• November 25, 2015

    Texas Appeals Court Dumps Longview's $600M Shale Win

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday tossed an estimated $600 million judgment against Huff Energy Fund LP over Eagle Ford Shale mineral rights, ruling there was insufficient evidence to find Longview Energy Co. had a legitimate opportunity to obtain the disputed property.

  • November 25, 2015

    Enviros Blast Texas Agency Over Delayed Pollution Permits

    Local and national environmental groups filed suit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in state court Wednesday, challenging the agency’s failure to take action on eight pending air pollution permits requested by companies including BP and Exxon.

  • November 25, 2015

    Sierra Club Takes Mich. Pipeline Fight To 6th Circ.

    The Sierra Club on Tuesday appealed to the Sixth Circuit a judgment affirming a U.S. Forest Service-issued permit that cleared the way for Enbridge Energy Partners LP to continue to operate its oil pipeline that runs through Michigan’s Huron-Manistee National Forests.

  • November 25, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Won't Alter Injury Findings In Wind Tower Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission's determination that certain wind towers from China and Vietnam had harmed domestic industry, even though four out of six ITC officials determined that domestic producers hadn’t been substantially harmed by the imports during the period of review.

  • November 25, 2015

    Brand Battles: Wal-Mart, American Airlines, Disney

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Wal-Mart "makes" a 3-D printing problem for itself, American Airlines clashes with Chevron over who has the "advantage," and Disney gets animated over a century-old fictional character.

  • November 25, 2015

    Health, Enviro Orgs Seek To Join EPA Ozone Row In DC Circ.

    A group of environmental and health organizations told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday that they want to help defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from an energy company's suit seeking to block the agency's recent tightening of ground-level ozone standards.

  • November 25, 2015

    The MVPs Of Energy Law

    The successes of these elite attorneys in high-stakes litigation and complex global matters earned them a spot in the Securities category of Law360's 2015 MVP Awards.

  • November 25, 2015

    Murray Energy Can't Depose EPA Boss, 4th Circ. Rules

    Coal giant Murray Energy can’t depose the head of the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its suit alleging the agency has waged a “war on coal,” the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday, reversing a district court decision to put the administrator under oath.

  • November 25, 2015

    EFH Judge OKs Major Peace Deals In Ch. 11 Plan Fight

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave Energy Future Holdings Corp. the go-ahead Wednesday for a series of settlements with bondholders and others that knock out the major opposition to the power giant's Chapter 11 plan and are expected to significantly smooth and truncate the debtor's path to confirmation.

  • November 25, 2015

    Halliburton Can't Stay Investor Suit For 5th Circ. Appeal

    A Texas federal court Tuesday denied Halliburton Co.’s request to stay proceedings pending a Fifth Circuit appeal of an order certifying an investor class action that’s made two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the delay would prejudice investor claims that have been pending since 2002.

  • November 25, 2015

    De Brauw Appoints New International Arbitration Partner

    Amsterdam’s De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV has promoted three of its senior associates to partners, including a lawyer currently representing the former majority shareholders of one-time oil giant Yukos Oil Co. who are being challenged on their $50 billion international arbitration award.

  • November 25, 2015

    Global Climate Deal Would Boost CPP's Survival Chances

    The Clean Power Plan is the linchpin of the climate-change commitment the U.S. will bring to global climate talks Monday in Paris, and if the participants are able to strike an international deal to curb global warming, it could help the Obama administration fend off the legal onslaught the controversial CPP regulations are facing, experts say.

  • November 25, 2015

    Pa. Judge Allows Town's Gas Drilling Ordinance To Stand

    A Pennsylvania state court judge has upheld a Butler County municipality’s zoning ordinance allowing natural gas drilling in a number of areas, in a case that prompted a developer to sue the environmental groups raising opposition to the measure.

  • November 25, 2015

    Alaska Pays $65M To Buy Out TransCanada LNG Contract

    Alaska has paid TransCanada Corp. $64.6 million to terminate a contract over a proposed liquefied natural gas project, moving the corporation’s share in the project over to the state, Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    Shareholders Reject Hong Kong Tycoon's $12.4B Merger Plan

    Minority shareholders on Tuesday blocked a proposal for billionaire businessman Li Ka-Shing to consolidate his empire by having his company Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd. buy out cash-rich Power Assets Holdings, which Li also controls, in a $12.4 billion deal.  

