Energy

  • May 22, 2017

    ND Judge Nixes Suit Against Dakota Access Protesters

    A North Dakota federal judge has tossed a suit by Dakota Access LLC that sought to block protest activity against the Dakota Access pipeline by the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others, saying the dollar value of the case wasn’t large enough to justify federal jurisdiction.

  • May 22, 2017

    SunCoke Energy Prices Downsized $630M Debt Offering

    Illinois-based SunCoke Energy Partners LP, a master limited partnership that makes metallurgical coal used in steel-making, said Friday its subsidiary priced a downsized, high-yield bond offering of $630 million to private investors, marking the latest coal company to tap capital markets.

  • May 22, 2017

    SEC Slams Retrial Bid In $22M Oil Investment Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission scoffed Monday at a retrial request from a broker found to have sold $22 million in unregistered investment vehicles disguised as partnerships in oil and gas drilling, telling a Texas federal court he is merely repackaging an already-rejected reconsideration bid.

  • May 22, 2017

    Carlyle, EOG Resources Sign $400M Partnership

    Private equity giant The Carlyle Group LP said Monday that it has inked a deal with oil and natural gas outfit EOG Resources Inc. that will provide up to $400 million for the development of energy assets in Oklahoma.

  • May 22, 2017

    8th Circ. Revives Underground Fracking Pollution Case

    The Eighth Circuit on Monday revived a fracking pollution lawsuit against Southwestern Energy Co. brought by property owners who allege that the company’s waste migrated onto their land from a nearby well.

  • May 22, 2017

    EPA Settles Suit Over Sierra Club Objection To Coal Plant

    The Sierra Club and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday entered into a consent decree in Washington, D.C., district court that awarded the environmental group $6,500 and promised an answer to its petition asking the agency to object to an operating permit issued for a coal-fired plant in Utah.

  • May 22, 2017

    UK, Luxembourg Cos. Seek OK Of €128M Award Against Spain

    Two companies hailing from the U.K. and Luxembourg on Friday brought a more than €128 million arbitral award they won following a dispute with Spain over renewable energy subsidies to a New York federal court, seeking the court's blessing of the award in a petition for recognition and enforcement.

  • May 22, 2017

    Trump Picks La. Energy Official For Offshore Drilling Post

    The Trump administration on Monday tapped a Louisiana utility official and former Republican gubernatorial candidate to be the top U.S. offshore drilling regulator, adding another fossil fuel development backer to the Department of the Interior.

  • May 22, 2017

    PE-Backed Oil Field Services Provider Joins IPO Pipeline

    Ranger Energy Services Inc., a private-equity backed provider of well services to energy companies exploring the Permian Basin, filed a preliminary $100 million initial public offering Monday, advised by Vinson & Elkins LLP, one of two new energy issuers seeking public offerings.

  • May 22, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Adds Corporate, Transactional Attys In Houston

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Monday it has hired away two King & Spalding LLP attorneys who have joined its Houston office's transactional team as partners.

  • May 22, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: HNA, Sinochem, General Electric

    HNA may buy a stake in a Hong Kong-based asset manager, Sinochem has abandoned plans to buy an equity stake in commodities trader Noble Group, and the European Commission is investigating whether GE provided misleading information during a review of its $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power.

  • May 22, 2017

    Cravath Can’t Dodge Shell Docs Subpoena, 2nd Circ. Told

    A Nigerian environmental and human rights advocate has urged the Second Circuit to uphold an order requiring Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP to turn over documents related to her planned litigation against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, saying the request is narrow and covers information already disclosed in a prior case. 

  • May 22, 2017

    5th Circ. Lets Nevada Join Texas Suit Over Yucca Mountain

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday said the state of Nevada could intervene in Texas' suit over the federal government's failure to complete the licensing process for a nuclear waste storage repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, which Nevada vehemently opposes.

  • May 22, 2017

    Pa. Tells 3rd Circ. It Properly Permitted Pipeline Project

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Friday defended their decision to issue a water quality permit for a Kinder Morgan unit's Pennsylvania pipeline project, while an opposing environmental group said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can't support its decision approving the project in concurrent appeals before the Third Circuit.

  • May 22, 2017

    No Need For Direct Appeal In Kids' Climate Suit, Enviros Say

    There's no valid reason to ignore a magistrate's recommendation to deny the federal government's bid to certify questions for appellate review in a youth-driven climate change suit, an Oregon federal judge heard Friday.

  • May 22, 2017

    Texas Driller ‘Death Spiral’ Suit Against Investor Dismissed

    A Texas federal judge on Monday dismissed oil and gas company Camber Energy Inc.'s suit against a key investor for allegedly forcing it to issue shares that drove down its stock value into a “death spiral” based on a strained interpretation of an “unconscionable” contract.

  • May 22, 2017

    Energy Co. Kicks Off ICSID Claim Against Italy Over Oil Field

    Rockhopper launched an international arbitration on Friday against Italy, claiming the country’s decision against the British energy company over an offshore oil project violated the international Energy Charter Treaty.

  • May 22, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: McKool Smith's Ashley Moore

    I’ve seen seasoned lawyers in the courtroom who failed to listen effectively, which alienates the jury, destroys what could have been a devastating cross-examination, and sometimes frustrates judges who simply want their question answered, says Ashley Moore, principal at McKool Smith PC.

  • May 19, 2017

    EFH Creditor Loses Doc Fight In Push For Ch. 11 Option

    Sweeping document requests from a hedge fund group pressing for an alternative Chapter 11 solution to twice-confounded Energy Future Holdings Corp. were blocked Friday, with a Delaware bankruptcy judge saying the burden outweighed a likely scant return.

  • May 19, 2017

    SEC’s Cooperman Deal Gives Defense Bar New Tool

    Billionaire hedge fund founder Leon Cooperman and his firm Omega Advisors Inc. managed to avoid an industry bar in settling the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s insider trading claims, and experts say their unusual compromise of retaining a compliance consultant gives the defense bar ammunition for negotiating future deals.

Expert Analysis

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Trump’s Environmental Agenda: The 1st 100 Days

    Brian Israel

    The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been momentous for environmental policy. Brian Israel and Ethan Shenkman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP outline what we know so far about President Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, identify key unknowns, and discuss five major obstacles that Trump will face as he seeks to implement his environmental agenda.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • More EPA Financial Responsibility Rules On The Way

    Wray Blattner

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule regarding financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry. The particulars on how it determined this formula may be a precursor for methods used in other upcoming industry regulations, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Walking The Lone Pine Trail

    Alan Hoffman

    Lone Pine orders require plaintiffs to provide some prima facie evidence to support causation or other claims based on expert opinion. Such orders do not require plaintiffs to prove their case — only to demonstrate that they have one. Some examples from recent litigation illustrate how Lone Pine orders can benefit both sides, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.