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Energy

  • August 13, 2018

    SEC Hits 2 Aegis Oil Agents Over $42M In Unregistered Sales

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued two individuals Monday for allegedly selling $42 million in unregistered securities in the form of “joint venture units” in oil and gas development projects by Texas-based oil companies Aegis Oil LLC and 7S Oil & Gas LLC.

  • August 13, 2018

    Suniva Creditor Sues To Halt Removal Of Solar Cell Equipment

    The largest unsecured creditor of bankrupt solar cell maker Suniva Inc. filed an adversary complaint late Friday in Delaware seeking to prevent the debtor from having the creditor remove manufacturing equipment it recently purchased at auction from the debtor’s Norcross, Georgia, factory.

  • August 13, 2018

    Energy Cos. Win Nix Of Suit On Okla. Quake Insurance Costs

    A federal judge on Monday threw out a proposed class action asserting that a slew of oil and gas companies should be forced to pay for Oklahomans’ earthquake insurance premiums given that their use of hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal wells has allegedly caused a rise in man-made earthquakes in the state.

  • August 13, 2018

    Dominion Seeks OK For Some Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work

    Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. on Monday said it would quickly address issues that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission identified when it stopped construction along the length of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline, arguing that work on parts of the project should be allowed to resume immediately.

  • August 13, 2018

    Japanese Utilities Buy Stakes In $2.6B Innogy Wind Farm

    German energy company Innogy SE said Monday it has agreed to sell a 41 percent stake in a £2 billion ($2.6 billion) planned English wind farm to a pair of Japanese electric utilities for an undisclosed amount.

  • August 13, 2018

    Fisker Ch. 11 Trustee, Karma In Talks On Stock Sale Reset

    A liquidating trustee for bankrupt electric car maker Fisker Automotive and its Chapter 11 buyer reported plans Monday for a third round of talks on a "reset" of a capital raise by the company’s new owners that diluted the trustee's original 20 percent share and led to a Delaware lawsuit.

  • August 13, 2018

    Man Gets 8 Years In Prison For Oil And Gas Scheme

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced a man to more than eight years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with allegations that he falsely told investors he owned oil and gas leases in Montana, Texas and Oklahoma, including on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

  • August 13, 2018

    Enviros To Fight FERC's PennEast Pipeline Approval In Court

    Environmental groups on Monday said they plan to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the planned $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline, claiming the agency failed to show a need for the project and didn’t consider its potential climate change impacts.

  • August 13, 2018

    Phillips 66 Refinery Hit With $475K Penalty Over Modifications

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Illinois filed a proposed consent decree Friday in federal court against Phillips 66 and WRB Refining LP, requiring the companies to reduce emissions at the Wood River Refinery under the Clean Air Act, spend at least $500,000 on lead-paint abatement and pay a penalty of $475,000.

  • August 13, 2018

    Oil And Gas Co. Denied New Trials Over Workers' OT Awards

    A Pennsylvania federal judge turned down an oil and gas contractor's bid for do-overs on a pair of trials that awarded two groups of workers $1 million in back pay for overtime in addition to the sizable per-job bonuses the company already gave them.

  • August 13, 2018

    Influential Women In Energy Law: Margaret Hill

    As a kid growing up near Philadelphia, Blank Rome’s Margaret Anne Hill discovered her affinity for the law watching Perry Mason reruns. She stayed true to her childhood dream and ended up handling a flood of business from the Pennsylvania shale boom, working on massive projects like a $6 billion Shell petrochemical facility, overseeing risk analyses for a slew of mergers and acquisitions, and helping companies fend off litigation and enforcement actions — earning herself a place among Law360’s Influential Women in Energy Law.

  • August 13, 2018

    EEOC Hits DOE's Fermilab With Sex Discrimination Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday filed a complaint in Illinois federal court against the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on behalf of a woman who the commission says was passed over for a promotion after complaining about sexually discriminatory treatment.

  • August 13, 2018

    Ariz. Agency Wants Quick Win In Water Rights Row

    An Arizona water district has moved for a quick win in a dispute over the district's alleged obligations to deliver excess water supply to the Ak-Chin Indian Community, urging a federal court to reject quick win bids filed by the tribe itself and the federal government.

  • August 13, 2018

    Ross Insists Turkish Metals Tariff Hike Is For Security

    Following President Donald Trump’s surprising decision to double tariffs on Turkey’s steel and aluminum exports in response to a tumbling of its currency, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross late Friday stressed that the move was made purely for national security reasons.

  • August 10, 2018

    Influential Women In Energy Law: Chris LaFollette

    Thirty-plus years of deal-making in the historical boys' club that is the oil and gas sector — including $8 billion worth of transactions in the last 18 months alone — has helped earn Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Chris LaFollette a spot on Law360's list of Influential Women in Energy Law.

  • August 10, 2018

    How The Legal Industry Lets Down Lawyers With Disabilities

    The dissolution of a five-year-old bar group marks the latest setback for disabled attorneys, who often find little support while navigating an inhospitable industry.

  • August 10, 2018

    10 Influential Women In Energy Law

    Law360 is proud to present a new series profiling the achievements of a select group of women in energy law, putting the spotlight on attorneys who are helping reshape an industry and practice area long perceived to be a man's world.

  • August 10, 2018

    Gaining Access: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Stories

    In a series of interviews, lawyers tell Law360 how even well-intentioned professors can create barriers, how inclusivity can help a firm’s litigation prowess, and how “inspirational” can be a dirty word.

  • August 10, 2018

    FERC's Independence Under Threat, Ex-Commissioners Say

    Former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are worried the White House is compromising the agency's historic independence amid reports that a U.S. Department of Energy official who pushed a controversial plan to aid coal and nuclear power plants is President Donald Trump's pick to fill a vacant commissioner slot and that FERC is already working with the administration on the issue.

  • August 10, 2018

    Fortis Advisors Beats Dismissal Bid In $29M Suit Over Merger

    Citing contract ambiguities, a Delaware vice chancellor on Friday declined to dismiss Fortis Advisors LLC's suit seeking $29.3 million in performance "milestone" payments to former stockholders of a biorefining venture acquired for $25.27 million by a Swedish renewable goods maker in 2014.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Investment Tax Credit Guidance Means Sunny Days For Solar

    Jon Nelsen

    Notice 2018-59, issued last month by the Internal Revenue Service, confirms that standards and safe harbors previously defined for wind energy projects can be used with solar energy projects. Project sponsors can now act with greater certainty in making solar investments, say Jon Nelsen, Michael Didriksen and Peter Farrell of Baker Botts LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • A Path To New York's Energy Storage Goal

    Danielle Mettler-LaFeir

    New York state's recently issued Energy Storage Roadmap identifies the actions and initiatives that can help New York meet its energy storage goal of 1,500 megawatts by 2025. Danielle Mettler-LaFeir of Barclay Damon LLP looks at the road map’s recommendations and the opportunities they create.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The EPA's New Biofuels Plan And A Residue Of Uncertainty

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued its long-awaited proposal concerning the next round of annual volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. While the proposal generally indicates stability and growth for the RFS program, it is conspicuously silent on several issues that could substantially affect biofuels markets, say Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • What’s Next For Foreign Patent Damages?

    Mark Kachner

    While resolving the issue of the availability of foreign lost profits in the context of Section 271(f)(2), the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in WesternGeco v. Ion leaves many issues unresolved, say Mark Kachner and Karen Vogel Weil of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP.