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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.