When determining jurisdiction for a class action, limited liability corporations count as citizens of the state where they primarily do business, not merely where they are organized or where their members are citizens, a federal appeals court has ruled in a putative class action against a group of South Carolina payday lenders.
A coalition of environmental groups has threatened to hit Massey Energy Co. with a lawsuit over more than 12,000 Clean Water Act and surface mining law violations the coal producer allegedly committed by dumping pollution into West Virginia's Appalachian waterways.
Vinson & Elkins LLP is continuing to expand the capabilities of its energy practice, nabbing three attorneys from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Baker Botts LLP, to be new transaction partners.
In a reversal of an administrative law judge's ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission has terminated a Section 337 complaint filed by General Electric Co. against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., finding no violation of GE patents by Mitsubishi wind turbine components.
A federal judge has upheld a U.S. Department of the Interior regulation that allows the incidental take of polar bears and Pacific walruses during oil and gas exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea, denying a challenge to the rule brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday that nine projects had been selected to receive more than $187 million to investigate ways to improve fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its appeal of a district court's order to re-examine Montana's clean water standards, which Wyoming and several coalbed methane producers had called unscientific in a lawsuit against the agency.
Bankrupt titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Worldwide LLC and BP PLC subsidiary Atlantic Richfield Co. have asked a federal judge to stay a pollution cleanup suit brought by Tronox while the parties try to reach a settlement.
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned sanctions imposed on defense counsel from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP for making factual representations without support in a class action accusing Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., the parent company of Shell Oil, of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Finding that the opinions of the plaintiffs' expert witness are unreliable, the judge overseeing a suit against Chevron USA Inc. over contamination and illnesses allegedly caused by a refinery in Ohio has excluded the expert's testimony and thrown out the case.
The White House announced Friday that it had awarded $2.3 billion in tax credits for 183 clean energy manufacturing projects across the country, a move that it says will generate more than 17,000 jobs.
An attorney who worked for both Bush administrations has been accused of assaulting his wife, who works as counsel in the energy regulation and litigation practice group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Portland General Electric Co. said Friday that it expected a $5 million after-tax loss for late 2009 because of costs related to a structural failure during the construction of an $85 million fish protection system, now part of the Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project on Oregon's Deschutes River.
New U.S. Department of Energy conservation standards on clothes washers are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset expected spikes in the machines' costs by providing consumers with savings on energy expenses, the department said Friday.
Bankrupt ethanol producer White Energy Inc.’s proposed Chapter 11 plan, which seeks to restructure $150 million in debt and give lenders the new stock in the company, has provoked resistance from Texas tax authorities as well as creditors concerned about rushing a vote on the disclosure statement.
Lone Star Transmission LLC — a counterdefendant in FPL Energy LLC's breach of contract suit against Hilliard Energy Ltd. over services related to the construction of an electric transmission line — has lodged a bid to exit the suit by asking a federal judge to toss Hilliard's eight counterclaims.
As part of an effort to expand the ranks of its Houston office, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has bolstered its energy practice by luring mergers and acquisitions attorney Benjamin G. Clark, an energy transactions specialist, from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
A Texas appeals court has affirmed a ruling that Manchester Tank & Equipment Co.'s and Engineered Controls International Inc.'s obligations to each other were offset after they paid millions to settle a liability suit triggered by a deadly propane explosion.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled strict new standards for smog Thursday, proposing limits that take into account ozone's effect on the environment and on public health, drawing praise from environmental organizations and criticism from energy groups.
A group of current and former technicians and inspectors for Moody International Americas Inc. — which provides technical staffing services to some of world's biggest energy and engineering companies — has accused the company of violating federal labor law by failing to pay a higher rate for overtime hours.