Argentina told a D.C. federal court on Friday that a recent decision issued by a World Bank tribunal affirming an arbitral award issued to two French utility companies has no relevance in its petition to vacate a nearly $21 million arbitral award issued to U.K.-based water utility AWG Group Ltd.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee cleared a “transformational” bill on party lines Thursday that would take air traffic control out of direct federal control while providing the Federal Aviation Administration with long-term funding and the biggest overhaul the agency has seen in decades.
The Center for Biological Diversity said Friday it intends to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a recent rule that increases the amount of industrial activity that is allowed in sensitive areas that provide habitat for the threatened northern long-eared bat.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects said Friday the expansion of a Sempra LNG unit’s $10 billion liquefied natural gas export facility in Louisiana won’t cause major disruption to the surrounding environment.
The soon-to-be Los Angeles Rams have removed to Missouri federal court a proposed class action over the team's move from St. Louis, arguing that the tickets, merchandise and concessions purchased by fans allegedly under the impression the team would stay exceed minimum requirements for federal jurisdiction.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC on Friday said it has rerouted part of its proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline following objections from the U.S. Forest Service that the previous route endangered wildlife and protected forest areas.
Nixon Peabody LLP has expanded its project finance and development capabilities by adding a former Blank Rome LLP partner with significant experience in domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects to its New York office, the firm said recently.
A shareholder group that won a $100.2 million-plus-interest damage award from a pipeline company last week in a Delaware Chancery Court class action objected Thursday to a proposal that it pay the cost of a $142 million security bond if the state Supreme Court reverses the decision.
The CEO of Erin Energy Corp. pushed the company to overpay by as much as $200 million for African oil leases in a $416 million deal that directly benefited him, a proposed investor class alleged Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy remained upbeat Thursday about the ultimate fate of the agency’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, saying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the rule doesn’t mean it will fail.
Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has announced that French nuclear firm Areva SA increased its claim amount to approximately €3.52 billion ($3.96 billion) in long-running arbitration between the companies over construction delays and ballooning costs at the troubled Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant.
First Reserve Corp., an energy-focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm, announced on Thursday that it has purchased the $350 million Mariah North Wind project in northern Texas from Mariah Acquisition LLC for undisclosed terms.
Holland & Knight LLP on Wednesday said it has bolstered its real estate section with a former Goodwin Procter LLP partner, who the firm says is considered one of the top land-secured municipal finance attorneys in California.
Seventeen U.S. House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation that would permanently ban fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and in federal waters, joining companion legislation introduced by Senate Democrats last fall.
Federal fish and wildlife regulators gave themselves an inordinate amount of leeway in a recently finalized rule to decide how critical habitat designations are made under the Endangered Species Act, dooming the regulations to failure when they’re eventually challenged in court, both industry-side lawyers and environmental advocates say.
A D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday seemed sympathetic to an environmental challenge to the U.S. government’s approval of Cape Wind Associates’ $2.6 billion offshore wind farm that will kill migratory birds, likening it to handing the company a rifle with orders to shoot the animals.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is stuck in the past and should be mining more sources for data before approving projects, environmental groups told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday in their challenge to Dominion Resources Inc.'s $3.8 billion Cove Point liquefied natural gas project.
Two energy industry trade groups asked the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday to dismiss an appeal from the Bureau of Land Management over an injunction that blocks the agency's 2015 rule requiring permits for hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal land.
A New Jersey bill that would revive an embattled offshore wind farm project promising to bring jobs and clean energy to the region cleared the state Senate Thursday, signaling progress for legislation that was previously struck down by Gov. Chris Christie.
A group of South American investors seeking $150 million from troubled renewables developer SunEdison for allegedly abandoning a $733 million acquisition won an order in New York state court Thursday morning temporarily barring it from socking away funds that could be used to pay an arbitral award.
If the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Third Circuit's ruling affirming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to include certain pollution limits, deadlines and other mandates on states as part of its Chesapeake Bay plan, the consequences could be quite dramatic, as the EPA would then have such authority in every state in the union, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP.
The U.S. Electrify Africa Act and the recent release of a "road map" of objectives by Power Africa partners have eliminated any doubts that efforts to increase access to electricity across sub-Saharan Africa will continue well into the next decade — but there are still challenges and shortcomings in the program and the act that may make that journey a bumpy one, says Keith Larson at Hogan Lovells LLP.
While the removal of the familiar “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence” standard suggests a departure from prior practice, the first opinions from the federal courts implementing amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) suggest otherwise, says Gregory Brown of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's remand and reversal of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association has given the D.C. Circuit the opportunity to address compliance with Order No. 745 tariff provisions, which could have a significant impact on regional market operators, and which the court failed to address in its initial decision, say attorneys at Day Pitney LLP.
While the U.S. Department of the Interior maintains Obama's three-year suspension of all federal coal leasing will not affect coal production or impact the nation’s ability to generate electricity, the action targets the Powder River Basin, the single largest source of U.S. coal. This alone suggests the potential for a profound effect on the future supply of low-cost reliable coal, jobs and revenues, says Karen Bennett of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Late last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its long-awaited proposed rule on the disclosure of resource extraction payments by public companies — the SEC’s second bite at the apple after an earlier rule was vacated in court. Michael Littenberg and Marvin Tagaban of Ropes & Gray LLP detail the scope and requirements of the new proposal and what companies should be doing now.
In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.
Where a perceived conflict is identified early in the process, a party may consider asking the forum overseeing an arbitration to determine whether it is appropriate for an arbitrator to serve on the panel. Despite the potential opacity of these kinds of decisions, discussions with practitioners and experience suggest that such challenges can arise from a number of situations, says Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Matthew Solum.
The importance of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision regarding Seaway Crude Pipeline Company LLC extends beyond the purview of the Interstate Commerce Act's pipeline regulation. It provides some of the strongest words on FERC’s primacy over its administrative law judges' authority and sets an important precedent on ratemaking principles, say attorneys at Van Ness Feldman LLP.