Less than 24 hours after the Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted a $2.3 billion transportation funding package, the state Senate got on board as well on Wednesday, paving the way for Gov. Tom Corbett to approve a measure that he has been pushing since February.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved Republican-backed energy bills that would speed up the gas and oil permitting process and block federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing, in the face of a veto threat from the White House.
A Democratic congresswoman on Tuesday asked the federal government to shut down all offshore fracking activities off the coast of California, saying she is troubled by the current lack of oversight and warning of the potentially dire consequences of a blowout or spill.
Following the California Department of Conservation's recent proposal of hydraulic fracturing regulations including plans to carry out a study on fracking’s environmental impacts on the state, lawyers say the study’s potential effects on individual permits and mitigation requirements could trigger legal fights between the oil and gas industry and conservation groups.
The third time indeed proved to be the charm as legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives late Tuesday adopted a $2.3 billion transportation funding package — which was backed by Gov. Tom Corbett and includes a provision uncapping the state's wholesale gas tax — after twice rejecting the measure during floor votes on Monday.
In the face of a critical upcoming county vote, the Atlanta Tea Party has begun heavy robocalling and lobbying efforts to try to block the use of taxpayer dollars for a $672 million stadium proposed by the Atlanta Braves, the group confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday.
The White House on Tuesday pledged to veto Republican-backed energy bills aimed at speeding up the oil and gas permitting process and blocking federal hydraulic fracturing regulations, which are scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
The European Parliament on Tuesday approved €969 million ($1.3 billion) in European Union financial aid to help Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia decommission three outdated nuclear power plants, subject to certain conditions.
Exelon Generation Co. LLC moved last week to dismiss the Natural Resources Defense Council’s challenge to renew nuclear power plant operating licenses with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, arguing nuclear waste storage concerns have been addressed by the agency’s new proposed rule.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday that it had directed agency staff to complete safety reviews for a proposed nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, three months after the D.C. Circuit rapped the agency for stopping the work over policy and funding concerns.
Seven law firms whose stars had dimmed in the eyes of general counsel are once again shining bright, and two up-and-coming legal sparklers are suddenly radiating excellence, according to a new survey of corporations’ favorite firms.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP stands alone among elite law firms in the arena of client service thanks to a concerted long-term effort to respond to client feedback, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
The New York State Public Service Commission on Friday said it would cede most regulatory control over a plan to install thousands of charging stations across the state in order to put 40,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2018, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other groups pushed for the move.
The fickle feelings of corporate counsel are apparent once again in an annual survey gauging which law firms deliver the most sterling client service, as one-third of last year's favorites were cast aside after being outflanked by hungry rivals.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday finalized a rule allowing interstate natural gas pipelines and electric transmission operators to share nonpublic operational information in order to ensure reliability and integrity of their systems as they increasingly become intertwined.
A proposed five-year hydraulic fracturing prohibition in Broomfield, Colo., that appeared headed for defeat earlier this month has won approval by a mere 17 votes out of more than 20,000 cast, according to a final vote tally certified by the county on Friday.
There are more arrogant law firms than in years past, according to a new survey of corporate counsel, but one familiar firm has risen above them all.
The number of law firms that Fortune 1000 clients say offer excellent client service grew by 9.8 percent over the past year, a sign that firms with broader services are separating themselves from the competition, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
Attentive client service, not size, continues to be the critical factor for general counsel at the world's largest corporations, according to a recent survey of corporate counsel, who gave top marks to a mix of large and midsize law firms.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez late Friday announced an additional round of review to pick a company to oversee $1.6 billion in settlement-mandated sewer upgrades, describing it as a cure for irregularities that arose in the selection process.
Picture this: A seller of goods is losing tens of millions of dollars per year on a requirements contract containing price caps that the parties have operated under for years. Given the Uniform Commercial Code and relevant case law, it would be natural — and completely logical — to accept the cogent authority establishing that rising costs are generally insufficient to invalidate a contract. I am betting that, in this case, the law will trick you, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
The expansion of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s jurisdiction “inside the fence” of midstream natural gas processing facilities will change the regulatory landscape significantly. Extended to facilities that meet OSHA requirements, they will require companies to retool their plants in order to comply — potentially resulting in operational stoppages and economic losses, say Rachel Clingman and Jacob Dweck of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
When researching an expert, look for whether the expert’s opinion and methodology in the case is consistent with the expert’s approach outside of litigation. Inconsistency in an expert’s opinion not only is great fodder for cross-examination, but might also point to a more serious methodological problem that can form the basis for a Daubert challenge, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
The African Union has identified infrastructure development in sectors such as energy, transportation, water and telecommunications as a crucial priority. These development plans may translate to almost $70 billion in capital expenditures by 2020 — which means new opportunities for international private sector investment and public-private partnerships, says Vincent Napoleon of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Although the recently signed Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy does not impose legally enforceable obligations and lacks a specific schedule for implementation, the pact still sets out an unprecedented number of aspirational measures. But despite such ambitious goals, the plan may face significant hurdles, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
In a surprising turn of events, North Dakota landowners are suing oil companies for flaring natural gas into the atmosphere. We can only hope that the suits will incentivize infrastructure development — and not stifle American oil production from the Bakken, say Michael Krancer and Margaret Anne Hill of Blank Rome LLP.
The Japanese yen, Indian rupee and the Indonesian rupiah have depreciated 30 percent on average in the last 24 months. Growth rates for India and Indonesia that were around 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively, two years ago have dropped off significantly, with India now at half that rate. And two of the once mighty BRIC economies are now included as part of the "Fragile Five," say attorneys with Jones Day.
If the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality receives permitting authority for greenhouse gas emissions as planned, affected Texas businesses will likely spend less time and money securing their GHG permits, and the ancillary issues that must be reviewed as part of the federal permitting process will not loom as large at the state level, say Anthony Cavender and Amanda Halter of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
The use of design-build project delivery has been hampered by state laws and professional ethical rules, but recent legislation in New York may drastically increase its use in the public sector. While the design-build model has many benefits, it may not be the best choice when there is a premium placed on quality of design, say Michael De Chiara and Thomas O’Neill of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP.
A District of Columbia federal court recently handed the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States a major victory against Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation. The case exemplifies the importance of notifying and engaging CFIUS voluntarily before closing a transaction that may raise national security concerns, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Doug Dziak of Nixon Peabody LLP.