Energy

  • July 17, 2017

    Wind Tower Group Asks Fed. Circ. To Revive Deflated Tariffs

    U.S. wind tower producers have urged the Federal Circuit to revive their bid to impose tariffs on a Vietnamese competitor, arguing Friday that the U.S. Department of Commerce was not given sufficient opportunity to adjust its calculations and that it bungled the handling of some data.

  • July 17, 2017

    Union, Enviros Blast Proposed EPA Cuts In House Bill

    Environmental groups and union officials on Monday slammed a U.S. House of Representatives funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency, saying a 7 percent cut for the agency, while a smaller reduction than was proposed by President Donald Trump, will still make it difficult to fulfill its mission.

  • July 17, 2017

    German Solar Co. Can't Dodge $1.8M Award Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday declined to toss a construction company’s efforts to confirm a $1.8 million arbitral award against a German solar panel company, but found questions remain over whether the court has jurisdiction over the German firm.

  • July 17, 2017

    Groups Can't Defend Ban On Frack Waste Wells: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit ruled Monday that two environmental groups and the water provider for a northwestern Pennsylvania municipality could not step in to defend an ordinance — ultimately repealed — that prevented Seneca Resources Corp. from storing fracking waste in an underground well.

  • July 17, 2017

    Ukrainian Oil Co. Denies Gov't Ties In $147M JV Award Suit

    A Ukrainian oil company doubled down on efforts to stop a U.S.-based Kuwait Energy subsidiary from confirming a $146.9 million arbitration award against it, telling a Texas federal court Friday that its former venture partner has mischaracterized the role of the Ukrainian government in the company to sidestep inconvenient laws.

  • July 17, 2017

    Nuclear Agency Seeks Contract Proposals To Run Los Alamos

    The U.S. Department of Energy agency tasked with overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal has released requirements for those seeking to take on a contract to oversee operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico.

  • July 17, 2017

    Alaska Cutting ‘Cash For Tax Credits’ Drilling Subsidies

    Alaska appears poised to end what lawmakers call its unique system of cash subsidy payments for oil and gas drilling tax credits, after the state Legislature on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to send the tweak to a welcoming governor.

  • July 17, 2017

    NJ Solar Co.'s Arbitration Clause Unclear, Court Says

    A New Jersey state court judge on Friday refused to dismiss a putative class action accusing a solar energy company of fraudulent marketing, ruling that the company’s arbitration clause didn’t clearly explain that customers would be forfeiting their right to sue.

  • July 17, 2017

    DOI Can't Dodge Challenge To Calif. Offshore Fracking OK

    A California federal judge on Friday refused to toss consolidated challenges to an environmental assessment by two U.S. Department of the Interior divisions that would allow acid well stimulation and fracking off Southern California’s coastline, determining that the findings constituted final agency actions that could be reviewed.

  • July 17, 2017

    SolarCity Call Recipients Seek Court OK Of $15M TCPA Deal

    A putative class alleging that members received unwanted sales calls from SolarCity Corp. in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act asked a California federal court on Friday to grant preliminary approval of a $15 million settlement agreement to end the suit.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 14, 2017

    Investors Hit Oxbow CEO's Hunt For Different Deal

    An attorney for investors in Oxbow Carbon LLC accused CEO William I. Koch on Friday of arranging an undisclosed, conflicted search for sale or merger alternatives for the $2.6 billion company, a move that came at the end of a five-day Delaware Chancery Court trial on dueling contract interference claims.

  • July 14, 2017

    Seward & Kissel Says Due Diligence Was Client's Job

    Seward & Kissel LLP told a New York federal judge on Friday that its role in helping a client sell his energy efficiency service company did not include due diligence on the financial state of the buyer, ForceField Energy Inc., which was implicated in a $131 million stock manipulation scheme and stiffed the seller.

  • July 14, 2017

    Feds Seek $144M Forfeiture Over Nigerian Oil Bribery Scheme

    The U.S. government filed suit in Texas federal court Friday to recover $144 million in assets that two businessmen allegedly earned by bribing a former Nigerian oil minister into giving them lucrative contracts for oil mining operations.

  • July 14, 2017

    3 Takeaways From 2nd Circ.’s Mobil Cerro Negro Decision

    A decision by the Second Circuit rejecting a procedurally streamlined method for enforcing an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes award in a dispute involving ExxonMobil subsidiary Mobil Cerro Negro has given much needed clarity to the steps awardees must take in order to have awards converted into a U.S. judgment.

  • July 14, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Thompson, Davis

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Halcon sells its oil assets for $1.4 billion, British publishing company Pearson agrees to sell a $1 billion stake in Penguin Random House, and private equity giant Apollo Global Management reaches a deal to buy a golf club operator for about $1.1 billion.

  • July 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Ex-Chesapeake Workers' Discrimination Suit

    The Third Circuit issued a published decision Friday reviving workplace harassment claims from a pair of former contract workers for Chesapeake Energy Corp., as it ruled that a single use of a racial epithet was sufficient to bring suit.

  • July 14, 2017

    DC Circ. Gives EPA 2-Week Delay On Methane Mandate

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday agreed to delay for two weeks the issuance of a mandate requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lift a stay on portions of methane regulations for new oil and gas infrastructure, saying it wants to give the agency time to decide on how to respond.

  • July 14, 2017

    ETP Demolished Historic House Near Pipeline, FERC Says

    Energy Transfer Partners LP told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission it wouldn’t harm a historic building while constructing its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline project, then bought it and demolished it without informing the commission, FERC said Thursday.

  • July 14, 2017

    Asarco Attorney To Be Witness, Not Counsel, For Co.

    A Nossaman LLP attorney with a dual role as witness and lawyer for a copper mining enterprise in an environmental damages liability case withdrew as the company's counsel a day after defendant Union Pacific Railroad Co. moved to disqualify her, according to a filing in Idaho federal court Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of US Economic Sanctions Efforts

    Michael Casey

    The notable U.S. sanctions developments in the first six months of 2017 have not been limited to policy changes. Earlier this year, the Office of Foreign Assets Control resolved the largest sanctions enforcement action ever brought against a nonfinancial institution, and the agency has taken a number of aggressive positions in other recent matters, say Michael Casey and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • DAPL Opinion Highlights Pipeline Project NEPA Challenges

    Deidre Duncan

    Litigation involving the Dakota Access pipeline took another turn when a federal court in Washington, D.C., granted partial summary judgment to two Native American tribes challenging the environmental review's adequacy. The opinion touches on several issues with respect to agencies’ National Environmental Policy Act obligations for pipeline projects generally and oil pipelines in particular, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.