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Energy

  • January 7, 2019

    Cricket Field Owner Takes Utility Fight To Texas High Court

    A man who owns several cricket fields has asked the Texas Supreme Court to undo a lower court's May 2017 ruling that tossed his lawsuit fighting an electric bill on grounds that he hadn't exhausted his remedies before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

  • January 7, 2019

    Don't Limit CWA Liability Case, Maui Tells High Court

    Maui County, Hawaii, on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to tackle the entirety of its appeal of the Ninth Circuit's ruling that the Clean Water Act covers pollution that reaches certain waterways via groundwater, rather than merely determining the CWA's scope, as suggested by the Solicitor General's Office.

  • January 7, 2019

    Starion Says Ch. 11 Case Was Filed To Save Its Business

    Bankrupt utility provider Starion Energy Inc. objected late Friday in Delaware to a motion to dismiss its Chapter 11 case, saying its petition was filed in good faith in order to save its business after a Massachusetts enforcement action crippled its cash access.

  • January 7, 2019

    High Court Won't Hear FCA Dispute Over Watershed Use

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined for the second time to hear a dispute over whether an Ohio flood control body’s retention of land in alleged violation of a federal agreement, as well as “fracking” and water payments gained from that land, subjected the body to liability under the False Claims Act.

  • January 7, 2019

    2 Firms Guide $1B PE Infusion For Discovery Midstream

    Discovery Midstream Holdings II LLC on Monday said Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners will make a $1 billion investment as the midstream oil and gas company looks for new North American opportunities, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP steering the Dallas, Texas-based business and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP guiding the private equity firm.

  • January 7, 2019

    Wind Energy Co. Says No Reason To Pause $70M Award Row

    Renewable energy company Soaring Wind Energy LLC and China-focused investor Tang Energy Group Ltd. told a Texas federal judge Friday that another investor is trying to delay enforcement of an over $70 million arbitration award by asking to hold off on further discovery during its appeal of an order confirming the award.

  • January 7, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sears, P.F. Chang’s, BP

    Sears has reportedly lined up a backup plan in case chairman Edward Lampert’s bid to rescue the beleaguered retailer falls through, Centerbridge Partners is close to selling off P.F. Chang’s to Triartisan Capital Advisors, and BP is considering selling off a 28 percent stake in Shearwater assets.

  • January 7, 2019

    High Court Won't Review Cravath Shell Docs Decision

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a Nigerian activist's widow who asked the court to review the Second Circuit's decision barring her from obtaining Royal Dutch Shell PLC documents held by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP for her suit against the energy giant in the Netherlands.

  • January 4, 2019

    Deal Letting Investment Co. Abandon Talc Deposits Upheld

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday refused to nix a deal allowing the trustee of a defunct U.S. talc mine investor to abandon the estate's interest in certain talc deposits, an issue that had arisen in an ultimately unsuccessful underlying investor-state claim against the Slovak Republic.

  • January 4, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Natixis sue a Nigerian oil refinery, a Qatar Insurance unit lodge a commercial fraud claim, and Allianz Global Investors take on some of the same major banks the institutional investor has already sued for foreign exchange manipulation in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 4, 2019

    FERC Can Keep $9M Market Manipulation Case

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission energy market manipulation case seeking to enforce nearly $9 million worth of fines against a Maine company and its CEO is not time-barred and can move forward, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    WildHorse Investor Sues Over Proposed $4B Merger

    An investor in WildHorse Resource Development Corp. has filed a New York federal court suit accusing the oil and gas company of failing to disclose enough information to allow shareholders to make an informed vote on a proposed $3.98 billion merger with Chesapeake Energy Corp.

  • January 4, 2019

    Chancery OKs $50M Southern Copper Investor Settlement

    A $50 million settlement of class claims brought by minority shareholders of Southern Copper Corp. over the purchase of two of its power plants by a Mexican mining giant received the stamp of approval Friday by a Delaware Chancery judge despite objections from an investor about the deal amount and process.

  • January 4, 2019

    Norton Rose Sued Again Over Power Plant Finance Deal

    Months after winning dismissal of a malpractice suit brought by a Connecticut private equity firm, Norton Rose Fulbright on Thursday was hit again with allegations in New York court that lawyers cheated a businessman out of his stake in a power plant project.

  • January 4, 2019

    Dickinson Wright Adds Enviro Pros From Ryley Carlock

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has nabbed two Ryley Carlock & Applewhite attorneys in Phoenix, bolstering its environmental practice with their experience helping clients in industries such as energy, infrastructure and mining, and tackling everything from land acquisition efforts to tribal water rights issues.

  • January 4, 2019

    Ex-Prosecutor Joins Pa. DA's Sunoco Pipeline Investigation

    The Chester County District Attorney’s Office has retained a former assistant U.S. attorney with experience in environmental crimes to act as its special prosecutor in the investigation of Sunoco LP’s troubled Mariner East pipeline projects, the office announced Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Platinum Liquidators Ask To DQ Curtis From Fraud Suit

    The liquidators for Platinum Partners’ flagship fund asked a Manhattan federal judge Friday to disqualify Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP from representing a Platinum founder in a suit brought over the hedge fund’s alleged $1 billion fraud, citing the firm’s prior representation of the fund.

  • January 4, 2019

    Frac Sand Co. Says Schlumberger Unit Owes More Than $1M

    Schlumberger Technology Corp. owes more than $1 million to a frac sand company for allegedly breaching an agreement to buy a certain amount of the sand each quarter, according to a lawsuit filed in Texas on Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Bankrupt Construction Co.'s Bid To Recoup $108M Bills OK'd

    New York-based construction company Durr Mechanical Construction Inc. received court permission Thursday to pursue about $108.2 million in claims against project owners and an equipment maker as part of the company’s effort to recoup over $122 million in unpaid bills that led it to file for bankruptcy last month.

  • January 4, 2019

    Ukrainian Co. Appeals OK Of Carpatsky's $147M Award

    A Ukrainian company on Thursday appealed to the Fifth Circuit, seeking to overturn a December ruling that finalized the confirmation of a $147 million arbitration award issued in favor of U.S.-based Carpatsky Petroleum Corp. in a dispute over a soured oil and gas development deal.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • NY Offshore Wind Carries Unique Challenges For Insurers

    Sophie Shiffman

    New York state's abundant wind resources and strong government backing for renewables make it ripe for expansion in offshore wind energy. But the Atlantic coastline, a prime site for wind farm installation, also poses special challenges for development — and special considerations for the insurance industry, say attorneys at Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • 5 Business Takeaways From The Midterms

    Mary Moore Hamrick

    Now that the midterms are over, business leaders have a little insight into the future of taxes, trade and other policy issues affecting the economy. Still, companies should remain agile as, come January, a new and divided Congress will begin to chart its course, says Mary Moore Hamrick of Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Planning For The UK Nuclear Industry Beyond Brexit

    Ian Truman

    The government of the United Kingdom recently issued its proposal for nuclear trade and collaboration with the European Union after Brexit. But future arrangements for the supply of nuclear fuel may not be finalized until after the U.K. leaves the EU, says Ian Truman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Speedier Enviro Reviews For Transpo Projects May Be Ahead

    Samina Bharmal

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a rule that could create a faster, less duplicative environmental review process for transportation infrastructure projects. Samina Bharmal and Peter Whitfield of Sidley Austin LLP provide insight into its key features.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.