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Energy

  • December 13, 2018

    Hunters Back Monument Cuts Opposed By Enviros, Tribes

    Several hunting groups have urged a D.C. federal court to toss suits by environmental groups and Native American tribes challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, saying the litigation is trying to turn the monuments into "de facto national parks.”

  • December 13, 2018

    Dixie Electric Ends Quick, $300M Trip Through Del. Ch. 11

    Oil field electricity supplier Dixie Electric secured Delaware bankruptcy court confirmation Thursday for a $300 million Chapter 11 debt-to-equity restructuring, nailing down final approvals 42 days after opening its case.

  • December 13, 2018

    State Farm Needn't Cover Trade Secrets Suit, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Thursday affirmed that State Farm doesn’t have to cover a businessman in a lawsuit alleging he misappropriated a former partner’s idea for a gas detection system to form a competing company, agreeing with a lower court that coverage is unavailable because the businessman wasn’t sued over his actions as an officer of the new company.

  • December 13, 2018

    Chevron Moves Calif. Anglers' Greenhouse Suit To Fed. Court

    Chevron Corp. has said a lawsuit filed by a fishermen's group alleging the company and others contributed to ocean damage caused by climate change belonged in federal court, arguing that the global warming-related claims are governed by federal — not California — common law.

  • December 13, 2018

    Pipeline Challenge Is Valid, Enviros Tell DC Circ. Judges

    An environmental group tried to convince skeptical D.C. Circuit judges on Thursday that it hadn't blown its chance to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Kinder Morgan unit's $144 million Pennsylvania pipeline project, arguing it didn't have a fair chance to comment on a potential alternative.

  • December 13, 2018

    Energy Materials Co. Slaps Turkey With Mine Project Claims

    A Colorado-based energy materials company has launched arbitration proceedings against Turkey over the country’s alleged illegal termination of licenses for two uranium projects, depriving the American corporation of $267 million in profits, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • December 13, 2018

    8th Circ. Won't Revive ND Landowners' Pipeline Fraud Suit

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday upheld a district court’s decision to toss a suit by North Dakota landowners claiming Dakota Access LLC made misrepresentations to them while negotiating easements for its pipeline, agreeing with the lower court that the landowners hadn’t met the heightened pleading standard for fraud claims.

  • December 13, 2018

    British Court Upholds Operation Car Wash Scandal Fee Award

    A British judge on Thursday upheld arbitration awards forcing a Brazilian entity whose owner was convicted of bribery in connection with the Operation Car Wash scandal to return consulting fees paid by a Marshall Islands drilling contractor whose business relationships imploded as a result of the scheme.

  • December 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Premier Oil, Japan Post, Oak Hill

    Premier Oil PLC is mulling making an offer for North Sea oil and gas assets being sold by Chevron Corp., Japan Post Holdings plans to invest in U.S. insurer Aflac Inc., and an Oak Hill Capital Partners buyout fund is getting ready to hit its first close.

  • December 13, 2018

    4th Circ. Axes Pipeline Permits, Says Trees Lacked Protector

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday rejected U.S. Forest Service authorizations for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline to cross national forests, saying the agency's violations of federal environmental and forest management laws would disappoint even The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' famed protector of trees.

  • December 13, 2018

    Eletrobras Investors Get OK For $15M Bribery Settlement

    A New York federal court has approved investors' roughly $15 million settlement with Brazil's state-controlled power company Eletrobras, resolving allegations that executives misled shareholders about the company's financials to conceal their participation in a massive bribery scandal.

  • December 13, 2018

    Mass. Appeals Court Cuts Oil Spill Payment In Half

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Thursday said an oil and heating company was entitled to save more than $131,000 in a jury verdict over an oil spill, ruling half the payment for a negligence judgment is offset by money the oil company’s insurer already paid to fix the damaged property.

