A veteran natural resources attorney has jumped to Wiley Rein LLP's environment and safety practice in Washington, D.C., after more than a decade as partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP, the 275-attorney Wiley Rein announced Monday.
K&L Gates LLP's Portland office is adding two new partners in its energy and infrastructure and transactions groups from Stoel Rives LLP, the firm announced Thursday.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP has bolstered its environment, energy and natural resources group in its Washington, D.C., office with a veteran lawyer experienced in attracting moneyed partners while designing renewable energy project financings, the law firm announced Thursday.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP has strengthened its intellectual property practice in Chicago with the addition of three patent litigators with experience in the medical device and energy industries, it announced Thursday.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly confirmed Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz as the new energy secretary, with not a single senator casting a dissenting vote.
A Pennsylvania state lawmaker unveiled a package of bills Wednesday that would fund transportation projects and infrastructure across the commonwealth by imposing a severance tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale and closing a loophole allowing companies to shift certain taxable assets out of state.
Jones Day has nabbed a 22-year veteran from the Silver Circle firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to join its growing Sydney-based projects and infrastructure practice as partner, the firm announced Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania-based Marcellus Shale Coalition announced Monday that it had added a former government relations professional from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC to lead its lobbying efforts.
International firm Ince & Co. has tapped an energy finance and projects expert from DLA Piper LLP to join its Singapore office, where he will head up its Asia Energy practice, the firm said Friday.
Sidley Austin LLP snagged an energy and capital markets expert as part of the firm's efforts to expand its Houston office and its energy practice, the firm said Thursday.
McKool Smith PC has landed a veteran trial attorney from Hogan Lovells who specializes in cross-border litigation and international arbitration, particularly in the energy and banking sectors, as a principal in its Houston and New York offices, the firm said Tuesday.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP said Monday that it had added a Chadbourne & Parke LLP attorney who represents private equity firms to its energy and project finance practice in New York.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has added former Congresswoman and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission chief Anne Northup to its Washington, D.C., office, where she will advise on issues ranging from energy and environmental policy to international trade and health care, the firm announced Monday.
Mayer Brown LLP has landed a prominent tax partner from Vinson & Elkins LLP who specializes in energy-related transactions and mergers and acquisitions to join its Houston office, the firm announced Monday.
Scott Blake Harris, a veteran energy and communications attorney with stints in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, has joined energy-, communications- and technology-focused law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP as its co-managing partner, Wilkinson said Monday.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is adding to its stable of partners with environmental litigator Gerald F. George in its San Francisco office and energy and regulation pros Mark L. Perlis and Glenn S. Benson joining its Washington, D.C., team, the firm said Wednesday.
Winston & Strawn LLP has added to its Houston office a former Vinson & Elkins LLP partner who focuses on complex business litigation involving intellectual property, energy contracts, product liability and more, expanding its roster of experienced litigators, the firm announced Thursday.
President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated White House advisor Mike Froman for U.S. trade representative and selected billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker to take over as secretary of commerce.
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP said it has bolstered its environmental and toxic tort practice group by adding two former Lathrop & Gage partners to its Kansas City, Mo., and Houston offices.
A former in-house counsel for Exelon Corp. has jumped from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP to the Chicago office of Jones Day, taking an expertise in government probes and False Claims Act matters, Jones Day said Wednesday.
Recent news reports on the RusHydro embezzlement, a U.S. Virgin Islands senator's arrest and the Italian mafia infiltration suggest that the not-so-clean side of the clean energy sector may come under greater scrutiny around the world. These reports should serve as a sobering reminder for companies of the risks and consequences of international corruption, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
The U.S. Department of Energy's recent order ending a nearly two-year moratorium on liquefied natural gas export approvals provides important insight into how the department will consider pending and future export applications. However, it also raises many questions and indicates that the DOE will not back down from its controversial position on its authority, say attorneys with Day Pitney LLP.
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Southern California Edison’s challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's methodology for determining a company’s base return on equity. One noteworthy lesson from the case is that this method can have a material affect on the ROE, with a large revenue impact, say attorneys with Day Pitney LLP.
The outcome of High Prairie LLC v. Enbridge Energy LP turned out to be a disappointment for industry watchers hoping for a definitive ruling on whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would break with well-established precedent and require an interstate oil pipeline to interconnect with another pipeline, say attorneys with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.
The pros of using predictive coding far outweigh the cons. Given the heavy pressure on law firms and in-house counsel to reduce discovery costs, as well as the Justice Department's recent stance on the subject, it appears predictive coding will continue to emerge from the obscure world of legal technology to the mainstream of legal practice, say Michael Moscato and Myles Bartley of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
The interpretation by the Supreme Court of Texas in Reeder v. Wood County Energy LLC grants vast protection to oil and gas operators, but by doing so, it is perceived by some as muddling the differences between tort and contract law, says Michael Bolton and Kate Kalanick of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
The Fourth Circuit recently issued a ruling in PCS Nitrogen Inc. v. Ashley II of Charleston that may limit the availability of the bona fide prospective purchaser defense. By narrowly construing one of the elements of the BFPP defense, the court has underscored the importance of strict compliance with all requirements of the defense, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
The California Air Resources Board has again been sued over its implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act in Morning Star Packing Co., et al. v. CARB, which resembles an earlier action brought by the California Chamber of Commerce. Petitioners of both cases face the difficult challenge of convincing the court to derail a massive regulatory scheme that is now well underway, say attorneys with Marten Law PLLC.
Public-private partnerships have been used in a wide range of sectors to provide public services, from power plants and railroads to hospitals and sanitation plants. Yet there are a variety of potential contractual arrangements and the financing of a PPP can be complex, say Maryam Khosharay and Herbert Glaser of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed technology-based effluent limitation guidelines and standards for steam electric power-generating units. These guidelines will certainly impose significant costs, and when coupled with the cost of the EPA’s rules under the Clean Air Act, there can be little question that some coal-fired facilities will close as a result, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.