Energy

  • July 27, 2021

    Aussie Mining Co. Lodges $94M Arbitration Against Tanzania

    An Australian mining company has opened a 127 million Australian dollar (about $93.5 million) arbitration with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against Tanzania for allegedly violating international investment agreements by seizing a project site under altered laws.

  • July 27, 2021

    Feds Drop Pilot Flying J Fraud Case After 6th Circ. Defeat

    Tennessee federal prosecutors on Tuesday moved to toss their long-running fraud case against former high-ranking employees of truck stop operator Pilot Flying J, citing a recent appellate loss and concerns over the reliability of government cooperators.

  • July 27, 2021

    Mich. Federal Judge Retiring After Cases On Flint Water, UAW

    Michigan U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson plans to take senior status next week after a 20-year judicial career that recently included high-profile cases involving the United Auto Workers union and lead-tainted water in Flint.

  • July 27, 2021

    FERC Paints Grid Reform Agenda For House Energy Panel

    Any overhaul of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's transmission planning policies to accommodate more clean energy must include ways to break the logjam of projects waiting to get on the grid and properly divvy up grid upgrade costs, FERC commissioners told a U.S. House panel Tuesday.

  • July 27, 2021

    Limetree Bay Seeks Ch. 11 Asset Sale By Mid-October

    Bankrupt St. Croix oil refinery owner Limetree Bay filed its proposed Chapter 11 bidding procedures in a Texas bankruptcy court, floating a plan to complete a sale of its assets by mid-October.

  • July 27, 2021

    Drilling Co. Merger Rumor Prompts Investor Suit In Del.

    Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.'s largest stockholder sued the company in Delaware's Chancery Court late Monday to force an annual meeting and board vote, saying the meeting is overdue and citing reports that the company is mulling a potentially conflicted sale to another driller.

  • July 27, 2021

    No Discovery Stay For YPF Appeal Of White & Case DQ Denial

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday said he won't put a $14 billion environmental liability claim against YPF SA on hold while the Argentine energy company appeals his decision not to disqualify White & Case LLP from the action, saying he can't predict what "path" the Third Circuit will take.

  • July 27, 2021

    Airport Attys Beat Colonial's DQ Bid In Pipeline Easement Row

    A Tennessee federal magistrate judge on Tuesday denied Colonial Pipeline Co.'s bid to disqualify a law firm representing Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in a multifaceted fight over a gas pipeline that runs through airport property, saying no attorney currently with the firm did work for Colonial.

  • July 27, 2021

    OCC Names New Risk Officer Amid Broader Climate Risk Push

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Tuesday it has appointed a longtime agency risk professional as its first climate change risk officer, part of a broader push from acting comptroller Michael J. Hsu to accelerate the adoption of "climate change risk management practices" across the banking industry.

  • July 27, 2021

    Spanish Wind Towers Hit With 73% Duties By ITC

    Wind towers imported from Spain will soon face a new 73% duty after a U.S. International Trade Commission vote Tuesday affirming that the underpriced clean energy components are unfairly hurting American industry.

  • July 27, 2021

    Angola Wins Back $768M Stake In Portuguese Oil And Gas Co.

    A Dutch tribunal has restored Angolan national oil company Sonangol's ownership of a $768 million stake in Portugal's largest oil and gas company, concluding that a transaction transferring those assets to a company owned by Isabel dos Santos, once Africa's richest woman, was "tainted by illegality."

  • July 27, 2021

    DOJ, FBI Officials Push For Ransomware Reporting Law

    Top cybersecurity officials at the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI on Tuesday urged Congress to pass a bill ordering ransomware victims to report attacks to authorities, amid a cybercrime spree that has hit hospitals, schools and a critical U.S. fuel pipeline.

  • July 27, 2021

    FERC Urged To Keep Pipeline Open Amid New Review

    The company behind a $286 million, 65-mile gas pipeline that serves St. Louis urged federal energy regulators to allow it to stay open through the winter, warning the region could suffer deadly energy shortages on par with what happened in Texas in February if the pipeline is shut down.

  • July 27, 2021

    BOEM Boss Says Offshore Wind Moves Must Be Watertight

    In an exclusive interview with Law360, the Biden administration's chief offshore wind regulator discusses the White House's push for offshore wind, work to improve wind permitting and the challenges of getting new wind power onto the grid.

  • July 27, 2021

    Senate Confirms Biden Pick For DOJ Environmental Chief

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed with a bipartisan majority President Joe Biden's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's environmental division, a former Reed Smith LLP partner.

  • July 27, 2021

    APi Buys Fire Systems Biz In $3.1B Deal Built By 4 Firms

    APi Group, which owns contracting businesses serving industries like energy and construction, will buy U.K.-based Chubb Fire & Security from Carrier Global at an enterprise value of $3.1 billion, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal guided by four law firms.

  • July 26, 2021

    Challenge To CVR Deal's Details Opens Icahn's Chancery Trial

    Former unitholders of Carl Icahn-affiliated CVR Refining LP worked in court on Monday to show that they had been misinformed about an involuntary buyback alleged to have shortchanged them to the tune of $140 million as a weeklong damages trial opened in Delaware Chancery Court.

