The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to keep provisions blocking implementation of the so-called Waters of the United States rule under the Clean Water Act in a $37.4 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several energy and water infrastructure projects.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday allowed Sabal Trail Transmission LLC to condemn easements in Lake County, Florida, so that it can construct a $3 billion, 516-mile natural gas pipeline running from Alabama to the Sunshine State.
States wrestling with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule on Monday pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether a court can remand a legally defective rule without vacating it.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a $58.2 billion transportation and housing funding bill Tuesday, including controversial and closely watched provisions clarifying regulations for truckers’ hours of service and meal and rest breaks, sending the measure to the full House floor.
Scores of environmental groups urged U.S. Senate leaders Tuesday to strip provisions that streamline permitting for liquefied natural gas export projects and other oil and gas infrastructure from sweeping energy reform legislation being hammered out by Congress, saying any legislation should focus on phasing out fossil fuels.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and federal transit officials reassured a U.S. House panel Tuesday of their progress on fixing the safety issues that have plagued D.C.’s Metrorail system, including shoring up training, tackling maintenance backlogs and firing inefficient managers.
A North Dakota federal judge on Tuesday rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to nix a challenge to the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' Clean Water Rule and put the case on hold pending the outcome of a similar challenge making its way through the Sixth Circuit.
A General Electric unit, along with Maryland and Delaware regulators, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday to rehear its cost allocation decision for $1.6 billion worth of New Jersey transmission projects, saying that the approved method will result in unfair overpayments.
The Minnesota Vikings filed a brief in federal court on Monday, accusing Wells Fargo Bank NA of ignoring a signage agreement and mounting illuminated roof signs near the under-construction U.S. Bank Stadium that will be visible to TV viewers when the National Football League’s 2016 playing season begins this fall.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has withdrawn a proposed nearly $9 million fine against a Range Resources Corp. unit over a leaky gas well that had been used for fracking, but the agency says it still may seek to punish the company.
As Entergy Corp. wraps up repairs at a nuclear reactor 26 miles north of New York City, an environmental group on Tuesday urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay restarting the unit and to order the immediate shutdown of its sister reactor until the commission solves “the mystery of the missing bolts.”
A group of transmission companies that are members of regional grid operator Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to review orders by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approving utility plans to allocate costs for new, interregional transmission projects in compliance with its regional transmission planning rule.
Almost four years after enacting legislation enabling public-private partnerships for transportation projects, Pennsylvania is at the forefront of states looking to enlist the private sector for help with pressing infrastructure needs. Here, Law360 surveys three current projects putting the model to use in Pennsylvania and looks at the prospect of extending it to include social infrastructure.
A Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary on Monday officially ended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the company's $5 billion proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, a pipeline that would have shipped natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to New England.
A group of Chinese investors told a Utah federal judge Friday that U.S. Bank NA must face their suit seeking a refund of investments after the federal government denied their job-creator visa applications, saying their claims are specific enough to avoid dismissal.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday conditionally vetoed a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reform bill proposing greater oversight of the scandal-plagued bistate agency, saying it contains costly and burdensome provisions that conflict with corresponding legislation already enacted in New York.
A transmission developer urged the Seventh Circuit Friday to reconsider its backing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision allowing a regional grid operator to honor non-federal rights of first refusal for regional electricity projects, claiming the erroneous ruling will stifle competition for new transmission projects.
Two state attorneys general spearheading a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan on Monday said that they have urged the agency to halt assistance to states implementing voluntary portions of the rule, saying that the EPA is undermining the stay imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Major electric utilities in New York must file a system efficiency proposal with the state government by Dec. 1, under reformed regulations the state hopes will expand residents’ choices for clean and renewable power, the New York Public Service Commission said Thursday.
Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion cleared another regulatory hurdle on Thursday when Canada’s National Energy Board recommended approval of the project, subject to a number of conditions, including those involving safety, emergency response and environmental protection.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently affirmed its role in ensuring reasonable rates for wholesale sales of electric energy in Ohio. But state utilities seek to further their objectives without invoking FERC jurisdictional issues, and if other states aim to advance their public policy initiatives using similar methods, it could impose higher costs on captive retail customers, say Joseph Fagan and David Doot at Day Pitney LLP.
Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)
The Obama administration recently announced two sweeping final rules to regulate air emissions from oil and gas exploration, production and transportation facilities and has begun a rulemaking process aimed at controlling methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities, both of which will will place a significant burden on in-house staff, say attorneys at Baker Botts LLP.
In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.
While professional sports facility financings have suffered much negative publicity in recent years, the fundamental question of whether these facilities are more or less worthy of local government subsidies relative to other private activities seeking similar subsidies is a question that is and should remain the decision of the local government, says Robert Eidnier of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Many power generation companies are experiencing difficulties under current market conditions. As restructuring discussions commence across the capital structure, creditors seeking to improve their recoveries should bear in mind lessons learned from recent cases such as Dynegy and Edison Mission Energy, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
On May 20, 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a $2 million punitive damages award imposed for a tort that caused $4,000 in economic harm was unconstitutionally excessive. In the ensuing 20 years, BMW v. Gore has proved to be a foundational case in punitive damages jurisprudence. We were fortunate enough to have played a role in this historic decision, say Mayer Brown LLP partners Andrew Frey and Evan Tager and Maserati North Am... (continued)
Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.
Given the increased focus in the energy industry on reliability, sustainability and resiliency, microgrids could play a key role in shaping the U.S.'s energy future, but the speed and success of that growth will largely depend on how policymakers address the various legal and regulatory barriers to microgrid deployment encountered by project developers across the nation, say Tom Havens and Jennifer Galiette at Day Pitney LLP.