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Energy

  • January 10, 2019

    3rd Circ Won’t Revive Oil Tycoon's Money Transfer Suit

     A Third Circuit panel has affirmed a lower court’s move to toss a suit brought by oil tycoon Jack Grynberg against a group of individuals and companies he accused of transferring money to avoid paying a $3.6 million judgment, deciding that the allegations were not specific enough.

  • January 10, 2019

    Venezuela Must Justify $1.2B Crystallex Award Row: DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday canceled arguments scheduled for next week in Venezuela's appeal challenging confirmation of a $1.2 billion arbitral award to Crystallex International Corp., while ordering the country to explain why the appeal shouldn't be tossed entirely.

  • January 10, 2019

    Texas Oil Cos. Can't Dodge Suit Over Unpaid Royalties

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday sustained class allegations accusing Texas oil and gas companies of cheating the owners of certain mineral interests out of millions of dollars, saying the underlying contracts entitled the mineral interest owners to collect royalties.

  • January 10, 2019

    Enterprise Hit Over Discovery Lapse In $50M Oil Shipping Row

    A Texas state court ruled Wednesday that Enterprise Crude Oil LLC has 10 days to comply with discovery requests in a $50 million suit brought by Magellan Crude Oil Pipeline Co. LP alleging breach of an oil shipping agreement, saying its “disobedience of a 2017 court order to compel production is willful and without excuse.”

  • January 10, 2019

    Colo. Groups Want Grand Jury Docs From Nuke Facility

    Property owners from communities near the former Rocky Flats nuclear processing plant are asking a Colorado federal judge to order the disclosure of documents given to a grand jury investigating wrongdoing by government contractors working at the plant, saying they need the information ahead of possible litigation.

  • January 10, 2019

    Insurers Insist On Arbitration For $367M Superfund Coverage

    Several French insurers continued to urge a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to force Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Inc. to arbitrate its bid for indemnification related to $367 million in a Superfund site cleanup consent decree, saying the contracts at issue contain an arbitration provision.

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors’ Attys In Cobalt Bribery Case Seek $43.5M In Fees

    Attorneys asked a Texas federal court on Wednesday to award them $43.45 million in fees for securing $173.8 million total for investors who brought allegations involving a potential foreign bribery scheme by now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc.

  • January 10, 2019

    Last 3 Banks In $120M Enron Debt Investor Suit Settle

    Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch have settled out of a more than 15-year-old lawsuit brought by a group of investment funds seeking to hold them and others responsible for losses on $120 million of Enron Corp. debt purchased shortly before the energy giant’s 2001 collapse.

  • January 10, 2019

    Time Not Right To Take CWA Liability Case, High Court Told

    Looming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action to clarify whether Clean Water Act permitting covers facilities that pollute certain waterways via groundwater and a premature claim of a circuit court split on the issue mean the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't weigh in yet, environmentalists said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2019

    4 Firms Steer SemGroup, KKR Midstream Joint Venture Deal

    Midstream oil and gas company SemGroup Corp. and private equity giant KKR on Thursday said they agreed to put down nearly CA$1.7 billion ($1.28 billion) in combined assets and cash as part of a deal to form a joint venture aimed at creating a Canadian midstream infrastructure company.

  • January 10, 2019

    Enviro Groups Press Lawmakers To Phase Out Fossil Fuels

    Hundreds of environmental groups including the Center for Biological Diversity signed on to a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday demanding aggressive action on climate change, advocating for the phaseout of new fossil fuel projects and a transition away from nuclear energy.

  • January 10, 2019

    Judge Tells PG&E To Boost High-Wind Safety Or Power Down

    A California federal judge has told Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to make its power lines safe or shut them off in high winds, saying until the company can show the lines are not a danger during wildfire season, its customers are better off with the lights out.

  • January 10, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler To Pay Up To $884M To End Emissions Claims

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay up to $884 million to settle claims that it illegally equipped diesel fuel-powered vehicles with software that enabled them to cheat emissions standards.

