Developer TransCanada Corp. may not move forward with certain pre-construction activities on the Keystone XL pipeline while the U.S. Department of State conducts its environmental review, a Montana federal judge has held, delivering another setback to the Trump administration’s bid to build the controversial pipeline amid protests by environmental and indigenous groups.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reconsider a key precedent of administrative law that tells judges to defer to an agency's interpretation of its own ambiguous regulation, taking up a challenge to so-called Auer or Seminole Rock deference, which has been criticized by several conservative justices on the court.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has filed an appeal at the European Court of Justice challenging a €37.3 million ($42.5 million) fine imposed by European antitrust watchdogs over one of its former affiliate's involvement in a power cable cartel.
Counsel for Greek marine refueling company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. told a New York bankruptcy court on Friday that the debtor had reached a tentative global settlement with its unsecured creditors, putting off what was expected to be a contentious hearing on several objections lodged by those creditors.
A Sixth Circuit panel on Friday agreed with a lower court that gave Nexus Gas Transmission LLC quick access to landowners' properties in Ohio so that it could proceed with pipeline construction in a timely way.
Brazilian offshore oil driller Servicos de Petroleo Constellation Friday asked a New York bankruptcy court to recognize the reorganization proceedings it said it has launched in Brazil to reduce its $1.5 billion in debt in the face of a sustained business downturn.
The largest high-voltage electricity transmitter in Germany will let in more energy from Denmark suppliers to end a European Commission investigation that it choked the supply of cheap Nordic electricity in favor of German-produced power, regulators said Friday.
A Mississippi circuit court was correct in excluding expert testimony sought by a power company attempting to lower the value of its power plant by up to $450 million, the Mississippi Supreme Court has found.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC said that several Native American tribes had failed to follow a D.C. federal judge’s order to spell out what claims they plan to continue with in their challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, as the tribes contended that the record in the case should be fleshed out first.
A pipeline construction contractor filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court Thursday claiming that EQT Gathering LLC is refusing to pay a nearly $2 million bill for cleaning up another company’s spill on its construction site.
A Texas federal judge has finalized his judgment confirming U.S.-based Carpatsky Petroleum Corp.’s $147 million arbitration award against Ukrainian company OJSC Ukrnafta over a soured oil and gas development deal, after allowing the latter to drop some of its remaining claims and severing the allegations it still wants to pursue.
Vermont utility regulators on Thursday approved a plan for Entergy Corp. to transfer a shuttered nuclear plant to a large-scale demolition firm with the goal of speeding up the decommissioning process, despite environmentalists' concerns that the company may not be up to the job.
A group of mineral owners has filed a proposed class action in Ohio federal court that alleges an ExxonMobil unit and other companies drilled in an area they had no permission to access.
A metal flow engineering company that tried holding a contractor accountable for delivering a damaged order of sand brought its lawsuit to court too late, the Seventh Circuit has held.
David Lieberman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has been involved in several high-profile energy cases, including representing Vistra Energy Corp. in a $20 billion merger with Dynegy Inc. and helping Global Infrastructure Partners acquire NRG Energy's renewable energy business, landing him among Law360's 2018 Energy MVPs.
Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.
Consolidation hit the oil and gas sector full-bore this year with multbillion-dollar tie-ups between drillers and tax and regulatory-driven roll-ups of midstream companies, while the appetite for renewable energy assets continued to grow. Here are five M&A trends that stood out to energy attorneys in 2018.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Thursday rollback of Obama-era coal plant carbon dioxide emission regulations is intended to help revive the struggling industry and contains a hint that the administration is considering how to challenge or circumvent an earlier finding that CO2 endangers human health, experts said.
A man who was fired from a LyondellBasell refinery after what he alleges was a false positive test for cocaine cannot revive his lawsuit against the company claiming its negligence caused the result, a Texas appellate court held Thursday.
The Eighth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of an oil services company's case against an insurer over underlying $23 million unfair-competition claims, saying a lower court was right that coverage was not available.
A major securities fraud case now before the U.S. Supreme Court — Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — marks the first of many opportunities the court will have to roll back expansive interpretations of securities law and deter plaintiffs from filing low-quality complaints, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
National contact points are hearing more human rights, labor and environmental complaints related to energy companies, bringing these grievances to public attention and sharing findings with potential litigants, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP and an adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
Because blockchain could fundamentally change how electricity is supplied and consumed in the future, traditional utilities should consider ways to leverage this technology, while regulators must update practices that impede the use of blockchain in the industry, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamilton LLP.
The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.
The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
Based on last week's oral arguments in Washington v. Cougar Den, it's likely that the outcome will turn on whether the U.S. Supreme Court considers Washington's fuel tax to be on the possession of fuel, or on the Yakama Nation's importation of fuel, say Catherine Munson and Rachel Saimons of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Companies in mining and other industries are seeking to demonstrate the sustainability and ethical integrity of their products and supply chains. Because of its ability to improve transparency and accountability through incorruptible data sharing, blockchain may be ideal for this purpose, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.
On Nov. 5, the United States will reimpose economic sanctions that target Iran but will also impact many European companies. The interaction between U.S. and EU sanctions regimes will create novel legal issues and compliance challenges for European companies with ties to the U.S., say attorneys at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.