A Texas federal jury on Tuesday returned a verdict in favor of National Oilwell Varco LP in an employment discrimination suit launched by eight African-Americans seeking $120 million for alleged acts of retaliation and a hostile work environment where, they said, racial slurs were commonplace.
Japanese banking giant Sumitomo urged a Texas federal court Wednesday to disqualify Jackson Walker LLP from representing a Texas utility in its contract dispute with a wind farm operator, arguing the law firm's previous representation of the bank created a conflict of interest.
Carlyle Power Partners, a unit of private equity giant The Carlyle Group LP, has agreed to pay roughly $490 million to acquire a 583-megawatt Rhode Island natural gas-fired power plant from Entergy Corp., the companies said on Thursday.
The White House on Wednesday voiced its fervent opposition to a bill lifting the decades-old ban on oil exports that is due for congressional consideration this week, warning lawmakers that President Barack Obama is prepared to veto the legislation if it arrives on his desk.
Oil and gas independents Rice Energy Inc. and Gulfport Energy Corp. on Thursday said that they are forming a joint venture that will spend $640 million on developing natural gas gathering and water services assets to support Gulfport's gas drilling in Ohio's Utica Shale.
Talen Energy Corp., the merchant power company created by energy-focused private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC and the spunoff merchant unit of utility giant PPL Corp., said Thursday that it's selling three Pennsylvania power plants for a combined $1.51 billion in order to satisfy divestment requirements from federal regulators.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday a bill referred to as the nation’s most far-reaching climate change legislation, requiring the state’s utilities to obtain at least half of their electricity from renewable energy sources within 15 years.
Fourteen states on Tuesday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explain why its new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants has not yet been published in the Federal Register, which is needed before legal challenges can be brought against it.
The federal government asked the Ninth Circuit to toss a challenge to the authorization to harm Pacific walruses during Arctic oil and gas explorations, saying Tuesday such activity will result in “negligible” impacts to the species.
A Louisiana appeals court rejected Citgo's bid to reduce judgments in favor of 15 workers who were sickened by a 2006 oil spill at the company's Calcasieu Parish refinery, finding the evidence supported the amount of each worker's award on Wednesday.
A Texas appeals court affirmed Wednesday that homeowners who accused Marathon Oil and a production company of damaging their health and property by negligently operating nearby oilfields, allowing noxious odors to migrate onto their land and damaging their home's foundation, hadn't backed their claims with sufficient evidence.
The proposal for an estimated $1 billion pipeline that would carry Bakken Shale oil though New Jersey and New York has shored up support from a coalition of unions and business groups, tempering the largely critical reception the plan has drawn so far.
A group of Detroit business owners on Wednesday told a Michigan federal court that they would be appealing the court’s decision to dismiss their case accusing Marathon Petroleum Co. of maliciously interfering with their business operations and increasing air pollution to the Sixth Circuit.
Environmentalists have asked the D.C. Circuit to reactivate their suit challenging purported operating license changes for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California, saying that, despite a pending administrative process, the court can still hear the case.
A plan put forward by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to enact a severance tax on natural gas drillers and boost the levy on personal income in the state was defeated in the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. has adopted a so-called poison pill plan to counter a recent CA$4.3 billion ($3.3 billion) hostile takeover bid by rival Suncor Energy Inc., or any other such bids, the company announced Wednesday.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday shot down an attempt by Petrobras America and its insurers to overturn a ruling that blocked them from adding to claims that faulty underwater chains broke and caused $185 million in damage to an oil facility, calling the appeal "premature."
A West Virginia federal judge on Wednesday refused an attempt by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to transfer the federal government’s criminal case accusing him of driving safety violations before an explosion killed 29 people at a mine.
Heirs to 406 Pennsylvania acres acquired in 1894 ripped a ruling dispossessing them of the parcel's oil and gas rights, telling the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday that the trial court ignored the plain language of a law governing tax sales.
An Anadarko unit on Wednesday pushed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to preserve a lower court finding that gas lease agreements remain valid in their original form even after the discovery of deed restrictions that must be resolved through legal action.
A Florida state court decision in Kozel v. Kozel, involving Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. founder Todd Kozel, joins a long line of authority developed in multiple states over the last 38 years that provides a predictable and objective method to compute damages for delayed delivery of stock, say members of NERA Economic Consulting and Fisher & Bendeck PL.
The scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act's take prohibition has become a key issue in the energy industry, both in the criminal and civil context, and the Fifth Circuit's ruling in United States v. Citgo Petroleum Co. that the MBTA's take prohibition is limited to only intentional take of migratory birds further widens a circuit split and perpetuates regulatory uncertainty, say attorneys at Perkins Coie LLP.
A Wyoming federal judge's recent decision enjoining, on a nationwide basis, the Bureau of Land Management from enforcing its final rule related to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands marks a milestone in using lack of tribal consultation as a sword in litigation, says Troy Eid, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP and former U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado.
While the California Legislature's failure to pass S.B. 32 and amendments to S.B. 350 and A.B. 1288 have been noted by some commentators as setbacks for Gov. Jerry Brown's environmental and energy agenda, the governor may be able to achieve his original goals through the Air Resources Board, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Given the times we live in, it is almost inevitable that everyone will, sooner or later, need to consult with legal counsel. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a few things that clients just won't tell their lawyers, says Francis Drelling, general counsel of Specialty Restaurants Corp.
Litigation over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lowering of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone will likely focus on whether the EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously. The key question will be whether the standard is "requisite" — that is, sufficient without going too far — to protect public health with an "adequate" margin of safety, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP.
In its decision to list the greater sage-grouse as "not warranted" for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have found a strategy that will encourage the use of voluntary conservation plans while avoiding the conundrum presented by the lesser prairie chicken case, say M. Benjamin Cowan and Andrew Davitt of Locke Lord LLP.
Budget negotiations and a House leadership election will consume much of the attention on Capitol Hill this week, following successful enactment of a continuing resolution to fund the government into December. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner's recent announcement has set off a scramble in the Republican caucus of members eager to assume leadership posts for the remainder of the 114th Congress and beyond, say members of Covington & Burling LLP.
Energy Future Holdings has cleared all of the preliminary hurdles in its path as it moves toward the confirmation of its plan of reorganization. But EFH has reached this point mainly by successfully deferring the battle on certain crucial issues, says Benjamin Feder of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
After seven years of preparation, litigation and billions of dollars invested, Royal Dutch Shell PLC's recent decision to abandon its exploration program in the U.S. Arctic “for the foreseeable future” marks a pause — not the end — of a new era of Arctic oil and gas exploration. While oil prices weaken and dates change, litigation over the future of the Chukchi Sea rages on, say Joseph Kakesh and Steven Richardson of Wiley Rein LLP.