  • January 9, 2019

    Tribe Looks To Ax BP's Bid To Escape Copper Mine Suit

    The Yerington Paiute Tribe has asked the Ninth Circuit to dismiss two BP units' appeal of a Nevada federal court decision that paused the companies' attempt to keep a suit over alleged environmental damage at an abandoned copper mine out of tribal court, arguing the stay order is unappealable.

  • January 9, 2019

    Enviros Take $1.9B Pa. Pipeline Permit Fight To High Court

    Environmentalists urged the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to review a Third Circuit decision finding that it could hear their challenge to Pennsylvania’s approval of a pipeline permit before a state board reviewed the matter, saying the ruling would lead to incomplete records and strip aggrieved parties of their due process rights.

  • January 9, 2019

    Mass. AG Says Starion Misrepresented Distress In Ch. 11

    The Massachusetts attorney general told a Delaware bankruptcy court judge late Tuesday that utility provider Starion Energy Inc. misrepresented its financial distress when filing for Chapter 11 protection and that its petition was made in bad faith, requiring its dismissal.

  • January 9, 2019

    House Dems Seek To Delay Rollback Of Russia Sanctions

    Key House Democrats voiced concerns Tuesday over the Trump administration's plans to walk back sanctions imposed against companies tied to a Kremlin-linked oligarch as a response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria and interference in the 2016 presidential election, demanding a postponement until members of Congress can be briefed.

  • January 9, 2019

    ANR Ch. 11 Case Reopened For McKinsey Conflicts Probe

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he will reopen the completed Chapter 11 case of Alpha Natural Resources to permit a probe into McKinsey & Co. and allegations that the consulting giant held self-enriching conflicts of interest as a bankruptcy adviser to the coal producer.

  • January 9, 2019

    Energy Cos. Dodge Subpoena Bids In $21M Award Dispute

    U.S. subsidiaries of Chinese oil company Sinopec won their bid to quash subpoenas from an investment company seeking to enforce a $21 million award after an Oklahoma federal judge determined that ongoing court proceedings in Hong Kong and Beijing should be resolved first.

  • January 9, 2019

    Bipartisan Lands Package Bypasses Senate Panels

    Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office said Wednesday that an agreement had been reached among the chamber's leadership to allow a broad package of lands bills to bypass Senate committees, saying she hoped the bipartisan measure would receive a vote soon.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Opinion

    WTO Members Must Adopt A Climate Waiver

    James Bacchus

    To further carbon pricing, and to facilitate the transition to a green global economy, members of the World Trade Organization should permit "climate waivers" by which countries can restrict trade based on the amount of greenhouse gases used or emitted in the making of a product, says James Bacchus of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • The New Water Rule And Its Potential Ripple Effect

    Christopher Thomas

    If the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically reduce the number of U.S. waterways subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction ultimately carries the day it will have a host of cascading consequences, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

    David Caputo

    The U.S. Department of Justice's $236 million settlement last month with three South Korean companies was the largest ever for anti-competitive conduct against the U.S. government. A whistleblower’s role as the catalyst for that bid-rigging investigation may be a sign of things to come, say David Caputo and Zachary Arbitman of Youman & Caputo LLC.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2018

    Ama Adams

    In 2018, the U.S. government strengthened sanctions targeting Iran, Russia and Venezuela, sanctioned an agency of the Chinese government and completed the second largest sanctions-related enforcement action on record. And the evidence suggests 2019 will be equally tumultuous, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • How To Help Realize A Tax Equity Market For Carbon Capture

    Hunter Johnston

    In February, Congress amended Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q, creating a tax equity market that supports investment in carbon capture and storage projects. Additional guidance, like that proposed by the Carbon Capture Coalition, is needed in a number of key subject areas to unlock this market, says Hunter Johnston of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.