Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned approvals for Enbridge Inc.'s $7.9 billion North Gateway pipeline, finding that although the go-aheads were reasonable, the government fell short in its obligations to consult with First Nations groups.
Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed to a compromise bill on Thursday that will fund essential services like health care and education across the state until at least November, passing the measure exactly one year after partisan wrangling pushed the budget process into deadlock.
Minnesota should pay the $300,000 legal tab North Dakota racked up fighting Minnesota's restrictions on out-of-state coal-fired power plants that deliver electricity to the state, North Dakota told the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., on Wednesday said she’d be introducing a bill to toughen the criteria the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must use when reviewing proposed pipeline applications and certifying that the pipeline is both convenient for and needed by the public.
Pennsylvania utility regulators approved a tentative settlement on Thursday that would see a power supplier pay $6.75 million in refunds and penalties following price spikes on consumer electricity bills stemming from allegedly deceptive marketing practices.
The U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday unveiled a final rule updating how lease royalties for minerals on federal and Native American lands are calculated, a change that it says will make sure taxpayers get all the revenue they deserve.
A MarkWest Energy Partners subsidiary gave a construction company inaccurate plans for projects to expand its Marcellus Shale natural gas processing facility in Pennsylvania, but refused to pay the $26 million necessary for the modifications, the construction company alleged Wednesday.
A group of Maryland residents opposing the $5.6 billion Purple Line project argued Wednesday that state and federal officials used trumped-up ridership forecasts and downplayed how the beleaguered Washington, D.C., Metrorail impacts the project, demanding that a more thorough environmental review be completed.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called on the state Senate on Wednesday to approve a legislative package that would increase the gas tax and reduce the sales tax, saying the measures would deliver net tax savings and provide vital funding for improvements to roads, bridges and mass transit systems.
A California federal judge on Wednesday refused a bid by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to block a swath of evidence from its criminal trial over claims it deliberately mishandled records of a San Bruno pipeline, leading to a deadly 2010 explosion, calling it premature and chastising the utility for seeking to revisit a prior order.
Evolution Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement with a Denbury Resources Inc. subsidiary to end a contract dispute over oil recovery operations in Louisiana’s Delhi Field, a deal that includes a $27.5 million cash payment to Evolution and other mutual consideration.
The D.C. Circuit's rulings Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn't have to evaluate potential drilling increases in approving two liquefied natural gas export projects likely slams the door on broad-based challenges to FERC's LNG project reviews and means that project opponents will now take aim at the U.S. Department of Energy instead, experts say.
The city of Chicago’s efforts to get the Seventh Circuit to dismiss a lawsuit over the construction of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ art museum ended after the appellate court officially dismissed their petition Tuesday, a few days after Lucas said he was taking his project elsewhere.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Miami-Dade County have announced a public-private partnership agreement for construction of a $247 million terminal at PortMiami that will allow the world's largest cruise ships to visit the cruise capital of the world.
Oil driller ConocoPhillips Co. ripped an effort by Venezuela’s national oil company PDVSA to annul an arbitration award related to their Texas oil refinery joint venture in the Second Circuit on Tuesday, saying Venezuela hasn't proven the award violated “the most basic notions of morality and justice."
Hanergy America Solar Solutions pressed a federal court on Monday to rule that a company newly purchased by PSEG Solar California LLC must cough up more than $9.63 million under a contract for a solar electric generating plant.
A SunEdison Inc. shareholder has criticized fees that Morrison & Foerster LLP charged for helping represent the debtor’s unsecured creditors committee, saying in an objection filed on Tuesday in New York that the firm’s “Ivy League” rates are exorbitant.
Three environmental groups told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that the U.S. Forest Service’s determination allowing a uranium mining project near the Grand Canyon to reopen was a final agency action federal courts can review, pointing to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling they said supports their contention.
A former BNP Paribas employee on Monday urged a Texas court to force a Nigerian energy developer to arbitrate its suit stemming from its unsuccessful $1.6 billion offer made to Chevron Corp. for three oil mining leases, or to dismiss the case against him entirely for insufficient allegations.
Some law firms have perfected the art of pleasing general counsels, a skill that wins them the love of clients and allows them to score new cases and deals. Here, we look at a new report that delves into the intricacies of making clients happy.
Two bills introduced in the recently ended New York legislative session, if adopted into law, will provide government entities and Freedom of Information Law practitioners with the mooring of predictable and consistent outcomes in FOIL proceedings by changing the standard for determining attorneys’ fee awards, say Matthew McLaughlin and Benjamin Argyle of Venable LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Agency's position regarding its recently proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program makes it challenging for states and the regulated community to understand and implement Clean Power Plan requirements, and is also contrary to relevant precedent, say attorneys at Jones Day.
In a pair of recent decisions, a California appeals court endorsed a practical approach to California Environmental Quality Act compliance for public-private partnerships, which could be applied to a wide range of agreements between public agencies and private entities, say Norman Carlin and Emily Burkett at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.
A recent World Bank report enhances the public’s and practitioners’ understanding of the World Bank’s sanctions process and suggests that the bank may be increasingly interested in settling sanctions cases, say Dave Nadler and Adam Proujansky of Blank Rome LLP.
The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 allows very little time to act before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's next authorization period will ramp up. Furthermore, a change in administration will undoubtedly give rise to new initiatives, priorities and pushes for additional requirements, which may cause existing unfulfilled mandates to remain unresolved, say attorn... (continued)
Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.
The rise of citizen science will pose major challenges to industry in environmental permitting, compliance, enforcement and risk management. As it starts to generate data that does not fit easily into the traditional environmental compliance model, companies must prepare to confront information about their facilities, the provenance and accuracy of which will likely be unclear, says Delmar R. Ehrich at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.
One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.