Courts Bolstered Energy Contract Protections In 2010

Law360, New York (December 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EST) -- Litigation over the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the resulting drilling moratorium grabbed headlines in 2010, but federal courts also made waves in the energy industry by beefing up contract protections and setting the stage for a landmark decision on climate change public nuisance lawsuits.

Also in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission couldn't preempt state jurisdiction on retail charges imposed on electricity generators for the energy they use, potentially creating tension between generators and retail utilities moving forward.

Meanwhile, FERC...
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