• April 12, 2018

    Tallgrass Energy Investors Say Merger Plan Lacks Key Info

    A pipeline operator and its board of directors have violated the Exchange Act by omitting certain financial information from documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a merger agreement, says a proposed class action filed Thursday in Delaware federal court.

  • April 12, 2018

    Trump Demands Changes To EPA Air Pollution Programs

    President Donald Trump on Thursday instructed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make it easier for states and industries to comply with national air emissions standards for pollutants like ozone, nitrogen dioxide and lead, a move promptly denounced by environmentalists.

  • April 12, 2018

    Judge Rips Feuding Parties In NY Solar Co.'s Ch. 11

    Level Solar Inc. narrowly fended off a bid by its former CEO to liquidate the case, after a New York bankruptcy judge admonished both parties for “mudslinging nonsense” at a contentious hearing Thursday while saying she would give the debtor a few more weeks to get its act together.

  • April 12, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Ruben, Augustus Miller, Walton Street

    A Ruben Cos. venture has reportedly landed a $205 million loan from MetLife for a New York property, Miller Oil's Augustus Miller is said to have dropped $9.5 million on a Florida medical office center, and a Walton Street venture is reportedly buying an Illinois office complex for $125 million.

  • April 12, 2018

    Statoil, Ex-Employee Settle Wrongful Termination, Fraud Row

    A dispute between Statoil Gulf Services LLC and an accountant who alleged she was fired in retaliation after telling superiors she believed some in the company were committing shareholder and securities fraud in violation of federal law, has been settled, the parties told a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday.

  • April 12, 2018

    Senate Confirms Faegre Baker's Wheeler For EPA's No. 2 Post

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Faegre Baker Daniels LLP attorney and lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's deputy administrator, putting in place a potential replacement who could step in as acting EPA chief if Administrator Scott Pruitt is fired or steps aside.

  • April 12, 2018

    Williams Wants FERC's OK For $405M Pipeline Upgrade

    Williams Partners LP on Wednesday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve a proposed $405 million expansion of its Transcontinental natural gas pipeline system in several Southeastern states in order to provide increased supplies within the region.

  • April 12, 2018

    Calif. Oil Co. Fined $12.5M Over 1,466 Alleged Violations

    A California regulator on Wednesday fined an oil company $12.5 million for what it characterized as “major safety violations” related to its work in an Orange County oil field, adding that the company was blamed for committing nearly 1,500 violations over the course of 2017.

  • April 12, 2018

    4th Circ. Revives Kinder Morgan Gas Spill Groundwater Suit

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday revived environmentalists’ lawsuit over a Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP subsidiary’s gasoline pipeline spill in South Carolina, finding that the Clean Water Act covers their claims that the spill contaminated nearby creeks and wetlands after traveling through groundwater.

  • April 11, 2018

    Energy Entrepreneur Gets 4 Years For $1.2M Pipeline Scheme

    The owner of an energy company must serve more than four years in prison after a jury convicted him of securities fraud and other crimes related to a scheme that defrauded nearly $1.2 million from 11 investors, a Kentucky federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • April 11, 2018

    DOI Watchdog Questions Legality Of Exec Reassignments

    The U.S. Department of Interior’s top watchdog said Wednesday it’s unclear whether the agency legally reassigned dozens of senior executives, fueling criticism from Senate Democrats that the reassigned officials were politically targeted for their work on climate change, energy and conservation.

  • April 11, 2018

    Amazon, Other Cos. Avoid Tax On $24.5B Profits, Study Says

    A tax watchdog group on Wednesday said Amazon, Duke Energy and Kinder Morgan are among 15 companies that legally avoided paying federal income tax on about $24.5 billion in profits in 2017, part of what the group said is the widespread nature of corporate tax avoidance schemes that predated December’s federal tax overhaul.

  • April 11, 2018

    Ukrainian Co. Sees $50M Award Revived By French Court

    France's highest court has reinstated a $50 million arbitral award issued to a Ukrainian energy company in a dispute with the Republic of Moldova stemming from an energy supply agreement, which had previously been set aside on jurisdictional grounds.

  • April 11, 2018

    Earthjustice Reports Court Access Hampered Under Trump

    Through administrative policies and legislation, the Trump administration and Congress are taking steps to limit or eliminate access to the courts, Earthjustice asserted in a report it released on Wednesday.

  • April 11, 2018

    Gas Groups Urge Trump To Limit State Pipeline Powers

    The Natural Gas Council called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to tell federal authorities to push back against states that are allegedly abusing their authority under the Clean Water Act and denying permits for gas pipelines given the go-ahead by federal agencies.

  • April 11, 2018

    Gas Well Fee Exemption Ripe For Fraud, Pa. Justices Told

    A recent decision exempting Pennsylvania natural gas drillers from paying required fees on their wells if they fall below a certain production threshold for one month out of the year could lead to dishonest manipulation of output levels, the state’s highest court was warned during oral arguments Wednesday.

  • April 11, 2018

    Hercules Must Cover $5.5M In Fees In Oil Rig Fire Suit

    Hercules Offshore Inc. must indemnify a subcontractor for about $5.5 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in litigation stemming from a Louisiana offshore rig blowout, but Hercules itself is entitled to recoup those costs from an oil production company, a Texas federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • April 11, 2018

    DOE Open To Emergency Grid Input Amid FirstEnergy Plea

    The U.S. Department of Energy has designated a new email address to serve as a clearinghouse for public input on the agency's emergency grid authority on the heels of FirstEnergy Corp.'s controversial request the DOE use that authority to prop up the company's struggling coal and nuclear power plants.

  • April 11, 2018

    Statoil, Total Pay $340M For Gulf Of Mexico Oil Assets

    Statoil ASA and Total SA on Wednesday announced that they had completed their acquisition of Cobalt International Energy Inc.'s interest in certain Gulf of Mexico oil assets for an aggregate purchase price of nearly $340 million.

  • April 11, 2018

    FERC, Energy Trader End Market-Rigging Case With $2M Deal

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday approved a $1.9 million settlement with an energy trader and his firm accused of manipulating a California electricity market, ending an enforcement case that both sides were preparing to contest in federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Will UN Electric Vehicle Regs Live Up To Billing?

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • FERC Has Options If Court Pulls Pipeline Certificates

    Randall Rich

    The D.C. Circuit recently denied petitions for rehearing filed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a group of pipeline companies, and might soon vacate FERC’s orders authorizing the Florida Southeast Connection pipelines. FERC and the pipeline operators face the question of how and whether the pipelines could keep operating without certificates, says Randall Rich of Pierce Atwood LLP.

  • 3 Lessons From Sinovel's Trade Secret Theft Conviction

    Justus Getty

    One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.

  • No Bright-Line Rule For 'Telework' As ADA Accommodation

    Alexis Ronickher

    As technology has evolved to make telecommuting possible in more types of jobs, so too has the answer to the question of whether it's a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, as demonstrated by two recent Sixth Circuit decisions, at least one pattern can be discerned in these types of cases, say Alexis Ronickher and Mehreen Rasheed of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Hercules Ascendant? A Gasp Of Breath From A 'Dead Letter'

    Christopher Hannan

    The Fifth Circuit continued the jurisprudential renaissance of personal jurisdiction decisions with Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited, a recent maritime ruling that has implications for jurisdictional disputes in all substantive areas. The Sangha dicta may result in a second wave of removals under Hercules, says Christopher Hannan of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.