 million in market manipulation penalties, a Total SA unit told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must prove its case against Total and all market manipulation cases in federal courts, rather than in its in-house proceedings.
For one of my clients it took me 10 years to get my first matter from them. You have to remember that there are lots of lawyers out there, and lots of relationships already in place. Persistence and resilience are key, says Christina Guerola Sarchio, chairwoman of the class action strike team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday declined to revive a landowner’s case that claimed a Range Resources Corp. drilling site caused contamination of his water well by drilling for natural gas nearby, affirming a state agency’s ruling that said he didn’t adequately prove a link between the two.
EDITING - Bankrupt oilfield service firm Basic Energy Services Inc. received court approval Wednesday in Delaware to make an interim draw of $30 million on a debtor-in-possession financing package and on a schedule to have its reorganization plan confirmed by December.
A New York judge on Wednesday ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to comply with a state attorney general subpoena for documents related to an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. lied to investors about climate-change-related risks to its business.
The rising tab for professional fees and expenses in the massive Energy Future Holdings Corp. Chapter 11 case is nearing $400 million, according to a watchdog committee keeping track of the fees, money a Delaware bankruptcy judge called “eye-popping” Wednesday while acknowledging the case’s complexity.
A Texas company and two executives will pay $5.4 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations they perpetrated a scheme to dupe investors in fraudulent oil and gas ventures, according to recent federal court filings.
A New York federal judge has declined to certify a bankruptcy judge’s order confirming Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.'s plan for restructuring billions of dollars of debt to the Second Circuit, saying the appeals court has said bankruptcy cases should go through the district court before moving up.
The developer of a wind farm and the tribe whose reservation part of it is being built on argued in California federal court Tuesday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs had complied with an environmental law when approving a lease between them, despite claims by a group concerned about protecting golden eagles and migratory birds.
The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has asked a California federal court for access to documents on the federal government’s inspection of Blue Lake Power LLC's California biomass-fired electricity plant, which the tribe said last week has released excess emissions.
The federal government has recently released numerous initiatives and announcements aimed at facilitating transportation innovation. Industry stakeholders need to understand that their participation across seemingly disparate agencies and programs can be enormously beneficial, if not critical, to the successful deployment of these initiatives, say Nathaniel T. Kron and Taite R. McDonald of Holland & Knight LLP.
I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.
A close look at the D.C. Circuit's recent en banc hearing regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan reveals the court's recognition of the importance of the case, as well as its interest in understanding the nuance of key issues, as it deliberates on whether to allow the sweeping restructuring of the nation's power industry to move forward, say Michael Weller and Richard Alonso of Bracewell LLP.
Obama administration antitrust enforcers have faced criticism over the last year for not being sufficiently aggressive. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission appear to have responded by increasing enforcement. And the Third Circuit, in FTC v. Penn State Hershey, recently bolstered these efforts, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.
It may be only months before we see litigation challenging restrictive state and local drone laws that encroach upon the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulatory mandate. Industries including utilities, real estate, retail delivery and entertainment/media are likely to be among the first to pursue litigation, says Andrew Zimmitti of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
With the barrage of activity currently concerning coal ash, sometimes it can be a challenge to prioritize information. Steven Burns of Balch & Bingham LLP discusses three key events that will impact coal ash oversight and regulation before the end of 2016.
The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.
Many oil production ventures are structured as limited partnerships, but this structure is coming back to bite investors, who are now learning to their chagrin that they may owe significant taxes as a result of a bankruptcy or an out-of-court restructuring, say Michael Silva and Vince Slusher of DLA Piper.
Although it is a RICO case, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in RJR Nabisco Inc. v. European Community has finally put to rest the debate about whether Morrison’s “focus” test applies to the question of extraterritoriality in Alien Tort Statute cases, say Perlette Michèle Jura and Dylan Mefford of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.