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Energy

  • January 11, 2019

    Execs Avoid Prison On SFO Bertling Corruption Convictions

    Four individuals convicted over a bribery and corruption plot at North Sea shipping company FH Bertling Ltd. were sentenced to a total of seven years at a packed London court on Friday, but avoided prison after the judge suspended the sentences.

  • January 10, 2019

    Fla. Gov. Issues Wide-Reaching Water Policy Order

    In his first major policy act, recently inaugurated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a broad executive order Thursday aimed at tackling numerous water and environmental issues confronting the state, including a call for an additional $1 billion for Everglades restoration and appointment of a chief science officer.

  • January 10, 2019

    Oglala Sioux Tribe Can't Add To DAPL Complaint, Court Says

    A D.C. federal district judge ruled Thursday that the Oglala Sioux Tribe cannot amend its complaint in its challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying that allowing the tribe to proceed would “derail and substantially delay” the progress of the litigation.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    3rd Circ Won’t Revive Oil Tycoon's Money Transfer Suit

     A Third Circuit panel has affirmed a lower court’s move to toss a suit brought by oil tycoon Jack Grynberg against a group of individuals and companies he accused of transferring money to avoid paying a $3.6 million judgment, deciding that the allegations were not specific enough.

  • January 10, 2019

    Venezuela Must Justify $1.2B Crystallex Award Row: DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday canceled arguments scheduled for next week in Venezuela's appeal challenging confirmation of a $1.2 billion arbitral award to Crystallex International Corp., while ordering the country to explain why the appeal shouldn't be tossed entirely.

  • January 10, 2019

    Texas Oil Cos. Can't Dodge Suit Over Unpaid Royalties

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday sustained class allegations accusing Texas oil and gas companies of cheating the owners of certain mineral interests out of millions of dollars, saying the underlying contracts entitled the mineral interest owners to collect royalties.

  • January 10, 2019

    Enterprise Hit Over Discovery Lapse In $50M Oil Shipping Row

    A Texas state court ruled Wednesday that Enterprise Crude Oil LLC has 10 days to comply with discovery requests in a $50 million suit brought by Magellan Crude Oil Pipeline Co. LP alleging breach of an oil shipping agreement, saying its “disobedience of a 2017 court order to compel production is willful and without excuse.”

  • January 10, 2019

    Colo. Groups Want Grand Jury Docs From Nuke Facility

    Property owners from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear processing plant are asking a Colorado federal judge to order the disclosure of documents given to a grand jury investigating wrongdoing by government contractors working at the plant, saying they need the information ahead of possible litigation.

  • January 10, 2019

    Insurers Insist On Arbitration For $367M Superfund Coverage

    Several French insurers continued to urge a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to force Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Inc. to arbitrate its bid for indemnification related to $367 million in a Superfund site cleanup consent decree, saying the contracts at issue contain an arbitration provision.

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors’ Attys In Cobalt Bribery Case Seek $43.5M In Fees

    Attorneys asked a Texas federal court on Wednesday to award them $43.45 million in fees for securing $173.8 million total for investors who brought allegations involving a potential foreign bribery scheme by now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc.

  • January 10, 2019

    Last 3 Banks In $120M Enron Debt Investor Suit Settle

    Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch have settled out of a more than 15-year-old lawsuit brought by a group of investment funds seeking to hold them and others responsible for losses on $120 million of Enron Corp. debt purchased shortly before the energy giant’s 2001 collapse.

  • January 10, 2019

    Time Not Right To Take CWA Liability Case, High Court Told

    Looming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action to clarify whether Clean Water Act permitting covers facilities that pollute certain waterways via groundwater and a premature claim of a circuit court split on the issue mean the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't weigh in yet, environmentalists said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2019

    4 Firms Steer SemGroup, KKR Midstream Joint Venture Deal

    Midstream oil and gas company SemGroup Corp. and private equity giant KKR on Thursday said they agreed to put down nearly CA$1.7 billion ($1.28 billion) in combined assets and cash as part of a deal to form a joint venture aimed at creating a Canadian midstream infrastructure company.

