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Energy

  • October 15, 2018

    Pipeline Co. Wants $1.5M In Atty Fees For Frivolous Suit

    The Houston Pipe Line Co. LP asked a Florida federal court Friday for $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees for having to fight off what it called an “objectively frivolous claim” from Continental Holdings Inc. trying to pass off responsibility in a suit by the city of Jacksonville over cleanup costs from a former gas plant.

  • October 15, 2018

    Texas Builder Says Subcontractor Stole Client, Poached Crew

    A Dallas-area industrial construction company has alleged in Texas state court that a former project manager fed confidential information about pricing for a petrochemical facility job to a subcontractor that stole the client and poached the crew.

  • October 15, 2018

    Colo. Climate Suit Belongs In Federal Court, Oil Cos. Say

    A Colorado federal judge should follow the lead of federal judges in California and New York and keep a suit lodged by two Colorado counties and a city seeking climate change-related infrastructure damages in federal court, ExxonMobil and Canada's Suncor Energy Inc. said Friday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Enviros Warn FERC That Ore. Hydro Project May Hurt Fish

    An Oregon environmental group has expressed concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that a draft environmental analysis for a 393-megawatt pumped storage project did not look closely enough at its potential impact on imperiled fish and relies too much on promised actions that haven’t happened.

  • October 15, 2018

    Chicago Suburb Says Utilities Should Fund Hazard Study

    A Chicago suburb told an Illinois federal court that enough evidence had accumulated to force Northern Illinois Gas Co. and Commonwealth Edison Co. to fund a study into the dangers allegedly posed by their abandoned pipelines leaking hazardous waste into the environment.

  • October 15, 2018

    Commerce Finalizes Steel Pipe Duties For Taiwanese Co.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has finalized a tariff tagged on a Taiwanese producer of steel pipes and tubes, finding in the agency’s final determination that the company has sold its products in the U.S. at prices below fair market value, according to a Federal Register notice set to publish Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Nigerian Oil Co. Execs Must Talk In $1.8B Award Row

    A New York federal judge has told a Nigerian state-owned oil company that three of its employees must sit for depositions planned by Exxon Mobil and Shell subsidiaries for their suit seeking to enforce a $1.8 billion arbitration award against the company.

  • October 15, 2018

    US Can't Avoid Trial In Kids' Climate Change Suit

    An Oregon federal judge on Monday refused the federal government's bid to end a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect future generations from the effects of climate change, saying the 21 children who lodged the suit have made a strong enough case to have their claims contested at trial later this month.

  • October 15, 2018

    Macquarie Executives Hit With Stock-Drop Suit

    Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. executives misled investors by failing to disclose that the company relied heavily on the demand for an oil product put at risk by industrywide changes, according to a derivative suit filed in New York federal court on Friday.

  • October 15, 2018

    Oil & Gas Development Goes On Trial With Colo. Voters

    Energy issues will dominate the ballot box in Colorado this fall as voters weigh a proposal that the oil and gas industry warns could stymie new development in the state and an opposing initiative that public officials fear could handcuff state and local oversight of the sector. Tomorrow, Law360 will take a look at four other energy proposals on the ballots for Western-state voters.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Exco Investors Accused Of Staving Off Its Bankruptcy

    Two secured creditors of bankrupt petroleum driller Exco Resources Inc. hit a group of fellow secured creditors with an adversary proceeding on Friday, alleging units of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Bluescape Group abused their insider status for years to saddle Exco with the onerous loans that led to its collapse.

  • October 12, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Boss Asks For Light Sentence After Conviction

    Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos asked a New York federal judge on Friday to give him a sentence of less than two years in light of his life of public service, the needs of his two autistic grandchildren, and the consequences he’s already suffered as a result of his two convictions.

  • October 12, 2018

    Cobalt Investors Seek $147M Deal In Angolan Oil Bribe Row

    A class of Cobalt International Energy investors urged a Texas federal judge Friday to approve a $146.9 million settlement in a securities suit claiming the now-bankrupt company bribed Angolan officials and made misrepresentations that cost the investors billions.

  • October 12, 2018

    Landowners' Counsel DQ'd In Okla. Pollution Suit

    An Oklahoma federal judge has disqualified an entire law firm from a pollution case against Kinder Morgan in which one plaintiff-side lawyer formerly working on it had a conflict from a seven-year-old matter.

  • October 12, 2018

    7th Circ. Backs Rehiring Of Worker Fired For Stored Gun

    Ameren Corp.’s Illinois unit must rehire a worker it fired for having a gun stored in his truck on company property, the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday, saying a trial court wrongly ruled that an arbitrator shouldn’t have taken the state’s concealed carry law into account when he issued an award reinstating the worker.

  • October 12, 2018

    11 Firms To Lead IPOs Raising $1.8B Amid Market Volatility

    Eleven firms are scheduled to guide nine initial public offerings projected to raise more than $1.8 billion during the week of Oct. 15, steering a lineup led by information technology and gambling companies that are going public under renewed market volatility.

  • October 12, 2018

    NJ Files Suit Over Unfilled FOIA Request For Drilling Docs

    New Jersey has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court over a months-old Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s allegedly special treatment of Florida that New Jersey says has been left to languish.

  • October 12, 2018

    US Appeals To 9th Circ. To Stay Kids' Climate Change Suit

    The federal government urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to delay a suit accusing it of failing to protect future generations from the effects of climate change pending a U.S. Supreme Court appeal, doubling down on a stay request to the district court as the scheduled trial date approaches.

Expert Analysis

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Key Trends In Midstream Oil And Gas Deals: Part 1

    Greg Krafka

    The Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Studies prepared by the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section have been a key resource for M&A attorneys for over a decade. In this two-part article, Greg Krafka of Winstead PC examines data from the most recent study and other sources to systematically identify “what’s market” concerning deal terms in midstream oil and gas acquisition agreements.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Congressional Forecast: September

    Layth Elhassani

    The House and Senate are entering their respective final runs before the November midterm elections. The most pressing items of business are funding the government and the pending Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But several lower-profile issues remain as well — including a Republican push for further tax reform, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Unpacking The New Temporary Rules For Bonus Depreciation

    Ellen McElroy

    Last year’s business-friendly amendment of Internal Revenue Code Section 168(k), which allows immediate expensing for certain business assets, left many questions. In August, the Department of Treasury proposed rules clarifying requirements for depreciable property, but not all solutions are permanent and many issues remain unresolved, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland LLP.