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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.