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Energy

  • August 15, 2018

    Rusoro Looks To Spark Action On $1.2B Venezuela Award

    Canadian miner Rusoro Mining Ltd. pressed a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to further facilitate the enforcement of the company's more than $1.2 billion arbitral award against Venezuela, angling itself to become the latest of the cash-strapped nation's award creditors to pin down shares in Citgo Petroleum Corp.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pipeline Operator Seeks Easements For $220M Project

    Spire STL Pipeline LLC filed a complaint in Illinois federal court against various property owners and mortgage holders on Wednesday, asking the court to grant it easements to allow construction on its 65-mile natural gas pipeline for the St. Louis market that is expected to cost $220 million.

  • August 15, 2018

    Suniva Can Move Forward With Creditor Equipment Eviction

    Bankrupt solar cell maker Suniva Inc. can begin eviction proceedings against its largest unsecured creditor after a Delaware judge denied the creditor's bid Wednesday for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed its production equipment to remain in the debtor's Georgia facility.

  • August 15, 2018

    8th Circ. Allows ND, Energy Cos. $1.3M In Fees In Minn. Row

    The Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to award $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to North Dakota and a coalition of coal and energy companies that prevailed in a fight against Minnesota's restriction on carbon-intensive out-of-state power plants, deciding that the full award was reasonably imposed.

  • August 15, 2018

    ETP Exec Wants Co. Kept Out Of His $20M Fraud Suit

    The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners LP has moved to quash a subpoena seeking documents from the company in his personal $20 million fraud suit against Advanced Particle Therapy LLC, saying the material is irrelevant to the case and the subpoena is harassment against the company.

  • August 15, 2018

    Influential Women In Energy Law: Joanne Katsantonis

    McGuireWoods LLP’s Joanne Katsantonis has spent decades counseling energy clients in behemoth mergers and acquisitions, including Dominion Energy Inc. in its proposed $14.6 billion merger with SCANA Corp., earning her a spot on Law360's list of Influential Women in Energy Law.

  • August 14, 2018

    Exxon Investors' Climate Suit Beats Dismissal Bid

    A Texas federal judge denied Exxon Mobil Corp.’s bid to nix a putative securities fraud class action accusing the oil giant of concealing its climate change knowledge, ruling Tuesday that investors sufficiently pled alleged misstatements and mostly met the heightened pleading standard for bringing the suit.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Italian Engineering Co. Must Arbitrate Power Plant Row

    A New Jersey federal judge ordered an Italian engineering contractor to arbitrate its defamation lawsuit against a U.S. manufacturer of steam condensers, rejecting arguments that the dispute stemming from a power plant project fell outside an underlying arbitration clause.

  • August 14, 2018

    Skadden-Led Chinese Electric Carmaker Files $1.8B IPO

    Chinese electric carmaker Nio Inc. filed an estimated $1.8 billion initial public offering on Monday, represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, setting up the Tesla competitor to record the second-largest U.S. IPO from a Chinese issuer this year.

  • August 14, 2018

    Akin, Wachtell Assist On Diamondback’s $9.2B Energen Buy

    Diamondback Energy Inc. has inked a roughly $9.2 billion agreement to acquire Alabama-based oil and gas exploration company Energen Corp., the companies announced Tuesday, in a deal guided by law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • August 14, 2018

    Feds Give Green Light For Proposed Alaska Gold Mine

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed off on a joint record of decision that provides key federal environmental approvals for a proposed Alaska gold mine, a move that was done under the direction of an executive order aimed at speeding up federal reviews.

  • August 14, 2018

    SEC Bans Oil Exec Accused Of ICO Fraud From Penny Stocks

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday barred the founder of an oil and gas company from serving in leadership positions and participating in penny stock offerings after making alleged misstatements related to an initial coin offering.

  • August 14, 2018

    Trusts' $11.7M Fuel Tax Credit Appeal Burned In DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit upheld the U.S. Tax Court’s ruling that two trusts involved in the production and sale of landfill gas are not entitled to $11.7 million in tax credits as well as business expense deductions, saying Tuesday that the trusts had not met the necessary statutory requirements to qualify.

  • August 14, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Adds Corporate Partner In Houston Office

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has added a partner to its corporate practice group in Houston who brings with him more than 20 years of experience with securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate work in the energy industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    Tesla's Latham-Guided Panel To Study Take-Private Scenarios

    Tesla Inc. said Tuesday that its board of directors has formed a special committee, advised by Latham & Watkins LLP, that will evaluate any going-private proposals for the electric carmaker in the wake of a recent tweet by CEO Elon Musk that signaled his desire to take the company private.

  • August 14, 2018

    Class In $3B Petrobras Deal Wants Objector Atty Sanctioned

    The lead plaintiff in the historic $3 billion class action settlement resolving securities fraud claims against Petrobras asked a New York federal court on Monday to sanction the counsel of record for an objector to the settlement, saying the attorney's "frivolous" arguments prove he is only trying to "line his own pockets."

  • August 14, 2018

    Influential Women In Energy Law: Suedeen Kelly

    Jenner & Block LLP's Suedeen Kelly has charted a broad and varied path — environmental lawyer, state and federal energy policymaker, law professor, law firm practice group leader — to land on Law360's list of Influential Women in Energy Law. But it took a college laboratory mishap to set her on that path.

  • August 14, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Nabs Fried Frank Int'l Arbitration Pro In DC

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP said Monday that it has added a former Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP attorney in Washington, D.C., bolstering its offerings in the international arbitration arena with his focus on representing clients in industries such as aerospace, government contracts, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

  • August 13, 2018

    David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

    One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability.

Expert Analysis

  • Who Can Decide Whether 'Class Arbitration' Is Authorized?

    Gilbert Samberg

    In Lamps Plus v. Varela, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide next term whether an arbitration agreement that says nothing about class arbitration can be interpreted to constitute consent by the parties. But it's currently unclear if the Supreme Court will specify who can actually decide that question, says Gilbert Samberg of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Is Trump Admin.'s Suspension Of Clean Water Rule Lawful?

    Steven Gordon

    Earlier this year the Trump administration suspended the Clean Water Rule while considering how to rescind or revise it. This action was immediately challenged in New York federal court, presenting some interesting questions about when and how an agency can suspend a regulation that has already taken effect, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Developments In Environmental Enforcement Since TCJA

    Peter Condron

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has made it more difficult for companies facing environmental enforcement to deduct payments to the government by requiring that settlement agreements and court orders contain specific language. Though the IRS has yet to explain just how parties are to comply, guidance can be found in the rule-making process and recent case law, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • 6th Circ. Clarifies Approach To Mandatory Abstention

    Tamar Dolcourt

    In HNRC Dissolution, the Sixth Circuit took a holistic approach to determining the core nature of a proceeding in bankruptcy, which will likely make it more difficult for litigants to obtain mandatory abstention in certain cases, says Tamar Dolcourt of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Takeaways From 5th Circ. Wind Farm Scam Case

    Kip Mendrygal

    The misappropriation of funds charge can leave defense attorneys struggling throughout trial to distinguish personal expenses from legitimate business expenses. The Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Spalding sheds light on how to handle these situations, but also sets out the battles that attorneys won’t win, say Kip Mendrygal and Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • DC Circ. Set A Higher Bar For Hydro License Renewal

    Walker Stanovsky

    On July 6, the D.C. Circuit torpedoed a hydroelectric license renewal issued in 2013 because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not consider environmental damage already caused by the project. In doing so, the court rejected FERC’s long-standing practice of using existing conditions and operations as an environmental baseline, say attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.