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  • January 9, 2019

    House Dems Seek To Delay Rollback Of Russia Sanctions

    Key House Democrats voiced concerns Tuesday over the Trump administration's plans to walk back sanctions imposed against companies tied to a Kremlin-linked oligarch as a response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria and interference in the 2016 presidential election, demanding a postponement until members of Congress can be briefed.

  • January 9, 2019

    ANR Ch. 11 Case Reopened For McKinsey Conflicts Probe

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he will reopen the completed Chapter 11 case of Alpha Natural Resources to permit a probe into McKinsey & Co. and allegations that the consulting giant held self-enriching conflicts of interest as a bankruptcy adviser to the coal producer.

  • January 9, 2019

    Energy Cos. Dodge Subpoena Bids In $21M Award Dispute

    U.S. subsidiaries of Chinese oil company Sinopec won their bid to quash subpoenas from an investment company seeking to enforce a $21 million award after an Oklahoma federal judge determined that ongoing court proceedings in Hong Kong and Beijing should be resolved first.

  • January 9, 2019

    Bipartisan Lands Package Bypasses Senate Panels

    Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office said Wednesday that an agreement had been reached among the chamber's leadership to allow a broad package of lands bills to bypass Senate committees, saying she hoped the bipartisan measure would receive a vote soon.

  • January 9, 2019

    Dem Climate Bill Would Set 100% Renewable Energy Target

    Two Democratic congressmen from California on Wednesday unveiled climate change legislation that would mandate steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and create a national renewable portfolio standard by requiring 100 percent of U.S. electricity sales to come from renewable sources by 2035.

  • January 9, 2019

    Trump Taps Wheeler As Permanent EPA Chief

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally nominated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, for the full-time post, after announcing his intent last fall to elevate the former Faegre Baker Daniels LLP attorney and lobbyist who had previously been confirmed as the EPA's deputy administrator.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Says DOE Not Responsible For Contractor Pensions

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive Lockheed Martin retirees’ proposed class action against the U.S. Department of Energy over changes to their retirement benefits, saying the DOE’s direction for contractors to create a related pension plan did not establish any implied contract between the agency and those workers.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fairway Energy's Ch. 11 Case Will Remain In Delaware

    The Chapter 11 case of oil storage company Fairway Energy LP will stay in Delaware after a bankruptcy judge on Wednesday denied a bid by a pair of equity holders to transfer the proceedings to Houston, saying great deference should be given to the debtor’s choice of venue.

  • January 9, 2019

    New Post & Schell Construction Heads Plan Northeast Growth

    The new co-chairs of Post & Schell’s construction, government contracts and surety law group are looking to serve more of the mid-Atlantic region and take advantage of the area’s growing need for infrastructure projects as they take the helm, they told Law360.

  • January 9, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Engie, Edison, Canaan

    Engie is reportedly once again interested in buying a multibillion-dollar Brazilian gas transportation business, multiple suitors are vying for the potentially $2 billion oil and gas unit of Italian energy company Edison, and China's Canaan is considering a U.S. IPO that could raise about $1 billion.

  • January 9, 2019

    Faroe Begrudgingly Recommends DNO's $816M Takeover Bid

    The board of U.K.-based Faroe Petroleum PLC said Wednesday the company likely has no choice but to accept a sweetened £614.7 million ($816 million) takeover offer lodged by Norwegian oil and gas company DNO ASA, citing the fact that DNO has amassed a controlling stake in Faroe.

  • January 9, 2019

    Fuel Group Asks High Court To Review Ore. Low-Carbon Plan

    A fuel industry group has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's decision upholding Oregon low-carbon fuel standards that the group claims unconstitutionally discriminate against out-of-state fuels, arguing the ruling squarely conflicts with high court precedent and creates a circuit split.

  • January 9, 2019

    Enviros, FWS' Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Protection Pact OK'd

    A Colorado federal judge greenlit a settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ending a suit that accused the government of improperly delaying its critical habitat designations for the western yellow-billed cuckoo.

  • January 8, 2019

    Ex-Reps. From Fla., Texas Join Akin Gump Lobbying Practice

    Akin Gump has announced it is adding two former committee chairs in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Lamar Smith of Texas, to its public law and policy practice, one of Washington's largest lobbying outfits.

  • January 8, 2019

    Fairway Energy Fights Call To Move Ch. 11 Case To Texas

    Attorneys for bankrupt oil storage firm Fairway Energy LP told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday that its Chapter 11 proceedings should remain in the First State to facilitate marketing efforts for its underground oil storage operations on a national level.

  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Gov. Inks Order To Slash Agencies' GHG Emissions

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, acknowledging the state's role as a major energy provider and transportation hub, on Tuesday ordered the state government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

  • January 8, 2019

    BP To Expand Gulf Of Mexico Drilling Operation

    BP announced Tuesday that it will be expanding its drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico and that recent advances in seismic imaging have allowed it to identify an additional 1 billion barrels' worth of oil.

  • January 8, 2019

    4th Circ. Says SC Can't Fight Feds' Nuke Facility Closure

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday threw out South Carolina’s bid to block the federal government from closing a nuclear fuel processing facility near the Savannah River, reversing a district judge who had granted the state a preliminary injunction.

  • January 8, 2019

    Climate Policy Will Be A Heavy Lift For New Calif. Gov.

    When Gavin Newsom became the 40th governor of California on Monday, he inherited arguably the most aggressive long-term plans to tackle climate change in the U.S., and Golden State watchers say his administration must clear several regulatory, legislative and practical hurdles to put those plans into action.

  • January 8, 2019

    Venezuela Fulfills Natural Gas Co. Deal, Ending Arbitration

    A tribunal has ended a nearly nine-year arbitration over Venezuela’s seizure of gas compression and power-generation facilities owned by an Exterran Holdings Inc. unit after the country fulfilled the terms of a roughly $442 million settlement reached more than six years ago.

Expert Analysis

  • State Legislatures May Be Next Stop For Oil And Gas Regs

    Jeffrey Dintzer

    The recent failure of several oil- and gas-related ballot initiatives across the U.S. may ultimately result in environmental groups taking their fight directly to state lawmakers, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Gina Angiolillo of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Changed National Security Reviews In 2018

    Farhad Jalinous

    The passage of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in August expanded the range of transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is able to review for national security concerns — especially transactions related to China, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Spotlight On Produced Water Management Options Intensifies

    Lydia González Gromatzky

    With various areas of the country experiencing water scarcity concerns or limitations on injection capacity, stakeholders have expressed interest in not only expanding produced water management options, but also allowing produced water to be returned to the hydrologic cycle, says Lydia González Gromatzky of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Opinion

    WTO Members Must Adopt A Climate Waiver

    James Bacchus

    To further carbon pricing, and to facilitate the transition to a green global economy, members of the World Trade Organization should permit "climate waivers" by which countries can restrict trade based on the amount of greenhouse gases used or emitted in the making of a product, says James Bacchus of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • The New Water Rule And Its Potential Ripple Effect

    Christopher Thomas

    If the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically reduce the number of U.S. waterways subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction ultimately carries the day it will have a host of cascading consequences, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

    David Caputo

    The U.S. Department of Justice's $236 million settlement last month with three South Korean companies was the largest ever for anti-competitive conduct against the U.S. government. A whistleblower’s role as the catalyst for that bid-rigging investigation may be a sign of things to come, say David Caputo and Zachary Arbitman of Youman & Caputo LLC.