Project Finance

  • September 26, 2016

    Maxim Power To Pay $8M In FERC Market Manipulation Case

    Canada’s Maxim Power Corp. has agreed to pay $8 million to resolve allegations brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the power producer manipulated electricity prices in New England, the agency said Monday.

  • September 26, 2016

    House Passes Cybersecurity, Transit, Food Security Bills

    The House of Representatives passed bills Monday meant to tweak various parts of the country’s security apparatus, ranging from the Department of Homeland Security’s responsibilities for food and election security, to the amount of time that transit agencies can use grant money for security upgrades.

  • September 26, 2016

    US DOT Awards $5M To Boost Transit Service On Tribal Lands

    The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday it has awarded $5 million to help Native American and Alaska Native communities boost transit service on tribal lands, under increased funding provided by last year’s Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

  • September 26, 2016

    2 Dentons Branches Trimmed From Guinea Fraud Suit

    A D.C. federal judge released two overseas branches of mega-verein Dentons from a countersuit Sunday launched by Republic of Guinea alleging the firm committed fraud in its handling of a major mining project.

  • September 26, 2016

    Paradigm Tells 8th Circ. Pipelines' Finish Moots Tribal Appeal

    Paradigm Energy Partners LLC urged the Eighth Circuit on Friday to toss an appeal of a lower court's ruling preventing the Three Affiliated Tribes from interfering with the construction of a pair of pipelines underneath a lake on their reservation, arguing that the completion of the pipelines made the appeal moot.

  • September 26, 2016

    Clean Power Plan 'Epic' Power Grab, AGs Say

    The attorneys general for Texas and West Virginia blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan in advance of their arguments to nix the rule this week, maintaining Monday that the plan usurps state authority.

  • September 26, 2016

    FERC Ignored $683M Pipeline's Impact, Enviros Tells 2nd Circ.

    A handful of green groups continued to press the Second Circuit to wipe out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of Constitution Pipeline Co.'s proposed $683 million natural gas pipeline Friday, blasting the regulator’s contention that it had complied with environmental law.

  • September 26, 2016

    Houston-Area Officials To Vote On $105M Astrodome Proposal

    The Harris County Commissioners Court is set to vote on the $105 million Astrodome revitalization project on Tuesday that could, if approved, bring an end to a years-long debate over what to do with the 50-plus-year-old Houston area stadium. 

  • September 26, 2016

    Tougher EB-5 Rules Could Follow Election Season Gridlock

    A Friday expiration date for the EB-5 immigrant investor program and upcoming elections mean lawmakers will likely act further down the road to toughen the troubled program's standards for qualifying projects and prevent abuses, but doing so will mean overcoming stark regional differences and other hurdles, experts say.

  • September 26, 2016

    Klamath River Dams Removal Funding All Set, FERC Told

    PacifiCorp and a nonprofit entity created to shut down part of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday to decide by the end of 2017 whether four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon can be transferred to the nonprofit prior to being demolished, saying the funding to complete the removal is in place.

  • September 26, 2016

    Obama's Climate Legacy At Stake In DC Circ. CPP Showdown

    After months of court filings and surprising pretrial rulings, an en banc D.C. Circuit on Tuesday will finally hear oral arguments in the biggest environmental and energy case in years: a massive challenge to the legality of the Clean Power Plan.

  • September 26, 2016

    Lawyer Lineup For Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments

    When oral arguments over the legality of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan take place at the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday, no less than 16 attorneys representing federal and state governments as well as industry giants will battle to determine the fate of the Obama administration's signature climate change rule slashing carbon emissions from existing power plants.

  • September 23, 2016

    Tesla Investors May Get Chance To Halt SolarCity Deal Vote

    A Delaware Chancery judge said Friday he would try to render bench rulings on Tesla Motors Inc. investors’ bids to consolidate and fast-track their challenges to the proposed $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp., potentially giving them a chance to halt an upcoming shareholder vote on the deal.

  • September 23, 2016

    Hanjin Shipping Asks 3rd Circ. Not To Waive No-Seize Order

    Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to reject an emergency bid by several maritime companies to skirt a New Jersey court order barring U.S. creditors from seizing any of the South Korean container carrier’s assets, saying they don’t merit extraordinary special treatment.

