Energy

  • January 11, 2018

    Dilworth Paxson Lands Pa. Atty To Build Utilities Practice

    Dilworth Paxson LLP started the new year with the addition of a veteran Pennsylvania attorney who previously led the consumer protection unit at the state attorney general’s office and will develop an energy and public utilities practice at the law firm.

  • January 11, 2018

    FERC Says Tribe's Objection To Pipeline Work Came Too Late

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday stuck by the green light it had given a Kinder Morgan unit to begin construction on a pipeline expansion project, saying that the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office and others had waited too long to voice objections to the since-completed project.

  • January 10, 2018

    Christie Wants NJ Coast Out Of Offshore Drilling Plan

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined a chorus of state leaders pleading with the U.S. Department of the Interior not to allow future oil drilling off its coast, saying Wednesday he was asking the agency to give the Garden State the same exemption it granted Florida on Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    Enviros Say Dakota Access Attys Sued Philosophy, Not Entity

    The operator of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline that has sued various environmental groups accusing them of destroying company property and threatening executives with death improperly named an environmental "philosophy" and “nonentity” as a defendant in the suit, a nonprofit advocacy group said Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    5th Circ. Keeps Exxon Radiation Exposure Suits In Fed. Court

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday rejected Louisiana mass action plaintiffs’ bid to remand to state court their claims that ExxonMobil Corp. and other energy companies are responsible for injuries and property damage caused by radioactive material produced by their operations.

  • January 10, 2018

    NYC Opens New Front In War Over State Climate Torts

    New York City has launched a lawsuit demanding five global oil giants pick up the tab for beefing up the city's defenses against climate change, a move that ratchets up the fossil fuel industry's exposure to climate tort litigation, though experts say the Big Apple's legal salvo faces the same steep hurdles as similar suits recently filed by California municipalities.

  • January 10, 2018

    Judge Extends Toisa's Plan Deadline After Hyundai Deal

    A New York bankruptcy judge Monday gave offshore oil servicer Toisa Ltd. another 10 days to solicit it debtors for approval of its Chapter 11 plan.

  • January 10, 2018

    GFG Unit Offers $500M For Rio Tinto Smelter In Euro Push

    The industrial unit of Indian businessman Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance offered $500 million to take over an aluminum smelter in Northern France held by mining company Rio Tinto Group to launch an approximately (€2 billion) $2.4 billion expansion into Europe, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    Former Loeb & Loeb Client Says Firm Misfiled Patent Notices

    An inventor sued Loeb & Loeb LLP in California federal court on Tuesday, accusing the firm of filing notices of transfers to other companies of patents he allegedly owned, saying the patents belonged to him and were “never” assigned to those companies.

  • January 10, 2018

    States Press FERC To Pass Tax Savings To Utility Customers

    The attorneys general for New York, Texas, California and other states on Wednesday joined several state agencies and consumer advocates in asking that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission take action to make sure that public utility companies pass on to customers the savings afforded by the newly passed federal tax bill.

  • January 9, 2018

    Ex-DOJ Enviro Head John Cruden Joins Beveridge & Diamond

    The former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s environment division, John Cruden, has joined Beveridge & Diamond PC as a principal, the firm said Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2018

    DOI Says It Will Remove Fla. Coast From Drilling Plan

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that it would remove Florida’s coast from the locations it plans to allow for future oil drilling, following opposition from Republican Gov. Rick Scott and environmental groups.

  • January 9, 2018

    La Paloma Judge Won't Stay Order Scotching Enviro Liability

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge declined Tuesday to stay his decision that La Paloma Generating Co. LLC’s buyer, senior creditor LNV Corp., is not on the hook for roughly $60 million in environmental costs under California’s “cap-and-trade” program while regulators appeal, ruling that the state’s chances for a successful challenge were slim.

  • January 9, 2018

    MoFo Will Face Macquarie Again Over IPO Malpractice Claims

    A New York appeals court on Tuesday restarted a malpractice suit brought by investment bank Macquarie Capital USA Inc. against Morrison & Foerster LLP over an alleged failure to raise a red flag about misrepresentations made in Puda Coal’s initial public offering.

  • January 9, 2018

    CEO In Texas State Senator's Securities Case Pleads Guilty

    A former CEO of a fracking-sand company pled guilty to fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme Monday in Texas federal court, where a state senator and a consultant remain set to face trial next week in the case.

  • January 9, 2018

    Canada Challenge To Nova Scotia Quarry Award Can Proceed

    Canada can move forward with a challenge to an arbitral award finding it liable under the North American Free Trade Agreement for rejecting a Delaware mining company’s Nova Scotia quarry and marine terminal project on environmental grounds, a Canadian appeals court ruled Monday.

  • January 9, 2018

    EPA Designates 4 New Superfund Sites, Proposes 10 More

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it is adding four hazardous waste sites and proposing to add 10 more to the National Priorities List, making them eligible for cleanup under the federal Superfund program.

  • January 9, 2018

    REIT, Energy Services Co. Launch IPOs Totaling $511M

    A warehouse-focused real estate investment trust serving food producers and a well completion services company for the energy industry, both private equity-backed, launched initial public offerings totaling $511 million on Tuesday, setting up pricings for next week.

  • January 9, 2018

    Commerce Issues Preliminary Duties On Chinese Solar Cells

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said that it has preliminarily found that certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from China are receiving subsidies in an administrative review on anti-dumping and countervailing duties on the Chinese imports, according to a filing to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2018

    Texas Justices Take On 'Retained Acreage' In Oil, Gas Leases

    The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in two separate cases that asked it to resolve what some of the parties allege is a split among lower appellate courts about how to interpret “retained acreage” clauses in oil and gas leases.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • FERC Enforcement Report Shows Good Compliance Is Key

    J. Daniel Skees

    Based on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2017 Report on Enforcement, entities engaged in FERC-jurisdictional markets next year would do well to either refresh stale compliance programs or implement new ones before engaging in activity the commission monitors and investigates, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • A Look Back At 2017's Enviro And Energy Law Developments

    Stacey Mitchell

    2017 has been a year of dramatic shift in United States energy and environmental policy. As the year draws to a close, it’s an apt time to review the key steps taken to achieve President Donald Trump’s campaign goals, assess the impacts of the administration’s actions, and postulate on what may be coming next, say Stacey Mitchell and Kenneth Markowitz of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • EPA Maintains Renewable Fuel Standard Status Quo, For Now

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program has been the subject of considerable controversy this year, with important developments across all three branches of government. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze key elements of two recent EPA actions in this area, and highlight one of the looming questions for the program.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • What House And Senate Tax Bills Mean For Oil And Gas Cos.

    James Chenoweth

    Players in the domestic oil and gas space — energy companies, private equity investors, investment bankers and lenders — should take note of a number of features of the House and Senate tax bills, including changes to the corporate tax rate, treatment of pass-through earnings, and the bonus depreciation deduction, say James Chenoweth and Eric Sloan of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What We Learned From Barclays Market Manipulation Case

    Michael Brooks

    Barclays’ recent settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission resolving market manipulation allegations provides no new guidance as to the reach of FERC’s anti-manipulation rule. However, the case has established precedent regarding certain procedural questions, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.