• May 24, 2007

    Tenth Circuit Extinguishes Energy West's Claims

    In a defeat for Energy West Mining Co., a federal appeals court has declined to reverse an earlier ruling that ordered the coal mining company to shell out compensation payments to a former employee who allegedly contracted black lung disease.

  • May 24, 2007

    California Approves New Power Plant Regulations

    The California Energy Commission approved regulations on Wednesday that will prevent the biggest polluters among power plants from selling electricity to the state.

  • May 24, 2007

    Germany Renews Battle Cry Against Unbundling

    The head of Germany’s cartel office has reportedly reinforced the country’s opposition to the European Commission’s calls for unbundling in Europe’s energy markets, arguing that forcing companies to separate their production and distribution capabilities should be a strategy of last resort in addressing anti-competitive concerns.

  • May 24, 2007

    Banker To Be Indicted In TXU Insider Trading Case

    An investment banker from Pakistan will be indicted by the Department of Justice for allegedly trading on insider information in the days leading up to the $32 billion buyout of energy company TXU Corp.

  • June 14, 2007

    National Security Scrutiny Of Mergers Rising: Experts

    As national security reviews of foreign acquisitions in all industries surge and Congress stands poised to make the first major changes to the review process in a decade, an increasing number of foreign acquisitions in the U.S. energy sector are ending up under federal scrutiny over security concerns.

  • June 7, 2007

    Energy Companies Confront Climate Change

    Most major energy companies are taking proactive steps to address climate change concerns, despite uncertainty about the form future regulations might take, and the possibility that forward-thinking companies might not get credit for previous initiatives under new regulations.

  • May 30, 2007

    Energy Lawyers Target International Arbitration

    International arbitration has emerged as an increasingly important part of global energy law, with litigation surging, governments becoming increasingly sophisticated in fighting claims from foreign investors, and law firms seeking to expand their abilities to successfully handle international disputes, experts say.

  • May 23, 2007

    Energy Biogas Wins Ch. 11 Approval

    The judge overseeing U.S. Energy Biogas Corp.’s bankruptcy agreed Wednesday to confirm the company’s reorganization plan, according to Peter Partee, lead counsel for USEB.

  • May 23, 2007

    U.S. Energy Future Is In Coal-To-Liquid Fuel: Bill

    Though renewable fuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, have recently engaged the congressional debate, U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Jim Bunning asked that the country not forget about coal in a bill introduced on Monday.

  • May 23, 2007

    House Passes Democrats' Price-Gouging Bill

    A bill that would criminalize and impose liability for gasoline price gouging during energy emergencies was passed by a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives Wednesday, despite President George W. Bush's opposition.

  • May 23, 2007

    Bill Would OK Offshore Drilling

    With gas prices creeping toward $4 per gallon, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced legislation Monday that, if passed, would increase offshore oil drilling and provide incentives for new refinery construction.

  • May 23, 2007

    Court Lets Stand $2.5B Ruling Against Exxon

    A U.S. appeals court has denied Exxon Mobil Corp.’s petition to rehear a case over how much it should pay fishermen and other Alaskans for the 1989 Valdez tanker spill.

  • May 24, 2007

    PG&E Asks Judge To Toss Discrimination Suit

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has asked a district court judge to dismiss an employment discrimination case brought by two workers on the grounds that they missed the 90-day time frame they had to file their complaint.

  • May 22, 2007

    Kinder Morgan Pays $5.3M For California Oil Spills

    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners plans to shell out $5.3 million in penalties and damages over three oil spills in Northern California waterways.

  • May 22, 2007

    California Will Sue If EPA Denies Waiver Request

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it blocks the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • May 22, 2007

    Bush Says No To NOPEC

    President George Bush would likely veto the NOPEC bill designed to allow the U.S. Department of Justice to launch antitrust suits against international oil cartels, the White House announced on Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2007

    Calpine Asks To Take Over Power Plant

    Bankrupt energy company Calpine Corp. has asked for court permission to take over the lease for a New York power facility, arguing that the profitable plant will boost the company’s revenues.

  • May 23, 2007

    Oil Industry Mergers Raise Gas Prices: GAO

    Crude oil prices, refinery capacity and growing demand for gasoline all help determine petrol prices, but consolidation in the oil industry is also a significant factor pushing petrol prices higher, the Government Accountability Office has found.

  • May 23, 2007

    Court Rejects $116.5M Damages In AEP-Suez Dispute

    An appellate court on Tuesday vacated an order granting American Electric Power Co. Inc. $116.5 million in damages in a longstanding contract dispute, but left the door open for the energy company to collect more damages in lost profits.

  • June 4, 2007

    Climate Change Heats Up Courtrooms

    Plaintiffs lawyers are hoping climate change will usher in a wave of mass-torts litigation against companies responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases. Don't hold your breath, defense lawyers say.