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Energy

  • July 13, 2018

    Tribes Talking With New Potential Owner For Power Plant

    The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe have said they have been in talks with two companies to possibly take over the ownership and operation of the Navajo Generating Station, a massive 2,250-megawatt coal-fired power plant.

  • July 13, 2018

    Enviros Look To Nix Permit For Refinery Near National Park

    A trio of environmental groups launched a lawsuit in North Dakota state court Thursday challenging a decision by the state’s Department of Health to award an air pollution control permit to Meridian Energy Group Inc. for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

  • July 13, 2018

    Gas Driller Says Blackstone Unit Abused First Refusal Right

    An oil and gas driller has accused a midstream energy company owned by Blackstone Group LP of abusing the right of first refusal in a gas processing agreement by drawing out the process so it could edge out a competitor for the driller’s business.

  • July 13, 2018

    House Pushes Through Fed. Water Facility Title Transfer Bill

    A piece of bipartisan legislation aimed at making it easier for nonfederal entities like Native American tribes and local utilities to acquire title transfers for federal water facilities has passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, according to congressional leaders.

  • July 13, 2018

    Tribunal Finds Gas Pact Valid, But Orders Termination

    A Stockholm arbitral tribunal has rejected a Ukrainian natural gas producer’s claims that its joint activity agreement with a Swedish oil and gas company was invalid due to corruption, but held that the pact must be terminated anyway because it is no longer worthwhile after the Ukrainian government imposed increased royalties.

  • July 13, 2018

    Northstar Sues Tana For Contract Breach In Oil Asset Sale

    Northstar Offshore Ventures LLC has accused another oil and gas company of breaking a contract to sell its assets, alleging that Tana Exploration Company LLC delayed obtaining Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approval to gain leverage in the deal.

  • July 13, 2018

    DOI Tells 4th Circ. To Reject Atlantic Coast Pipeline Block

    Environmental groups on Friday continued dueling with the National Park Service over a bid to delay the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, pushing back against the government's contention an injunction blocking construction would overstep the Fourth Circuit's jurisdiction.

  • July 12, 2018

    PREPA Board Members Resign Over Political Encroachment

    Leadership at Puerto Rico’s electric power company appears to be in turmoil as a majority of its governing board, including the newly named CEO, resigned from their positions Thursday, saying the task of running the utility continues to be complicated by interference from politicians.

  • July 12, 2018

    3 Takeaways From The EPA's Water Rule Rollback Notice

    One of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first acts under the Trump administration was to propose rolling back an Obama-era rule that defined the federal government’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, and a new legal analysis published Thursday is intended to beef up the case for rescission in anticipation of legal challenges, experts said.

  • July 12, 2018

    The Biggest Pa. Appellate Rulings Of 2018: Midyear Report

    The Pennsylvania appellate courts have made their mark during the first half of the year with a number of major rulings ranging from the constitutionality of the state’s congressional districts to the ability of landowners to bring trespassing claims over hydraulic fracturing. Here, Law360 takes a look at some of the most significant rulings so far in 2018.

  • July 12, 2018

    Nigerian Oil Co. Gets Breathing Room In $1.8B Award Row

    A New York federal judge held Thursday that a Nigerian state-owned oil company has until late July to turn over documents about a bank account it purportedly used that was recently discovered by Exxon Mobil and Shell subsidiaries in their attempt to enforce a $1.8 billion arbitration award against the company.

  • July 12, 2018

    Enviros Face Uphill Fight In Bid To Enforce EPA Order

    Environmental groups faced an uphill battle Thursday in convincing a California federal judge that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency didn’t comply with his order requiring the agency to revise or issue a new finding on hazardous air emission standards at chemical pulp mills and yeast manufacturing facilities.

  • July 12, 2018

    Herbert Smith Freehills Nabs Litigation Partner In NY

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has added a former Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP partner who brings a wide range of experience handling complex commercial litigation thanks to his work representing clients such as the Lehman Brothers estate.

  • July 12, 2018

    Enviros Blast Mountain Valley After-Hours Pipeline Work Bid

    Environmental activist group Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday that it should reject a request by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC to extend construction hours beyond the scope allowed in the $3.5 billion project’s final environmental impact statement.

  • July 12, 2018

    Buckeye Can't Reverse Oil Pipeline Flow, Pa. Agency Rules

    The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to deny a request from a Buckeye Partners LP unit to reverse the flow in a section of oil pipeline, ruling that the application was in essence a request to partly abandon service and that the company had not been able to justify it.

  • July 12, 2018

    Power Groups Urge EPA To Let Mercury Emissions Rule Stand

    Power industry groups pressed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to leave intact an Obama-era rule curbing mercury emissions from power plants in a letter made public Wednesday, emphasizing that billions of dollars have already been spent to comply with the standards and dramatic reductions have already been achieved.

  • July 12, 2018

    Linde, Praxair Discuss Gas Assets Sale As Part Of $70B Deal

    German gas company Linde AG said Thursday that it's in advanced talks with its merger partner Praxair Inc. to sell off assets in North and South America in order to win over European antitrust regulators to their plan to create an industrial gas giant worth $70 billion. 

  • July 12, 2018

    CDPQ Drops $114M To Finance Solar Power Asset Purchase

    La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, an institutional investor that manages public and parapublic pension funds, on Thursday said it has invested CA$150 million ($113.8 million) in ContourGlobal Mirror 2 SARL's acquisition of a portfolio of solar power assets in Spain.

  • July 11, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Class Suit Over Fla. Nuke Costs

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action aimed at Duke Energy Florida LLC and Florida Power & Light Co. over a state law allowing the utilities to recoup costs for nuclear power plant projects, ruling the state law is not preempted by federal law.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kavanaugh Splurged On Baseball Tix, Reports Say

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh racked up steep credit card debt in 2016 to pay for Washington Nationals tickets, according to Wednesday news reports and disclosures by the U.S. Supreme Court nominee that also show he coaches kids’ basketball and contributed to a law book without pay.

Expert Analysis

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • New Licenses Ease Ukraine, Russia Business Wind-Downs

    Seetha Ramachandran

    The U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control continues its effort to allow U.S. persons to wind down operations or existing contracts that would otherwise violate Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions. Even though OFAC has issued general licenses for this purpose, U.S. persons may need to obtain specific licenses to fully divest their interests, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • 5 Takeaways From Tax Court's Solar Project Ruling

    David Burton

    In the matter of Golan v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the U.S. Tax Court sustained the taxpayer's energy credit and bonus depreciation deductions. In this unusual case where the IRS had the burden of proof, attorneys from Mayer Brown LLP discuss five interesting takeaways.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • High Court Passes On New Chance To Clarify CWA Confusion

    Andrea Driggs

    With its recent decision in Hughes v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court has passed on an opportunity to shed light on its prior rulings on the statutory reach of the federal Clean Water Act, long a source of confusion for lower courts and litigants alike, say Andrea Driggs and Christopher Thomas of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • What To Know About Proposed Chemical Safety Reg Changes

    Shannon Broome

    Durable reform of existing regulations requires hard work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed revisions of a core Obama administration midnight rule — the Risk Management Plan program for certain chemical, refining and general manufacturing facilities — demonstrate how this work is done, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.