Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Monday that it had scored a major coup, luring a multidisciplinary team of four experienced tax, regulatory, investment and securities attorneys to its Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., offices to serve clients across the energy and infrastructure industries.
An electrical contractor that was working on the One57 apartment tower in Midtown Manhattan during its highly publicized tower crane collapse leveled a $27 million suit against the building’s owner on Friday, accusing the Extell Development Co. unit of delaying its work and forcing it to incur extra costs.
The decision of whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline now rests with the Obama administration after the public comment period wrapped up on Friday, but experts say the politically charged review process will make future cross-border pipeline permitting a lengthier, more publicized affair that could discourage all but the most patient and deep-pocketed of energy companies.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP has added a geologist-turned-attorney with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry as a partner in its Toronto office to jump-start the firm's growing international mining and natural resources practice, Dorsey announced Thursday.
A male in-house counsel once told me I had not been "nice" to him when I approached him about a business opportunity and would therefore not get the business. To add insult to injury, one of my male partners told me I should be flattered by the interest paid to me by the in-house counsel, says Paulette Brown, chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
Several people have told me that they had a lot of trepidation when they found out they would be working for a woman. To be effective, you need to be able to eliminate or address the conscious or unconscious bias colleagues may have about having a female boss, says Nancy Mitchell, chairwoman of Greenberg Traurig LLP's New York business reorganization and financial restructuring practice.
RES has become the latest U.K. biomass power producer to drop plans for a power station after citing issues with uncertain U.K. energy policy, announcing Thursday that it has stopped work on a £300 million ($502 million) biomass power station project in northern England.
New Jersey-based Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. on Friday said it would spend $12 billion on capital investments over the next five years, with the bulk of that cash going to its main utility unit so it can increase transmission investments in order to maintain grid reliability.
Mining giant Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. said Friday that New York-based activist investor Casablanca Capital LP has rejected its offer to settle a proxy fight and is still barreling ahead with attempts to gain full control of the company's board and replace its CEO.
The European Investment Bank said on Friday that it will put forth €100 million ($138.7 million) toward a total $291.2 million highway construction project in Bosnia that is expected to boost trade and tourism in the country.
Malaysian state hydrocarbon developer Petronas will sell 10 percent of its British Columbia LNG assets to India Oil Corp. Ltd, the companies said Friday.
Duke Energy Inc.'s renewable energy arm said Thursday that it had bought a pair of 20-megawatt solar projects in California from Australia-based renewable developer Infigen Energy for an undisclosed price, giving the energy giant four utility-scale solar projects in the Golden State.
A Pennsylvania environmental group Wednesday led a group of residents in urging Kentucky-based RAMACO to drop plans to develop an underground coal mine in Washington County and petitioning state regulators to withhold permits.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and its impact on the global gas market have amplified congressional debate over U.S. liquified natural gas exports, with a senator and his expected re-election challenger proposing bills to expand LNG exports and another lawmaker floating legislation to prevent such an expansion.
Oil and gas companies should reveal all known substances added to fluids used in hydraulic fracturing and avoid seeking trade secret exemptions to shield the information from the public, a U.S. Department of Energy advisory panel said in a report released on Wednesday.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass a bill designed to speed up the federal permitting process for developers of energy and other infrastructure projects, allowing projects to go ahead if environmental review is not done by a set deadline.
The Pennsylvania state legislator who filed on Wednesday a right-to-know request about Gov. Tom Corbett’s $75 million plan to allow nonsurface drilling for gas in state parks and forests received on the same day a stony response from the governor’s top energy adviser.
Washington, D.C., lawmakers on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of a resolution prohibiting hydraulic fracturing in nearby national forest land, expressing concern that fracking in the Potomac River watershed could contaminate the city's drinking water.
A trio of oil and gas groups asked the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Wednesday to allow them to intervene in an ongoing challenge to statewide rules on hydraulic fracturing after the state Supreme Court struck down broad portions of the industry-supported law in December.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday said that Tampa International Airport will receive $194 million in state funding that will significantly expand and improve the airport by way of the creation of a new gateway center and automated people mover.
A group of New York landowners recently filed a petition seeking to compel the state government to issue its final impact statement on the effects of fracking, after more than five years of waiting. Despite the lawsuit, the wait for an answer on fracking in New York will likely continue, and for those outside New York waiting to hear about the environmental and health effects of fracking, the wait may prove to be even longer, says Emily Pincow of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Cloud users must know how to use the cloud responsibly to prevent later difficulties with document production. When negotiating a cloud service agreement, users should look for certain services that will prove useful when responding to discovery requests, such as comprehensive search options, instant suspension of the auto-delete function, and preservation of metadata and embedded data, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.
In a decision of national importance, the Ninth Circuit recently rejected environmental challenges to the 20-mile Honolulu Rail Transit Project. The decision is significant because it is based, in part, on recent federal legislation aimed at simplifying the complex and lengthy environmental process governing new highway and transit projects, says Robert Thornton of Nossaman LLP.
In stark contrast to the changing environment for the majority of lawyers today, the evolution for the general counsel is driven less by necessity than by opportunity. Today’s GC may touch every aspect of his or her organization to solve challenges and propel the company forward, keeping the GC far ahead of what is expected of the average lawyer, says James Merklinger, vice president and general counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Commercial courtrooms in London are bustling with foreign litigants. England has many of the advantages of the U.S. system — like robust interim orders — without some of the U.S.’s distinct procedural disadvantages. And in addition to simplified discovery, litigating in England allows U.S. litigants to avoid punitive cost rules and the sometimes arbitrary verdicts of juries, say Ben Holland and Arielle Goodley of Covington & Burling LLP.
In a recent case of first impression, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirmed its jurisdiction over — and its intention to regulate — the economic and operational aspects of the interstate pipeline transportation of purity liquid ethane. In light of the burgeoning development of ethane infrastructure, FERC’s use of the Interstate Commerce Act represents additional supervision and cost to the transportation of purity liquid ethane, say David Wochner and Sandra Safro at K&L Gates LLP.
The recently closed comment period for the proposed Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments generated passionate antipodal responses over discovery rules that appear to benefit large corporate litigants at the expense of individual plaintiffs and civil rights groups. The nature and intensity of the response should lead the committee to reconsider the overall fairness of the proposed discovery amendments, says Henry Kelston of Milberg LLP.
Although the departure of former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus from the U.S. Senate has thrown the fate of energy tax reform into doubt, there are several reasons to believe that his discussion draft on the subject has gas left in the tank. For one, members of Congress — including new Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. — have called for a “technology-neutral” system of energy tax incentives, and Baucus’ draft is one of the first legislative proposals to actually flesh out this idea in great detail, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
Given heightened enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, particularly in the energy industry, firms need to pay particular attention to anti-bribery risks when contemplating potential transactions in Mexico’s newly privatized energy markets. Significant risks also exist under the Mexican Federal Anti-Corruption Law for Public Contracts, which is broader than the FCPA and follows the “zero tolerance” approach taken by the U.K. Bribery Act, say Obiamaka Madubuko and Michael Stanek of McDermott Will & Emery.
Plaintiff organizations continue to fight the energy and hydrocarbon industries using arguments based on climate change theories, effects on wildlife, and localized environmental impact. There is also a growing number of cases that aim to stop the development of industrial projects. Rather than try to derail projects outright, they delay them for as long as possible using the National Environmental Policy Act, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.