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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 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 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.