  • September 23, 2016

    Canadian 1st Nations, US Tribes Ink Anti-Pipelines Treaty

    Leaders from more than 50 U.S. tribes and Canadian First Nations signed an agreement Thursday to oppose five pipeline, tanker and rail projects for transporting tar sands oil in their territories as environmentally risky, according to a statement.

  • September 23, 2016

    Exxon Can't Avoid $2.6M Spill Fine, PHMSA Tells 5th Circ.

    The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration asked the Fifth Circuit on Friday to uphold a $2.6 million fine levied against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. over a spill, saying the company unreasonably concluded that an Arkansas pipeline was not susceptible to seam failure.

  • September 23, 2016

    Feds Set 'Aggressive' Schedule For Tribal Pipeline Talks

    The U.S. Department of Justice, the Army and the Department of the Interior on Friday laid out what they called an “aggressive consultation schedule” to meet with Native American tribal leaders for talks on how to improve tribal input on infrastructure projects, amid ongoing tribal opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

  • September 23, 2016

    Calif. Energy Regulator Blasted For Conflicts, Spending

    The California state auditor issued a scathing report Thursday criticizing the state’s energy regulator for awarding utility contracts in instances where impartiality on the part of its commissioners was a concern and took the agency to task for being a careless shopper when spending its own money.

  • September 23, 2016

    States, Industry Urge 10th Circ. To Uphold Frack Rule Ban

    Four states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and several other oil and gas industry groups on Friday told the Tenth Circuit it should not disturb a lower court ruling setting aside a federal rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands.

  • September 23, 2016

    PennEast Makes Route Changes To Controversial Gas Pipeline

    PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC announced seven changes to the route of its proposed $1.6 billion natural gas pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Friday, saying that the alterations were made in an effort to protect the environment, but environmental groups disagreed.

Expert Analysis

  • Gas Demand Response Programs Are Alluring But Impractical

    Gordon A. Coffee

    As a solution to the shortage of gas for power generation during the winter some industry analysts have suggested creating demand response programs for natural gas, which would be far less capital-intensive than other options. Unfortunately, several practical problems hinder their implementation, says Gordon Coffee of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Why California Teachers Will Celebrate Senate Bill 1413

    Gregory J. Korbel

    The California Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1413, which authorizes school districts to establish programs that will help teachers and school district employees secure affordable housing. This timely bill is intended to address the potentially troubling future of California's teaching industry, say Gregory Korbel and Rosanna Moreno of Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis LLP.

  • Raising Calif. GHG Targets: A Look At What's Ahead

    Ryan Waterman

    With the recent passing of California's Senate Bill 32 and its companion legislation, Assembly Bill 197, we find ourselves again in a period of transition as the state moves forward with climate change 2.0. We know where the state is heading, but details about how it will get there are still to be developed, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

  • Paris Agreement Progress From World’s Largest GHG Emitters

    Eric B. Rothenberg

    With the U.S. and China acceding to the Paris agreement earlier this month, the treaty is on its way to entering into force later this year or early in 2017. Eric Rothenberg and Remi Moncel of O’Melveny & Myers LLP explain what the agreement requires of the world’s two largest economies and how each country plans to meet its obligations.

  • 3 Steps To Successful Judgment Enforcement

    Craig Weiner

    Judgment enforcement is typically governed by the law of the state where collection is sought, which frequently means collection efforts are controlled by an arcane body of law replete with debtor-friendly roadblocks. Fortunately, there are a number of actions a judgment creditor can take to secure satisfaction of a claim, say Craig Weiner and Michael Kolcun of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • From The Partner’s Desk: Paving Your Path To Partnership

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most oft-cited complaints from associates is the lack of clarity around what it takes to make partner. While this can certainly be laid at the feet of law firms large and small alike, an ever-changing business environment is at least partly to blame. Today, law firms are not making partnership decisions based on the same criteria they used 20, 15 or even 10 years ago, says Gary Gansle of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • An End-Of-Summer Push On Environmental Mitigation Policy

    Thomas C. Jensen

    The final week of August saw several important developments in what is proving to be a very consequential year for federal environmental mitigation policy. Thomas Jensen and Sandra Snodgrass of Holland & Hart LLP highlight key features and implications of each new development.

  • How We Can Diversify The Legal Profession And Why We Must

    Mark Roellig

    The lack of transparency on law firm diversity metrics and no consistent standard for measurement has left corporate America in the dark about how the firms we retain are increasing diversity throughout their organizations. But we now have an opportunity for all of this to change, says Mark Roellig, general counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.