  • November 24, 2015

    2nd Fla. Solar Energy Ballot Item Heads To State High Court

    The Florida attorney general on Tuesday asked the state's high court to review a proposed 2016 ballot question that would add a constitutional amendment regulating solar energy sales about a month after a competing initiative to open up those sales passed court muster.

  • November 24, 2015

    Signal International Wins Confirmation Of Ch. 11 Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave oil services company Signal International LLC the go-ahead Tuesday for its sale to senior lenders and confirmation of its Chapter 11 plan, which aims to pay roughly $20 million to ex-employees who have made serious labor trafficking accusations against the debtor.

  • November 24, 2015

    GOP Reps. Want More Time For Comment On Methane Rules

    Two Republican congressmen on Tuesday urged the Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Land Management to extend comment periods on the agencies' proposed new regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, saying the complex rules deserve further evaluation.

  • November 24, 2015

    Ex-Yukos Shareholders Say Court Can Hear $50B Award Row

    Ex-majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. on Monday argued that a New York federal court has authority to confirm a $50 billion arbitration award, taking aim at Russia’s stance that an “arbitration exception” does not apply to its sovereign immunity.

  • November 24, 2015

    Revel Owner Inks $45M Deal To End Casino Utility Feud

    The new owner of Revel Casino Hotel and its utility provider reached a $45 million settlement Tuesday that will end the litigation over a soured power supply contract and restart full electricity service at the shuttered New Jersey venue.

Expert Analysis

  • How China Now Enforces Its Environmental Protection Law

    Michael W. Vella

    The Environmental Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China was promulgated over 25 years ago. But only recently have substantive amendments, combined with public awareness and government leadership, provided reason to hope that the law can serve its mission to protect China’s environment, say Michael Vella and Lillian He of Jones Day.

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

    James Maiwurm.jpg

    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • FERC Geographic Proximity Test Rejected — What's Next?

    Anthony B. Cavender

    Developers and private builders subject to the Federal Power Act should carefully consider the implications of the D.C. Circuit's recent opinion on the scope of the “municipal preference” under Section 7(a) of the FPA, say Anthony Cavender and Amy Pierce at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Testing The Limits On State Regulation Of Crude Oil By Rail

    Raymond Atkins

    There is growing tension between steps taken by state and local officials to protect their constituents from perceived risks associated with the transportation of crude oil by rail and the pervasive and comprehensive federal authority over the railroad industry, says Raymond Atkins, leader of Sidley Austin LLP's transportation practice group and former general counsel of the Surface Transportation Board.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Class Counsel Fees Getting 'Intense Judicial Scrutiny'

    Carolyn Cole

    Recognizing that defendants have no duty and little incentive to object to an inflated class counsel fee request, and that class counsel have every incentive to increase their fees, Judge Richard Posner and the Seventh Circuit have filled this void by directing “intense judicial scrutiny” of class counsel fee awards. In doing so, the court identified issues all counsel now should consider when crafting a class action settlement, sa... (continued)

  • Wind Integration Costs At Issue In Oregon PURPA Dispute

    While the need for the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act has been increasingly questioned, it remains a vehicle for developers of renewable power projects to require utilities to buy their power at state-administered costs. Recent litigation between the Portland General Electric Company and PaTu Wind Farm may shed additional light on PURPA's adaptability to the evolving competitive marketplace, says Arthur Adelberg of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • The Next Dormant Mineral Act Case At Ohio High Court

    Jesse J. Zirillo

    The Supreme Court of Ohio recently heard oral arguments in Eisenbarth v. Reusser, a case in which two chains of title each end in a separate set of cousins who dispute ownership to a previously severed mineral interest based on differing interpretations of the state’s Dormant Mineral Act. The decision has the potential to provide much-needed guidance to attorneys in the energy and real estate sectors, say Jesse Zirillo and Barbara ... (continued)

  • A New Handbook For Restructuring In The US

    Jack Rose

    A recent decision from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in the restructuring case of a Berau Coal Energy subsidiary clarifies not only when a foreign company may be a debtor under Chapter 15, but the broader question of what satisfies the “property in the United States” requirements of Section 109, say attorneys with Ashurst LLP.