Energy

  • April 7, 2006

    Kroes Authorized To Stop Spain From Blocking E.On Bid

    The European Commission this week gave its top antitrust regulator, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, the authority to intervene if Spain tries to thwart German energy giant E.On AG's €29.1 billion bid to acquire Spanish rival Endesa SA.

  • April 6, 2006

    Skilling Testimony Pushed To Next Week

    When attorney Daniel Petrocelli spontaneously broke into The Mamas and the Papas' song “Monday, Monday” in the halls of Houston’s district court, onlookers took it as a sign that the highly anticipated testimony of former Enron executive Jeff Skilling would not begin until next week.

  • April 6, 2006

    Court Endorses Congoleum Insurance Settlement

    In a much-needed boost to Congoleum Corp., a federal bankruptcy judge has approved the company’s $1.4-million settlement with Harper Insurance Ltd., aiding the floor manufacturer’s efforts to pay off thousands of claims over cancer-causing asbestos.

  • April 6, 2006

    Proposed Bill Would Open OPEC To Civil Suits

    Legislation has been proposed on Capitol Hill that would dramatically change U.S. antitrust laws by giving the government greater power to sue foreign oil producers and prevent mergers and acquisitions between domestic oil and gas companies.

  • April 5, 2006

    E.C. Eyes Italy Over State Aid To Utility

    The European Commission has launched an investigation into €16 million in state aid granted to Italian utility AEM Torino SpA as part of an effort to help the company withstand the liberalization of the Italian energy sector.

  • April 4, 2006

    17 E.U. States Charged With Energy Noncompliance

    The European Commission has taken formal disciplinary action against seventeen European Union member states after an investigation revealed the states were not in compliance with the country’s energy laws.

  • April 4, 2006

    E.U. Goes After France For Takeover Decree

    In a move that reflects a growing concern over alleged Paris-backed protectionism, the European Commission has taken formal action against France for its national decree designed to impede foreign investment in strategic areas of industry.

  • April 4, 2006

    Calpine To Shed Some Power Plants, Offices

    Looking to slim down before it emerges from bankruptcy protection, power producer Calpine Corp. announced Tuesday that it plans to sell 20 power plants and close three of its offices as part of its restructuring objective to trim its annual costs by $150 million.

  • April 3, 2006

    Enron Defense Kicks Off, Calling First Four Witnesses

    In a spectacular kickoff, the Enron defense launched its counterattack on federal prosecutors this week by calling its first four witnesses—all former Enron employees—as the trial continues to approach its boiling point, with former Enron executives Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay expected to take the stand within the next few weeks.

  • April 3, 2006

    E.U. States Charged For Noncompliance With Energy Laws

    An investigation into whether European Union member states are in compliance with the country’s energy laws has prompted regulators to charge several states for failing to follow the rules, marking the European Commission’s latest move in its shake-up of the gas and electricity markets.

  • April 3, 2006

    ABB Unit Finalizes Plan For Asbestos Claims

    A reorganization plan has been finalized for the Swiss/Swedish technology group ABB Ltd. and its U.S. unit Combustion Engineering, Inc., concluding years of legal wrangling involving asbestos-related charges.

  • April 3, 2006

    Calpine Seeks To Inject $35M Into Insurance Unit

    Beleaguered power producer Calpine Corp. has asked the bankruptcy court to authorize a $35-million payment to CPN Insurance Corp., fearing that its internal insurance company will slip into insolvency without the financial boost.

  • March 31, 2006

    Owens Corning Files Fifth Amended Plan

    Mapping out how it will compensate creditors and asbestos personal-injury victims, Owens Corning has filed a fifth amended version of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

  • March 31, 2006

    Stelco Nearing Bankruptcy Exit

    After lingering in court-supervised restructuring for the past 26 months, Canadian steel maker Stelco Inc. expressed confidence that it will emerge from bankruptcy proceedings by midnight Friday.

  • March 30, 2006

    As Prosecution Rests, Fireworks Expected In Enron Trial

    While the trial of former Enron executives Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay has not held many surprises thus far, some of the most explosive moments may still be yet to come, as the defense prepares to begin its arguments next week.

  • March 30, 2006

    Investors To Buy Enron’s Offshore Assets For $2B

    Enron Corp.’s international assets are slated to be purchased for close to $2 billion by a group of private equity and hedge fund managers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • March 30, 2006

    Judge Sacks Part Of Yukos Lawsuit

    As the contentious Yukos bankruptcy case continues to unfold in Russia, a U.S. judge has partially dismissed a long-standing shareholder securities lawsuit against the oil giant, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

  • March 29, 2006

    Swiss To Assist SEC With Insider Trading Probe

    Seven years after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission first asked for help from Swiss officials with its insider-trading investigation into ABB Ltd.’s purchase of a Dutch company, Switzerland’s highest court ordered officials to turn over documents to the SEC on Tuesday.

  • March 29, 2006

    Equity Committees Take A Stand In Bankruptcy Court

    Since the shareholders won committee representation in the Calpine and Delphi bankruptcy proceedings, equity committees seem to be a growing presence in court.

  • March 28, 2006

    Judge Dismisses Four Charges In Enron Case

    Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling can breathe a brief sigh of relief after a federal judge dismissed three counts against him Tuesday.