Energy

  • November 29, 2016

    Fla. Utility Regulator OKs $811M Rate Hike Deal

    Florida's utility regulator on Tuesday unanimously approved a Florida Power & Light Co. settlement over rate hikes that includes $811 million in increases over the next four years.

  • November 29, 2016

    FERC Manipulation Court Fight Must Fail, 5th Circ. Told

    A Total SA unit's court battle over $225 million in proposed natural gas market manipulation penalties is doomed to failure because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hasn't made a final decision yet and any decision must be challenged in federal appeals court, FERC told the Fifth Circuit Monday.

  • November 29, 2016

    Wyo., Mont. Want BLM Flaring Rule Halted Amid Suit

    Wyoming and Montana asked a Wyoming federal judge Monday to halt new Bureau of Land Management rules aimed at limiting the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands until the states' lawsuit over the legality of the rules is decided.

  • November 29, 2016

    Duke Energy's Cape Fear Plant Gets Public Input Extension

    North Carolina environmental officials Monday extended the public comment period for a water quality permit for Duke Energy’s retired Cape Fear Steam Electric Plant for one week, saying the decision was made in response to requests from the public.

  • November 29, 2016

    EPA Seeks Texas Haze Plan Revamp As Settlement Talks Fail

    The fight between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and challengers of the agency's regional haze plan for Texas and Oklahoma was restarted in the Fifth Circuit on Monday after the two sides were unable to hammer out a settlement, but the EPA has offered to withdraw the plan in order to revise it.

  • November 29, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Johnson & Johnson, WGL Holdings, Avaya

    Johnson & Johnson is vying to take over Swiss biotech Actelion, WGL Holdings is mulling a sale after having been approached by Spain's Iberdrola, and Avaya may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but only after clinching the potential $4 billion sale of its call-center software business.

  • November 29, 2016

    Holman Fenwick Merges With Houston Energy, Marine Firm

    International law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP said Tuesday it will be making its first foray in the U.S. marketplace and merging with Houston-based Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown LLP, which specializes in energy, maritime law and insurance.

  • November 28, 2016

    Insurers Say Pipeline Co. Owes $30M For Bungling Project

    A pair of insurers that issued performance bonds for an oil pipeline project run by a Spectra Energy unit alleged in a Texas federal court complaint Monday that the company owes them roughly $30 million after supposedly significant mismanagement caused the project’s contractor to go bankrupt. 

  • November 28, 2016

    Mass. AG Says Exxon Can't Attack Climate Probe In Texas

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday urged a Texas federal judge to toss Exxon Mobil Corp.’s suit seeking to block her climate change probe and claiming she suppressed the company's free speech rights, arguing the suit is an “affront” to Massachusetts’s state sovereignty.

  • November 28, 2016

    Pipeline Co. Loses Bid To Limit Native Landowners' Damages

    A federal judge on Monday largely rejected Enable Midstream Partners LP’s bid to limit a lawsuit in which a group of tribal landowners are challenging the company’s ongoing use of a gas pipeline on their property.

  • November 28, 2016

    Northern Arapaho Tribe Says BIA Illegally Imposed Court

    The Northern Arapaho Tribe again urged a Montana federal court on Wednesday to prevent the Bureau of Indian Affairs from interfering with the operation of its tribal court, claiming that the agency has illegally substituted another court without the tribe’s consent amid the Arapahos’ conflict with the tribe that shares their reservation.

  • November 29, 2016

    CORRECTED: Big Banks Fight Samson Creditors’ Ch. 11 Disclosure

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank on Monday offered a Delaware bankruptcy court a laundry list of reasons why it should reject bankrupt oil and gas driller Samson Resources Corp.’s unsecured creditors’ newest Chapter 11 disclosure statement, arguing it contains “one-sided disclosures” while lacking financial specifics. An earlier version of this story misstated the party whose disclosure statement the banks objected to. The error has been corrected.

  • November 28, 2016

    Texas Jury Awards T. Boone Pickens $146M For Permian Deal

    A Texas state jury has awarded T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Petroleum Partners LP as much as $146 million in damages and legal fees from three West Texas oil and gas companies accused of cutting Mesa out of its share of a valuable Permian Basin deal.

  • November 28, 2016

    ING Bank Can't Rehash Axed Liens In Ship Fuel Fight

    U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest rejected several requests by ING Bank NV to reconsider her decisions to deny it maritime liens before briefing had even wrapped up Monday, saying the bank merely reargued the points of a sprawling ship fuel debt dispute that she already dealt with.

