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Energy

  • May 22, 2019

    Lawyered-Up Suspect Says Taped Calls Violated Ethics Rule

    A former financial adviser charged with bribing PetroEcuador officials said on Tuesday prosecutors violated a Florida legal ethics rule by having a cooperator record conversations with him after he had lawyered up and that those calls can't be used as evidence. 

  • May 22, 2019

    Split Texas Panel Gives OK To TCEQ Injection Well Approval

    A split Texas appeals court on Wednesday upheld a state environmental regulator’s approval of an industrial waste disposal facility despite concerns raised late in the process by Texas energy regulators about the project's impact on nearby oil and gas deposits.

  • May 22, 2019

    Platinum Jury Told Of Black Elk Bond Bait-And-Switch

    A hedge fund portfolio manager on Wednesday told jurors in the securities fraud trial of former top Platinum Partners executives of how his fund was burned by an investment in bonds of Platinum portfolio company Black Elk when proceeds from an asset sale were diverted to preferred shareholders of the oil and gas company.

  • May 22, 2019

    CIT Affirms Lower Duties For Taiwan Solar Panels

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to lower tariffs for producers of solar panels from Taiwan after the department was asked to take another look at whether the products were sold at unfairly low prices.

  • May 22, 2019

    PG&E To Pay $100M To Wildfire Victims, Ch. 11 Plan Delayed

    A California bankruptcy judge Wednesday granted Pacific Gas and Electric's request to pay $100 million into a fund to assist with the urgent needs of California wildfire victims and granted the company a four-month extension to file its Chapter 11 plan.

  • May 22, 2019

    NLRB Says Guard's Heated Chat Cost Her Labor Law Defense

    The National Labor Relations Board has agreed with an administrative law judge's finding that an Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc. security guard wasn't wrongly disciplined when she was given a verbal warning after a heated conversation with a co-worker about the removal of a water cooler.

  • May 22, 2019

    Lawmakers Mull Best Web Speeds For Infrastructure Push

    A new infrastructure package needs some work to ensure that the $40 billion allocated for broadband expansion extends reasonably fast internet service to the people who need it the most, witnesses told the House Energy and Commerce Committee during a hearing Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2019

    Power Plant Pollution Changes On Horizon, EPA Says

    The Trump administration on Wednesday said it will continue its deregulatory push over the next few months with rules on tap intended to make it easier on power plants and other big air pollution emitters to avoid having to obtain certain permits.

  • May 22, 2019

    Feds Poised To Shrink GHGs' Role In Final Energy Rules

    The Trump administration will soon finalize rollbacks of greenhouse gas emissions regulations for power plants, vehicles, and oil and gas infrastructure, it said Wednesday as it unveiled a series of energy policy moves in its latest regulatory agenda. 

  • May 22, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: TransferWise, Lone Star, Hudbay

    TransferWise is now reportedly worth $3.5 billion thanks to its latest funding round, Lone Star Funds is getting ready to either sell or list Isaria Wohnbau AG, and Hudbay Minerals is getting ready to sell its stake in an Arizona copper mine.

  • May 22, 2019

    Justices Urged To Pass On Argentina YPF Nationalization Row

    The solicitor general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up Argentina's appeal in a suit by two Spanish companies who claim to have suffered losses when the country nationalized YPF SA, saying the Second Circuit made the right call by not granting sovereign immunity.

  • May 22, 2019

    Colo. Quarry Operator Says Federal Regs Preempt Local Rules

    Local officials in Garfield County, Colorado, are trying to impose restrictions on a limestone quarry operator's mining and rock-crushing activities, even though the company's work is protected by a federal permit, the operator told a federal court Tuesday in a complaint.

  • May 22, 2019

    Trump Ties Infrastructure Bill To NAFTA 2.0 To Press Dems

    President Donald Trump threw a curveball to Democratic leaders by demanding that Congress first pass his revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement before moving to pass infrastructure reform legislation.

  • May 21, 2019

    Corporate Guilt Seen As Unfair Weapon Against Individuals

    A Senate bill that would make executives criminally liable for the deeds of their companies calls attention to an existing conflict on criminal liability in which judges and attorneys alike have raised questions of fairness about prosecutors trying to use corporate settlements at employees' trials.

  • May 21, 2019

    BioTech Firm Wants Redo In $7.5M IP Fight At Fed Circ.

    Biotechnology company Novozymes A/S has told the Federal Circuit it can't be liable for infringing ethanol processing patents because a previous invention clearly anticipated the patented technology, and it asked the full court to reject a $7.5 million jury verdict.

  • May 21, 2019

    Teck Says Justices Need To Reexamine CERCLA Liability

    Teck Resources Ltd. has pleaded with the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision holding it liable for releasing waste into the Columbia River, saying that Washington state and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation's efforts to keep the ruling in place aren't supported by the law.

  • May 21, 2019

    Older Calif. Gas Price-Fixing Claims Against BP, Exxon Barred

    Waiting to file a proposed class action may have cost California consumers after a federal judge ruled last week that their claims are subject to a four-year statute of limitations, slicing deep into allegations that BP, Exxon and other oil companies rigged Golden State gasoline prices.

  • May 21, 2019

    EPA Chief Orders Review Of Cost-Benefit Analysis Methods

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has directed the agency’s offices governing water, land and air quality to put together plans to reform the process of evaluating the costs and benefits of new regulations.

  • May 21, 2019

    Dominion Tie-Up Can't Stop SCANA Nuke Suit, Investor Says

    A South Carolina utility's acquisition by Dominion Energy Inc. can't stop a proposed class action accusing former executives and board members of mismanaging a scuttled nuclear power plant project and rushing through an undervalued merger, an investor said in a complaint removed to South Carolina federal court Monday.

  • May 21, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Revives Part Of Furnace Inspection Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday partly revived a suit by Quest Integrity over a patent on furnace inspection technology, finding that a lower court's decision invalidating the patent wrongly disregarded evidence submitted by the company as "sham affidavits."

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

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    Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

  • Directors Must Heed SEC On Cybersecurity And Social Media

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has made clear that it expects companies to take action to avoid and remediate cybersecurity breaches, and to carefully review information disclosed via social media. But many officers and directors remain underprepared for SEC enforcement in these areas, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

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    Oil Cartel Bill's Passage Is Long Overdue

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    The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act has been reintroduced in Congress, and the oil market conditions that spurred this needed legislation in 2000 are just as widespread today — but so are the inaccurate criticisms of this bill, says attorney Seth Bloom, who drafted the original version of NOPEC.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

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    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • PG&E Oversight Battle Looms For FERC, Bankruptcy Court

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    Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently reasserted its concurrent jurisdiction with the bankruptcy court over the disposition of Pacific Gas and Electric’s wholesale power contracts in bankruptcy, it is reasonable to assume that this clash between two governmental entities will ultimately be resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys at Blank Rome.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • Opinion

    NAFTA Update A Step Backward For US Investors

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    Under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S. investors would lose the robust international law protections and dispute resolution mechanisms that they have relied on for years in the North American Free Trade Agreement, say Ian Laird and Melissa Morris of Crowell & Moring.

  • Traders At Risk Of DOJ Wire Fraud Charges For Spoofing

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    In U.S. v. Vorley, the U.S. Department of Justice has charged two commodities traders with wire fraud, based on an alleged spoofing scheme. The DOJ's approach could greatly expand potential criminal liability for spoofing activity, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.