Energy

  • July 25, 2014

    EPA Drops GHG Permits Covered By High Court Ruling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday informed its 10 regional administrators that it would no longer require certain types of permits, to stay consistent with a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that scaled back the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

  • July 25, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: CNN, Zillow, IBM

    21st Century Fox may be willing to pay as much as $10 billion in taxes in a spinoff of CNN if it succeeds in buying Time Warner, while Zillow is preparing to gobble up smaller real estate search website rival Trulia.

  • July 25, 2014

    Feds, Alaska Agree To $450K Settlement Over BP Oil Spills

    BP’s Alaska unit has agreed to settle a civil complaint with the U.S. government and the State of Alaska totaling $450,000 regarding four allegedly unauthorized oil discharges of more than 400 barrels into waters from North Slope pipelines between 2007 and 2011, according to court documents.

  • July 25, 2014

    ITC Plans Anti-Dumping Duties On China's Solar Products

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday said it is planning to levy preliminary anti-dumping import duties of roughly 42 percent on crystalline silicon solar panels from China and about 36 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan.

  • July 25, 2014

    Alaska Judge Rejects Bearded Seals' 'Threatened' Status

    An Alaska federal court on Friday vacated a National Marine Fisheries Service rule declaring a population of bearded seals in the state “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, saying the listing was based upon speculation and isn't supported by evidence.

  • July 25, 2014

    Troutman Sanders Powers Up With New Energy Tax Partner

    Troutman Sanders LLP has hired a renewables and energy efficiency tax pro away from Stoel Rives LLP, to join the firm's Portland office.

  • July 25, 2014

    EU Gets Closer To Heftier Sanctions On Russian Businesses

    The European Commission barreled ahead Friday in its effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Russia in response to the unrest in Ukraine, striking a preliminary deal on its toughest round of sanctions, which could block Russia's access to European Union capital markets and take swipes at its energy sector.

  • July 25, 2014

    Texas Court Kicks Deepwater Investor Suit To Switzerland

    A shareholder trying to sue the directors of Transocean Ltd. in a derivative suit in Texas over their alleged mishandling of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and its aftermath will have to take her case to Switzerland if she wants to continue, a Texas appeals court ruled on Thursday.

  • July 25, 2014

    Statoil, ExxonMobil, Repsol Get Colombian Offshore License

    Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA has been awarded a 33.3 percent interest in the COL4 license to explore Colombian waters in the Caribbean Sea as part of the 2014 Colombia Licensing Round, along with Repsol SA and ExxonMobil Corp., the company said Wednesday.

  • July 25, 2014

    OIG Faults EPA For Failing To Stem Methane Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not doing enough to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that poses safety and climate hazards, from natural gas pipelines, according to a Friday report from the Office of Inspector General.

  • July 25, 2014

    DOI’s Royalties Ruling Against ConocoPhillips Unit Upheld

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Thursday affirmed a U.S. Department of the Interior decision challenged by a ConocoPhillips Co. unit determining that the company owed additional royalties on gas it extracted and sold from federally owned lands, ruling that the DOI's reasoning was sound.

  • July 24, 2014

    Colo. City's Fracking Ban Preempted By State Law, Judge Says

    A Colorado judge threw out the city of Longmont’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing, finding Thursday that the city did not have the authority to ban state-authorized fracking.

  • July 24, 2014

    Texas Court OKs Sempra Energy Ex-Exec's Back Pay Award

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a judgment that requires Sempra Energy Trading LLC to pay its former managing director back salary, severance and additional bonuses he was promised orally by the company’s former CEO but never got in writing.

  • July 24, 2014

    Calif. City Fracking Ban Faces Industry Challenge

    An oil and gas industry group is taking the California city of Compton to court over a ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming that city officials illegally pushed through the ordinance without giving those directly affected by the prohibition a chance to voice their concerns.

  • July 24, 2014

    Ferrostaal, Ventiveste Invest $296M In Portugal Wind Farms

    Germany-based industrial service developer Ferrostaal GmbH and Portuguese engineering and energy consortium Ventiveste are investing €220 million ($296 million) in four wind farms in Portugal, the companies announced Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    SunEdison Buys Colorado’s Largest Solar Power Plant

    Solar energy company SunEdison Inc. has purchased the 156 megawatt Comanche Solar project in Colorado, the largest solar plant in the state, from fellow renewable energy company Community Energy in a deal that will supply electricity to utility supplier Xcel Energy Inc., the companies said Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    Forest Oil Can't Shake $24.5M Radioactive Waste Judgment

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday refused to throw out a $24.5 million judgment against Forest Oil Corp. over the contamination of a contracted landowner’s property with radioactive material and other waste, finding it is not clear that a member of the arbitration panel that issued the award was biased.

  • July 24, 2014

    NJ Gets $200M For First-Ever Bank For Energy Stability

    New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities said on Wednesday it approved a plan to direct $200 million in federal aid toward creating the state’s Energy Resilience Bank, a first-of-its-kind resource to increase New Jersey’s energy stability in severe weather emergencies.

  • July 24, 2014

    Halliburton Wins Discovery Stay In Securities Class Action

    A Texas federal judge has granted an emergency motion from Halliburton Co. to stay discovery in a securities class action involving liability from asbestos litigation while the issue of class certification is revisited following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June decision in the case.

  • July 24, 2014

    McDonald's Triumphs Over Fuel Provider In Trademark Row

    An individual hoping to trademark “BioMcDiesel” has been shot down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which ruled that people would likely confuse the proposed biofuel mark with McDonald Corp.’s family of “Mc” trademarks.

Expert Analysis

  • EPA Unit Rule's Impact Hinges On State Implementation

    Alison M. Nelson

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule regarding modified and reconstructed units will potentially affect all fossil fuel-fired electric generating units, and the rule's impact on existing units could be significantly more far-reaching depending on the approach states take toward emission reduction, say Robert Wilkinson and Alison Nelson of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Litigator’s Perspective: 5 Tips On Arbitration Provisions

    Daniel T. McCloskey

    It happens all the time. When a dispute arises, two parties find themselves in arbitration, realizing that they might have had more leverage to dictate the terms of the process when they were negotiating the arbitration provision — but missed the opportunity, says Daniel McCloskey of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 6 Years In, Why Haven't FRE 502(d) Orders Caught On?

    John A. Rosans

    In this e-discovery era, why aren't more litigants using Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) orders and affording themselves basic protection of their most sensitive information? Or, if they are moving for such orders, why are they doing it wrong? asks John Rosans of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Speculating On Wyden's Tax Reform Priorities

    Mary Burke Baker

    The tax reform measures that Sen. Ron Wyden has previously introduced provide the best insights into how he may approach tax reform as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee — and past measures signal a sharp reduction in the corporate top rate, curtailment of "loopholes" and major changes for energy tax breaks, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Opportunities In Russia's Renewable Energy Program

    Alex Blomfield

    For corporate lawyers, Russia’s renewable energy incentive program may provide opportunities given significant need among Russian companies to establish joint ventures and their inexperience with successfully and cost-effectively executing renewable energy projects, say Alex Blomfield and Alexandra Rotar of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Wind River Reservation May Shape Tribal CAA Jurisdiction

    Bart J. Freedman

    Public and private entities, including the state of Wyoming, have raised an issue of first impression as to whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to determine an Indian reservation's boundaries under the Clean Air Act — the result could lead to a departure from established regulatory principles and should be of interest to entities operating on or near reservations, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • 5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    The latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia’s oil, natural gas and financial industries is a dramatic departure from how the United States has applied targeted sanctions in the past, and raises several questions, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and D. Grayson Yeargin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • 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.