• July 21, 2014

    Cameron International Can't Duck Fracking Spill Suit

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Monday rejected oil and gas exploration component manufacturer Cameron International Corp.’s bid to dodge driller Chesapeake Appalachia LLC’s suit accusing it of supplying faulty equipment that resulted in a spill, finding an economic loss claim has been adequately pled.

  • July 21, 2014

    Alaska LNG Developers File Export Application To DOE

    Business partners planning a massive liquefied natural gas project in Alaska that would include an 800-mile pipeline from the state’s North Slope and liquefaction plant able to serve domestic and foreign customers have submitted an export application to the U.S. Department of Energy on Monday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Nuke Industry On Notice As NY Seeks Changes At Indian Point

    New York's effort to force Entergy Corp. to install cooling towers at its Indian Point nuclear plant or possibly shut it down completely during the summer to protect Hudson River fish is a ways from reality, but experts say the unprecedented nature of such a sweeping operational demand has the industry's full attention.

  • July 21, 2014

    Calif. Oil Regulator To Scrutinize Injection Well Rules

    California's oil and gas regulator said Friday it would review the state’s rules for injection wells to ensure they fully comply with the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in the wake of concerns about groundwater contamination at a number of wells. 

  • July 21, 2014

    Kinder Morgan Unit Sues Insurers Over NC Spill Cleanup

    Plantation Pipe Line Co. on Friday slapped two of its excess liability insurers with a lawsuit claiming they improperly refused to cover the company for cleanup costs from a 1975 pipeline leak in North Carolina, accusing one insurer of blatantly ignoring the claim in bad faith.

  • July 21, 2014

    Plaintiffs' Atty Barely Sanctioned In Cabot Drilling Fight

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Monday imposed a lenient sanction on an attorney who misled the court about her role in a suit against Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. over environmental contamination from natural gas drilling, putting aside a magistrate’s recommendation that she be forced to pay a colleague’s legal fees.

  • July 21, 2014

    Norton Rose Fulbright Nabs 3 Ex-Cadwalader Regulatory Pros

    Norton Rose Fulbright said Monday that it has nabbed from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP a three-attorney regulatory compliance and enforcement team experienced in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to join the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

  • July 21, 2014

    Power Integrations Defends $105M Patent Win Over Fairchild

    Power Integrations Inc. urged a California federal judge on Friday to preserve a $105 million jury verdict against Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for allegedly infringing two Power Integrations power-supply patents, saying the jury decision didn't result in an impermissible double recovery.

  • July 21, 2014

    NY Court DQs Rogue Arbitrator From Kazakh Oil Dispute

    A New York state court has disqualified arbitrator Stephen Hochman from taking part in arbitration concerning BP PLC and Statoil's alleged 2008 bribery of Kazakh authorities for refusing to adhere to a court order demanding that he determine whether bribery occurred.

  • July 21, 2014

    23 States Tell High Court EPA’s Mercury Regs Too Costly

    A group of 23 states and two energy industry groups have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision upholding the Obama administration's landmark rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants, arguing that the rule would drive up electricity prices and harm the coal industry.

  • July 21, 2014

    Tetra Partnership Buys CSI For $825M After Public Offering

    A Tetra Technologies Inc.-controlled natural gas compression company said Sunday it has made a “transformative” acquisition, agreeing to pay $825 million in cash to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Texas-based Compressor Systems Inc., funding the deal with two announced securities offerings.

  • July 21, 2014

    Enbridge On Hook For Mich. Oil Spill Damages, Court Says

    A Michigan federal court ruled Friday that Enbridge Energy Partners LP can be held liable for damages sought by a developer after a 2010 spill of 20,000 barrels of crude into the Kalamazoo River, clearing the way for a jury trial.

  • July 18, 2014

    Freedom Inks Tentative $2.9M Deal For Contamination Suits

    Freedom Industries Inc., the bankrupt company blamed for a chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water in West Virginia, reached a tentative settlement worth at least $2.9 million with the plaintiffs of a class action, according to a filing in West Virginia federal court on Friday.

  • July 18, 2014

    LA Mayor Scores Win In Nonprofits Battle With DWP Union

    A California judge on Friday ordered two controversial, publicly funded nonprofits run jointly by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and its formidable workers union to formally recognize management-appointed trustees, advancing Mayor Eric Garcetti's politically charged fight for the safety and training nonprofits' financial records.

  • July 18, 2014

    NRG, JX Nippon Launch $1B Carbon Capture Project In Texas

    NRG Energy Inc. has begun construction on a $1 billion carbon capture and sequestration and enhanced oil recovery project near Houston — expected to be the largest of its kind in the world — in a joint venture with JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp., it said Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2014

    ETP, Enterprise Duel Over Final Word In $1B Pipeline Case

    Energy Transfer Partners LP and Enterprise Products Partners LP are awaiting a Texas trial judge’s final ruling after arguing Friday over whether ETP can collect more than $1 billion on a jury verdict that found Enterprise breached their partnership intended to build a crude oil pipeline.

  • July 18, 2014

    Act 13 Court Losses Send Pa. Drillers Back To Square One

    The recent one-two punch of decisions from Pennsylvania courts eviscerating the state's controversial oil and gas law has hit the reset button on how drilling is regulated and leaves industry at the mercy of local energy development politics and the appetite of state lawmakers to take another stab at statewide regulation.

  • July 18, 2014

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Simpson Thacher

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Simpson Thacher helps tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. grab Lorillard Inc., while Cravath guides Mylan Inc.'s acquisition of Abbott Laboratories' non-U.S. generics businesses in a $5.3 billion blockbuster deal.

  • July 18, 2014

    OSG Set To Sail Out Of Ch. 11 With Confirmed Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge confirmed Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.’s restructuring plan Friday, clearing the way for the oil tanker giant to depart Chapter 11 under the ownership of former shareholders.

  • July 18, 2014

    FirstEnergy Can't Ax FERC Costs Ruling In DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision that leaves energy company FirstEnergy Service Co. on the hook for costs associated with joining a new industry organization.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Crucial Predictive Coding Case Law: Progressive V. Delaney

    Emily Cobb

    Any practitioner considering predictive coding should fully consider Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen’s reasoning in Progressive Casualty Insurance v. Delaney and the potential pitfalls associated with failure to consistently cooperate, say Emily Cobb and Annamaria Enenajor of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Northeastern States Push To Keep Fracking Waste Out

    Caroline Toole

    Across a patchwork of regulation among northeastern states, the disposal of waste generated from hydraulic fracturing — including potential radiation issues — will no doubt continue to be a focus of regulators, industry and waste-disposal companies as fracking operations grow across the U.S., says Caroline Toole of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • OPINION: Advance Conflict Waivers Send Wrong Message

    Eric L. Lane

    If there is anything that would convince big law firms to ditch the advance conflict waiver, it is the financial bottom line. And I can assure you firms are losing new client opportunities because of these waivers, says Eric Lane of Green Patent Law.