  • July 26, 2021

    9th Circ. Tells Court To Redo Lead Plaintiff In Nikola Stock Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has found that a district court skirted the lead plaintiff selection process under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act in denying a bid by three petitioners to serve as group lead plaintiff in a consolidated shareholder suit against electric truck maker Nikola Corp.

  • July 26, 2021

    Pembina Kills $6.6B Buy As Inter Pipeline Eyes Competing Bid

    Pembina Pipeline Corp. called off its roughly CA$8.3 billion ($6.6 billion) all-stock deal to buy Inter Pipeline Ltd. on Monday, as Inter Pipeline's board signaled its interest in the latest competing bid lobbed by Brookfield Infrastructure.

  • July 26, 2021

    FCC Examines Disparity In Pole Rate Disputes

    The Federal Communications Commission is examining whether to clarify rules over utility pole attachments, including whether the statute of limitations over fee complaints should be no more than two years.

  • July 26, 2021

    EPA Will Bolster Power Plant Water Pollution Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it will review the Trump administration's rollback of part of an Obama-era rule that set the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that can be discharged from power plants.

  • July 26, 2021

    Dana Gas Wins Arbitration Over Canceled Egypt Asset Sale

    The London Court of Arbitration has handed United Arab Emirates gas company Dana Gas PJSC a win against an IPR Energy Group subsidiary over a canceled onshore oil and gas asset sale that was expected to be worth $236 million.

  • July 26, 2021

    Solar Tracking Biz Rips 'Illogical' $133M IP Suit

    A Texas solar tracking company founded by former SunEdison executives asked a New York federal judge to throw out most of the "illogical" claims lodged by an engineering consulting firm in a $133 million licensing lawsuit.

  • July 26, 2021

    King & Spalding Adds EPA, Haynes And Boone Vet In Austin

    King & Spalding LLP has brought aboard a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional counsel with nearly three decades of experience in environmental law as a partner in its Austin, Texas, office from Haynes and Boone LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • July 26, 2021

    Attys Get Half In $2.5M Xcel's Natural Gas Price-Fix Settlement

    The plaintiffs' legal team in a yearslong class action suit accusing Xcel Energy Inc. of fixing natural gas prices will get about half of a $2.5 million settlement in fees and costs under an order approved in Colorado federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • 6 Ways To Excise Xinjiang Forced Labor From Supply Chains

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    As the U.S. increases scrutiny of China's Xinjiang province and considers legislation to bar all goods produced, mined or manufactured there unless the importer can prove the absence of forced labor, importers can take steps to ensure supply chain compliance, say Rachel Alpert and Grace Signorelli-Cassady at Jenner & Block.

  • Green Investments Are Not Immune To ESG Scrutiny

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    As investment informed and motivated by environmental, social and governance considerations accelerates, companies and investors in the green technology sector must keep in mind that regulators, consumers and communities will not grant them free passes on the full range of ESG concerns, say Michael Murphy and Kyle Guest at Gibson Dunn.

  • New FTC Mergers Approach Raises Risks For Buyers, Sellers

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    In rescinding a 1995 policy statement last week, the Federal Trade Commission likely seeks to more regularly impose "prior approval" obligations for future transactions in its merger cases, which changes the risk profile for buyers and sellers negotiating antitrust provisions in deal agreements, say Jon Dubrow and Noah Feldman Greene at McDermott.

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    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Methane Rule Changes Add Complexity For Oil And Gas Cos.

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    President Joe Biden's recent move to reinstitute regulation of methane under the federal New Source Performance Standards, thus rolling back changes made by the prior administration, creates additional compliance challenges for oil and gas transportation and storage companies, say Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton at Bracewell.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • First 2021 Corporate FCPA Case Offers Compliance Reminders

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    Foster Wheeler's recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement — the first corporate enforcement action since President Joe Biden took office — highlights the FCPA risks related to public contracting and tenders, the use of third-party agents, successor liability following M&A activity, and the U.S. authorities' aggressive assertion of jurisdiction in international corruption cases, says Robert Johnston Jr. at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Gov't Contractor Input Vital After Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    The Office of Management and Budget's upcoming recommendations for improving U.S. cybersecurity defenses, following President Joe Biden's recent executive order, could create burdensome obligations for government contractors, so it's important for the government to actively engage with the industry during the rulemaking process, say executives at Leidos.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Justices' Biofuel Exemption Ruling Boosts Small Refineries

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining v. Renewable Fuels Association, enabling the revival of lapsed exemptions from biofuel requirements under the Clean Air Act, gives small oil refineries added flexibility, says Scott Press at Goldberg Segalla.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • 5 Steps For Legal Teams To Mitigate Industrial Cyber Risk

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    While cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and other industrial systems present distinct legal risks from traditional enterprise cybersecurity, legal teams can draw upon familiar risk management practices to strengthen their industrial cybersecurity posture, say Stephen Lilley and Veronica Glick at Mayer Brown and Ben Miller at Dragos.

  • Nuclear Energy And Environmental Justice In The Biden Era

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    While President Joe Biden's greenhouse gas reduction goals create a major opportunity for the nuclear energy sector, the administration's environmental justice initiatives mean that the industry must be conscious of its impacts on the communities where it operates, say Benjamin Wilson and Hilary Jacobs at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

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