The D.C. Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court decision remanding a car battery maker's $15 million loan dispute to the U.S. Department of Energy, saying it had effectively killed the suit since the DOE didn't intend to revisit the company's challenges to its decisions.
The Sierra Club asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday not to approve a developer’s request to place facilities on a $3.5 billion Florida pipeline into service while the D.C. Circuit considers challenges to the project’s authorization.
Second-round bids for Toshiba's multibillion-dollar memory chip business have been placed, the European Commission will approve EDF's acquisition of a majority stake in the nuclear reactor business of Areva and multiple suitors are interested in a possible acquisition of Italian motorcycle company Ducati.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins called on Thursday for the Trump administration to delay a plan to transport liquid uranium from Canada to South Carolina until there’s been an environmental study of the project’s risks, saying highly radioactive material has never before been transported over public roads in liquid form.
The D.C. Circuit said Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wrongly concluded that it couldn't make the federally owned Bonneville Power Administration pay back a power producer's refunds that FERC determined should never have been made.
The litigation trustee for the defunct Black Elk drilling operation is set to recover up to $29.6 million from Platinum Partners as part of its Texas bankruptcy court adversary proceeding for claims stemming from the hedge fund’s allegedly long-ranging securities fraud scheme, according to a settlement announced Thursday.
SunEdison Inc. told a New York bankruptcy court on Wednesday that after resolving several objections to its Chapter 11 plan disclosures and reaching a critical accord with its key creditors, it is in position to move forward with soliciting votes for its exit from bankruptcy.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to review an appeals court’s holding that the commission incorrectly concluded it could not adjust its permit process to dedicate more resources to studying fracking projects’ effects on public health and safety.
Omega Advisors Inc. and its billionaire founder Leon Cooperman reached a $4.9 million deal in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s insider trading case that the hedge fund investor had called “untested,” according to a consent order that lets Cooperman continue working in the securities industry.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday allowed GulfMark Offshore Inc. to tap up to $20 million of what the oil services company acknowledged was an “unusual” post-petition loan, which is extended by a nondebtor affiliate in Norway from financing originally issued by DNB Bank ASA.
The D.C. Circuit on Thursday paused consolidated challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s methane rule for new oil and gas infrastructure and to other previous emissions rules for the sector, after the agency argued its review of the latest rule under an executive order by President Donald Trump could impact the disputes.
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote a letter Wednesday to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, expressing concerns that a study he requested on the long-term reliability of the electricity grid appeared slanted against renewable energy.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday rejected an environmental group’s challenge to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of First Solar Inc.'s project in Nevada, finding no fault with the government’s assessment that the effort would not adversely affect the local desert tortoise population’s habitat.
PetroChina struck back in Texas federal court Wednesday at a Houston-based energy investor’s refusal to accept a long-sought arbitration agreement and accusations that PetroChina inserted new arguments into a dispute potentially worth $1 billion in profit sharing from an African oil field.
The government of Ontario has raised approximately CA$2.8 billion ($2 billion) through a secondary share sale of electric power utility Hydro One, the provincial government announced on Wednesday.
Offshore oil sector services vessel company Tidewater Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection late Wednesday in Delaware with a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan that aims for a quick restructuring of its roughly $2 billion in debt in part with an equity swap.
Oil States Energy doubled down on its efforts to get the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the legality of America Invents Act inter partes reviews, saying Monday that they’re unconstitutional because the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has no authority to invalidate patents.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday handed down rulings in favor of Public Service Electric & Gas Co.'s plans for a substation in South Brunswick Township, saying the project would ensure that safe and efficient electrical power is provided to thousands of property owners amid growing energy demands.
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Health and Human Services both have “serious weaknesses” running programs for Native American tribes, particularly when it comes to how some of the agencies' units manage energy resources, oversee education services and administer health care, a watchdog said Wednesday.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday sued the U.S. Department of State in D.C. federal court, claiming the agency is illegally withholding information on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline and information about private contractors hired to work on environmental reviews for the controversial project.
Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.
Commercial-scale solar power has consistently lagged behind utility-scale and residential solar, due to a lack of standardization and high transaction costs. Unlike the residential solar market, commercial-scale projects generally do not use standardized power purchase agreements or other project documents. Attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery LLP suggest six standard contract terms that developers should use to streamline power p... (continued)
In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.
In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.
It is more important than ever to prepare for disposal and environmental remediation of oil and gas infrastructure when it is no longer economically viable. But accounting for decommissioning obligations can turn into a game of “hot potato,” especially during bankruptcy proceedings. Edward Ripley and Eldy Roché of King & Spalding LLP discuss two important lessons regarding decommissioning liability of offshore installations.
The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has affirmed that Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation can reject some gathering contracts with midstream energy companies, for lack of valid covenants running with the land. The ruling is another unfavorable result for midstream firms dealing with distressed oil and gas producers, say Mark Sherrill and Stephany Olsen LeGrand of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.
The Trump administration recently floated the idea of designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. This could seriously impact sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal, because it would make any business dealings with a company owned or controlled by senior IRGC officers — as up to 200 Iranian companies may be — a potential crime, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
As he promised in his campaign, President Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations since his first full day in office. Indian Country's leadership may be needed, now more than ever, in the many fights yet to come on environmental issues that could impact lands beyond any pipeline, says Charlie Galbraith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.