North Dakota and three other states said Friday that the Tenth Circuit should revisit its toss of a challenge to an Obama-era hydraulic fracturing rule for federal and Native American lands because it is being rewritten, saying the decision gives environmental groups an unjustified win.
An LRR Energy LP shareholder urged a Delaware federal judge Friday to certify a class of investors claiming Vanguard Natural Resources LLC hid financial data affecting its debt agreements when it bought the oil and gas exploration company for $539 million, arguing that the proposed class easily satisfies certification requirements.
Congress was well within its power to create America Invents Act reviews, the U.S. Supreme Court has heard lately, as numerous high-technology companies, law professors and advocacy groups defended the proceedings against charges they violate the Constitution.
The government of Puerto Rico is pushing back against the installation of an emergency manager to run the island’s beleaguered electric utility, saying Friday that the federal board overseeing the territory’s finances is attempting to overstep the powers it was granted by Congress.
Bondholders suing Volkswagen AG over allegedly inflated bond values prompted by the 2015 diesel emissions scandal told a California federal judge Friday that while their case is about the German automaker hiding the fraud from investors and bondholders, the embattled company is reshaping claims to try and score dismissal.
The Center for Biological Diversity has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject bids by the state of Alaska, oil and gas groups, and Alaska Natives to overturn the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list the Pacific bearded seal as a threatened species, saying the listing properly relied on climate change models and won't overly burden the groups.
The potential impact of the sprawling U.S. House tax reform bill unveiled Thursday on the energy industry can be summed up in six words: fossil fuels win, renewable energy loses. Here are four energy-related takeaways from the House tax proposal.
An Energy Transfer Partners LP unit has been hit with a lawsuit by Ohio saying its waters have been polluted by the construction of the company's Rover Pipeline running through the state, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday.
The former head of global litigation at LyondellBasell joined DLA Piper’s Houston office, where he’ll handle complex commercial litigation focused on the energy industry, the firm announced Thursday.
Bankrupt natural gas storage venture Ryckman Creek Resources LLC rolled out a drastically scaled-back Chapter 11 plan and disclosure late Thursday, conceding scant bidder interest in its Wyoming site and proposing a quick, 80 percent sale to the plan sponsor for up to $26 million in cash.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Williams Partners unit that is constructing the $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline aimed at bringing gas from Pennsylvania to southern markets have asked the D.C. Circuit to deny environmentalists’ bid to halt the pipeline, saying the request was unreasonable and costly.
Blank check company M III Acquisition Corp. will merge with an engineering, procurement and construction company focused on renewable energy for $255 million, the company said on Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday named more than 130 scientists from academia, nonprofits, and the public and private sectors to three scientific advisory committees on the condition they won’t be eligible for any grant money during their terms.
A Calgon Carbon Corp. shareholder filed a putative class action Thursday asking a Delaware federal court to halt the company’s pending $1.3 billion merger with Kuraray Co., claiming the company is asking shareholders to approve a bad deal based on incomplete information.
The former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Thursday they have given up efforts in Belgium to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards issued after Russia allegedly imposed fabricated tax debts that caused the company's bankruptcy, in order to focus on having the awards reinstated by a Dutch appeals court.
Barclay Damon LLP has beefed up its ranks in Syracuse, New York, by absorbing boutique energy and environmental firm Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith PC, Barclay Damon said Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has refused to comply with public records law and is withholding documents related to the Trump administration’s review of national monuments, a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups in D.C. federal court alleged on Thursday.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Novartis bought Advanced Accelerator Applications for $3.9 billion, Lennar Corp. acquired CalAtlantic for $9.3 billion, Permira scooped up Duff & Phelps Corp. for $1.75 billion, and Vistra bought Dynegy to create a $20 billion powerhouse.
A former Enron subsidiary largely prevailed Thursday in its bid for Nigeria to pay attorneys' fees it accrued while trying to enforce a $21.2 million arbitral award stemming from a dispute over the early termination of a power purchase agreement, with a D.C. federal judge approving more than $233,000.
An Argentine court has rejected an attempt by Ecuadorean citizens to enforce an Ecuadorean court’s $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. in Argentina, saying the corporation’s Argentine subsidiary can’t be held liable for a judgment against the parent company.
Revocation of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations will create additional opportunities for U.S. companies to do business in — and with — Sudan. Effective Oct. 12, the step also follows a broader trend across U.S. sanctions policy in favor of narrower sanctions targeting specific actors and categories of transactions, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
It is unclear how successful the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's newly announced policy will be in motivating firms to self-report when they know they will face a costly, disruptive and potentially open-ended enforcement investigation before receiving the benefit of a penalty reduction, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.
For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.
This week will be the first meeting of the U.S. Department of the Interior's re-established Royalty Policy Committee, chaired by Vincent DeVito. It is important that this committee use its position as an opportunity to improve the federal government's management of Native American trust resources, says David Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service recently denied claims by tax equity investors for renewable energy tax credits, claiming the investors had effectively attempted to purchase the credits. Curiously, the IRS did so without deciding whether, for U.S. federal tax purposes, the investors were partners, the venture was a partnership or the transaction had economic substance, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-examination of the midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards is a high-stakes rulemaking with major implications for automobile manufacturers and the public. And it will reverberate beyond the automobile industry, shaping domestic demand for oil and renewables, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.