  • November 28, 2016

    GAO Forecasts Shortcomings For Renewable Fuel Standard

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office told lawmakers Monday that the Renewable Fuel Standard program is unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as envisioned, saying production of advanced biofuels is limited and unlikely to expand quickly enough to hit the desired goals.

  • November 28, 2016

    Pa. Judge Questions Sunoco's Utility Status In Pipeline Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge has ordered local zoning officials in Lebanon County to more thoroughly examine whether a Sunoco Inc. unit should qualify as a public utility exempt from certain permitting requirements for a pump station and power distribution center along the route of the Mariner East I pipeline.

  • November 28, 2016

    EU Greenlights $32.8B Czech Clean Energy Subsidy Program

    European regulators on Monday cleared the Czech Republic's €31 billion ($32.8 billion) support program to boost renewable energy development, saying the program didn't flout the European Union's state aid rules because it helped advance the EU's energy and climate change goals without harming competition.

  • November 28, 2016

    Pipeline Co. Looks To Nix Standing Rock's DC Circ. Appeal

    The company behind the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline pressed the D.C. Circuit on Friday to toss an appeal in which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has attempted to block construction on a portion of the project, calling the dispute moot because that work is now complete.

  • November 28, 2016

    Weil Guides Centennial Resources In $855M Silverback Deal

    Centennial Resources, led by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, inked an $855 million deal for Texas-based Silverback Exploration's assets in Reeves County, a deal that stems from private equity-backed Silver Run's now-sealed acquisition of a majority stake in the oil and natural gas company.

  • November 28, 2016

    Tougher Truck Emissions Rules Get Watchdog's Thumbs-Up

    The Obama administration went by the regulatory book in finalizing the latest round of more stringent greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new large and heavy-duty vehicles such as buses and tractor-trailers, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report published Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Ways To Get Associates Trial-Ready

    Stephen B. Crain

    For young trial associates who want to evolve into young trial lawyers, getting the necessary experience is increasingly challenging. The only surefire way associates can become first chair advocates is through effective mentoring, and the best way to achieve effective mentoring is to incorporate it in your approach to cases, say Stephen Crain and Drew Taggart of Bracewell LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 3

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    In part 3 of this series on law firm evolution, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., addresses the problem of ad hoc client development and the challenge of associate training.

  • CAA Judicial Enforcement Actions Now Pack Twice The Punch

    Kimberly Tuthill White

    As a result of amendments to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can now impose penalties in a Clean Air Act judicial enforcement action that are more than twice the amount authorized in an administrative enforcement action, giving the agency far more leverage during CAA enforcement negotiations, says Kim Tuthill White of Baker Botts LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 8

    Robert Bauer

    It is natural in an environment like the White House, particularly for lawyers who have an active interest in public life, to wish to be in every conversation, on any topic, of general interest or major importance. It is a trap, says Perkins Coie LLP partner Robert Bauer, who served as White House counsel for President Barack Obama.

  • Confronting EPA’s Refusal To Consider Industry Costs

    Jeffrey D. Dintzer

    Federal courts are increasingly pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to consider the potential consequences of its actions. Recent decisions are clear victories for rational regulatory policy, affirming that agencies such as the EPA are required to consider all of the relevant factors before taking action, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Joseph Ireland of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 2

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    Despite the fact that many corporate clients are demanding deviations from the billable hour, and the fact that there are more varieties of alternate fee arrangements than ever before, the billable hour is still here. But it is gasping for breath, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 7

    Gregory B. Craig

    The day after Barack Obama was elected our 44th president, President Bush gathered the White House staff and made clear that the work of his administration during its final two months would be defined by whatever was necessary to help President-elect Obama and his team succeed. It was perhaps the most critical event of the transition, say Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel for President Obama, and Michael Scudder, who was g... (continued)

  • EPA’s Regional Consistency Regs Tilt The Playing Field

    Richard Alonso

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently finalized regional consistency regulations are substantively flawed and simply unfair. The agency’s rule limits decisions adverse to the agency to a particular region of the country, while still allowing the agency to apply favorable decisions nationwide, say Richard Alonso and Brittany Pemberton of Bracewell LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 6

    Alberto R. Gonzales

    On the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, I stood on the Oval Office porch and watched as Marine One landed on the South Lawn, bringing President Bush home. The president decided immediately that the attacks that morning placed America on a war footing against a nonstate actor. This generated a number of unique and complex legal issues for me, says Alberto Gonzales, who served as White House counsel for President George W. Bush.