A California federal judge refused Thursday to grant property owners a win on claims that pipelines owned by Shell Pipeline Co. and Alon USA Paramount Petroleum Corp. interfered with the landowners' use of their property and violated an easement contract, saying a jury should decide the matter.
White & Case LLP announced Wednesday that it has boosted its global oil and gas industry group and global project finance practice by snagging a partner from King & Spalding LLP who will be based in Houston.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has given Sunoco Pipeline LP a partial win by allowing it to restart operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state, but also dealt the company a blow by continuing a halt on the construction of two others.
The plan administrator tasked with overseeing disbursements from the estate of reorganized debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. will be allowed to participate in a fight over how responsibility for funding hundreds of millions of dollars in distributions reserves and legal fees will be allocated among the debtor entities, a Delaware judge ruled Thursday.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management must set aside several oil and gas leases covering roughly 20,000 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest and redo part of its environmental analysis, a New Mexico federal judge said on Thursday, deciding its look at greenhouse gases was insufficient.
A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday suspended the enforcement of a $2.56 billion arbitral award issued to Ukraine's national oil and gas company following a contract dispute with Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, though the Ukrainian company vowed on Thursday to challenge the ruling.
Indian Harbor Insurance Co. on Wednesday asked the Fifth Circuit to overturn a lower court’s ruling releasing Gray Insurance Co. from its duty to defend in a wrongful death suit after it reached an agreement with the survivors, saying the agreement didn’t end the suit.
The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that solar panel importer Sunpreme Inc. moved too quickly in its bid to knock down tariffs on its purchases, finding that the company should have waited for an administrative ruling on its complaint before going to court.
A contractor tapped to handle nearly $300 million worth of work on Sunoco LP's controversial Mariner East pipelines has filed suit in Pennsylvania state court, accusing the company of terminating its contract following a series of ultimately false promises that it would be allowed to move forward with construction.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will appear before the Senate Finance Committee next week to explain the administration's controversial use of a Cold War-era law to impose sweeping tariffs for national security purposes, the committee announced late Wednesday.
Pension funds alleging bankrupt renewable energy developer SunEdison’s former executives and directors concealed liquidity and financing problems that ultimately caused share prices to drop asked a New York federal court Wednesday for class certification.
Several environmental organizations alleged that parts of the Clean Water Rule and the regulation delaying its implementation until February 2020 ran afoul of federal environmental laws in a suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed in California federal court Wednesday.
In a published opinion Wednesday, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal of a derivative shareholder suit against First Solar Inc. over allegations that some of its corporate officers approved documents concealing the existence of defects in company-made solar panels, finding the investors did not show demand futility.
Devon Energy Production Co. LP has urged the Texas Supreme Court to reverse a ruling it’s solely liable to pay royalties on oil and gas produced from wells drilled by Apache Corp., arguing the lower court’s decision is “as far-reaching as it is illogical” and will impact thousands of energy companies and royalty owners.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he intends to nominate the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s current chief of staff to chair the group — his second try at filling the position after his first nominee failed to gain Senate approval.
An arbitral tribunal has ruled that a monumental decision from Europe's highest court does not preclude a claim brought against Spain by a Dutch investor, but experts say that doesn't mean that other European investors with similar claims should believe that a path to victory has been cleared.
Jones Day has hired a clean energy attorney from Goodwin Procter LLP who has experience helping clients focused on a range of technologies from energy storage to nuclear power as a partner located in Boston, the firm announced Wednesday.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that rejected challenges to three Transocean patents covering offshore drilling technology, an invention the PTAB said “moved the industry.”
A Manhattan federal judge erred in quashing ING Bank's lien on a ship's fuel bill and also in entering an "ill-advised" grant of summary judgment in favor of the vessel, the Second Circuit held Wednesday, issuing a reversal in a money fight flowing from the bankruptcy of shipping fuel provider O.W. Bunker.
A large group of industry advocacy organizations on Tuesday urged a North Dakota judge to strike down a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act’s reach.
The judge in the national opioid multidistrict litigation recently ordered lawyers to disclose whether their cases are financed by third parties. This has drawn attention to courts’ responsibility to address problems surrounding third-party litigation funding, but a uniform funding disclosure requirement would be more effective, says Alex Dahl of Strategic Policy Counsel PLLC.
Hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The start of the season is a good time for vessel owners, shipyards, marinas, other marine businesses and their insurers to consider the risks, and make sure they have plans already in place when a storm approaches, says Matthew Guy of Adams and Reese LLP.
The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.
Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.
Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.
In recent years, a number of anti-pipeline protests involving trespass and vandalism have been prosecuted as criminal acts. Some defendants have raised a “necessity defense” for their actions, and two courts have now allowed that defense to proceed. But these actions themselves present significant risks to human life and health and the environment, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently solicited public comments on whether to revise its policies governing approval of new natural gas pipelines. This may not ultimately result in significant revisions to pipeline approval procedures. But a few simple changes could enhance public confidence in pipeline siting, says Barbara Jost of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
While WesternGeco v. Ion concerns the ability of a U.S. patent owner to recover lost profits for foreign sales based on domestic acts of infringement, counsel and the U.S. Supreme Court justices at oral argument framed many points using an analogy of a French visitor who is hit by a car. The respondent’s version may not have worked, say Daniel McDonald and Ryan Borelo of Merchant & Gould PC.
The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.
The New York Court of Appeals' recent decision in Keyspan v. Munich shows that the most effective tool an insurer has in cases involving long-tail claims is its specific policy language limiting coverage to losses that occur during the policy period, says Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.