Energy

  • May 22, 2017

    Chevron Says Contractor Stole 8,000 Permian Basin Docs

    Chevron USA Inc. asked a Texas federal judge Monday to prevent an ex-contractor, who it says stole over 8,000 private documents, from further disseminating the confidential and proprietary Permian Basin investment information, but said the rest of the lawsuit will be handled via alternative dispute resolution forums.

  • May 22, 2017

    Sen. Demands Info From Pruitt On Recent EPA Enforcement

    Democratic Senator Tom Carper on Saturday asked EPA chief Scott Pruitt to hand over information related to the agency’s enforcement record, sparked by a recent New York Times report that Devon Energy backtracked on its willingness to remedy air pollution violations less than a week after Pruitt took over the agency.

  • May 22, 2017

    US Trustee Objects To 'No Info' Ryckman Creek Sale

    Wyoming natural gas storage venture Ryckman Creek Resources LLC overreached with a bankruptcy proposal for stalking-horse bid protections before naming the bidder or any initial offer, the Office of the U.S. Trustee said Friday in a Delaware federal court objection.

  • May 22, 2017

    Enviro Group Asks To Intervene In $45B Alaska LNG Project

    The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to intervene in an application for a $45 billion liquefied natural gas pipeline project in Alaska, arguing that its concerns over the potential environmental impact were relevant to the case.

  • May 22, 2017

    Energy Co. Attys Fight DQ Bid For Repping Contractor

    A law firm representing a gas compressor station on Friday hit back against a steel service center seeking to disqualify it for representing two parties in a suit over allegedly faulty products, calling the attempt a “purely tactical” move and arguing the station has no conflict with the contractor that brought the suit, whose representation it's taken over.

  • May 22, 2017

    Maxus Ch. 11 Plan Confirmed With Support From Creditors

    Bankrupt oil and gas firm Maxus Energy Corp. received court approval Monday in Delaware for its Chapter 11 plan of liquidation after reaching consensus with its creditors to create three post-bankruptcy trusts to administer its assets.

  • May 22, 2017

    ND Judge Nixes Suit Against Dakota Access Protesters

    A North Dakota federal judge has tossed a suit by Dakota Access LLC that sought to block protest activity against the Dakota Access pipeline by the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others, saying the dollar value of the case wasn’t large enough to justify federal jurisdiction.

  • May 22, 2017

    SunCoke Energy Prices Downsized $630M Debt Offering

    Illinois-based SunCoke Energy Partners LP, a master limited partnership that makes metallurgical coal used in steel-making, said Friday its subsidiary priced a downsized, high-yield bond offering of $630 million to private investors, marking the latest coal company to tap capital markets.

  • May 22, 2017

    SEC Slams Retrial Bid In $22M Oil Investment Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission scoffed Monday at a retrial request from a broker found to have sold $22 million in unregistered investment vehicles disguised as partnerships in oil and gas drilling, telling a Texas federal court he is merely repackaging an already-rejected reconsideration bid.

  • May 22, 2017

    Carlyle, EOG Resources Sign $400M Partnership

    Private equity giant The Carlyle Group LP said Monday that it has inked a deal with oil and natural gas outfit EOG Resources Inc. that will provide up to $400 million for the development of energy assets in Oklahoma.

  • May 22, 2017

    8th Circ. Revives Underground Fracking Pollution Case

    The Eighth Circuit on Monday revived a fracking pollution lawsuit against Southwestern Energy Co. brought by property owners who allege that the company’s waste migrated onto their land from a nearby well.

  • May 22, 2017

    EPA Settles Suit Over Sierra Club Objection To Coal Plant

    The Sierra Club and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday entered into a consent decree in Washington, D.C., district court that awarded the environmental group $6,500 and promised an answer to its petition asking the agency to object to an operating permit issued for a coal-fired plant in Utah.

  • May 22, 2017

    UK, Luxembourg Cos. Seek OK Of €128M Award Against Spain

    Two companies hailing from the U.K. and Luxembourg on Friday brought a more than €128 million arbitral award they won following a dispute with Spain over renewable energy subsidies to a New York federal court, seeking the court's blessing of the award in a petition for recognition and enforcement.

  • May 22, 2017

    Trump Picks La. Energy Official For Offshore Drilling Post

    The Trump administration on Monday tapped a Louisiana utility official and former Republican gubernatorial candidate to be the top U.S. offshore drilling regulator, adding another fossil fuel development backer to the Department of the Interior.