  • January 10, 2019

    Enviro Groups Press Lawmakers To Phase Out Fossil Fuels

    Hundreds of environmental groups including the Center for Biological Diversity signed on to a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday demanding aggressive action on climate change, advocating for the phaseout of new fossil fuel projects and a transition away from nuclear energy.

  • January 10, 2019

    Judge Tells PG&E To Boost High-Wind Safety Or Power Down

    A California federal judge has told Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to make its power lines safe or shut them off in high winds, saying until the company can show the lines are not a danger during wildfire season, its customers are better off with the lights out.

  • January 10, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler To Pay Up To $884M To End Emissions Claims

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay up to $884 million to settle claims that it illegally equipped diesel fuel-powered vehicles with software that enabled them to cheat emissions standards.

  • January 9, 2019

    Tribe Looks To Ax BP's Bid To Escape Copper Mine Suit

    The Yerington Paiute Tribe has asked the Ninth Circuit to dismiss two BP units' appeal of a Nevada federal court decision that paused the companies' attempt to keep a suit over alleged environmental damage at an abandoned copper mine out of tribal court, arguing the stay order is unappealable.

  • January 9, 2019

    Enviros Take $1.9B Pa. Pipeline Permit Fight To High Court

    Environmentalists urged the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to review a Third Circuit decision finding that it could hear their challenge to Pennsylvania’s approval of a pipeline permit before a state board reviewed the matter, saying the ruling would lead to incomplete records and strip aggrieved parties of their due process rights.

  • January 9, 2019

    Mass. AG Says Starion Misrepresented Distress In Ch. 11

    The Massachusetts attorney general told a Delaware bankruptcy court judge late Tuesday that utility provider Starion Energy Inc. misrepresented its financial distress when filing for Chapter 11 protection and that its petition was made in bad faith, requiring its dismissal.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 FCPA Enforcement Predictions For 2019

    James Tillen

    An analysis of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions and trends in 2018 hints at what we should expect this year, say James Tillen and Ann Sultan of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Opinion

    High Court's Tibble Opinion Matters Now More Than Ever

    Jerome Schlichter

    As demonstrated by numerous rulings and settlements throughout 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Tibble v. Edison — the first 401(k) excessive fee case it ever considered — continues to provide critical protections that will affect an ever-growing population of retirees, says Jerome Schlichter of Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP.

  • A Big Leap Forward For Tribal Energy Development

    Paul Moorehead

    The Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments, signed into law this week, will go a long way toward helping tribes develop their own resources on their own lands in ways they see fit, say Paul Moorehead and Brian Gunn of Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC.

  • Is A Federal Shutdown Your Next Holiday Surprise?

    J. Chris Haile

    If the federal government shuts down on Friday, the issues contractors face will vary depending on their government counterparts and individual agreements, but all should assess the likely impacts on their operations and make contingency plans, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • What IRS Guidance On Section 163(j) Means For Utilities

    Amish Shah

    New Internal Revenue Code Section 163(j), which limited the business interest expense deduction, makes an exception for regulated utilities. In November, the IRS answered many open questions about how and when this exception applies, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • 3 D&O Questions Regarding Event-Driven Securities Litigation

    Larry Bracken

    The wildfire-related complaint filed against Edison last month represents a new kind of securities class action that relies on specific adverse events as catalysts. Corporate policyholders must consider how such litigation will impact their directors and officers insurance now and in the future, say attorneys at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • High Court's Frog Opinion Reaches Beyond ESA

    Keith Bradley

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service focused on interpreting the Endangered Species Act. However, a second aspect of the opinion will likely reach beyond the more obvious consequences, says Keith Bradley of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Will Fed. Circ. Consider The Competitor Standing Doctrine?

    Matthew Dowd

    A major hurdle to the Federal Circuit’s full participation in developing patent law is Article III standing to appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Matthew Dowd of Dowd Scheffel PLLC and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents examine whether the Federal Circuit will recognize and apply competitor standing for establishing an injury in fact.