Energy

  • April 17, 2018

    Ukraine Asks DC Circ. To Nix $112M Award Enforcement

    Ukraine said Tuesday that it will ask the D.C. Circuit to reverse a decision not to dismiss a Russian energy company's bid to enforce a $112 million award issued following the forced takeover of the country's largest refinery, arguing that the appeal immediately freezes those collection efforts.

  • April 17, 2018

    India Energy Row Award Missed A Crucial Point, Judge Says

    An English High Court judge concluded Monday that a London tribunal failed to address a critical issue in a claim against India over oil and gas royalties asserted by energy giant Reliance Industries Ltd. and a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary, giving rise to a "substantial injustice."

  • April 17, 2018

    Platinum Partners Fraud Case To Be Split Into 2 Trials

    This fall's fraud trial against seven former insiders and kin of the hedge fund Platinum Partners LP will now become two trials, after a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Monday that one defendant's planned defense would amount to an unfair “double prosecution” of the other six.

  • April 17, 2018

    US Questions China's WTO Moves, But Will Sit For Talks

    The Trump administration has pushed back against China’s recent World Trade Organization challenges of U.S. enforcement moves regarding metal tariffs and actions to counter Beijing’s intellectual property regime, but has nevertheless agreed to talk about resolving the escalating trade imbroglio, according to WTO documents unsealed Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2018

    Why BigLaw’s Partnerships Are Shrinking

    BigLaw’s brass ring has grown more elusive in recent years, Law360 data shows, and experts say a number of potentially market-changing forces may be at work.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Andrews Kurth’s Pre-Merger Dip

    Andrews Kurth Kenyon saw a more than 12 percent drop in headcount in the year before its February merger with Hunton & Williams — a story experts expect to become familiar for regional firms in Texas.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Lathrop’s Rough Patch

    Lathrop Gage lost more than 15 percent of its attorneys in 2017. Can a new managing partner help bolster its headcount?

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Stroock’s ‘Shrink To Grow’ Strategy

    De-equitized partners. Contracting offices. Declining headcount. The leaders of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say it’s all part of the plan — a plan that’s already paying dividends.

  • April 16, 2018

    Justices Press Both Sides Over Foreign Patent Damages

    In a case about whether patent owners can recover profits lost outside American borders due to infringement, U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern Monday that such awards could conflict with laws in other countries, but that barring them would undercompensate patentees.

  • April 16, 2018

    Investors Say ETE's Convertible Unit Plan Was Unauthorized

    Attorneys for a class of investors in Energy Transfer Equity LP told a Delaware state court judge Monday that a $1 billion equity distribution from the company to its partners was not authorized by the company’s governance documents.

  • April 16, 2018

    Feds Stick To DQ Of Atty In Mass. Dem's Corruption Case

    Federal prosecutors on Monday slammed a former Massachusetts state senator's arguments to retain a defense attorney who was referred to in his 113-count indictment, rebuffing the longtime lawmaker’s assertion that the government acted improperly when it asked to subpoena his lawyer and have him removed from the case.

  • April 16, 2018

    Massachusetts Defends Authority To Cap Electric Emissions

    Massachusetts energy regulators told the state’s top court in a filing provided to Law360 on Monday that they have express authority to implement greenhouse gas caps on electricity generators, rebuking a lawsuit from power companies challenging rules set to take effect this year.

  • April 16, 2018

    Buchalter Hires Alcantar & Kahl Energy Team In San Francisco

    Buchalter Law Firm has hired a team of attorneys from Alcantar & Kahl LLP to join its energy and natural resources group in San Francisco, where they’ll serve as regulatory and corporate counsel to private companies on energy matters, Buchalter has announced.

  • April 16, 2018

    Watchdog Clears Zinke's Chartered Flights, Questions One

    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of chartered flights last year did not amount to a waste of federal funds, the agency’s watchdog concluded in a report released Monday, but one of three reviewed trips, from Las Vegas to Montana, could have been avoided.

  • April 16, 2018

    Enviros Say Court Got Exxon $20M Pollution Ruling Right

    The Sierra Club and Environment Texas Citizen Lobby Inc. on Friday told the Fifth Circuit that it should uphold a $20 million Clean Air Act penalty against ExxonMobil Inc., saying the energy giant is incorrectly arguing their members lack grounds to sue over years of air pollution.

  • April 16, 2018

    Ex-BP Economist Cops To Bitcoin Extortion Plot

    A former BP America Inc. economist pled guilty in Houston on Monday to a charge that he attempted to extort more than $300,000 from the oil and gas giant by demanding Bitcoin payment in exchange for not releasing classified documents.

  • April 16, 2018

    High Court Won’t Take DTE Energy Nuke Project Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an environmental group's challenge to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to approve DTE Electric Co.'s plans to build a new nuclear reactor at its Fermi plant in Michigan, keeping in place a D.C. Circuit decision saying the action was legally sound.

  • April 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge Quashes Subpoenas In Venezuela Oil Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday quashed dozens of subpoenas issued by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company against defendants accused of operating a bribery scheme, and also said she would allow limited discovery on the issue of whether the company has standing to pursue its claims.

  • April 16, 2018

    Jones Day Grabs Ex-Freshfields Litigator, Arbitration Pro

    The former managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Paris office has made the jump to Jones Day, bolstering the firm’s global disputes practice in Europe with his background in handling litigation and arbitration in a variety of industries, including banking, energy, life sciences, transportation, media and telecom and construction.

  • April 16, 2018

    DOE Taps Ohio Energy Lobbyist To Run Oil And Gas Program

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday announced that a longtime public affairs specialist and lobbyist for the coal and oil and gas sectors has been appointed to a senior position in the Office of Fossil Energy, which administers oil and gas programs and conducts research and analysis.

Expert Analysis

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Considerations For Appointing Equity Committees In Ch. 11

    Shivani Shah

    Equity security holders are increasingly requesting the appointment of official equity committees to represent their interests in bankruptcy cases. Shivani Shah of Norton Rose Fulbright examines the bases for such appointments and the standard that courts apply in evaluating such requests.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • New Bribery Suit's Implications For Venezuela Restructuring

    Richard Cooper

    The decision by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA to pursue claims in the U.S. over an alleged bribery scheme raises a number of legal and strategic issues not just for the defendants named in the suit, but also for PDVSA’s bondholders and creditors of the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • What FERC's Order 842 Means For New Generation Facilities

    Blake Urban

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revised its regulations to require all newly interconnecting generation facilities to install, maintain and operate equipment capable of providing primary frequency response. Because this order may impose significant costs and disadvantage new generation in the marketplace, legal challenges are likely, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.