  • May 22, 2017

    PE-Backed Oil Field Services Provider Joins IPO Pipeline

    Ranger Energy Services Inc., a private-equity backed provider of well services to energy companies exploring the Permian Basin, filed a preliminary $100 million initial public offering Monday, advised by Vinson & Elkins LLP, one of two new energy issuers seeking public offerings.

  • May 22, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Adds Corporate, Transactional Attys In Houston

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Monday it has hired away two King & Spalding LLP attorneys who have joined its Houston office's transactional team as partners.

  • May 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: HNA, Sinochem, General Electric

    HNA may buy a stake in a Hong Kong-based asset manager, Sinochem has abandoned plans to buy an equity stake in commodities trader Noble Group, and the European Commission is investigating whether GE provided misleading information during a review of its $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power.

  • May 22, 2017

    Cravath Can’t Dodge Shell Docs Subpoena, 2nd Circ. Told

    A Nigerian environmental and human rights advocate has urged the Second Circuit to uphold an order requiring Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP to turn over documents related to her planned litigation against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, saying the request is narrow and covers information already disclosed in a prior case. 

  • May 22, 2017

    5th Circ. Lets Nevada Join Texas Suit Over Yucca Mountain

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday said the state of Nevada could intervene in Texas' suit over the federal government's failure to complete the licensing process for a nuclear waste storage repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, which Nevada vehemently opposes.

  • May 22, 2017

    Pa. Tells 3rd Circ. It Properly Permitted Pipeline Project

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Friday defended their decision to issue a water quality permit for a Kinder Morgan unit's Pennsylvania pipeline project, while an opposing environmental group said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can't support its decision approving the project in concurrent appeals before the Third Circuit.

Expert Analysis

  • How Brexit May Harm The US Nuclear Industry

    John Matthews

    As it exits the European Union, the United Kingdom will also withdraw from Euratom — the European Atomic Energy Community. But U.S.-U.K. trade in nuclear materials is authorized through the U.S.-Euratom agreement. So unless swift action is taken to execute a new bilateral agreement, U.S.-U.K. nuclear trade may grind to a halt in 2019, says John Matthews of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 13 FCPA Enforcement Actions Resolved In 2017 So Far

    Marc Bohn

    The first three weeks of 2017 served as a capstone to the flurry of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity that marked the end of 2016, while the remainder of the quarter saw little in the way of additional enforcement actions by the U.S. authorities. However, there are no significant indications that FCPA enforcement efforts will shift dramatically under the Trump administration, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • A Tale Of 2 States, And 2 Asbestos Verdicts

    Meghan Senter

    Two verdicts were handed down recently in mesothelioma lawsuits related to asbestos exposure. Both cases were heard in state courts, both involved a deceased plaintiff, and both were brought by the same firm. But the verdicts were very different, and illustrate how state-specific laws can be as damaging to a case as a bad set of facts, says Meghan Senter of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Time For FERC To Re-Examine Its Hydropower License Policy

    David Poe

    The term length of a federal hydroelectric license is a major factor in inducing a licensee to invest money in a hydroelectric project. But the relicensing process for such projects has grown unwieldy and expensive. Respondents to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent notice of inquiry on hydropower licensing terms agree on the misalignment of incentives in FERC’s current policies, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 4

    Justin Tschoepe

    In addition to disputes with governmental entities, or over the use of sovereign land, renewable energy companies frequently face disputes involving purely private parties. The final part of this series summarizes three common examples of such litigation, including shareholder litigation, consumer disputes and nuisance lawsuits, say Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Recent Trends In Enforcement Of Intercreditor Agreements

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    Three recent cases show that bankruptcy courts are increasingly willing to interpret intercreditor agreements and agreements among lenders and apply their plain language to the facts of the case, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • New Divisions In Indian Country Over Energy Justice

    Matthew L.M. Fletcher

    If energy tribes become greater players in resource extraction, it will only be a matter of time before environmentally oriented tribes begin to challenge them in court and in politics. If so, we will see a terrible battle over competing claims to tribal sovereignty as congressional rhetoric turns more to action, and tribal communities line up against each other, says Matthew Fletcher of Michigan State University College of Law.

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 3

    Justin Tschoepe

    In part 3 of this series, Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright discuss disputes brought on behalf of the U.S. government under the federal False Claims Act and suits against foreign sovereigns related to the scaling back of state benefits for renewable energy companies.

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 2

    Justin Tschoepe

    A wide variety of disputes has arisen relating to state laws and local municipal ordinances as they apply to the building and operation of renewable energy projects and the provision of renewable energy. Part 2 of this series summarizes some of the most common types of disputes in the renewable energy industry involving these state and local issues, say Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright.