The New York federal judge overseeing Chevron Corp.’s bitter fraud lawsuit over a $19 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment on Tuesday rejected the company’s bid to split the case into two phases, saying the move would create unnecessary redundancy.
A West Virginia federal judge handed down a 42-month sentence to a former Massey Energy Co. executive on Tuesday for his role in a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners and marked the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than 40 years.
A Kentucky state judge on Tuesday nixed a water pollution discharge permit for a Louisville Gas & Electric Co. coal-fired power plant, ruling that state regulators never sufficiently examined the facility's wastewater treatment methods.
The English Commercial Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. and Texas Keystone Inc. in a potentially billion-dollar lawsuit filed by an ex-U.S. Special Forces captain who said he had been stiffed out of a finder's fee for oil production in Iraq.
A New York appellate court on Tuesday reinstated an arbitration award against a marketing "rising star" fired by energy retailer Viridian Network LLC, finding that, even though an arbitrator was wrong to exclude her from some hearings, the result — a finding that her termination was justified — would have been the same.
PG&E Corp. agreed on Monday to hand over $110 million to resolve almost all pending personal injury and property damage claims stemming from a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno, Calif., bringing the company's total settlement payments to $565 million.
The Fifth Circuit found Monday that a Texas drilling services company wasn't necessarily obligated to reinstate a clerk under the Family Medical Leave Act following her maternity leave, because the responsibility was with the staffing services company that was her primary employer.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday gave oil and gas company BJ Services SRL another shot at winning coverage from Great American Insurance Co. for losses that BJ suffered after two of its former executives made off with more than $5 million in fraudulent loans.
The former head of investor relations for First Solar Inc. has reached a $50,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations he gave advance word to certain investors about an aborted U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee, the agency said Friday.
A European Union court in Luxembourg on Friday denied an appeal by Deutsche Bahn AG of the European Commission’s decision to conduct antitrust raids of the German state-owned railway’s offices, finding the regulator acted properly in carrying out the inspections over railroad electricity prices.
The Texas Supreme Court declined Friday to weigh in on whether state law requires TransCanada Corp. to prove it can legally seize private property before being granted temporary access to the land to begin work on a segment of the Keystone XL pipeline.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judgment against Florida Power & Light Co. that awarded the owner of a rock quarry company $20 million in damages in a contract dispute over excavation in a lake adjacent to a Florida Power & Light power plant.
A Bermuda-based Arch Reinsurance Ltd. unit paid the Tennessee Valley Authority $42 million Thursday to end arbitration over coverage for a disastrous 2008 dike failure at a power plant that dumped a mountain of toxic coal ash into a nearby river.
A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday freed Exxon Mobil Corp. and Foster Wheeler LLC from a suit filed by the estate of a man diagnosed with mesothelioma after doing repair work on an Exxon boiler, vacating a jury's $17.7 million judgment against Foster Wheeler.
ConocoPhillips scored a win against Venezuela on Tuesday when a World Bank arbitration panel ruled that the South American country illegally expropriated the company's significant oil investments.
The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday found that a unit of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has the right to dispose of waste on private land that isn’t part of its drilling operations because the company had the proper permits to dodge a common law trespass claim.
A Texas federal jury on Wednesday convicted the chairman of an oil and gas well promotions company over an alleged scheme in which he duped investors into funding a $3.5 million drilling project, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas said.
A Kentucky federal judge on Friday ordered Leeco Inc. to stop conducting dredge and fill activities in three miles of streams until the parties can meet to discuss the merits of a challenge brought by environmental groups.
An appeals court decision in Colorado eliminating so-called Lone Pine orders from toxic tort cases has been garnering serious attention from oil and gas companies, which experts say will have to fight lengthy and expensive court battles without a powerful litigation weapon if the ruling is upheld.
A Texas appeals court Friday ruled in favor of BP America Production Co. in a dispute over bonus payments allegedly owed under an oil and gas lease, overturning a lower court’s decision awarding more than $3.9 million to the lessors.
While the basic framework for fracking in California is now enshrined in California law after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 4, the governor’s statements, together with the blanks that remain in the unwritten regulations of the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, leave the future of fracking in California still somewhat hazy, say attorneys with Bingham McCutchen LLP.
In response to a recent World Trade Organization ruling, Ontario’s minister of energy has issued a directive that reduces the domestic-content requirements for renewable energy projects. Meanwhile, there's uncertainty developing with regard to the approval process for large projects, say attorneys with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.
The challenges facing the solar industry — the victim of oversupply and falling prices — continue to be daunting. Still, the rise of distributed generation, improved storage, reduced soft costs and government initiatives, among a variety of other factors, seem likely to improve the prospects for diversified solar energy companies, says Michael Dotten of Marten Law PLLC.
Practitioners before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation should note that the basis for denying or granting MDL motions is not unique to an industry or set of cases. Rather, patterns regarding the denial and grant of MDL motions — such as the recent denial of two new food industry MDL proceedings arising from “All Natural” marketing campaigns — cut across industry lines and have certain common characteristics, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
A recent survey of more than 1,000 chief legal officers found that 87 percent of in-house counsel indicated ethics and compliance as one of the leading issues keeping them up at night. Government and regulatory changes followed as a top concern now and in the year ahead. This is not because companies intend on breaking laws — but because the laws vary, make compliance a challenge, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service's recent rule attempting to clarify how they should analyze economic impacts of critical habitat designation may have added ambiguity to an already volatile issue. The rule provides no clear standards as to how the economic impacts should be considered, leaving wide discretion to the services, say Larry Liebesman and Melanie Sengupta of Holland & Knight LLP.
While many will look at the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans' recent case, Board of Commissioners v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co LLC, as just another wetlands preservation lawsuit, we take a different perspective, applying the theory of the eggshell skull, says J. Wylie Donald of McCarter & English LLP.
Lawyers who aren’t actively engaged in online reputation management not only miss out on valuable opportunities but also run the risk of actually harming their marketing efforts, say Cristina Vivenzio Brennan of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC and Lisa Ramsey Woodford of Paris Social Media Marketing.
The government of Quebec recently published a draft regulation regarding the procurement of an additional 450 megawatts of wind energy capacity through a request-for-proposals process. Investors and prospective market entrants will find opportunities in this procurement as there will be significant demand for turbine and balance of plant supply, early and later stage investment capital and advisory consulting services, say Matthew Sherrard and Thomas Timmins of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.
Due to the increasing role of in-house counsel as business strategists, courts are more closely scrutinizing the attorney-client privilege as it applies to in-house counsel. As such, it is important for in-house counsel to make every effort to protect the attorney-client privilege — and a number of best practices may prove pivotal, says Kimberly Moore of Strasburger & Price LLP.