Project Finance

  • October 26, 2016

    Calif. Tribe Wants Documents From Plant Inspection

    The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has asked a California federal court for access to documents on the federal government’s inspection of Blue Lake Power LLC's California biomass-fired electricity plant, which the tribe said last week has released excess emissions.

  • October 25, 2016

    India Comes Out On Top In $1B Oil Royalty Fight, Reports Say

    India has largely prevailed in a $1 billion investor-state claim brought against it by energy giant Reliance Industries Ltd. following a gas price and royalty dispute in oil fields off the Mumbai coast, according to Indian media reports.

  • October 25, 2016

    Tribes Slam BIA For Switching Stance On Irrigation Project

    The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday for permission to intervene in an appeal by the Flathead Joint Board of Control that disputes the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs' control of a Montana irrigation project, claiming the government is in talks to turn the project over to the board despite that entity's loss in a lower court.

  • October 25, 2016

    Zero-Emission High-Speed Ferry Feasible In SF, Report Says

    It may be possible to build a high-speed, zero-emission, hydrogen-powered passenger ferry in the San Francisco Bay under current regulations, according to a federal report released Monday.

  • October 25, 2016

    Continental Resources Urges DC Circ. To Revive Royalty Row

    Continental Resources Inc. maintained during oral arguments Tuesday that the government cannot remain silent on a statutory deadline then use it to say Continental waited too long to dispute a $1.7 million royalty charge for gas produced from federal leases in Wyoming.

  • October 25, 2016

    Baker Botts Guides EQT In 3 Deals Totaling $683M

    Energy outfit EQT Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached three related deals for a total price of $683 million that will increase its holdings in the Marcellus Shale by 59,600 acres, with guidance from Baker Botts LLP on all three deals.

  • October 25, 2016

    FERC Power Auction Call Can't Be Reviewed, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday said it was unable to set aside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a New England electricity capacity auction, saying the commission's deadlock that allowed the auction results to go through wasn't a final agency action subject to judicial review.

  • October 25, 2016

    10th Circ. Axes Bid To Block $120M NM Bus Plan

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a renewed bid by Albuquerque, New Mexico, businesses to block the start of construction on a $120 million bus rapid-transit project, saying the businesses haven’t justified why work should be halted amid the ongoing court fight over the project’s environmental review.

  • October 25, 2016

    Coal Groups Blast EPA New Plant Rule In DC Circ.

    Two coal industry groups on Monday told the D.C. Circuit they support an effort to sink the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for carbon emissions from new coal power plants, arguing some technology embraced by the EPA is too expensive.

  • October 25, 2016

    St. Louis Cardinals Unveil $220M Ballpark Village Expansion

    The St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday unveiled plans for a $220 million expansion of its Ballpark Village development adjacent to the baseball team’s home venue, Busch Stadium, highlighted by a 29-story luxury apartment building. 

  • October 25, 2016

    Enviros Blast DOE Approval Of Cove Point LNG Exports

    The U.S. Department of Energy failed to analyze the impacts of increased natural gas drilling when it allowed Dominion Resources Inc. to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point project to countries that don't have free trade agreements with the U.S., the Sierra Club told the D.C. Circuit on Monday.

  • October 24, 2016

    Sierra Club, Others Seek Speedy Appeal Of Pipeline Challenge

    The Sierra Club and other environmental groups pushed the D.C. Circuit on Monday to hasten the pace of their appeal accusing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of wrongfully ignoring the effects of climate change when approving the $3.5 billion Southeast Market Pipeline, while also asking the court to stop further construction on the project.

  • October 24, 2016

    Petrobas' Chain-Break Suit Wrongly Revived, Justices Told

    Vicinay Cadenas has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the Fifth Circuit applied the wrong laws when it revived a suit brought by a Petrobras unit and its insurers accusing Vicinay of making a faulty marine chain for an oil and gas well system that broke and allegedly caused $400 million in damages.

  • October 24, 2016

    High Court Should Undo Refusal-Rights Ruling, Ameren Says

    Ameren Services Co. has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to reinstate rights of first refusal in a Midwest energy transmission organization that gave incumbent transmission owners the first crack at building new projects, cautioning against a “chilling effect” on new investments if a Seventh Circuit decision rejecting the practice is allowed to stand.

  • October 24, 2016

    Grid Operator Keeping Battery Storage Off Grid, FERC Told

    An AES Corp. utility unit on Friday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to force Midcontinent Independent System Operator to grant the company's energy storage system full access to the electricity grid and its electricity markets, claiming the regional grid operator discriminates against the use of grid-scale battery storage systems.

  • October 24, 2016

    Comcast Presses FCC Not To Subsidize A Competitor

    The Federal Communications Commission shouldn’t let Frontier Communications Corp. use subsidies for rolling out rural broadband in areas that Comcast already services, the company said Friday, pressing the FCC to ensure it's using current census block data.

  • October 24, 2016

    Petrobras To Settle With Pimco, Other Investors Over Scandal

    Petróleo Brasileiro SA said on Monday it has decided to settle four class actions in which some of its largest investors outside of the Brazilian government, including Pacific Investment Management Co., sought to recover losses they blame on an ongoing corruption scandal.

  • October 24, 2016

    9th Circ. Backs Climate Predictions In Seal Listing Appeal

    The National Marine Fisheries Service reasonably relied on climate-change projections to find that an Arctic seal population would be endangered by the end of the century, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Monday, reversing a district court judge who found the conclusion too speculative.

  • October 24, 2016

    EPA Methane Rule Foes Want To Split Up Court Fight

    Opponents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's methane regulations for new and modified oil and gas infrastructure asked the D.C. Circuit on Friday to put their challenge of the rules' implementation on hold so they can focus on arguments that the EPA lacked the legal authority to issue them.

  • October 24, 2016

    FERC Can't Second-Guess $786M Pipeline Job, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's reliance on hindsight to determine that a $786 million Trans-Alaska Pipeline System upgrade project was imprudent and should never have been done goes against commission precedent and could chill future decision-making on pipeline projects, the pipeline's owners told the D.C. Circuit Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Peter J. Wallison

    I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.

  • DC Circ.'s Clean Power Plan Hearing: Key Points

    Michael Weller

    A close look at the D.C. Circuit's recent en banc hearing regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan reveals the court's recognition of the importance of the case, as well as its interest in understanding the nuance of key issues, as it deliberates on whether to allow the sweeping restructuring of the nation's power industry to move forward, say Michael Weller and Richard Alonso of Bracewell LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 'Production Sharing Agreement' Wells: Pros And Cons

    Andrew Zeve

    Production sharing agreement wells and allocation wells present workable alternatives to pooling the tracts needed to drill a horizontal well, but are not without risk, and will often create additional issues that should be considered in planning for the future development of an oil or gas operator’s underlying leasehold position, say Andrew Zeve, Austin Lee and Jonathan Seliger of Bracewell LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.

  • Private Equity Flows To Oil And Gas As Prices Stay Low

    Alan Burke

    Over the past 24 months, the low oil price environment has led to increased interest in the hydrocarbon sector from private equity investors. Attorneys at White & Case LLP examine factors that have incentivized PE houses to contemplate entry into the upstream oil and gas market, as well as the challenges to such PE investment.