The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday asked a D.C. federal judge to toss a lawsuit seeking to force the EPA to promulgate carbon emissions standards for aircraft, saying environmentalists sued prematurely.
Twenty years ago, I would have said that to be a successful marketer all that was required was skill, a platform that supports your practice, and the ability to tirelessly and fearlessly look for work. These days that is no longer enough. You need to bring a broader skill set to the marketing table, says James Dragna, a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
A California judge said Friday he was ready to approve a $7.6 million settlement crafted by Pacific Coast Oil Trust and several bank underwriters to settle class claims that they misled oil trust investors, months after blasting the deal as hiding key details from the class.
Pepco Holdings Inc. and Exelon Corp. have agreed to pay more than $400,000 in attorneys' fees to settle a suit by a class of investors claiming the energy companies’ $6.8 billion merger deal undervalues their holdings, according to a June agreement filed Friday in Delaware Chancery Court.
A company that took over mines and environmental liabilities from bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp. has agreed to put $6 million toward environmental restoration efforts in exchange for extra time complying with a selenium pollution settlement, according to a consent decree filed Friday in West Virginia federal court.
An Oklahoma federal judge on Friday struck down defenses by Enable Midstream Partners LP to a suit by a group of tribal landowners challenging the company’s continued use of a gas pipeline on their property, a day after the company lost its bid to gain right-of-way access through the landowners' property for the pipeline.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved CL Energy Opportunity Fund L.P. and SSC Emerald LP’s status as the lead bidders for Emerald Oil Inc.’s assets at an auction scheduled for next month with a $110 million proposed purchase price.
A Texas judge ordered a Dallas-area chemical engineer who admitted to unlawfully possessing trade secrets from his former employers at New Jersey-based solar chemical manufacturer Voltaix LLC to pay $4 million in restitution, according to an announcement Friday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Power plant owner Sundevil Power Holdings LLC asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to approve a second extension of its $45 million bankruptcy loan Friday, saying the company needs more time to secure U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other regulator approvals and complete its Chapter 11 plan.
The developers behind the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers urged a D.C. federal court on Thursday not to block construction on the pipeline while it hears a lawsuit brought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenging approvals for the project.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, a private equity firm gets closer to its goal of creating one of the 10 biggest cable companies in the U.S., a German company cements a $660 million deal in West Virginia, and a water technology company purchases a PE-backed smart utility meter maker.
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday hit Pacific Gas and Electric Co. with $25.6 million in fines for “systemic failures” in its record-keeping that allegedly led to natural gas leaks, service interruptions and a destroyed house.
Four former U.S. Department of the Interior leaders Friday asked the Tenth Circuit to reinstate a federal rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands, saying a lower court's nix of the rule threatens the government’s ability to protect its lands.
Two California lawmakers recently unrolled a proposed $7.4 billion annual transportation package — funding sources for which will partly come from a 17 cent-per-gallon gas tax increase — a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers confirmed with Law360 on Friday.
A wind farm owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. must pay $8.9 million to an Energy Future Holdings Corp. unit for failing to provide enough wind power, a Texas appeals court held Thursday, but it rejected EFH’s claim it should have been paid an additional $10.6 million.
Goodrich Petroleum said Thursday in Texas it has settled a lawsuit with a company over unpaid royalties stemming from the disputed ownership of an oil and gas well, as the company continues to reorganize its business through Chapter 11.
Greek special purpose acquisition company Stellar Acquisition III Inc., which was formed to hunt for acquisitions in the international energy logistics industry, priced its initial public offering as expected Friday to raise $65 million after shrinking its target earlier this week.
Slumping energy prices have left drillers and landowners across the country increasingly embroiled in lawsuits over royalties, and the question of who covers the costs of getting gas from the wellhead to market has emerged as a key legal battleground. Here are five states where post-production royalty disputes are being watched closely by energy attorneys.
The federal government on Thursday asked a federal court to not let Exxon Mobil Oil Corp. and Continental Heat Treating Inc. escape some responsibility for cleanup of a California site, arguing a prior settlement didn’t cover them from having to contribute.
A Texas federal judge Wednesday tossed a claim filed by a machine supplier against private equity firm Pine Brook Road Partners LLC, which was named with Halliburton Energy Services and others in a trade secrets suit, saying it was too tenuous to assert Pine Brook was liable for the alleged trade secrets theft just because Halliburton bought a company it had invested in.
Lost in all the publicity over high-profile mergers that have foundered for lack of an acceptable remedy is the fact that the agencies continue to resolve the vast majority of merger challenges by consent but are doing so with a marked increase in the use of upfront buyers, says Gregory Luib of Dechert LLP.
We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.
While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
A recently proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation intends to improve oil spill response readiness and mitigate effects of rail incidents involving petroleum oil and certain high-hazard flammable trains. However, the expanded requirements would likely impose substantial costs and burden on railroads and could increase the price of crude oil transport by rail, say attorneys at Baker Botts LLP.
The recent creation of the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement is particularly significant, especially for shippers of energy commodities, because of the exacting manner in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection interprets the law and the very large penalties Customs may impose for violations, say David McCullough and Shelley Wong at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's new policy governing supplemental financial assurance for oil and gas infrastructure on the Outer Continental Shelf has the potential to significantly alter the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry, and could ultimately force small and independent companies to abandon OCS operations altogether, say attorneys at Van Ness Feldman LLP.
Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.
The record $11 million fine against ValueAct announced last week for alleged violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act should remind “passive investors” of the implications of communicating with executive management of companies in which they hold voting securities, says Stephen Pepper of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new injury reporting rule doesn't specifically mention drug testing, OSHA commentary makes clear that such policies will now face scrutiny. Through carefully drafted policy language, employers can avoid testing in circumstances that may run afoul of the new rule while still targeting incidents that raise suspicions of drug use, say attorneys at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.
The United States and India continue to seek ways to create deeper ties, primarily through trade, defense and clean energy initiatives — and, given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, presenting opportunities for businesses that are engaged in overseas trade, say Betre Gizaw and Michael Taylor at King & Spalding LLP.