  • December 13, 2018

    Engineering Firm Hit With $21M Suit Over Terminal Project

    A company formed as a partnership between Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Watco Companies LLC to get into the crude shipping business has filed a lawsuit in Texas state court, seeking more than $21 million in damages stemming from the allegedly faulty design and construction of a crude-by-rail terminal.

  • December 13, 2018

    Total Cuts $1.6B From Stake In Australian LNG Project

    Total SA will trim its holdings in an Australian liquefied natural gas project in a $1.6 billion deal, after the project ran into costly delays, the French energy giant said Thursday.

  • December 13, 2018

    Cozen O'Connor Taps Former EPA Regional Counsel

    Cozen O'Connor has hired an attorney who served for decades at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in several roles, including regional counsel for the mid-Atlantic region, as of counsel in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

  • December 13, 2018

    Pipeline Operator Gets Remaining Land For $220M Project

    An Illinois federal court on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction to Spire STL Pipeline LLC that gives the company immediate possession of the remaining parcels of land needed to begin construction of a $220 million, 65-mile natural gas pipeline for the St. Louis market.

  • December 13, 2018

    Oil Platform Co. Asks 5th Circ. To Toss $3.2M Injury Verdict

    ENI US Operating Co. has urged the Fifth Circuit to toss a jury’s verdict awarding $3.2 million to an offshore drilling technician who was injured when he fell from a crane, arguing the jury should have heard evidence about the man’s prescription drug use before the accident.

  • December 13, 2018

    Chinese Co. To Pay $2.77M To Settle Iran Trade Claims

    A China-based oil services company has agreed to pay $2.77 million to settle allegations that it violated U.S. regulations that limit trade of U.S.-originated goods with Iran, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    2018 State And Local Tax Policy: Year-In-Review

    This year may have been dominated by federal tax reform, but state and local policy practitioners were plenty busy, too, with issues such as the continued growth of the regulated marijuana industry and the uptake of local opportunity zones. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest state and local tax policy moves of 2018.

  • December 13, 2018

    Biggest Environmental Law Rulings Of 2018

    Several major environmental decisions were handed down by courts in 2018, from a split among federal appeals courts on whether pollution that travels through groundwater may be regulated under the Clean Water Act, to a finding that President Donald Trump's controversial Mexico-U.S. border wall doesn't have to go through certain environmental reviews. Here, Law360 looks at some of the biggest environmental rulings in 2018.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff visits him to learn more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

    David Caputo

    The U.S. Department of Justice's $236 million settlement last month with three South Korean companies was the largest ever for anti-competitive conduct against the U.S. government. A whistleblower’s role as the catalyst for that bid-rigging investigation may be a sign of things to come, say David Caputo and Zachary Arbitman of Youman & Caputo LLC.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2018

    Ama Adams

    In 2018, the U.S. government strengthened sanctions targeting Iran, Russia and Venezuela, sanctioned an agency of the Chinese government and completed the second largest sanctions-related enforcement action on record. And the evidence suggests 2019 will be equally tumultuous, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • How To Help Realize A Tax Equity Market For Carbon Capture

    Hunter Johnston

    In February, Congress amended Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q, creating a tax equity market that supports investment in carbon capture and storage projects. Additional guidance, like that proposed by the Carbon Capture Coalition, is needed in a number of key subject areas to unlock this market, says Hunter Johnston of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Will High Court Avoid Deadlock In Lorenzo?

    Susan Hurd

    Oral argument in Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed clear divisions within the U.S. Supreme Court on the type of conduct that forms the basis of liability under Rule 10b-5, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 2

    Noah Kaufman

    In the second installment of this two-part series about four carbon pricing policy plans that garnered attention in 2018, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy discusses the potential impacts each would have on emissions, energy markets and the economy.

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 1

    Noah Kaufman

    Four carbon pricing policy plans garnered attention in 2018, including the first bipartisan federal carbon tax proposal in eight years. In the first installment of this two-part series assessing the potential impacts on emissions, energy markets and the economy, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy looks at the similarities and differences.