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Energy

  • June 12, 2018

    DOJ Charges 8 With Flouting Syria Fuel Sale Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has charged eight foreign businessmen with conspiring to launder money and flout U.S. economic sanctions against Syria and Crimea by sending jet fuel to Syria via a Russian shipping company and freight forwarder.

  • June 12, 2018

    MACH Gen Gets Del. Court Nod For $10M DIP Draw

    Bankrupt commercial power producer New MACH Gen LLC secured access to the first half of a proposed $20 million bankruptcy financing loan Tuesday, under a Delaware Chapter 11 reorganization plan that would take two of the company’s three current plants to a confirmation hearing on July 23.

  • June 12, 2018

    Sens. Accuse DOI Of Delaying, Politicizing Federal Grants

    A group of 12 mostly Democratic senators on Tuesday accused the U.S. Department of the Interior of dragging its feet on issuing federal grants and questioned whether it was politicizing the process for reviewing them.

  • June 12, 2018

    Gas Station Owner Can't Shake Fine Over Abandoned Tanks

    A Texas appellate court Tuesday upheld a fine and affirmed a court order requiring the owner of a former gas station to remove three abandoned underground fuel storage tanks the state’s environmental agency said had leaks, amid a dispute over ownership of the tanks.

  • June 12, 2018

    Tribe Has No Immunity In Clean Water Act Suit, Judge Says

    An Oregon federal judge ruled Monday that the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation must face claims in an environmental group's lawsuit over alleged Clean Water Act violations at a hydroelectric facility the tribe co-owns, saying the tribe must be joined to the suit and that its sovereign immunity is waived under the CWA.

  • June 12, 2018

    Feds Say Intent A Non-Issue In South Korean Bribe Case

    Prosecutors are seeking to shut down an appeal by a Korean earthquake researcher convicted of laundering bribes, telling the Ninth Circuit on Monday that the South Korean law he violated does not focus on a bribe-taker's intent in the same way U.S. laws do.

  • June 12, 2018

    Ex-Oil Co. VP Fights SEC Disgorgement Bid Over EB-5 Scam

    A former official at Luca International Group LLC accused of helping perpetrate a $68 million Ponzi-esque scheme involving the EB-5 immigrant investor program told a California federal judge on Monday that she doesn’t owe authorities disgorgement and civil penalties, saying she was clueless as to the alleged securities violations.

  • June 12, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Rehear Fracking Trespass Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has shot down a bid from Southwestern Energy Co. for reconsideration of a decision greenlighting trespassing claims against it for allegedly tapping into natural gas trapped in rock formations beneath a property where it did not have a claim on subsurface rights.

  • June 12, 2018

    Dominion Energy Unit Sues DOE Over Spent Nuclear Fuel

    A Dominion Energy Inc. subsidiary has sued the U.S. Department of Energy in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for allegedly breaching for several years a contract to collect spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste at a power station.

  • June 12, 2018

    Enviros Say Calif. County Rule Removes Oil And Gas Scrutiny

    A coalition of environmental advocates have appealed a California state court's decision to uphold a Kern County ordinance they say fast-tracks oil and gas permitting, arguing the outcome allows wells to be drilled without first going through a proper environmental review.

  • June 12, 2018

    Shell Oil, MetLife Can't Dodge Veteran's Benefits Suit

    Shell Oil Co. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. must face a veteran's allegations that they violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act by denying the man's claims for long-term disability benefits, a Louisiana federal judge ruled in an issue of first impression on Monday, rejecting arguments that the veteran was barred from bringing the suit.

  • June 12, 2018

    DC Circ. Backs FERC Changes To PJM Grid Payment Plan

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday affirmed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders modifying how regional grid operator PJM Interconnection pays participants in its wholesale electricity markets for helping relieve congestion on the grid, rebuffing pleas from challengers including state utility regulators from New Jersey and Delaware to second-guess FERC's reasoning.

  • June 12, 2018

    FERC Commissioners Deny Necessity Of Coal, Nuke Bailout

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members said Tuesday that there are no current national security-related grid threats that warrant propping up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, a position that puts them at odds with the Trump administration and its calls for such a bailout.

  • June 12, 2018

    Antero Gets W.Va. Royalty Owners' Payment Row Trimmed

    A West Virginia federal judge on Monday trimmed now-consolidated suits brought by a coalition of oil and gas royalty owners who allege Antero Resources Corp. and related entities improperly reduced their payments, keeping only a breach of contract claim against a single defendant.

  • June 12, 2018

    Bill To Pay Landowners For Fracking Ban Heads To Pa. Senate

    A Pennsylvania Senate committee gave its approval on Tuesday to a bill that would treat a proposed permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin as an act of eminent domain entitling landowners to compensation for lost opportunities to lease their properties for drilling.

  • June 12, 2018

    InterOil Insider Traded On Merger Info, SEC Says In Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission launched a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court Tuesday against a onetime personal assistant to an InterOil Corp. board member for allegedly engaging in insider trading based on confidential information about Oil Search Ltd.'s proposed acquisition of the energy company.

  • June 11, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Expropriation Suit Against Venezeula

    The Eleventh Circuit reversed the dismissal of a suit brought by a mother and son claiming Venezuela expropriated their petrochemical company in violation of international law, remanding the case to Florida federal district court in light of a recent high court decision.

  • June 11, 2018

    FirstEnergy Excludes Unions From Bonuses, Workers Say

    A collection of unions representing employees at FirstEnergy Corp.'s bankrupt nuclear generation unit filed court papers Friday complaining that the company is seeking to pay nearly all but its unionized workers an aggregate of $100 million in bonuses for staying on the job as operations wind down.

  • June 11, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Appellate Pro To Austin Office

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has bolstered its appellate practice with the addition of Charles "Skip" Watson — a member of the Texas Supreme Court's Rules Advisory Committee — who has joined the firm's Austin office as a shareholder.

  • June 11, 2018

    2nd Circ. Urged To Seek Texas Justices' View On Sabine Case

    Nordheim Eagle Ford Gathering LLC urged the Second Circuit on Monday to reconsider its ruling that Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. could reject gas-gathering contracts after filing for bankruptcy, arguing the Texas Supreme Court must first decide whether such contracts are linked with drilling lands under state law.

Expert Analysis

  • FERC Aims For Market Transparency With Uplift Reports

    Colette Honorable

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final rule requiring regional transmission organizations and independent system operators to publicly report information regarding uplift payments. Attorneys at Reed Smith LLP unpack the revised reporting obligations.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Capturing Carbon Tax Credits: A Climate Of Opportunity

    Ali Zaidi

    A new law revising the current Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q carbon dioxide tax credit could deliver tens of millions of dollars per project in tax cuts for developers and investors in carbon removal, say attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Infrastructure Funding Is On The Rise In Indian Country

    Michael Connor

    For Native American communities, decades of underinvestment have resulted in decaying or nonexistent infrastructure across all sectors. Though there is still a long way to go, some recent new and proposed funding sources for infrastructure development on tribal lands are a step in the right direction, say Michael Connor and Raya Treiser of WilmerHale.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.