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Energy

  • July 11, 2018

    Driller Asks Texas High Court To Bar Legal Fee Arbitration

    Vantage Drilling International petitioned the Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday, aiming to overturn a lower court decision in an attorneys’ fees dispute and arguing the company’s former law firm waived its right to arbitrate by litigating the fee matter for nearly a year.

  • July 11, 2018

    4 Kavanaugh Arguments You Gotta Hear

    President Donald Trump's nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has sent everyone scrambling to read what the jurist has written, but how about what he's said? Here, Law360 presents an interactive audio tour of four key Judge Kavanaugh arguments.

  • July 11, 2018

    Enviros Press EPA On Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions Standards

    A trio of environmental groups pushed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to revoke its recent decision to cease enforcing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for certain heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks, standards the agency plans to repeal.

  • July 11, 2018

    Pipelines Come Out On Top With Nixing Of FERC Bias Claim

    The D.C. Circuit endorsed the status quo at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when it rejected arguments the agency's process favored industry groups at the expense of the environment, a decision that experts say preserves obstacles for groups that challenge pipeline projects.

  • July 11, 2018

    PREPA Chief Resigns Amid Restructuring, Privatization Push

    The head of Puerto Rico's public electric utility has resigned just months after being installed to lead the company’s privatization push as it struggles to restructure more than $9 billion in debt and improve an unstable electric grid.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kennedy's Legacy Remains Alive In Kavanaugh’s Nomination

    Over his four decades on the federal bench, there was one clerk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy always praised effusively. Now, that clerk could be replacing the retiring justice on the high court.

  • July 11, 2018

    BlackRock Snags $1.5B For Latest Energy, Power Fund

    Infrastructure and real estate-focused BlackRock Real Assets on Tuesday said its latest fund scooped up $1.5 billion in commitments, as the firm looks to make an even bigger impact in the energy and power sector.

  • July 11, 2018

    Senate Panel Gearing Up For Kavanaugh Vetting Fight

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has already begun what will be a lot of heavy lifting to get ready for a confirmation hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could come before September, by staffing up and preparing to review hundreds of thousands of documents.

  • July 11, 2018

    What Civil Rights Rulings Could Look Like Under Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record on immigration, employee rights and health care suggests he could side more closely with high court conservatives than civil rights advocates would like, paving the way for closely watched rulings on some of the nation's most controversial issues.

  • July 11, 2018

    Donziger Vows To Fight Chevron Fraud License Suspension

    The New York lawyer who shouldered blame for what a federal judge called an "egregious fraud" in a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment pledged Wednesday to fight an interim suspension of his law license.

  • July 11, 2018

    Lilis Wants Damages, Stock Awards Back From Axed VP

    Lilis Energy Inc. on Tuesday slapped a former company vice president with a lawsuit seeking to claw back stock options given to him before his cause-based termination, saying the executive lied to secure cash incentive bonuses and concealed major defects in a land acquisition.

  • July 11, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Snags Former US Atty For Louisiana

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced on Wednesday that the firm has shored up its global disputes and investigations team by adding a former New Orleans U.S. attorney who more recently served as vice president and chief compliance officer at Entergy.

  • July 11, 2018

    New EPA Chief Signals Change In Tone But Not Substance

    The new, acting head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday extended an olive branch to staffers and journalists — many of whom tangled with Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former leader of the EPA — and indicated he will continue to carry out the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.

  • July 11, 2018

    Feds Defer Gas Leasing Of Colo. Land To Consult With Tribe

    The federal government has decided to defer the leasing of almost a dozen parcels of land for possible oil and gas development in Huerfano County, Colorado, in order to consult with the Navajo Nation first, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management representative said Wednesday.

  • July 11, 2018

    EPA Says Challenge To Fuel Economy Rollback Too Early

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to toss a challenge to its decision to revisit greenhouse gas emissions standards established by the Obama administration for 2022-2025 model cars and light trucks, arguing that the suits were premature.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kirkland To Open New Dallas Office With 6 M&A Attorneys

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is opening a new office in Dallas, the firm announced Wednesday, bringing six mergers and acquisitions attorneys in as partners to lead the branch.

  • July 10, 2018

    'Not A Complicated Case': Kavanaugh's Straightforward Style

    There's no argle-bargle in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's opinions. Instead, he's made a name for himself on the D.C. Circuit with clear, concise writing.

  • July 10, 2018

    Nix Doc Bid In $507M Award Row, Kazakh Bank Tells 1st Circ.

    Kazakhstan's national bank urged the First Circuit to reject a bid by two Moldovan oil and gas investors to pin down evidence to use abroad as they look to enforce a more than $506.7 million arbitral award against Kazakhstan, saying the petition is an attempted end-run around problematic English litigation.

  • July 10, 2018

    What Enviro Lawyers Need To Know About Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has attorneys, industry advocacy groups, environmentalists and academics delving into his majority opinions, dissents and oral argument comments for clues to his thoughts on matters ranging from climate change to executive agency deference. Here, Law360 takes a look at four key cases that provide insight into his approach to environmental and administrative law matters.

  • July 10, 2018

    2nd. Circ. Says Cravath Need Not Fork Over Shell Docs

    The Second Circuit held Tuesday that Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP need not turn over Royal Dutch Shell documents to a Nigerian environmental and human rights advocate for use in litigation against the oil giant in the Netherlands, saying that forcing the firm to do so would endanger open communication between lawyers and clients.

Expert Analysis

  • Congress’ Overlooked Environmental Legislation

    Rachel Jacobson

    The House recently passed — and now the Senate is considering — the most important piece of energy and environmental legislation it will consider all year. It isn’t a revision to the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act. It's the National Defense Authorization Act, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 2

    Collmann Griffin

    The first quarter of 2018 was above average in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations closed by U.S. regulators without enforcement. But the government may return to more assertive enforcement in the future — and companies and individuals may still face liability long after the "completion" of any misconduct, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 1

    Collmann Griffin

    Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was relatively slow during the first quarter of 2018, with only three fairly low-value corporate enforcement actions announced between January and March of the year. But the announced second quarter settlements and likely future dispositions suggest that 2018 still may be an active year overall for FCPA enforcement, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • The State Of Creditor Recovery Efforts In Venezuela: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    The next several weeks may shed a great deal of light on how vulnerable Venezuela and its state-owned oil company PDVSA are to creditor collection efforts. Bondholders should also closely monitor developments in the U.S. bribery suit brought by the PDVSA U.S. Litigation Trust, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. 

  • The State Of Creditor Recovery Efforts In Venezuela: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    There is a large pool of creditor claims against Venezuela and its state-owned oil company PDVSA that are not yet in litigation. Until recently, creditors had little incentive to litigate, but that may be changing for two reasons, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Why Fossil Fuel Generation Facilities May Be Overvalued

    Mark Lansing

    As renewable energy and energy storage drive electricity prices down, generation revenues should further decline, which should lower the valuation of coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants. Yet assessments of fossil fuel generation assets have generally remained steady, suggesting they are being significantly overvalued, says Mark Lansing of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • Tips For Solar Power Operators Facing Reliability Audits

    Ashley Cooper

    As solar power developments spread across the country, more of them are triggering mandatory reliability standards and related reliability audits. These audits are intense, lengthy and often a foreign concept to solar and other renewable developers who own or operate generating facilities, says Ashley Cooper of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.