Project Finance

  • June 30, 2016

    Canada's 1st Nations Get Enbridge Pipeline OKs Tossed

    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.

  • June 30, 2016

    Ill. Adopts Stopgap Budget, One Year Into Impasse

    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.

  • June 30, 2016

    Minn. Owes Fees In State Energy Battle, 8th Circ. Told

    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.

  • June 30, 2016

    NJ Lawmaker Wants Tighter Leash On FERC's Pipeline Process

    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.

  • June 30, 2016

    Power Supplier To Pay $6.75M In Pa. Price Spike Settlement

    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.

  • June 30, 2016

    DOI Unveils Final Rule On Mineral Lease Royalty Valuation

    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.

  • June 30, 2016

    MarkWest Shorted Co. $26M For Pa. Gas Plant Work, Suit Says

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    DOT, Md. Must Redo Purple Line Enviro Review, Court Told

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    Christie Urges Senate To OK Higher Gas Tax, Lower Sales Tax

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    Judge Nixes PG&E Bid To Ax Evidence In Pipeline Blast Trial

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    $27M Settles Evolution-Denbury Oil Contract Dispute

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    DC Circ. Drops LNG Export Fight On DOE's Doorstep

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    City Drops 7th Circ. Petition Over Lucas Museum

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    Royal Caribbean, Miami-Dade To Use P3 For New Terminal

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    ConocoPhillips Rips Venezuela Over $10M Award In 2nd Circ.

    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."

  • June 29, 2016

    Hanergy Demands $9.6M Owed Under Solar Project Deal

    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.

  • June 29, 2016

    SunEdison Shareholder Fights MoFo's 'Ivy League' Rates

    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.

  • June 28, 2016

    Enviros Tell 9th Circ. Mine Rights Decision Can Be Reviewed

    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.

  • June 28, 2016

    Chevron Oil Lease Row Should Be Arbitrated, Court Told

    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.

  • June 28, 2016

    How To Become The Firm Every GC Wants To Hire

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Should Unify Standards For Atty Fees Against State Agency

    Matthew T. McLaughlin

    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.

  • Clean Energy Incentive Program Creates More CPP Confusion

    Charles T. Wehland

    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.

  • Appeals Court Saves Private Partnerships In California

    Norman F. Carlin

    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.

  • How To Manage Your Law School Debt After Graduation

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    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.

  • World Bank Provides New Insights Into Its Sanctions System

    Dave Nadler

    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.

  • New Pipeline Safety Law Needs A Push From Industry

    Michael K. Friedberg

    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)

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    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.

  • Preparing For The Imminent Rise Of Citizen Science

     Delmar R. Ehrich

    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.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    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.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    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.